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New parking police

Bad parking in this city could now net you more than a ticket. A new Facebook page aimed at shaming bad parking jobs was created on April 13, and already the page has dozens of photographs of creatively parked vehicles.
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This Thunder Bay Park Jobs photograph posted on Facebook shows a car parked in the wrong direction across four parking spaces. (Thunder Bay Park Jobs/ Facebook)

Bad parking in this city could now net you more than a ticket.

A new Facebook page aimed at shaming bad parking jobs was created on April 13, and already the page has dozens of photographs of creatively parked vehicles. Thunder Bay Park Jobs already has more than 700 likes, and continues to grow daily.

Photos posted on the page’s timeline show several trucks making up their own parking spaces to the inconvenience of other motorists, and cars parked across as many as four spaces.

“Wow there’s some heavy duty fines for you,” Remarks Facebook user Bryan Tiboni on a photo that showed a truck parked across two handicapped spots outside of the Memorial Avenue Wal-Mart.

Facebook user Kathy Gillis remarks that she hates when drivers ignore tow away and fire lane signs and wished security at malls and stores enforced the rules more.

The page was created by David Laframboise and Kevin Cernjul. The idea started when the pair started uploading photos of poor parking jobs to Instagram.

Laframboise said they saw so many bad parking jobs pictures being posted that they felt it deserved a Facebook page.

“The (page) has only been up for three or four days and people are already saying ‘I wish this group was up a long time ago’ just because of the bad parking they’ve seen around town,” he said.

“The pictures we’ve received so far are laugh out loud horrendous. Cars are parked and blocking other cars. Even I’ve been a victim. I had to get in through my passenger-side door.”

More than 37 photos are currently up on the Facebook page.

If you’re one of those infamous parkers, and believe your privacy has been violated by the Facebook page and photographers -- think again. Laframboise said he and Cernjul checked into any privacy concerns and found that there’s nothing stopping them from posting the vehicle and license plate online.

“(A license plate) is public information because the license plate is attached to the vehicle and not to a person,” he said. “So there’s no regulations with blocking out license plates. It’s a courtesy. We haven’t really encountered anybody that has been super mad about it yet but maybe that will happen soon. But maybe when they’re publicly shamed they will start parking better.”

He added that if the group does well enough not only parking could improve but driving as well.

 

 



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