Hospital parking fines over the top

It has come to my attention that the world is becoming a less caring and considerate environment for generations now and to come to live in.

Editor:

It has come to my attention that the world is becoming a less caring and considerate environment for generations now and to come to live in. Many young and old are forgetting what it means to help another or think about what is going on in someone else’s life.

A perfect example of this came to me twice this year, in the same place. At Langley Memorial Hospital you have to pay hourly for parking. This is understandable for some but for others who are in dire straits, or are not in their right mind when a loved one falls ill, is unacceptable. In February my family was ticketed for not adding money to the pay parking per stall though we were running into emergency when a loved one passed away. Not only on top of the loss, it had made things more stressful during a frustrating time. We had only been in for less than a half hour, plus you do not get a refund on the time you don’t spend in your parking stall.

Today, I was ticketed $48 again. To my family this seems absurd. Are those around us so full of greed? A lot of people are not thinking about paying for parking when their child or loved one is in emergency for something life threatening, or even a broken bone. Forgetting these old ways, imagining what others may be feeling, and not being so self centred should be more appreciated in this time.

I am a 17 year old girl who knows right from wrong and taking from those who are in a bad mind frame should not be punished. Perhaps since people need jobs they could go back to the toll booth that you pay on the way out – this job is no better or worse than a patrolling pay parking officer; or even better, no pay parking at all. Though this may not make a difference, I believe that others may agree. Remember that everyone has their moments of weakness; I suppose mine is caring for family members and others.

Sarah Braaten, Langley