New father prods Sobeys about parking spot

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STRATFORD, P.E.I. – A father who was irked at a parking spot for new mothers at a P.E.I. grocery store has seemingly prodded Sobeys to include new dads too.

On Monday, Justin Simard was on his way to drop off his nine-month-old son Charles at his aunt’s when he stopped at the Sobeys in Stratford to pick up some baby food.

Simard says he tweeted a photo of himself holding his baby in front of a sign that said “Expecting Mothers; Mothers with Small Children,” and asked Sobeys: “…am I allowed to park here? #notababysitter #dadissues.”

Sobeys tweeted back at Simard, saying he is most definitely entitled to the parking spot and indicated it would be updating its signage at the store in Stratford.

Simard, a musician who takes care of Charles while his wife works part-time, says parking signs that are mother-specific are not inclusive and do not consider modern families, including families with two fathers.

Sobeys did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.