My friend, H, works at a yummy burrito place in downtown Houston. Their location is within site of the Reliant Center, so their parking lot becomes crazy space for events. Right now, it’s RODEO time in Houston, Texas…let’s just say that any parking close to Reliant has become VERY important for many people. Here in lies the problem.
Parking Lot Craziness
The people who own the parking lot in front of the burrito place’s shopping center decided to start offering the spaces for cash. That means that all of the businesses in that strip lost a TON of business last weekend. The parking lot attendants were harassing every driver to find out if they were parking for the rodeo or not. Then there weren’t any spaces available at all. My friend was taken off the clock and sent home 2 hours into a 5 hour shift. Her manager had words with the parking lot dude and then just called their lawyer.
Isn’t this crazy? How could someone think they wouldn’t be sued/in trouble for making it impossible for businesses to operate? I assume that the leases for the strip include x amount of parking, so the parking lot owners are insane for trying to profit twice for the same space without offering anything at all to the businesses that they were going to affect. It’s just nuts!
I had to write about – do any of you have any idea what would happen in this situation?
I asked my friend to keep me updated with what she hears about it since it does seem amazingly bizarre to me. The parking lot’s owner is already being paid for the parking by the businesses in some way – either through the leases or directly – or they wouldn’t be there. So how in the heck did they think that this would work out? Isn’t it obvious that you shouldn’t rent out spaces that were already rented for other use? That’s just double dipping…
I also think that if the businesses get reimbursed some way, they shouldn’t forget about their employees. My friend wasn’t the only one who lost hours and they all need whatever hours they can get.
What do you think?