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Poor parkers beware: Facebook is watching

A submission on the Richmond Learns to Park Facebook page. -
A submission on the Richmond Learns to Park Facebook page.
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If you've ever witnessed shameful examples of parking in Richmond, there's now a new way for you to share your frustration.

Kym Tantongco started up Facebook fan page "Richmond Learns to Park" at the end of April, a place she could post snapshots of poor parking in Richmond and share them with friends and family.

What started with about 30 likes has skyrocketed to more than 2,800, with most of the growth in the past week, she said.

Now images are coming her way from all over the Lower Mainland, and in one instance, from Alberta too.

"It's all in good fun," Tantongco said. "At the end of the day, it's a place for people to show others who can relate to the topic that they understand, they know what it's like, they've seen it."

Asked whether drivers have suddenly become worse at parking, or whether more people are simply carrying their digital-camera-equipped cell phones with them, she said it's probably a bit of both.

But she's convinced that over the past few years, she's "seeing it more."

Early on, she was just posting one or two photos a week.

Now there are multiple postings daily, and she can no longer keep up with all the comments, shares and new posts.

"Bad parking isn't just in Richmond."

Poor parking in Richmond is also frequently noted on Twitter as well, where the hashtag #RichmondDrivers is used.

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