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Old 08-01-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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towing fee is $125, I just started work and have less than $800 in the bank so this one hit me hard.
Ha, lesson learned. I've never been towed but I've seen sooo many people get towed that I always read signs were I park, and if no sign, don't park!
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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My advice to anyone reading this, as someone mentioned before, do whatever you can on-line or by phone, you even get a discount on some things. If you can't, take a day trip on a day off (if possible) to a smaller DMV office like towards Winchester or Fredricksburg. The price of fuel should still be cheaper than the OP's $125 tow bill.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Blacksburg, Va
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Or just arrive earlier preferably right when they open, that's what I should have done. I guess the lesson is to play it safe when parking anywhere. I had some doubt and I should have kept circling, I ignored my doubt and paid an expensive price.

Although I found stories online of that same towing company towing cars in shopping centers (specifically the Westmont one) because the cars were not parked right in front of the business they were going to. I think that's an extreme example of enforcement. I'm afraid to go to shopping centers now if there's no parking in front of the business I want to go to.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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Although I found stories online of that same towing company towing cars in shopping centers (specifically the Westmont one) because the cars were not parked right in front of the business they were going to. I think that's an extreme example of enforcement. I'm afraid to go to shopping centers now if there's no parking in front of the business I want to go to.
Those tow companies better watch it. They tow the wrong car for the wrong reason, they will eventually **** someone off enough to do something really, really stupid...
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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If you search for your location, it gives you an average wait time. That's probably a semi-decent indicator of how busy the parking lot is.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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If I were the chicken lady, I'd just turn the unused part of the lot into a paid parking area or put up meters. Why be so hateful about people parking there?
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Although I found stories online of that same towing company towing cars in shopping centers (specifically the Westmont one) because the cars were not parked right in front of the business they were going to. I think that's an extreme example of enforcement. I'm afraid to go to shopping centers now if there's no parking in front of the business I want to go to.

Yeah, I worry about that kind of stuff, too.

About a year ago, I was at the Fair Lakes Promenade shopping center, doing some shopping at Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, and Children's Place. I had parked in the center of the shopping center so I could essentially walk from one end to the other without having to repark.

While shopping, I remembered that I also needed to pick up a prescription at the Kaiser that's right there. Kaiser members are warned not to park in the shopping center parking lot because they will tow Kaiser members' cars. I thought I was safe, though, because I had done PLENTY of shopping at the shopping center.

Apparently not...

A "Kaiser cop" warned me that the towing company would still tow my car because Kaiser members are not allowed to use the shopping center parking lot. I pointed out that I was also a patron of the shopping center. The "Kaiser cop" said it didn't matter-- that Kaiser members couldn't park in that parking lot. She was wrong, of course. They cannot discriminate against Kaiser members if they are also shopping at the shopping center. But I was still worried!




WJLA recently aired a segment about the DMV and towing. A man's car got towed because he parked in front of a business. He then went to the DMV, while his teen or young adult daughter went to the business where they parked. She was a legitimate customer, but the towing company towed the man's car anyway.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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If that was a fact, did the towing company put the car back in it's rightful spot and apologize? They should have. The owner of the business that was patronized by the other person could/should have gotten involved and made them bring the car back. All they had to say was "I didn't hire you all to run off my customers and ruin my name." And if not, he/she should have fired them on the spot. I think my beef would be more with the owner of the business than the towing company.
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