Letter to the editor: Rudeness over daycare parking spots marred Convocation

The rudeness daycare staff encountered from parents, students and Carleton University employees during June’s Convocation ceremonies was a real eye-opener!

This year, the Colonel By Child Care Centre received permission from Carleton’s Department of University Safety to close off our parking lot (located directly behind our building) with barricades for the Tuesday to Friday of Convocation week. In the past, when we have not blocked off the lot, it became an incredibly dangerous situation for our children.

Parents of students attending Convocation sped into the lot to drop off their adult children with little regard for the tiny people who attend our centre. Plus, spots were occupied all day so that our parents had no place to park during drop off or pick up times.

University Safety supplied us with the yellow barricades but were unable to provide an officer to be on duty to redirect traffic away from the lot for more than brief periods during the week.

As a result, Melanie (our office administrator) and I ended up doing the “guard” duty ourselves and we were spat at, sworn at and almost had our toes run over by irate students, parents of students and, alas, from a few Carleton employees who had been unable to park in their own lots and therefore felt they had “a right” to park in the small daycare parking lot.

In fact, being an employee of Carleton does not give anyone “the right” to park anywhere they want on campus because they have paid to park in one specific lot.

Melanie and I were both glad when the week was over but felt very discouraged by people’s behaviour over a parking spot.

Rita Renaud
Coordinator, Colonel By Child Care Centre

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