'Booting' of cars downtown is out of ...

'Booting' of cars downtown is out of control, Sheehan says

There are 194 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 5, 2008, titled 'Booting' of cars downtown is out of control, Sheehan says. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

An Orlando city commissioner wants to ban the practice of "booting" cars parked in private lots in response to complaints from downtown visitors and police.

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Zippy T PH

Orlando, FL

#1 Jun 5, 2008
Thank you Comm. Sheehan for actually showing leadership on this issue.

Has anyone seen or heard from our "Mayor" on this? He does work for us, last time I checked. I guess he is waiting for Mr. Gren to give him permission to speak.(along with his monthly envelope, no doubt)
fltom

Orlando, FL

#2 Jun 5, 2008
I personally dont like being towed, booted, or ticketed. With that in mind, I park in a legal parking spot and walk to where I,m going. This is starting to sound like a personal vendetta against a business owner that is making money because people flagrantly violate parking regulations and private property restrictions. Why not tell people that illegal parking is not tolerated in Orlando and how about the city management doing something about the lack of parking and options for people downtown. This not a problem caused by a towtruck company that is more efficient than parking violators. Like I said, it sounds like someone with a voice in the media got a penalty for parking illegally and decided to turn their anger towards the towtruck company, I call that irresponsible. Business owner are frustrated with the total lack of regard and if you only charge 10 dollars, the violators will not pay attention
mama OBaSama

Miami, FL

#3 Jun 5, 2008
Greedy Bast-rds. Some people (& companys-management)have no sense of decency. Parking in a public area should be an amendment "Right". How can anyone convince themselves that they are performing a worthwhile job, they must be desperate. May they burn in h-ll.
Yo mama OBaSama

Miami, FL

#4 Jun 5, 2008
Zippy T PH wrote:
Thank you Comm. Sheehan for actually showing leadership on this issue.
Has anyone seen or heard from our "Mayor" on this? He does work for us, last time I checked. I guess he is waiting for Mr. Gren to give him permission to speak.(along with his monthly envelope, no doubt)
I headr he owns stock in a "booting" company.
No way

Jacksonville, FL

#5 Jun 5, 2008
"All vehicles that are towed or booted are illegally parked on property we have authorization to enforce.... If you are illegally parked, ignorance of the law and/or time frames are no defense."

The city needs to shut you down! You have not been treated unfairly and my solution to your kind is to have a grinder in my truck from now on.

"You're still illegally parked on someone's private property. It is not your place nor the driver's to complain that how my clients choose to enforce and what they elect to allow is wrong."

Illegal under whose definition? Yours?

"Talk is cheap."

Yes, it is, especially coming from you!

Since this POS company has a financial interest, you would expect them to defend their predatory antics.
Bill

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
It seems to me it is simple: don't patronize any establishment in the downtown area. Parking is a horror to begin with, and now even when you park legally it appears this preditor will boot your car/truck. Just read his comment about buying the property if you don't like it. Maybe somebody should boot him. Then demainding cash?? I wonder how much of that gets reported in sales tax's or to the IRS.
Makes one wonder?
trtsmb

Tampa, FL

#7 Jun 5, 2008
Really makes me want to avoid downtown if I have to worry about the bank or business that I am visiting is going to boot my car.

If they are so worried about people parking in their private lots, hire an attendant.
AAAARRRRGGHH

Lakeland, FL

#8 Jun 5, 2008
The boot serves no purpose... it's a straight up money grab. It doesn't free up a parking space - which is supposed to be the reason for enforcing illegal parking anyway.
At least towing frees up the parking space for those who are "supposed to be there"... or at least that's the excuse.
These predatory tow companies are the lowest forms of life.

I wouldn't be surprised to see someone from TowTruck Company of Orlando staring down the business end of a shotgun from some disgruntled tow-victim... or maybe a firebomb to their place of business. I wouldn't be too disappointed in that outcome either. [email protected]@rds!!!
Bud

Winter Park, FL

#9 Jun 5, 2008
After hearing all the horor stories about parking down town it is really no suprprise that no one wants to go down town unless it's absolutely necessary to see a lawyer, bank, or doctor. No need to worry about shopping is there isn't any place to shop anyway. Not everyone is looking for a bar or restaurant down town as most folks go to the outlying shopping centers where parking is not a problem and stores and restaurnats are plentiful!!
Just Wondering

Palatine, IL

#10 Jun 5, 2008
Why is a tow-truck operator allowed to make a determination on what is legal parking? Wouldn't that be considered "impersonating a law-enforcement officer"?

