I just got this email sent out by Curtis Stillman (proprietor of the lovely Stillman's farm and the twice weekly JP Farmers Market). Apparently, Bank of America is being a VERY bad neighbor and towing people who either park in the lot while at the market or those who both use the bank and the market. Please read the email and maybe there is something the group can do like put some pressure on BOA that they need to be accepting to the community and be good, not bad neighbors. Perhaps send them some strongly worded letters and emails. If you are a customer of the bank, please express your discontent! The JP Farmers Market is something precious and exceptionally special!!!!
From Curtis Stillman:
Bank of America is towing with a vengeance - be careful!
It was only a year and a half ago that Bank Of America informed us we could no longer use the parking lot for the farmer's market that has been there for over 11 years. Swift action from the community saved the day. We would like to alert you to another situation that seems to be escalating. We are cautioning everyone to be very careful.
All summer our customers have been under the constant threat that their cars could be towed - which we understand (to a point). Parking is a big issue in the city, we get it. Subsequently, the parking lot was almost empty on many occasions this summer. Today there is a man who stands in the parking lot, writing down license plate numbers and telling people when they come out of the bank, they cannot shop at the market.
Thankfully, we have not been asked to relocate, but the current situation seems ominous.. Of course, we do not want to cause any inconvenience for patrons of the bank - we know what a nightmare parking can be, but we are concerned for the market patrons, who may also be attempting to take care of their banking. Please be aware of the situation and if you have any thoughts, we would welcome your email. Again, we are thankful to be accommodated in the parking lot, but we are concerned about the future of the market, as well as the unfriendly approach of towing mutual customers. I do not know if Steve Poole is still the bank manager, but I suspect the bank is only responding to negative comments about the market or market shoppers...perhaps if they hear some positive comments, the farmers' market can return to a low-key community activity.
Bank of America
677 Centre Street
Glenn & Genevieve Stillman