The owner of cowboy operation Elite Services, known for their ruthless clamping of the elderly, the grieving, and anyone stopped for a little over 120 seconds; and the superhuman speed of their employees in applying the torturous devices, has in a surprising twist of fate had all four of his wheels clamped by persons unknown outside his lavish home in Auckland for parking over his own driveway.
It would seem that the tables have been turned on the parking management mogul, perhaps in retaliation for his latest comments.
In an article published late this morning Gordon Ward told New Zealanders to get stuffed, projecting blame onto WINZ and the Police for his company’s light-speed clamping tactics, saying their actions are the result of Police and WINZ staff “taking up all the customer parks” – an allegation that both organisations vehemently refute.
The moments following the discovery of the clamps were seen by a passer-by, who recounted the incident.
“He was on the phone, yelling abuse” says the witness, who wishes not to be named.
“He demanded to know who they were and who they worked for, and that they come and remove the devices immediately.”
“They must have told him how much it would cost following that, because he started shouting that “eight hundred bucks is highway bloody robbery” and that he would not pay it, and that he would call the police and report them.”
When asked if Ward did indeed call the police and, if so, what the outcome was, my source commented,
“Yeah, he rung them. He started screaming at them too, saying, “what do you mean you’re too busy and you’ll send someone when you get time?! Don’t you know who I am?!” He was really pissed off that they didn’t seem to care that the mystery clamper had told him to get stuffed.”
Ward had complained in today’s earlier article that he and his employees “have a job to do” but didn’t address multiple allegations from previous complaints that his employees lie in wait for unsuspecting parkers, the better to race over and clamp their vehicle the very moment the hapless occupants are out of sight.
The employees are so dedicated to “doing their jobs” it would seem, that not even legitimate users of monitored car parks are safe, with Ward in this particular instance packing a real snit when contacted for comment regarding the article and saying he would “no longer deal with journalists”.
It would appear he changed his mind for the latest article – perhaps he found the latest round of backlash to be clamping his style just a little too much?
A voluntary code of conduct for the monitoring and enforcement of private parking spaces was developed in 2015 in conjunction with the AA, Consumer NZ and representatives from the industry, however Ward is one of the companies – along with Amalgamated Parking services, which is reported to be similarly predatory in their approaches – who refused to sign up to the code “as it was written” when questioned about their non-participation during discussions regarding making the practice illegal.
When we reached out to Ward for comment regarding the clamping of his own vehicle today, he said that he had walked outside shortly after midday intending to nip down to the local caf for a soy latte, only to discover his vehicle completely immobilised.
“It’s absolutely outrageous that a man can’t even park in front of his own house!” He raged.
We asked what he did in response and Ward would not comment on this question.
Next we asked if, in light of this incident, he would consider signing the code of conduct or implementing a new policy with his staff which was less heavy handed.
“Never! Blame everyone else, not us!” he responded. He then declared that he would no longer talk to us journalists, and disconnected the call.
It would seem that, in Auckland at least, wheel clampers are not even safe from wheel clampers.
Was the mystery clamper right to tell Ward to get stuffed?
Tell us what you think!