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Sayville Salon Owner Takes a Unique Approach to Parking Violators

If you’re not a Blanca customer don’t park in Blanca’s lot or you may find a sticky situation.

A Sayville salon business owner, fed up with drivers using her lot for movie theater use and other reasons, is taking the unusual step of slapping bright red stickers on parking violators’ cars to remind the non-customers that her lot is only for her clients’ use.

“I’m just fed up with people parking when the signs clearly state it’s for my salon clients. It’s become a sore subject every day as I listen to my customers tell me they have no parking access and I have a lot for them,” said Blanca, owner of Blanca’s salon on Railroad Avenue.

“People destroy my signs and I keep replacing them. There is a sign that says no parking unless you’re a customer and I could have their cars towed or call the police. So I started using the stickers,” she explained.

And the stickers are having an impact as at least one Bayport resident, Lisa, wasn’t very happy to return to her car and see the big sticker on her vehicle’s driver side window.

“I thought it was open parking and I didn’t see any signs,” said Lisa, who said she went into Blanca’s salon to inquire why someone had put graffiti on her truck. The sticker states: "NO THEATRE PARKING TENANT AND CUSTOMERS OF BLANCA'S ONLY.”

A heated exchange then took place, according to both women.

“I took her outside and showed her the sign. I’m just sick of it. People just don’t read the signs,” said Blanca, who has operated a Sayville salon for 33 years and has been in her current location for 12 years. “I pay $17,000 a year and that’s for the space for my customers to park,” she added.

Lisa, who emailed the Patch about the incident, contends she never noticed the sign and said there were plenty of parking lot spaces available.

“I felt the need to immediately write to the Patch and urge people TO BE WARNED or your car will be vandalized,” she wrote.

“I'm unsure if she's even allowed to do that, but I had to drive around, embarrassed, with that obnoxious sticker. I'm aware this is a silly little dispute, but I was/am annoyed by her and felt the need to put in my two cents as I usually never do so. I also attached a picture, and now I'm starting to find a lot of humor in this. “

But Blanca doesn’t see any humor in the parking situation and vows to keep putting stickers on cars parked illegally in her lot.

“These people think they’re entitled and they’re insubordinate. They need to read the signs.”

