My wife and I went to Victoria, parking at the Tsawwassen ferry lot.
We parked our car and paid $16 cash for 24-hour parking. When we returned later the same day, everything was fine so I threw out the receipt.
The next day, we had parked the car on the street in front of our condo in South Surrey. When my wife went to use the car, there was a parking ticket on the windshield for $80 – $60 if paid within seven days.
Needless to say, we were not amused, but without the receipt I doubt if they would forgo the fine, so we went dumpster diving and, fortunately, we were able to retrieve the receipt, which clearly states we paid for the parking space that they claimed that we hadn’t paid for.
I wonder how many other people that this happens to. I have tried to contact them by phone but they say that there is high volume and to try later – probably several others phoning to dispute their tickets.
The moral of the story is to keep your parking receipt for several days because you may also get a ticket unexpectedly.
Ross Phillips, Surrey