At Flextrum in Lund, the company has tried to take back their parking lot for almost a year now due to beggars. From the community and state, there does not seem to be any help offered, so the decision may end up being to move the company. Maud Rahm is CEO for Flextrus and represents Å & R Carton who rents two parking slots by the community for their employees. She says to Sydsvenskan that the community now has to choose what they prioritize most.
The beggars park their cars on the parking lot, live in them and even make fires from them (cooking food?). Flextrus manufactures packaging materials and the activity does not go well with smoke, which would mean a risk of fire if the smoke made its way inside the ventilation. According to Rahm, they have goods worth millions that does not tolerate smoke at all.
The company early on told the beggars that they could not park in the lot as they saw fit, and in the last half-year, even the property owner had to be involved who made several complaints to the police about unlawful fires and vandalism.
We have done as one should. First we talked to them and told them kindly not to occupy the area. There was no effect. They have been there for almost a full year. There’s never been as many beggars as now.
And the trust with community and the police is not the best.
I don’t think they know what to do. This is so incredibly strange. This is something we rent and pay for and we cannot stay there. To me it is rather an odd situation. I feel as if nobody is doing anything about this. Nobody wants to handle it. We’re trying to be fair, but this is not how it should be.
Note to our readers- Beggars is a common Swedish term for the Roma.