Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Serial Parker Accuses Mall Activists of Harassing Her

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Serial Parker Accuses Mall Activists of Harassing Her

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Byline: Adam Wratten adam.wratten@capnews.com.au

A SERIAL East Street parking offender yesterday vowed to take legal action if a nearby business owner didn't stop harassing her and sticking signs on her car saying she was lazy.

The young woman, 18, rejected Craig Carrington's claim she and other mall workers who parked along East Street were "lazy and selfish".

She said she stayed near her work for safety reasons, having been groped and followed when she'd used the riverside car parks in the past.

Vowing to continue parking along the mall and happy to pay any fines she incurred until security was improved, the woman, who asked not to be named, said she thought the signs were a form of harassment.

Mr Carrington yesterday admitted he'd stuck a sign on the woman's car which said "Can't find a park, blame me - I am a selfish person".

He said he wasn't interested in the woman's "hollow, empty excuses" and asked, if she was fair-dinkum, why she always parked in front of other businesses and not her own.

The woman said she was happy the parking situation was being highlighted, but it was wrong to blame people who were putting their safety first.

She said no parking spaces were located in front of her business and that's why she parked close by.

"I'm not lazy ... I'm scared out of my brains about what has happened to me," the woman said.

"Women are far more vulnerable in these situations.

"I usually finish work between 7pm and 8pm, when it's dark, and I don't want to be walking down those areas alone.

"I'm always going to put my safety first over the risk of a parking fine."

Her car, a silver Excel, was one of those published in The Morning Bulletin last week as among the serial offenders.

The woman, who works at a hairdresser on the mall, said the reason she didn't move her car every two hours was that her work was so busy, taking 15 minutes out three or four times a day wasn't possible.

"You can't stop in the middle of someone's hair being cut," she said.

"I agree there is a problem and something needs to be done, but this (the signs) is taking it too an extreme.

"I've had four or five signs put on my car. …

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