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Local Bookstore Saving Motorists Money on Parking

August 19, 2009 7:08 AM | News

Aqua Books - Parking Meters

A downtown Winnipeg bookstore is not only helping their customers decide on what to read, they’re also helping to put more money in their pockets when it comes to parking.

The city has apparently run out of stickers to put on some parking meters that remind motorists of 2 hours of free parking on Saturday. Therefore, within a block of Aqua Books, you may find these custom made stickers on some meters.

“The City of Winnipeg has been illegally charging downtown drivers for parking for over a year,” says owner Kelly Hughes on the Aqua Books blog.

To make sure the clever initiative benefits not only those behind the wheel, but also the bookstore, a logo for Aqua Books accompanies the friendly reminder. Nice.

While some may appreciate this and feel it’s a good deed, others aren’t impressed. According to Hughes, a city commissionaire has threatened to call the police regarding the sticky situation.

We contacted the city late Tuesday for comment, but haven’t heard back yet.

UPDATE: A city spokesperson would not address the issue specifically, but said that the Downtown Exchange District and West End BIZ’s are in the process of creating a promotional campaign aimed at enhancing the downtown parking experience. They also reiterated the fact that there is 2 hours of free parking on Saturdays.

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