“The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.”—Zeno
Driven by avarice, businessmen in Panama have come up with the absurd idea of chaining up their car parking spaces in an effort to rake in more money to fill their coffers. They are charging four cents per minute for parking your car inside in their premises while you shop inside. Can you believe this?
The new financial scheme is spreading like a prairie fire throughout the metropolis. Restaurants, stores, shopping malls, hospitals, public offices, banks, theaters, drug stores—everybody is joining the money-making racket of locking up their parking lots for easy money. The business community is frantically drinking the Kool-Aid while we the consumers fume our annoyance.
This is a hideous idea and should be rejected by consumers. If they want me to come to their place and buy their stuff, they can not and should not charge me for leaving my car in their parking lots. It is morally wrong.
I understand a bill is being passed in Congress (Asamblea Nacional) to ban this illegal practice. I can’t wait to see it go down the drain. The idea is absolutely preposterous and should be crushed.
My wife and I have decided to stay away from those businesses following this abominable practice promoted by uncontrolled greed.
The pictures below depict the padlocks and chains at El Dorado Shopping Center early Sunday morning. A parking lot which can accommodate about three hundred cars was completely chained and locked out. It makes no sense to me at all.
I rest my case.