A problem with private parking lots?
Hoboken resident miffed he got towed from private lot
Hoboken411 reader Dan briefly parked in the lot at the midtown CVS at 8th & Clinton last week because he had to run into his nearby apartment for a few minutes. Signs say for CVS customers only, and he got towed. See his story below.
Letter: Towing from lots is a disservice to Hoboken
“My car was parked on 8th and Willow over night and in the morning, on the way to the gym, I noticed that street cleaning was from 10am-11am.
No problem. I was at the gym from 9-9:45, and had enough time to move my car to avoid getting a street cleaning ticket. When I got back from the gym, I moved my car, and put it in the CVS lot on 811 Clinton, knowing it would not be there for long. I went to my apt to change out of my gym gear, put some things down, and then move my car into my permanent parking lot. When I came back, about 20-30 minutes later, my car was gone, only to find out that it had been towed by Mile Square Towing.
I didn’t leave it there overnight, I didn’t leave it there for days on end. It was there for 20-30 minutes and it was towed. I made the trip up to 1500 Jackson St where my car was and tried to speak to someone and reason with them. I had called them before making the trip there, hoping that maybe the driver could just turn his car around and bring it back.. yea right, that didn’t happen.
The lady on the phone was not having it and told me to come by. I spoke to an older man once I got to the garage, and he refused to give me his name. I explained to him the situation and he was not having it. He kept repeating to me “pay the fee.”
I can understand if I parked in a handicap spot, if I was parked somewhere illegally, in front of a fire hydrant, wrong side of the street, but c’mon the CVS lot for 30 minutes max and that warrants my car to be towed?
I paid the $150 fee and left telling this older man, who I think owns the lot, that he is doing a disservice to the town of Hoboken with towing people at will. He is a crook and if there is ever a reason why no one comes to this town to shop, or eat, or improve this towns economy, it’s places like Mile Square Towing that are the reason. Why would anyone want to shop here, eat here, or enjoy the great sites we have to offer, where if they park somewhere, where there is a risk of getting towed (which is anywhere in this town) why the hell would you come here?”
How do they verify who are CVS customers or not?
411 Note: I understand Dan’s frustration – especially since the lot was likely not even at capacity with customers dying to get into the CVS. “What’s the harm?” one might ask.
However, signs are signs – and they are clearly marked. And it is this private property with rules. I can imagine that if they start bending the rules – that people would abuse said luxury and that lot would soon be impossible to park in.
How do you think they towed him so fast – and confirm that he did not at all qualify as a “CVS customer?” Do you think “spotters” are standing by from either CVS or the tow company ready to pluck violators away like shooting fish in a barrel?
Regardless – some lessons learned are expensive ones.