A ‘no parking’ sign tied to a pole has been getting some serious attention, and not all of it good.  

The sign was put up along the parking spots outside Hornibrook Bait and Tackle shop in Clontarf, Queensland.

It’s understood that the sign was put to to stop festival-goers taking up store parking during Kitefest, one of the area’s busiest events.

The sign read, “Unless you’re supporting this local business, please don’t park here!”  News.com.au reported.

The shop’s owner, Tony Lincoln took to Facebook to thank the local community.

“Hornibrook Bait and Tackle would like to extend our sincerest thanks to anyone on the page who happened to be a Kitefest attendee and saw this sign out the front of the shop and parked elsewhere. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.”

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Lincoln continued, “To those who eventually took up all our customer carparks and parked us in all day, if you were one of the ones without small children with you, please know that I could not have been more sincere & that I meant every word I said during our conversations.”

Some locals were unhappy about the sign, saying Lincoln had no right to prevent people from street parking.

Complaints such as “Just wondering how legal your signs were, as you clearly don’t own the street,” and “Okay but you don’t own the park so your sign is pointless” were targeted at the shop-owner.

Lincoln said he didn’t put up the sign, apparently the council did, he claims.

Some locals defended Lincoln, saying the sign’s purpose was purely to protect small businesses.

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