While I have not yet sued Laz-y Ass Parking, Ltd. and West Hartford Auto Center, my letter to them outlining why they illegally and tortiously towed my car has already gotten Laz-y Ass to change its behavior and put up new, somewhat clearer signs at both parking lots I've written about on my blog. Here's what my continuing investigation of this crime and tort against me has uncovered.
Last night, after a wonderful night of dancing at The Russian Lady in Hartford I stopped by the Scene of the Crime against me by my assailants, Laz-y Ass Parking, Ltd. and West Hartford Auto Center. This is the small parking lot at the northeast corner of Ann Uccello and Church Streets in Hartford. My purpose was to photograph the signage for evidence in my upcoming small claims or class action suit against the criminal defendants. I call their towing of my car a crime because it was. They wrongfully towed my car away, permanently to withold it from me unless I gave in to their extortion, namely, their demand that I pay $113 in cash to get it back.
Anyway, to my surprise, there is now new signage in addition to the old signage. My threat to sue the criminals has begun to pay off in a change in their behavior. Here's what I found and what I photographed.
First, the old signs. Here are the signs which are permanently affixed to the south side of the unattended parking lot attendant's booth.
The large standing frame with the $10 Event Parking Fee sign, which was there the night of the crime against me, has been replaced with the following signs.
The first photograph faces west towards Ann Uccello Street and can be seen clearly by anyone entering the lot from the curb cut due west of the attendant's booth.
There is now a smaller sign, with identical lettering, nailed to a telephone pole west of the attendant's booth, which can also be seen, but not easily read, by anyone entering the lot from the same curb cut. Here is a photograph of the smaller sign.
The virtue of these two new signs is this. They make it much clearer to potential users of the lot that only monthly and daily ticket holders are permitted to park in the lot and all others will be towed. Had the large sign been there the night my car was towed, I most definitely would NOT have parked my car there. I then WOULD have realized I was not allowed to park there without risking a tow job. But the signs were NOT there that night, I didn't see any of the signs, and even if I had seen the signs that were there that night, I would have believed I had a right to park there for $10. If the larger of the two new signs had been in place the night I got towed, but weren't, here is what I would have seen when I pulled into the lot.
Then I went back to the smaller lot on the north side of Pearl Street, west of Ann Uccello Street and found photographed the signs there. Here is the sign on the attendant's booth. I mean the one below the window of the booth. It's just like the one on the attendant's booth at the Church and Ann Uccello lot.
But there is now a new sign, small and hard to read, but most informative, in the lower right hand corner of the window of the attendant's booth. Here's what it says.
"Monthly Parkers Only." That sign was not there in the previous times I parked in that lot. When I parked there that other time, I did not get towed, but somebody put a slip of paper under my driver's side windshield wiper which indicated I owed $8 for parking there that evening.
So, the new signs in the parking lot where I got towed show that somebody at Laz-y Ass Parking Ltd. is not quite so lazy-ass now that I've put them on notice of my legal analysis as they were before they had the temerity to tow my car. Let's see if they do the right thing, once I write them another letter with the new information, and refund my money. If not, the next step is to consult with the class action lawyers to see if they're interested in making a really big pain in the ass of themselves with Laz-y Ass Parking Ltd. (the "Ltd." stands for "of limited IQ and EQ").