Vehicles towed during snowstorm draw fire

Has Chilliwack grown so big that our city fathers are happy to let contractors they hire ride roughshod over the average person?

Saturday night was a prime example. We were given two tickets by my son to the Chilliwack Bruins’ game. Upon arriving at Prospera we discovered the City parking lot Ashwell and Wolfe was full but eventually came across a number of cars parked head to toe with no indication that it was a no park zone.

On vacating Prospera after a big loss, we (along with several other people, including a mother with her young daughter) discovered our vehicles were missing – first suspecting theft but further being informed by a passing individual that we had likely been impounded.

Let me clarify, we are not actually writing to debate the issue of parking in the wrong – we are here to highlight the shrewdness of how the events of the evening passed. My wife and I (in our 70s), a young child and many others were left stranded in sub-zero cold temperatures and snowing heavily with no means of getting home, no cell phone, not dressed for extreme temperatures, and no indication of where to pick up our vehicle.

Fortunately, a young man leaving the centre generously allowed us the use of his phone so we could contact our daughter to come and get us along with the mother and child. After several calls, our daughter was able to track down who and where our vehicle had been taken.

My questions is – when the vehicles were not obstructing anyone’s access, why was there a need to outright tow the vehicles on a night of freezing temperatures when a fine would have easily sufficed. How callous can you be to leave people stranded on such a miserable night over 2km from the actual location of where the vehicles had been taken? There must be a better way…

Ken Wilson

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