‘Death threats’ over wheel 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. I’ve had to go to extreme measures, but it’s worked.’’
She says the person who does the clamping is a friend of hers, 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.
Bashford-Evans is ’’completely unfazed’’ by the complaints, which she says even included death threats by phone.
‘‘To be honest, the people who’ve been really aggressive - they’re not our customers and they wouldn’t be in a million years.’’
Automobile Association principal advisor Mark Stockdale has previously said the AA would like to see wheel clamping banned.
Wheel clamping is banned in the United Kingdom.
Stockdale says the voluntary code of conduct on private land encourages companies to use a breach notice before any enforcement is used.