A costly $10 parking ticket

June 15, 2014

After graduating from college, my son moved into Canonsburg for employment and was in need of furniture for his new apartment.

I told him that we should do our shopping locally to keep our money in the town where he would be living. It was midweek, and I was surprised to see how few local shoppers there were. I had to parallel park downtown, but that was no problem. I could pull into my parking space in front of the furniture store with three parking spaces in front and in back of me. We shopped for about 15 minutes and found what we were looking for.

I walked across the street to the bank to get some cash for the transaction, came back and made the payment. Five minutes after that, we left the store to find a parking ticket on my windshield. I was completely insulted after spending over $1,000 in a town that would have their police sit in waiting for a person to get out of their car and not stop at the parking meter (I honestly did not notice the meter).

In many of the towns that I have lived in and shopped, the authorities have elected to not have parking meters to encourage shopping locally, something that has seemed to work for many struggling communities in bringing in consumer dollars to their downtown areas. I think it would be a great boost to Canonsburg’s downtown economy to implement such a policy.

I would also have to say that it is too late to get me to spend my money in Canonsburg ever again due to the predatory police tactics used to get a measly $10 out of a $1,000 shopper.

Chris Caldwell

Cambridge Springs


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