'You don't own the street': Furious debate over parking sign outside shop

A shop has sparked debate after a sign was erected outside the store requesting no one park there unless they were customers.

The sign, which stated “unless you’re supporting this local business, please don’t park here”, was installed outside Clontarf’s Hornibrook Bait and Tackle store, north of Brisbane.

Store owner Tony Lincoln shamed those who chose not to honour the sign which was put up for last weekend’s busy Redcliffe KiteFest.

In a post to a Facebook community group, Mr Lincoln urged those who took up car parks outside his shop to “think about the example” they were setting for their children.

The sign sparked controversy after being erected by Kitefest organisers. Source: Facebook

While he expressed his gratitude to those who honoured the sign, not everyone was on board with the attempt to restrict the space to paying customers of the tackle shop.

“Looks like shariah law signs! Hope never to see this again,” one said.

Another person added: “Signs were in bad taste in my opinion. All those businesses are never busy, or park their own cars there.”

“Just wondering how legal your signs were, as you clearly don't own the street,” another commented.

The sign was erected at the front of the store, banning festival attendees from parking there. Source: Google Maps

After facing the brunt of the backlash, Mr Lincoln clarified in another comment that it was actually festival organisers who had supplied and put the sign up.

Mr Lincoln, who was slammed for being “inconsiderate”, said he lost a full day of business due to a combination of the boat ramp being closed and his car parks being full.

Still, many argued it was wrong to dictate that some parts of the street weren’t to be used by the general public.

“They can’t put that sign there, and they can’t tell people they can’t park there,” someone said in another comment.

The festival was organised separate to the local council and erected parking signs throughout the town’s centre for the weekend.

Mr Lincoln told Yahoo News Australia he was not aware the sign would be installed until workers started putting it up. He took it down first-thing Monday morning.

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