I am not quite sure what to make of this one, but local activist Richard Boodman has been telling me of an alleged-towing scam that’s been going on in the parking lot next to Chase Bank on Park Avenue. Described as “an ongoing cash cow,” Richard even sent me proof in a video that he took. I won’t post the video here to protect the identity of the car getting towed.
The parking lot which serves Chase/UPS/Super Cut/Pier 1 does have signs that say you will be towed if you aren’t parking for those businesses. Fair enough. But this is where things get sticky: Apparently a tow truck idles across the street, waits for people to park and walk to the other strip next door (Country Bakery, Coffee Nut, etc.). Then the tow guy will proceed to hitch the automobile, but waits for the owner to come by and basically asks for cash to release the car [ALLEGED].
Again, this is all alleged, but it has been an issue in the past. Our previous administration had to handle this matter by going into an agreement that store tenants and building management were to call for the tow truck on a per incident basis. Richard tells me, “When I reminded the tow guy about the agreement that city hall brokered, he said, ‘That Was Changed 6 Months ago’.”
Whether this is a scam or not, just please just heed this warning: If you are going to park in that lot, make sure you take notice of any tow trucks in the area. Or just park legally. Please note: the word alleged was used in this article several times and there was no mention of the tow truck company name.