I was running a Google search at work for a local towing company (our building has been having problems with illegal parkers on our loading dock–yes, the loading dock!!) when I ran across a rather amusing blog post saying that the company was the worst in the entire world. I won’t link to it because it’s a bit compromising of my location.
The author admitted that he’d parked in a permit-only lot. But he thought the towing company was unethical for hiring local teenagers to drive around and document illegal parking (county law requires photographs, calls put in with the dispatcher, and reporting the whole thing to the police). And that they were complete douches for actually towing his car, since the lot wasn’t full.
Um. It was permit-only. It was also private property. I think it would be great if they said something like “permit-only until 5pm,” but they didn’t and he knew it. I also think it would be great if parking garages were free. And if gas was free. And if rent was free!
His sense of entitlement cost him $100 and over an hour of hassle. Parking garage? Probably $7-8 for the evening.
I’m sure there are evil towing companies in this world, but this wasn’t the case here. Apparently, he got the car back in perfect condition. So no foul on the company’s side.
There was a girl at our sister property who had a tag to park in the garage, but she forgot it and spent 40 minutes or more in the 20-minute only parking. This was her second tow for doing the same thing. And believe me, she was pissed. She even called our office (and we have no control over sister office).
My initial reaction is that these people are idiots–they broke the rules and they’re upset they got fined for it. Especially the girl who’s had it happen before.
But I suppose that there are ways all of us take chances with our money. Speeding comes to mind. And if we feel entitled–like we’re better–this can lead to buying name brands when we can’t afford them or buying houses that are too big for us (and we can’t afford) or breaking the law to get somewhere faster. We feel entitled. We feel we shouldn’t have to settle for inconvenience. I’m not immune from such attitudes myself.
You’re allowed to feel this way, but be aware that it will cost you money, get you into debt, and/or cause you inconvenience.
Edit: Simpsons tonight was about towing cars. I guess that makes this more relevant, eh?