Mount Royal University students who say they have little choice but to park in a residential Calgary neighbourhood have received threatening notes from the people whose streets they are parking on.
Student Danad Sigurdson told Global Calgary she parks on Gissing Drive S.W. in the community of Glamorgan due to the price and lack of parking on campus.
She discovered a letter on the windshield of her car after returning from class Tuesday, which read:
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON GISSING DR. AND DISAPPEAR FOR THE DAY.
WE PAY BIG TAXES SO WE CAN PARK BY OUR HOUSES.
THIS IS BOTH A REQUEST AND WARNING. YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED AGAIN.
THE FUTURE OF THE WELLBEING OF YOUR VEHICLE IS NOW YOUR RESPONSABILITY (sic).”
According to CTV News, Sigurdson was one of six students to receive the anonymous letter.
"We are not doing this to bother the neighbourhood, we're not doing it to offend anyone. We are doing it because there is nowhere else to park. We do not have any other options,” she explained to CTV, adding she chooses to drive to school because her Calgary Transit commute takes more than two and a half hours.
Sigurdson told Global News she feels as though whoever wrote the notes is threatening to damage their cars in some way.
“We haven’t done anything illegal or wrong. We don’t park in front of fire hydrants, we don’t park in front of anyone’s driveways, all we’re trying to do is get to school on time.”
Beryl Ostrom, president of the Glamorgan Community Association, told CBC News residents are frustrated about the lack of parking spaces, adding "they can't access their house during the day in any fashion and they can't contact anyone to ask them to move their vehicle."
Glamorgan resident Lee Thompson, who has lived on the street since 1963, told the Calgary Sun he's shocked that someone would get "so bent out of shape" about legal parking.
"I consider it a dastardly deed,” he said of the note.
Miles Dyck, manager of enforcement for Calgary Parking, told the Sun no resident can claim ownership to street parking, especially on roads like Gissing Drive which have no "No Parking" signs.
He said if the homeowners have a problem they should approach the city and not the drivers.
Police are investigating.
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