The District of Sechelt says someone was handing out fake parking tickets on the weekend of July 11.
“A District of Sechelt resident was observed impersonating a bylaw officer and issuing fake parking tickets over the weekend,” a July 13 post on the district’s Facebook page said. “The fake ticket is a photocopy of a bylaw infraction warning, which would never be issued with a fine.”
The district said one of its staff members was on the receiving end of one of the fake tickets and reported it immediately. The person responsible has “been spoken to [and] has agreed to not impersonate a bylaw officer or obstruct bylaw officers.”
The district is advising people that if they get a bylaw violation notice or ticket and aren’t sure if it’s legit to contact the bylaw enforcement office at 604-740-8480.
This isn’t the first time fake parking tickets have shown up on windshields in Sechelt.
In late 2018 several people reported returning to their vehicles to find a ticket for $142 from “Sunshine Coast Parking Authority.”
RCMP at first thought it could be a scam because the ticket gave a website people could go to make payment, but it was later confirmed to be a prank.
The offences on those tickets included the usual parking violations and obviously fake ones like “Thinking only of yourself/laziness” and “Not keeping a safe level of blinker fluid.”