Raleigh, N.C. — Business owners in downtown Raleigh are concerned that aggressive tactics by the city’s parking enforcement staff are chasing customers away.

A Raleigh restaurant owner took photos of a city parking enforcement agent Monday, when he believed the agent was ticketing a family as a man with a walker was loading into his car. The car was parked in a legal spot on the street 10 feet from the door of his doctor’s office.

The business owner questioned the city worker about his judgment and the agent did not clarify. According to Gordon Dash, park administrator for the City of Raleigh, parking enforcement agents are instructed not to speak to those not directly involved with the incident.

“I couldn’t believe it,” restaurant owner Kenneth Yowell said. “This guy would have realized who he was giving a ticket to and been able to make a judgment call and not ticket a man just trying to walk 10 feet over to his car.”

“I took a couple of pictures because I couldn’t belive it was actyally happening,” Yowell said. “I have staff who get tickets, pretty much every day.”

WRAL contacted the City of Raleigh before 10 a.m., but did not hear back from until around 2:30 p.m.

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