People who park at Kmart, beware.
A slew of people were given $70 tickets Saturday for parking in the lot of the now-vacant store. That came as a shock for some of the ticketed parkers who have been leaving their cars there for years.
"Thirteen years-plus I’ve parked there, never got a ticket," said Andy Davis, a 20-year Jackson resident.
He was ticketed Saturday.
The number of tickets issued is unclear. Davis said he thought between 50 and 60 cars had slips on them. Gina Jones, who was also ticketed, said she had seen about 15.
Jones is a former Star Valley resident who has lived in Jackson for the past two or so years. Along with family and friends, she said she has used the Kmart lot for about eight years, parking there to carpool on her way into town.
When asked whether she'd ever gotten a ticket for doing so, she said: "Never."
"That was kind of our go-to place," Jones said.
The developer of Kmart plaza, Maury Abrams, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Jackson Police Department deferred its response to a spokesperson who will be available Monday.
Davis asked the same question as Jones and some other parkers, who posted on social media: Why issue tickets now, especially when Kmart has shut its doors?
"The whole parking lot is vacant — it seems an odd time to ticket people," he said. "Why didn’t you ticket me all the other times I parked there for 13 years? What’s the point you’re trying to make here?"