On October 27, 2021, Memorial University of Newfoundland student Brittany Mercer took to social media to bring attention to the issue of parking on campus, particularly about parking tickets. The incident she describes below took place by the Earth Sciences building.
Mercer states, “Loves getting a parking ticket at MUN when the parking app and meter don’t work. …I’m told that you can put money into an account inside the building, but there is absolutely no signage to make that aware. Hope you enjoy f*****g over students over five bucks in change, ticket money going toward your stupid f*****g office too?? Vianne Timmons, Memorial University of Newfoundland. MUN is a sinking ship, rob and trick us anyway you can!!!”
Furthermore, Mercer states, “I ran into a patrol officer there the other day who wrote something as an exemption to put in my window. However, he failed to mention anything about prepaying inside.”
Mercer emailed Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP), and the response she received is below:
Thank you for the email.
MUN offers many ways for students, staff, and guests to pay for parking on campus. If you’re having issues with coin machines, we offer the parking app. If you do not have a credit card or having issues with it, you can stop by the parking office, and the clerk can upload money to your phone via cash or debit.
We have lots with pay and display available in the first level of the parking garage off sandpits road.
This should help avoid getting tickets.
Officer Lane 157 CEP
Mercer then responded:
Okay. But what can I do about the ticket? There is no signage saying that you can put money into an account in the building. And the app wouldn’t take my card, so the app and meter wouldn’t work for me.”
See email below:
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.