Angry homeowner posts no parking sign with f-bomb, upsets neighbours
CALGARY — A homeowner fed up with people parking in front of his house has come up with a saucy – but unpopular – solution.
Justin Kern posted a sign in his yard that reads: ‘If you don’t live here, don’t park in front of my uckin house.’
Kern works nights and says he is tired of the hassle of trying to find a parking spot on the street when he comes home.
The sign on his tree is now missing a few consonants from the original posted version.
“I had to change it ever so slightly — there is a school nearby,” Kern said. “I had to take out the profanity.”
Ruth Shultz, who lives nearby, agrees that the availability of parking spaces on the street is “horrendous”.
But she and other neighbours feel the use of profanity is not the best way to handle a parking problem.
“I find (the sign) offensive,” Shultz said. “Now that they have kind of removed the obscene word it’s not bad.”
Officials with Calgary Parking Authority wish that Kern wouldn’t take matters into his own hands.
“Obviously we strongly discourage it,” said Mike Derbyshire, the GM of the parking authority.
He wants to make it clear that parking is a privilege not a right.
“People don’t own the parking spots in front of their houses and (should) work with their neighbours and work with us to try and arrive at mutually beneficial solutions,” he added.
Kern said he realizes the city can do very little about his problem.
He said he invests a lot of money in his cars.
“I want the peace of mind of looking out my front window and not having to worry about having it parked down the street where I can’t see it,” he said.
Since the sign went up, no one was parked in front of his house.
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