‘Death threats’ over vehicle clampings
An antique saleswoman accused of a harsh car clamping campaign says she is just protecting her property. Scores of people have complained about insufficient warning signs and the fine charged to get their wheels un-clamped outside Bashford Antiques in Grey Lynn. But owner Jillian BashfordEvers says since the five parking spaces are on her land, afterhours parkers are doing ‘‘the equivalent of pulling up on someone’s front lawn’’. ‘‘These people have defecated here, there’s been drug dealing, prostitution, and vandalism ... No resident should have to tolerate that behaviour on their doorstep,’’ she says. Bashford-Evans described her store as a ‘‘living-showroom’’ as she resides in an apartment above, and says the car parks were for customers, friends, and family only. The high-end nature of her products - rare and expensive antiques - make security an extra priority, she says. Bashford-Evers resorted to having cars clamped in June after repeated calls to Auckland Towing failed to deter people from parking on her turf. She erected private property signage but ‘‘people constantly removed it’’, she says. ‘‘Really in the last five years that parking problem has escalated. extreme worked.’’ She says the person who does the clamping is a friend of hers, I’ve had measures, to go but to it’s and it’s ‘‘neither here nor there’’ whether she profits from the $220 fine drivers are charged to be unclamped. Aggressive behaviour has been a common reaction to the clamping, she says. BashfordEvans is ‘‘completely unfazed’’ by the complaints, which she says even included death threats by phone.
Williamson Ave Antique site owner Jillian Bashford Evers, has copped flack for wheel clamping illegal parking on her property.