No one wants to get a parking ticket at Christmas, so in the spirit of the festive season, one city in Canada has stopped issuing them.
Instead of issuing tickets for drivers whose on-street parking times have run out, parking inspectors in Victoria, British Columbia are inviting people to pay it forward.
In place of a ticket drivers receive a ‘Courtesy Parking Ticket’ asking them to donate to a local charity or foodbank rather than pay a parking fine.
“We noticed you were unable to make it back to your vehicle in time before your on-street parking ran out,” reads the note, which one resident shared to Reddit.
“Rather than issue a parking ticket, we invite you to pay it forward and donate to a foodbank or local charity of your choice.”
The note then goes on to outline different ways drivers can pay for or extend their on-street parking, we’re guessing for future reference.
It’s a sweet way to encourage the act of giving at Christmas, and certainly beats that awful feeling when you spot a parking ticket tucked against your windshield.
Plenty of people on the Reddit thread where the flier was shared commended the city for making a change this Christmas.
“Parking officers are generally ruthless here so this was very pleasing to see,” commented the user who posted the photo.
“Once again, Canadians show everyone how awesome they are in the most polite and low-key way possible,” said another.
But others were sceptical about whether or not drivers who received the courtesy tickets would actually pay it forward.
“Call me pessimistic but expecting a parker to not go “woohoo, not a real ticket”, throw this on the ground and drive off is a bad bet,” one wrote.
But with Christmas spirit in the air, we’re sure there will be more people who do honour the ticket and pay it forward than those who don’t.