(photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free press)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine going for a bite to eat at your favorite local Winnipeg restaurant, only to navigate your way through hundreds of 100 pound boulders. Now imagine that you found out that the boulders were put there by a heartless management company as "punishment" in a lease dispute, with no regard for children, elderly, or handicapped residents in the area. seems pretty far fetched, doesn't it?
Well that is exactly what has happened in the D-Jays parking lot on Portage Avenue in the Westwood area. It seems D-Jays parking lot is owned by a company called Superior Management. The restaurant owner and the property manager seemingly came to a stalemate over their dispute on the lease of the parking lot. Rather than work on a civil resolution to the problem, or even declare legal action, Superior management has defied logic and dumped giant boulders all over the disputed parking lot.
This may have been funny if it were a Monty Python skit. You may shake your head and say "only in Winnipeg..." Now there have been two stories in the Winnipeg Free Press about the huge boulders being placed in D-Jays parking lot. The first story mainly portrays the restaurant owner's side of the story, that Superior management have been unreasonable, and are trying to scare off the iconic local restaurant.
Today, a second story appeared on the situation that portrayed Superior management's side of the story. It clamied that D-Jays was being unreasonable, and impossible to negotiate with. They also claim that the owner of D-Jays offered to sell Superior the land that D-Jays occupies, then reneged on the deal and tried to double the price.
Here is what Superior Management had to say about the boulders being placed in the parking lot (I am not making this up):