A sign of increased oil field action in the form of complaints about the number of 18-wheelers parking in the Sherwood Way Wal-Mart's parking lot at night.
The trucks continue to park for extended periods of time in the private lot despite Wal-Mart posting several "No Truck Parking" signs.
San Angelo Police Department Community Services Officer, Zach Upton, says "We can't enforce anything unless it's on public property. A roadway or city owned places; so in a situation like this it's up to the business to make the first contact."
Despite the "No Truck Parking" signs, these large trucks continue to fill the parking spaces causing an inconvenience and possible safety hazard for customers and the store.
Residents have expressed their concerns to Wal-Mart staff and the SAPD, but the problem continues.
"I would think the problem is just going to continue to get worse until there is something specifically designed or these trucks to stop in. Right now, the city just doesn't have something that accommodates that many large trucks," Upton said.
Although Wal-Mart staff say countless customer complaints on the issue come weekly, SAPD records of the past 6 months only indicate five calls pertaining to the issue; two from the public.
Officer Upton says they received their first call about the issue from Wal-Mart staff May 2nd then another five days later, but did not receive a third call for two months.
"Since it is private property we can't enforce their rules. The way they park in their parking lots is their rules, not something we can enforce because it's not a law[...] once they ask somebody to leave and they refuse to leave then they're breaking the law, so that's when we're allowed to step in and give them one last try to leave. If they refuse, then they would be arrested for criminal trespassing," Upton said.
The incidents where SAPD was called out to assist staff resulted in full compliance from the truck drivers.
Wal-Mart management declined our request for interviews, but tell us they do not want the trucks in their parking lots and are taking steps to address the issue.