On a recent Friday evening, two friends and I parked in a surface parking lot at 15th and Grand to attend an event at the Midland Theatre. I had parked there before with no problems.
At the end of the night, our cars had all been towed. We saw signs indicating it was a private lot and that cars were towed at owners’ expense. We hadn’t noticed the signs earlier, because of fire trucks and commotion related to an emergency.
The tow companies told us that it was a $250 tow charge, cash only. They also told us that if our cars were not picked up that night, an additional charge of $300 or more would be added by the next day. We decided to retrieve our cars immediately.
We understand that lot owners have a legal right to tow. But those attending events downtown need to realize that these people are taking advantage of the resurgence of the area. They are obviously more interested in this money-making scheme than in your patronage. Our cars were towed half an hour after we parked, as were several others.
Also be advised: The city does not oversee towing practices or fees from private parking lots.