Social Justice Warriors issue death threats egged on by Media party

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A business in Auckland is enforcing its property rights by wheel clamping cars illegally parked on their property.

Newshub, and Duncan Garner, took it upon themselves to start a vigilante action on social media, starting this hit job on Story. A hit job which outright intimates the owner is a snob and she should let anyone park where they want.

If you’re looking for insight into Auckland’s brewing class war, a virtual conflict unfolding online is a great place to start.

Following the expose on Story last night about its harsh car clamping campaign, Ponsonby’s posh Bashford Antiques has had its Facebook page hit with several negative reviews and critical comments.

But if you think these fine sirs and madams would stand by quietly as the angry rabble made ghastly comments about their ever-so-fabulous business, you are gravely mistaken.

No, no, no, my dear. These sorts of outrageous attempts to besmirch good folk by the lower classes must be dealt with in the best way possible.

With hilariously snooty comments.   

“Bashford Antiques does not desire customers of your ilk and whom fit your profile (sic),” the Facebook page for the business states to one unhappy member of the public.”

The car clamping will continue with gusto, the page states. And whoever is running it also cares not for any potential negative effects of the heated comments.

“Our customer base does not rely on this site [Facebook]. Perhaps you could all supply your home and work addresses and we can get a mob of bludgers to park there.”

Generally referring to themselves in the third person, some of the page’s comments are so preposterous they appear to be in jest – or do they?

“None of you have ever been customers of our business and fit the profile of our law abiding elite customer base. If you park at Bashford’s again unlawfully you will be clamped and towed again.”

Look at the tone of that piece from Newshub. Little wonder then that the SJWs – gutless little weasels that they are – have started threatening the owner and the business on Facebook.

An antique saleswoman accused of a harsh car clamping campaign says she is just protecting her property.

Scores of people have complained about insufficient warning signs and the fine charged to get their wheels un-clamped outside Bashford Antiques in Grey Lynn.

But owner Jillian Bashford-Evers said since the five parking spaces are on her land, after-hours parkers are doing “the equivalent of pulling up on someone’s front lawn”.

“These people have defecated here, there’s been drug dealing, prostitution, and vandalism … No resident should have to tolerate that behaviour on their doorstep,” she said.

“We’ve seen a very ugly side to the human race … It’s very disconcerting, but what happens if you don’t stop that evil? It just escalates.”

Bashford-Evans described her store as a “living-showroom” as she resides in an apartment above, and said the car parks were for customers, friends, and family only.

The high-end nature of her products – rare and expensive antiques – make security an extra priority, she said.

“Plus we could have deliveries at any hour … crates arrive in the night and the car park simply must be clear.”

Fair enough too. It’s their land, they can do what they want with it, and it isn’t a general car park for any luvvie to waltz up and park in it.

Bashford-Evers resorted to having cars clamped in June after repeated calls to Auckland Towing failed to deter people from parking on her turf.

She erected private property signage but “people constantly removed it”, she said.

“Really in the last five years that parking problem has escalated. I’ve had to go to extreme measures, but it’s worked.”

She said the person who does the clamping is a friend of hers, and it’s “neither here nor there” whether she profits from the $220 fine drivers are charged to be un-clamped.

Aggressive behaviour has been a common reaction to the clamping, she said.

“One woman in particular, after I politely asked her to move her car, got out and swore with so many four-letter expletives I was gobsmacked. Finally she got back in the car, revved up and reversed so wildly she almost ran me over, as well as the dog.”

Bashford Antiques’ Facebook page has received a barrage of one-star reviews after news of the clamping was made public.

“Shame, shame, shame,” one man wrote.

“You had me clamped, ruined our night and had my pregnant wife in tears … It’s plain and simple entrapment and this kind of parasitic behaviour deserves public awareness.”

Other people said they had been blocked in the car park, verbally abused and intimidated.

Bashford-Evers said she was “completely unfazed” by the complaints, which she said even included death threats by phone.

“To be honest, the people who’ve been really aggressive – they’re not our customers and they wouldn’t be in a million years.”

Her responses on Facebook – including one calling disgruntled motorists “whinging bludgers” – have been criticised as classist, an accusation Bashford-Evers wrote off as “silly”.

“There was no silver spoon in my mouth when I was born – I arrived in Auckland with a Corolla and $2000, then worked hard,” she said.

Good on her. Perhaps we should advertise the addresses of all the TV3 luvvies who have caused this bullying and invite people to park on their front lawns for free, especially if they live close to the city. See how they like that then.

I wonder if TV3, Newshub and Duncan Garner would like to apologise to this business owner for the death threats she’s received.  I won’t hold my breath.

They dare to call their piece on Story an “expose”.  It’s more like a shabby little bully job. It looks like to me this was personal, someone in Newshub got clamped so decided to make a thing of it.

Newshub, making up the news and causing pain to innocents since the beginning.



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