Holiday Parking Etiquette

By: John Mulvaney
By: John Mulvaney

Stores are packed with Christmas shoppers, after the first weekend after Thanksgiving kicked off the holiday shopping frenzy. But in the coming weeks it only gets harder to make it out of the parking lots and into the stores.

Stores are overflowing and before anyone can find the perfect present, they have to search for the perfect parking spot.

Mary Hurn is the General Manager of the Ashland Town Center. She says parking is always one of the biggest concerns for holiday shoppers.

“First of all don't be in a hurry,” said Hurn. “Be patient, take your time, drive around the lot, and a space will open up.”

But Paul Huffman had to park in the back of the lot because he says cars without handicap tags are using spots meant for people like him.

“If I walk all the way around the parking lot, by the time I go in the mall I don't feel like shopping much,” said Huffman.

Hurn says cars parking in places they don't belong is also a problem.

Silas Howe brought his motorcycle shopping because it’s easier to find a space. So for many shoppers, it seems finding the parking spot can be more challenging than finding the present.

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