posted: April 18, 2013
This video was shot April 4th, 2013 at 5am, far earlier than any city allows businesses to make excessive noise
I live next to a Smart & Final. Before Smart & Final, It was an Aaron Brothers, and a Thriftymart. As I have been stuck in this apartment for nearly 40 years now, I have seen businesses come and go from this location. Never, in that time, have I had to endure so much daily noise as I do from Smart & Final.
My girlfriend Nora works days. She goes to sleep early, but thanks to Smart & Final constantly making noise, she now needs to take a sleeping pill every night in order to get some sleep. I work nights, and sit at my desk and hear the constant talking / slamming / moving / beeping / et cetera of employees who don’t give a damn just how much noise they make (the video above was just me getting annoyed with all the noise, and deciding to document the crap). When I try to sleep in the days, it’s pointless. Huge 18 wheeler trucks hissing their brakes, dollies loading and unloading palettes of merchandise, shopping carts being pushed (and slammed) to and from. I get very little sleep, and it’s taking a toll.
Why put up with this? Well, first, I can not afford to move. Second, I tolerated the racket because I could safely park my car in their lot…until a few weeks ago.
Smart & Final put notices on all cars in their lot, saying the lot was for two hour parking while shopping in their business. Fair enough, but I do shop at their business. It’s literally feet from my apartment. If I need something, I can cross a parking lot and get it.
The bigger issue is that it is not just the local residents (who do shop at Smart & Final) that park in the lot. The local car wash, bar, motorcycle shop and chinese restaurant all have their employees and patrons park in the lot (and fill up the street parking as well, crippling the amount of spaces available for residents). The other local businesses essentially ruined it for everyone…and they don’t shop at the store!
A note: Our building does not have “Garages”. We have storage areas. You can pull a car into the garages if you really tried, but you’d never be able to open the door to get out. In addition, as the one bedroom apartments are occupied with couples, that is two cars per apartment. We need that Smart & Final lot to safely park in. Smart & Final has three parking lots. We park in the furthest lot from the business, and only take six (out of 44) spots. As I look out the window now, there are only three cars in the lot. Since everyone was kicked out of the lot, there’s rarely ever a car in the lot. It just sits there…empty. No matter how important Smart & Final think they are, they simply do not generate enough business to fill the lot. Easter just came and went. You could have played frisbee in the lot, and not hit any cars!
I tried reaching out to Smart & Final corporate, in the Citadel complex (that thing off the 5 freeway no one shops at). Summary of those phone calls: they do not care that they make noise, and don’t care about the fact that their local neighbors are being inconvenienced.
If they would just put up a sign saying “parking for customers only. No parking for (local businesses)”, this could be resolved. Instead, now no one can park their cars. The limited street parking that is around here is being taken up by the other local businesses, leaving the residents basically screwed.
I have reached out to the City Of Burbank, but have not had any sort of resolution yet.
Just another fun day of drama, caused by yet another business that just doesn’t care.2812