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Boston Housing Authority Complaint - Parking Issue - Parking Issues

Review by soso61 on 2008-09-06
HYDE PARK, MASSACHUSETTS -- On Wednesday, July 13, 2008, I left my home in Mansfield and went to drop off groceries at my 85 year old mothers home on summer st. Hyde park, ma which was presently under construction, and there was no parking on the street due to construction. Not having a permit for the parking lot, I chose to park in rear of her back door, which there were no signs stating that I could not park there. The only sign bought from a regular store stated "no trespassing" and in the little white box below it stated violators will be prosecuted." I was bringing in my mothers groceries, my car door was open, my keys were on the right passenger seat and I was five feet from my mothers back door when I came out to find my car gone. I immediately thought my car had been stolen. A man came out and stated that a tow truck took my car. My car was towed because I wasn't supposed to park there.

First, I am bringing in groceries for my aged mother. Second, there was no place to park, due construction. Third, I was only there for five minutes. Fourth, I am distressed beyond words and I felt violated thinking my car had been stolen only to find out that my car was towed, which is worse due to the fact I was trying to abide by the no parking rule for the street and I didn't park in the handicap spots. The sign stated "no trespassing".

How was I to bring in my mothers groceries? No one even had the decency to come to me and let me know that I needed to move my vehicle or it would be towed. I just came out to find my car gone. I was stranded with no way to retrieve my car, which cost me three hours of grief and extreme anxiety, and $125.00 Cash to get my car back. Due to the extenuating circumstances for which I had no control, why couldn't the facility give some leeway to where a person could park to care for their aged mother?!!!

How would they react in the same circumstances?! There was and is no reason for what took place and yet it did and does occur, as I personally found out. So I had to use money I did not have to retrieve my car and for what--to take care of my aged mother by bringing her groceries.!!!! What an atrocity that should not have occurred!!!!
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-09-07
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-06:
It takes time for a wrecker to arrive. It takes more time to hook up a vehicle. I applaud you for taking excellent care of your mother. But, it would have been wiser to simply carry the groceries in (taking 5 minutes) and then moving the car and walking back to your mother's place to put up the groceries or visit for a while. If it was 'safe' enough to leave your keys on the seat, it was likely safe enough for your mom to wait in the car while you carried in the food. Sorry, not much sympathy here.
Posted by yoke on 2008-09-06:
Tow trucks make alot of noise. How could you not hear a tow truck that was a few feet from your mothers back door?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-06:
I've seen tow truck drivers in parking lots that have trucks that will grab the vehicle without the tow driver getting out. They secure it once they're down the street. They are authorized to tow unauthorized vehicles and the tow drivers will prowl the lots like a bulldogs. I'm sure it's the same scenario that happened here. They can make a small fortune preying on these situations.
Posted by MRM on 2008-09-06:
C20, that was my thoughts exactly that the tow drivers stake out at the location and then they tow the unauthorized parked vehicle.
Posted by TGT101 on 2008-09-07:
This is obviously just a plea for sympathy. Why else would you constantly state the age of your mother. You stated that you saw the "No Trespassing" sign and chose to ignore it. And then you complain that it was because of the age of your mother. Rules are rules there should not be any exceptions.
Posted by chris513 on 2008-09-07:
5 minutes? wow...that's about the same amount of time as my first marriage...i love las vegas.
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-09-07:
If your vehicle was towed in 5 minutes that simply means a truck was waiting nearby for the next victim. I expect before the construction is completed there will be a few other folks surprised when they return. Having had a vehicle towed once, I check and then double check before I park anywhere. And yes, I thought my car had been stolen as well. lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-07:
Los Angeles passed a "predatory towing" law last year after a couple people were killed trying to keep their cars from being towed by these low life predators. A local news team parked a car legally in a shopping center, went into a store and bought something which made the parking legal. Within minutes a midnight predatory tow guy was hooking up to the car. He relented and unhooked the car but he and his tow company were all over the news for days.

That news clip and the couple of deaths blew wide open the issue in the media. The city council had to act on it, they couldn't sweep it under the rug as they often did in the past.
Posted by soso61 on 2008-09-07:
you enjoyed my complaint well I think this was a waste of my time.Plus Malone Apartment policy are to provide parking."A parking sticker does not guarantee you a parking space or permit you to park in unauthorized areas."She was home not shopping with me.So maybe it was ten or fifteen minutes.But there was no place else to park. No sympathy needed actually
looking for ridge rules to change.The fact that I didn't here my car towed doesn't matter.The street was being worked on there was no parking anywhere else.

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