Thousands of angry shoppers have threatened to boycott Westfield Chermside if the retail giant proceeds with a controversial plan to introduce paid parking next year.

Centre management confirmed earlier this month they had sought permission from Brisbane City Council to install boom gates and ticketing booths at the entrance to all parking lots.

Frequent visitor Peter Graham was outraged when he heard the news and created a group on the social networking website Facebook now withmore than 8500 outraged Queenslanders have joined to voice their concerns, with most promising they will shop elsewhere.

Brisbane Times