Forces charity hits out after workers verbally abused by rogue motorists using car park

Pictured is Craig MacKenzie (assistant manager) of Forces Support, Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen. He is upset as the charities car park is being used by people not using the shop. Picture by DARRELL BENNS Pictured on 16/11/2017

A charity boss has hit out at rogue parkers – asking them to stop using the organisation’s car park.

Forces Support Aberdeen is based at the former PC World premises on Hutcheon Street and runs a shop to raise money for the charity’s work.

The group, which offers practical and emotional support to families of those killed in military action, said it has dealt with a number of incidents since moving to the site in July.

The private car park has been used by members of the public after PC World moved out of the building.

Workers at the charity said they believe the majority of people using their car park are students at the nearby North East Scotland College (NESCOL). Customers who are looking to visit the shop have not been able to use it and on occasion this has led to problems for those with disabilities. This included a shopper in a wheelchair who had difficulty exiting the shop due to cars on the pavement.

Vivien Hutch-inson, area manager for the charity, said the group has spoken to the college about the issues.

NESCOL has said it will speak to its students.

Vivien said: “Since we’ve moved into the premises we’ve had to deal with a number of people parking and blocking our premises and some of our staff have been verbally abused. We try to ask people politely not to use our facility for the college and we do put little notes on people’s cars to try and let them know.

“I have been sworn at and had some nasty things said to me when I asked one student not to use our car park.”

The charity has tried putting up a chain to stop people using the car park, but this has been ripped from the wall on a number of occasions.

Craig Mackenzie, assistant manager at the shop, said: “We are looking for people to be more respectful of our car park. This is affecting our trade and funds we can raise for those in need.”

A spokeswoman for NESCOL said: “We have not received any official complaint from Forces Support Aberdeen. However, we will notify students the car park on Hutcheon Street is for customers only.”

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