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TOWED: No, we’re not thankful

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 am

What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. I went downtown with friends and family, watched the parade and enjoyed the fireworks. It was a great way to spend the evening and take part in a community tradition — until my car was towed!

We parked in the lot across from Coeur d’Alene Athletic Club. It was full of cars and the gym was closed. We were parked for about an hour and when we came back the car was gone. There were several other families standing in the rain wondering where their car was. I wish I had snapped a picture of the people in pouring rain under the Coeur d’Alene Athletic Club sign — what great P.R. — what a wonderful way for a local business to participate in a community event. Did I mention the gym was CLOSED?

I finally found the sign that said the lot was permit parking only as it was blocked by a huge Suburban — I couldn’t even squeeze between the car and the sign to read it. When the tow truck arrived to haul off another I asked him where my car was. All cars were towed to Post Falls and it was $150 cash only to get them back.

There’s maybe two times a year downtown gets that crowded and I would think downtown business would want to support the people who come down for events!

JILL BUCKLAND

Coeur d’Alene

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8 comments:

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  • IdahoJoey posted at 2:08 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    If people just followed the simple rules this would never have happened.

    Rule #1 Respect other people's property even when they are not around. In this case, that means parking your car LEGALLY somewhere else.

     
  • capnbutch posted at 10:26 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    capnbutch Posts: 729

    These things do happen and they are unfortunate. I have often wondered how citizens could mandate more practical rules and practices for parking disappointments. In my case it is particularly difficult when delivering and guarding friends in wheelchairs. Double-parking is never an option. In tight circumstances, handicapped parking is already taken and sometimes those cars are transporting handicapped people who have forgotten their (inconvenient) signs.

    Modern technology makes possible direct calls to car-owners possible at the time of potential towing. The law might mandate such calls. Since good cars face serious risk of damage during towing, owners might reasonably be allowed some kind of automated defense.

    I have often wondered about more serious car theft alarms, something that would blow a fog horn or something that would turn brilliant bright lights on and dial a cellphone number. I suppose the tow operators would frown on the automated dialing because owners would race back armed.

    Surely, tow drivers have nightmares about this scenario!

    Nonetheless, surreptitious towings should be a thing of the past. No matter how big you are, you have no right to take the property of another without risking the same. It would be fun to quickly hop in and drive the tow truck off to leave the driver scratching his/her head. "Sorry, Bub. If it is really yours, you can pick it up at the impound lot. For now, put the wrench down. Just sit politely on the asphalt. Don't move. I'm armed.... and leave the little lady in the wheelchair alone. She's packing, too. She'll keep you comfortable until I return with an officer."

    Wishful thinking only, I suppose. Not practical at all.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 7:50 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    My point is that the property owners have the right to make the rules for their property. Those rules were posted and they chose to ignore them. They got what they deserve.

     
  • Mark on the Park posted at 7:32 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Mark on the Park Posts: 471

    I agree with you Jill - that was lousy. The towing company was probably doing that at all of the lots they are contracted with. Not for the protection of the lot owners, but to generate income.

    I can see the spirit of community is as strong here as it was with the towing company that night.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 12:44 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    Whether the gym was closed has not has no bearing. They are legally liable for anything that happens on their property and they have chosen to avoid potential legal issues by forbidding others to park there.

    Let us know though where you live Jill. That way, the next time you're not home we can all go park in your driveway.

     
  • Why Not posted at 11:35 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    Why Not Posts: 4002

    No Worries Jill, the new parking garage is on it's way

     
  • IdahoGirl94 posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    IdahoGirl94 Posts: 4

    Reminds me of that TV show "Parking Wars" where it's always someone else's fault that they parked their car illegally.

     
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