Experienced a new sensation today, the fear that comes with not seeing your car where you left it and the annoyance of having to pay to get it out of an impound lot.
Summary of the day's events:
- Went to a local event (swap meet).
- event parking is limited so a lot of it spills over into surrounding lots. Including where I parked regularly.
- Noted at the time no one was there but attributed it to less-than-stellar attendance.
- Came back to find my car not where I left it.
- A police officer happened to be there assisting someone else (who I assume had the same experience).
- Found I'd been towed to an impound lot which was luckily (for the tower, anyway) only a block down from the event.
- Retrieved my car at my expense.
And before anyone asks, I have no interest in taking this to court or disputing since "Well they never enforced it before" will probably not hold up and I can't exactly say the sign wasn't there. Money out of my pocket and lesson learned, I guess.
What me and the other guys I walked down to the impound with can't figure out is why they suddenly started enforcing this after years of people regularly doing this.
Lot owner just got fed up, I'm guessing.
So my question is: What was your first experience with having your vehicle towed and what were the circumstances?