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Union concerned about New West parking attendants safety

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS1130) – Spit in the face, sucker punched, and kicked, these are just some of the things parking attendants in New Westminster have been dealing with lately.

Incidents like that happen at least once a week according to George Habib with CUPE Local 387.

He says the union is very concerned with the safety of some of its employees. “Pushing, shoving and it would escalate.  We have one officer who was sucker punched and ended up with a severe concussion.  He is still off and will be for a few months.”

So why are people doing this?

“They’re asking why they’ve been given the the ticket or they have an excuse for having done something that they shouldn’t have,” explains Habib.

Habib says at one point one of the attendants even had dog feces smeared under the handle of her car.

He says he realizes receiving a ticket doesn’t make anyone happy, but if you don’t think you deserve it, there are ways to dispute it that don’t involve physical and verbal aggression.

Habib says take a deep breath and remember these people are just doing their job.

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Just about everyone I know (friends and family) lives in New West and they fear the parking enforcement. Stealing people’s money is a form of violence. You need time and availability to fight an unfair ticket. A lot of people suck it up, but the financial penalty is painful…like a week or two worth of groceries. Some people have no choice but to drive (work requires it), and already face crippling expenses in keeping their vehicle on the road.

January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am
Wow, sure brings out the idiots..

Look at all the idiotic comments here about New West or about the parking enforcement people! How stupid does someone have to be to think it’s OK to “shove” a person who gives them a ticket that they most likely deserve?
If you can’t read signs, don’t know the laws about parking, or just ignore them because you are lazy, then you deserve a ticket. If you get a ticket and it appears to be unwarranted, you go fight it, but don’t be an idiot and blame the city for your own stupidity.
I live in New West and I’m glad they ticket people who park in areas that they are not supposed to. Yes, I’ve had a ticket before and I earned, so no big deal, I paid it and that’s the end of it. The last thing I’d think of is beating up the ticket person.
New West is one ot the best cities to live in and when I moved away for a while, I couldn’t wait to get back. As you pass through it, you might have no idea what’s actually here. Suits me fine, carry on.

January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am
    New West employee

    New Westminster is a community with a high proportion of people on welfare. The City of New West is very, very aggressive to issue tickets as it is a huge revenue generator for the city of New West. If you come to New West expect to get a ticket. I don’t live in New West but think the city is a real dump.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      New West might be a dump where you hang out, but not wher eI go. You could say that about anywhere in the lower mainland, if you hang out with the welfare crowd. New West, like every other city, has some very well of residents and some who are not.
      I’d change your statement to read” If you come to New West and can’t figure out where you are allowed to park, or can’t read a sign, or don’t pay for the spot, expect to get a ticket. Duhh..

      January 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm