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Old 10-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #11
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FYI a "person" can't just put up a sign that says no parking and make it an enforceable law. There is something called right of way, which alllows people to walk on the sidewalk and park on the road. If that tow truck driver wants his $50 he should get it from the person who called him.

Next time you might want to ask the city where you are allowed to park since they block off your street every year.

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Old 10-08-2012, 03:11 PM   #12
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FYI a "person" can't just put up a sign that says no parking and make it an enforceable law. There is something called right of way, which alllows people to walk on the sidewalk and park on the road. If that tow truck driver wants his $50 he should get it from the person who called him.
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A paper sign is completely unenforceable.

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:00 PM   #13
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Paper sign is definitely unenforceable. Even if the signs were put up by the city, and it sounds like they were not, they typically cannot be enforced without meeting the city's code for no-parking signs. I'm pretty sure paper signs would not meet the requirements. If the city wanted to temporarily block parking there they would have most likely posted an officer over there or put down traffic cones/taped it off and put up a more official temporary sign.

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #14
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First of all, +1 to the idea of disputing the charge. Don't cancel your card.

I don't know if you actually live in DC or near DC, and I don't know if DC is like Philly, but I noticed most of the people posting don't live in a big city. It's been my experience that the way things work has very little to do with the law.

I live on a street with a yearly event that blocks off my entire street to traffic for 48 hours. I don't drive much, plus I have a garage, so I usually choose to keep my car in my garage and just take public transit for those two days. Virtually every year, they put up the signs about one hour before they go into effect, or sometimes after they go into effect. That is certainly not legal, but they ticket people anyway, and good luck trying to fight it. They only actually tow people during the last 24 hours of the event. I assume it's a source of revenue and/or the guy putting the signs up was too hung over to do it on time.

A few years ago they had an unrelated event on my street, and said there would be no street parking for a week (!). I called everyone I could find to figure out if they were going to block my garage. After days of calling, I got in contact with someone who said they would not block it except for one 12 hour time slot. At the beginning of the week, they dumped a pile of building materials in my driveway, and left it there for the whole week. The guy I had talked to before stopped answering his phone. The cops told me to call the parking authority. The parking authority told me (basically) to go f myself.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:18 AM   #15
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I already cancelled my card. I got a call from the tow company today asking if I had another form of payment. I said that I didn't. The guy accused me of blowing him off, to which I replied: "I don't think I owe you anything, you didn't do anything. Gotta run." Then I hung up. We will see if I get the police knocking on my door any time soon.

I feel a little bit bad because the next time the driver probably won't give a person a break if he hasn't hooked up the car yet. The guy was trying to be nice, even if in my opinion his logic was misguided.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:34 AM   #16
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I already cancelled my card. I got a call from the tow company today asking if I had another form of payment. I said that I didn't. The guy accused me of blowing him off, to which I replied: "I don't think I owe you anything, you didn't do anything. Gotta run." Then I hung up. We will see if I get the police knocking on my door any time soon.

I feel a little bit bad because the next time the driver probably won't give a person a break if he hasn't hooked up the car yet. The guy was trying to be nice, even if in my opinion his logic was misguided.
It was a little passive aggressive. You should have explained that you gave him the card in the heat of the moment, but that after researching you found that there was no grounds on which you should have been towed and so you have no intention of paying. Tell him to take up the matter with the city. Hanging up put you in the wrong. It's never a good idea to hang up on people if you can help it. It sounds like a small town as well.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:38 AM   #17
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I'm questioning how legal it is to charge someone 50 bucks to not tow their car.

Did you get a ticket from some actual government agency? I once bribed a tow driver to let my car down after he had it. 50 bucks, at that. And it was the cop who wrote the parking ticket who suggested I could find the driver around the corner and "work something out". No foolin. Well the tow driver tore up his paper on my car and I figured that was it. I later found out the cop turned in his ticket and I was wanted on it. Point is, be sure you don't have a parking ticket.

Watch the tow yard doesn't turn you into collections either.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:58 AM   #18
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Yes.. Don't stick your head in the sand on this. Call the driver, call the police, get it straightened out. Things like this can really come around to bite you, years down the road even. It may go to collections, or you may get a warrant issued as an extreme. You'll have a much better bargaining position if the incident is fresh and it's you taking the initiative.

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I don't understand why you feel bad. A random citizen put up unenforceable no parking signs. A tow truck driver tried to make $50 off you, even though you were parked legally. What am I missing? Also, how did they get your phone number?

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I don't understand why you feel bad. A random citizen put up unenforceable no parking signs. A tow truck driver tried to make $50 off you, even though you were parked legally. What am I missing? Also, how did they get your phone number?
He feels bad because he thinks this will damage the chances of the next guy who may have gotten a break... And indeed it may. But personally I would rather me not get a ticket I didn't earn than someone else get out of one that they did.
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