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(WIVB) Cody Phetteplace and Dean Green made the one and a half hour drive from Franklinville to the downtown Theatre District to watch Street Live at Shea Performing Arts Center with their families, who were on a field trip with other kids from Ten Broeck Academy pre kindergarten.
But when the show was over, their cars were disabled by wheel locks, or at a Pay2Park lot nearby.
The parking lots clustered around the Theatre District are unmanned, customers pay at pay stations which post a warning that if parking receipts are not left on the dash, cars will be immobilized. But Dean and Cody said they paid the $20 to park and did leave their receipts on their dashboards.
had to go to the meter, pay the $150 fine to get the boot removed, said Cody. they knew that we were getting the boot removed, they were there within a heartbeat. insists he followed the instructions, and his receipt was still sitting on the dash when he returned to his car with the boot on it.
Cody said he left his receipt on the dash, too, but when he got back to his car, it was on the floor. Cody and Dean also said others parked in the Pay2park lots suffered a similar fate.
was about 4 other vehicles in the parking area we had chosen to park in with boots on their vehicles,
Dean didn have the $150 to get the boot off his car, so Cody paid for both of them plus they had already paid $20 each, before the show.
Is this typical of parking at private lots downtown? No. The president of AllPro Parking, Rick Serra said in an interview back in October, they will cut their customers some slack.
lot of times people don realize there is a pay station on the parking lot. They are in a hurry, they will just park and run off. If they tell us, and give us a good reasonable reason for why they were not able to pay, we deal with it. Paladino Ellicott Park lots may be the only private surface facilities that are still staffed by humans.
News 4 reached out to Pay2park officials and their lawyer to see if there is an easier way of settling these kinds of disputes before a driver has to shell out $150, or take the company to small claims court. Our calls have not been returned. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.