Privatization of parking enforcement leads to overzealous ticketing
Private officer goes on ticket-writing"rampage."
Vito Maggio, owner of two busy Walkerville, ON restaurants, Vito's Pizzeria and O'Maggio's Kildare House, recently witnessed an angry parking enforcement officer ticket cars even though the meters had not expired.
As a courtesy to his customers, Maggio sends out staff to feed the meters. A member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires exited her car as staff was putting change in the meters and became very aggressive, insulting Maggio's restaurant. Later, the city's chief administrator, Helga Reidel, said that there is "nothing illegal" about store employees feeding meters for customers.
Joan Charette, co-ordinator of the Walkerville Business Improvement Area, also witnessed the incident, which is now being investigated by the city.
"The privatization of city parking enforcement has led to a flurry of complaints, including one against a Commissionaire who a Windsor business owner said went on a 'rampage,' issuing tickets to a row of cars with money left in the meters.
Another Commissionaire has been accused of parking in a handicapped zone while issuing tickets
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Posted: January 05, 2011
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