I agree with AAARRRGGGHHH; the booting does not free up the parking space at all. It is simply an excuse to collect cash.
-Sick of it All-

United States

#11 Jun 5, 2008
After reading all these horror stories, I am even more paranoid than ever to go downtown. It's bad enough when you can't find a parking place but now you risk the possibility of being booted when parking legally. If this goes on, business owners won't have anyone parking in their lots...is this what they want???
Mookie

Orlando, FL

#12 Jun 5, 2008
Here's a clue..."$100 Cash Only". When companies deal in "cash only" there's no record...no way to tax the income, etc. TowTruck Company of Orlando is an obvious bottom-feeder.
George

New York, NY

#13 Jun 5, 2008
Here is the deal. If you boot my vehical I will own your boot. I would spend money on a saw before I pay a predatory tow company to remove it, Also I would boycott those business's using those tow companies.Its one thing to tow a car and another to imobilize it. If you have a medical emergancy and need the vehical who pays the price of a possible fatality?
Nathan

Palm Coast, FL

#14 Jun 5, 2008
Booting is better than towing. At least you don't have to go to the ends of the Earth to pick up your towed car.

I had my car towed out of my own driveway three years ago, and no amount of arguing with the towing company would get it back. I had to have a friend drive me 30 minutes to the lot to pick it up. Police wouldn't help me. Homeowner's associate wouldn't help me. Towing company damn sure wouldn't help me. At least if it was booted, the world would have seen that they did it in my own driveway, and I wouldn't have had to go more than ten feet to get my car back.

Towing companies--as evidenced by the owner's quote in the article--train themselves to be heartless. Fine. Just make it easy for us to get our cars back, and leave the evidence of our legal/illegal parking for all the world to see.
Big Daddy

United States

#15 Jun 5, 2008
Mookie wrote:
Here's a clue..."$100 Cash Only". When companies deal in "cash only" there's no record...no way to tax the income, etc. TowTruck Company of Orlando is an obvious bottom-feeder.
Ding! We have a winner. "Cash only" is a red flag for sure. I'll bet that drug dealers and prostitutes probably pay more income taxes than tow truck companies.
ciwell

Richmond, VA

#16 Jun 5, 2008
And people wonder why downtown is not patronized and thus inable to be "revitalized." The first step in regards to this would be to make all parking downtown free.
10 over 100

Denver, CO

#17 Jun 5, 2008
fltom wrote:
I personally dont like being towed, booted, or ticketed. With that in mind, I park in a legal parking spot and walk to where I,m going. This is starting to sound like a personal vendetta against a business owner that is making money because people flagrantly violate parking regulations and private property restrictions. Why not tell people that illegal parking is not tolerated in Orlando and how about the city management doing something about the lack of parking and options for people downtown. This not a problem caused by a towtruck company that is more efficient than parking violators. Like I said, it sounds like someone with a voice in the media got a penalty for parking illegally and decided to turn their anger towards the towtruck company, I call that irresponsible. Business owner are frustrated with the total lack of regard and if you only charge 10 dollars, the violators will not pay attention
While I don't agree at all with booting it seems that you are off the mark when you say that "violators" will not pay attention - clearly the owner of the car needs the boot to be removed so that they can drive it away!
The mere inconvenience of having to deal with and pay $10 (even cash) to these scum bags would leave a lasting impression on me.
Nobody

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#18 Jun 5, 2008
Hmmm... I worked in a business where i had to deal with tow truck owners and drivers periodically. Basically... they are all SCUM.Ignorant,lowlifes,bottom of the pond scum. I'm talking low...
Jim

Frisco, TX

#19 Jun 5, 2008
Seems to me that City Attorney Downs and other City Lawyers don't have a clue about the law. Maybe we should hire more questionable lawyers to muddy up the waters even more so no-one will come downtown. Right on Commissioner
Grad Student

Orlando, FL

#20 Jun 5, 2008
What ever happened to the idea of a parking ticket? That money goes into the city budget and not to some scum-bag tow company. The parking enforcement is always out and seems to do a good job at catching violators. Please remember there are tons of people who do break the rules. In some instances they deserve to be towed or booted. There needs to be a balance.

Also, I visit downtown several times a week both during the day and night and never have a major problem finding a free place to park. Yes, you might walk a block but its not the end of the world. Plus if you want to pay a few bucks you can park in one of the many garages.

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