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Gympie's Worst Parkers Facebook page naming and shaming

STOP: At the One Mile Ovals.
STOP: At the One Mile Ovals.

CARS mounting gutters, taking up multiple bays and sneaking into disabled parking are no longer going unnoticed thanks to the runaway success of Facebook page, Gympie's Worst Parkers.

Featured in The Gympie Times last weekend, the page has amassed more than 1800 likes since its inception at the beginning of the month.

At its current rate, the page appears certain to smash the 2000 barrier with the ease of a well executed parallel park.

Gympie motorists fed up with poor parking are seizing the chance to vent and hopes are naming and shaming will lead others to think twice before being inconsiderate behind the wheel.

Anyone with a smartphone is now a potential parking detective, prowling car parks looking for the faintest sign of inconsiderate parking.

But the page is not without controversy, sparking debate this week between members over what constitutes a bad park and questioning the wisdom of showing number plates.

Supporters of number plates being displayed claim it is necessary measure to allow the naming and shaming, otherwise impact is lost.

Others claim the page is guilty of promoting online bullying and leaves people open to harassment.

"Yet another form of adult bullying," Kristy Protas said.

"What is the difference in posting a photo of someone's car with their rego clearly showing and posting their photo without permission?"

Facebook follower Mishi Devereaux had words of wisdom for those condemning the page.

"I love that some of the people who are commenting about how stupid this page is have actually been featured on here with their bad parking," she said.

"I just wonder if they would feel differently if they hadn't been. No one is forcing you to like this page or look at the photos.

"Let us who get a laugh out of it have a smile."

Judy Watmore, meanwhile, congratulated the site after experiencing the difficulties of someone's poor parking.

"More than once I have had to get in the passenger side and then climb across," she said.

"Once I had to help while a mother tried to put in a baby in the opposite side to where the baby seat was, so I think it's about time."

The final say, for now at least, rests with the page's anonymous creator.

"People might think about how they park if they think their car may be on the page, but if the plates are blurred they will go back to not caring, so for now plates stay," the page's creator said.

"And they all say they would like to know who runs the page and they bet I'm a bad parker.

"Well if they snap my car, I'm happy to publish it, but they won't because I'm not ignorant."

ONLINE

EVERYONE is willing to hide their identities but when it comes to pics they just post all. Your car could be next, or mine.

- Nathan Snow

I MUST admit I'm feeling a bit paranoid when I park now, get out and check I'm between the lines.

- Lynda Shaw

I'M waiting for the police to find this page. They are always looking for a way to fine people and bad parking will make them a fortune. If you parked like some of these pics on a driving test, you would not have a licence.

- Jason Loch

IF Google maps has to blank out number plates on their picitures, why doesn't this page have to?

- Steve Lee

PERHAPS the people who design the carparks should make them bigger and more accessible. Instead of trying to fit so many carparks into limited space. Greedy developers aren't considering the average shopper drives a larger car.

- Terri-Trevor Bartholomew

Gympie Times

Topics:  facebook page parking



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