By Meghann Coughlan. Re: AmbrÖse Bierce: Someone Take Away Tina’s Bat Phone, I’m going to clear this all up.Tina [Stewart] came out about 15-20 minutes after we had arrived. The mouth on that woman almost made ME blush … and everyone knows that I can get my sailor on with the rest of them. There was NO discussion… only yelling, verbal abuse and cussing on behalf of Tina.
I stepped in and asked to talk to her. She explained to me that this business, (the wool shop), was having a very important promotion. I explained that we were parked in a public space (two, actually), and that were more than willing to abide by the 2 hour parking restriction. At this point I believe we had about 1hr 15 minutes left.
She was clearly irate. I mean, way beyond what was necessary. From what I saw during previous conversation, no one from our team was rude to her.
I then showed her the legislation which allows for political campaigning in public spaces. She said that we had caused the wool store to lose half a day’s business. I asked why the wool store would close at 2 pm. She turned and walked back in the wool store.
The police arrived and told us that we couldn’t park there. We asked what bylaw was being violated. He returned to his vehicle to call it in and let us know.
When asking this, I wasn’t being cheeky and I am sure that Pete (I don’t recall his last name), would confirm this. I was concerned that we would run in to these problems in the future.
He returned and said that there was a licensing issue. We found this odd seeing as the driver had acquired a speeding ticket previously and there was no mention of a licensing issue. He didn’t lose his license because of the speeding, though. He simply received a ticket and we found it odd that there was no mention of any licensing issues.
He did have a valid license at the time. It turns out they needed a copy of his medical evaluation for class one. He downgraded to a 1-6 and there was no issue.
Personally, I do find it quite odd that this issue came up on that particular day and not when he received a ticket earlier …
During all of this commotion there was a car accident out front. Some super angry man hopped out of his car, (he hit a woman’s car who he claimed came out of nowhere), and began screaming bloody murder.
Now at this point someone was smoking a cigarette out front, the Abbotsford Times was on scene and the officer was trying to make sense of everything. Someone told the cigarette smoker to get away from the store front. He started screaming back at the guy who said that… car accident guy is losing his mind … and there was the smell of marijuana. I cannot say who was smoking it because I didn’t see them.
What do I think? I think smoking cigarettes and/or marijuana in high traffic areas is shitty. I smoke cigarettes and was sure to hide around the corner so as not to bother non-smokers.
Car accident guy starts screaming … “How can you ask someone to get rid of a cigarette when someone else is smoking weed?” – A good point, in my opinion. Someone yelled back, “It’s my medicine!”
I believe the officer was still right near the bus throughout all of this. The owner of Hub Sports came out and asked the officer to do something about the smell. He said he was getting complaints.
What needs to be made absolutely clear is that when she came out like a litte flaming ball of angry no one was smoking anything. No one was blocking foot traffic. The officer made it quite clear that we were entitled to set up a table so long as there was room for people to walk. He stated to me that in the future, I can set up shop on any public sidewalk anywhere in town. That is our right. I’ll quote the actual legislature when I get my bag out of my car later. Alvaro has it at work.
I’ve never met Tina until that day, but I would NEVER have guessed that she holds a professional position. In fact, people who were walking by and not even signing the petition thought she was from the wool store and remarked that they would never set foot in that store again. Tina clearly hurt the reputation of the wool store. At NO time did I hear her mention the ADBA or her position with them.
To be honest, I thought she must have been a woman from a bar who was having a bad day. Her behaviour was definitely low-class, or no-class, and no doubt escalated the situation far beyond what was necessary.
In the end, I heard that we received a $100 parking violation for taking up two spots. I did not see it, though. I just wonder if this violation would have been issued to an RV under different circumstances.
Actually … I don’t. It wouldn’t have.
But I also do agree that the woman needs to calm down about calling the police for parking violations.
And if she is so concerned for the well-being of the ADBA she needs to lose her trucker vernacular and take an Ativan.
I don’t recall saying anything about our group being rude to TIna. Someone in our group got into it with the crazy car accident guy. And the smoker.
We could even legally spend the rest of the campaign walking up and down Essendene collecting signatures… or put up a table in wider parts of the side walk.
I think Ambrose is correct in inferring that this is an extension of the ADBA’s witch hunt re: marijuana.
The ironic thing is that we ended up being there an extra 45 minutes longer once the police arrived because we had to sort out all sorts of things. If she would have calmed down we would have been gone right at noon.