Vito July 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Amazing! Someone who did something wrong and got caught doing it goes public with their complaints instead of being embarrassed they did the wrong thing! Another example of peoples morals and ethics being solely dependent on what is most convenient for them. A lack of parking can sink a business, but if the alternative is someone walking a few more feet to get to their movie, to heck with the business. How selfish and self absorbed.
patricia pausewang July 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
If her sign states violators will be towed that is what she should have done. Defacing someones property is not the way to go. Not sure people seeing those stickers will make anyone read her signs. Just sounds like something highschool kids would do.
knowitall July 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Defacing? Really? It's a sticker. Get over it. And it is legal.
Marie July 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
What a great way to drum up bad publicity for a local business! If I was to see those stickers on cars, I would be sure to tell my friends Not to go this salon, bad word of mouth spreads that much quicker than good compliments! This business owner should have towed the cars if it upsets you that much, not have the mindset of a middle schooler playing pranks.
SoMo July 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Next time Bianca should have the cars towed so we can watch people whine about not having access to their vehicles. Read the signs! Lisa you are not special, you need to follow the rules like everyone else.
Lisa July 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I hope they work this out.
Steven Feldini July 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I think Blanca was being nice. It is a lot cheaper to remove a sticker than it is to get your car back from the tow guy. Everybody thinks they can just park where they damn well please. I love it when my neighbors park in front of my house and their driveway is empty.
Lucy July 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I guess she has enough clients. I surely won't ever go to her salon again. I don't know how visible the sign is. Two wrongs don't make a right. There is plenty of parking in Sayville. A polite note or a notice under the wiper blade would have been fine. Is it a no trespassing sign? A would guess Sayville is no longer the "Friendliest Town"?
Steven Feldini July 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Come off it Lucy. Two wrongs don't make a right? The lady did the wrong thing and she got called out on it and then she whined about it. Too bad for her. And as far as the friendliest town that's just chamber of commerce propaganda. I have seen plenty unfriendly acts go on in your beloved little hamlet..
Lucy July 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Steven, are you a client of Blanca's? Do you have a vested interest in her business? Do you have a vested interest in the Town of Sayville? Are you familiar with the parking lot? Have you ever parked illegally and not realized it until you either moved your car or received a ticket? I understand Blanca's point of view, I am just saying it is the wrong way to resolving the issue if she wants new clients. Was Lisa a repeat offender? If that was the case, give her a sticker, or better yet have her towed at her own expense. That sticker is bad advertising for Blanca. Who would want to go to her if they saw those stickers? The beauty industry has lots of competition, a bad reputation can break you.
Melanie Ruchner July 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I am glad to know we can do this. Or that it is possible. I want to get a bunch of those stickers and head on over to CVS in West Sayville during Saturday night and Sunday morning Mass at St. Laurence. They think the CVS lot is their own personal one. But I guess they feel that since they answer to a higher authority they are above the law.
NotWhoYouThinkIAm July 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Not a client of Blanca's but I am a client of the theater. I've seen the signs there stating the parking was not for theater-goers -- so I didn't park there. I've also gotten parking tickets in other villages when I didn't see the "No Parking" sign. I'd rather have the sticker, first of all. Secondly, just because Lisa didn't see the sign doesn't mean she is justified in getting all righteous about getting called out for parking in Blanca's lot. She should thank her lucky stars she didn't get towed!
patricia pausewang July 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM
If Blanca had just had the car towed this would not be an issue. How many of you out there can honestly say you have only parked in spaces for the bussiness you are patronizing. Everyone uses the carvel lot to park and shop everywhere but in that shopping ctr.. I myself have used that lot to go to Blancas and get my nails done.Her lot is a nightmare to get in and out of. Does this make me a criminal if so there are alot of criminals roaming our streets. Lets get real this was a very childish response on Blancas part and it just may cost her some bussiness in the future.
Mo July 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I agree with the salon owner. It's nice of her to leave the sticker. She could consider having the tow truck come instead. Not following the signs is "at your own risk". What a great solution to the problem. The alternative, having to pay the tow truck company, is more expensive!
Lucy July 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The CVS you are referring to is in Sayville, not West Sayville. They are building a CVS in West Sayville west of Cherry Ave soon, because they have a lot of customers and they don't mind sharing their parking lot. (gotta lighten up sometimes)
NotWhoYouThinkIAm July 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I bet Blanca's customers are repeat customers who will be happy to have her lot to themselves.
Steven Feldini July 24, 2012 at 02:48 AM
To answer your question Lucy. No I am not a customer of Blanca's, No I do not have a vested interest in her business and no I could really care less about Sayville. But, I do have an opinion about people doing the wrong thing and then crying foul when somebody takes them to task for it. And not that it's any of your business but I have never received a ticket for parking illegally (at a business). People need to stop with their sense of entitlement and accept the consequences for their actions. BTW there is municipal parking within walking distance. Also, just curious. Do you work for CVS? I mean, you must be some kind of insider to know they don't mind sharing their lot.....Maybe you can get me a discount.
Vito July 24, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I can say I have only parked in spaces for the businesses I am patronizing. I respect the fact that businesses pay for their property and parking and my taking it up when not shopping there is rude, self centered, and disrespectful. I don't even need a threatening sign to make me do this, I am just one of those who realizes I share the planet with others.
Anthony G. (Holbrook) July 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Having a sticker is a NICE way of not towing the car. Think; do you want to get out of theater to find the car is gone, call the police to find it was not stolen, but towed. Then pay about $200 to get it back and have to wait to get picked up? She should just have a tow service waiting near the lot and as people leave their car, tow them away. Then people will be wishing their car was stickered. The entitlement and "eff the next guy" attitude needs to stop. Too many people feel they can do what they want, when they want. It's everywhere. We are becoming a society of selfish [jerks]. I applaud the shop owner for standing up and solving the issue opposed to complaining about it.
Vito July 24, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Amen Anthony, you see this attitude everywhere. People judge what is right and wrong based solely on their own needs and desires. Sadly, this mindset has progressed so far that many don't even realize how self-absorbed and selfish they are being. Many of the comments here are an example of that. I don't think these are all bad people here, they have just lost perspective on what it means to be part of a community, where it isn't all about ME.
Geezer July 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Why would Blanca lose business over this? Her customers are NOT getting stickerd, TOW the schmucks!
MotherHen July 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Sorry Lisa. Thank you for playing. The signs are obvious, you parked illegally.
Christine July 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
If it was a question of be towed or get a sticker, I think we would all agree a sticker. However I think the car or cars should towed, and I would expect that and good enough reason I would never park where a sign is posted. If you have a sign to be towed the sign must state the name, address and phone number of the tow company then why the sticker? What is the message, most would get it.....but if the sticker was placed however I worry about the person who is the "I can"....I'm not sayings Lisa from Bayport, Im talking in general....they would look to sue for damages to their car or maybe try to damage the place of business. I don't think the salon owner is trying to send the wrong message but I just think there is more of a chance you would piss off the wrong person. Don't misunderstand me....I'm just saying......

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