Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brian's Legal Battle

Many of you probably know this story because Brian has not bothered to withold the details of his first legal battle against a local towing company. However, if this information is new to you, allow me to divulge the details.

One weekday, Brian left work to head to a McDonalds for lunch. As the McDonald's parking lot was full and several other parking spots had traffic cones blocking vehicle entrance, Brian decided to park my Honda Accord in the neighboring Chinese restaurants parking lot. That parking lot had several vacant spots during lunch time and Brian would only be running in to McDonalds to purchase his food before returning to the car to take his food back to work.

Five minutes later, Brian emerges to find that the Honda has been towed. When he enters the Chinese restaurant to find out where his car has gone, someone at the front desk mentions that they believe a manager at McDonald's is 'in bed' with a towing company and receives a commission on all vehicles which are towed in none customer parking spaces.

Brian contacts and finds out that indeed the Honda has been towed and is in an impound lot. He is welcome to get the vehicle after paying a hefty fine and providing documentation showing ownership of the vehicle.

Since this is his lunch hour, he has a co-worker pick him up from McDonalds and then calls his wife (me) and tells me that my Honda Accord has been impounded and I need to pick him up at work and drive him to the impound lot so he can collect the Honda. And he needs me to get the car title and bring it with me since the car is in my name. Unhappy pregnant wife.

Once we get to the impound lot in the heat of a June afternoon, I find that I have to get out of the air conditioned vehicle in order to confirm my identification, title, and pay the $300 fine in a derelict trailer outside of the impound lot. Very unhappy pregnant wife.

A few weeks later, Brian goes to the city offices and starts the appeal process against the towing companies decision to tow and impound my car. He took pictures of the Chinese restaurant parking lot revealing that there were no 'Towing' signs posted and went to court. Apparently the representatives for the towing company were enraged and expressed their displeasure in an unprofessional manner during the court hearing along with a lack of evidence to support their actions. So the judge ruled in favor of Brian and ordered the towing company to reimburse Brian for the $300s. The towing representative was upset and threatened to appeal.

However, a few weeks passed and Brian receives a phone call from the towing company letting Brian know that the check is in the mail.

Brian has successfully won his first legal battle and has the check to prove it.

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