That happened here and the incident is still being investigated. There was a whole parking lot full of cars that were towed, even though the event arranged for that lot to be designated parking for them. That is why I would never park downtown--take the bus instead.
Another time there were scores of people arrested at a peaceful gathering. It was finally ruled an illegal action, as I suspect this towing incident will be in the end.
I think the city actively looks for these kinds of opportunities to issue tickets--hence more revenue.
Here the tow truck drivers contract with the city for certain areas of town. So it is one hand receiving favors from the other hand and then doing favors for them in return.
If the car is booted, I believe they have to have more to stand on--since that is only to be done if outstanding tickets remain or there is the existence of an arrest warrant.
My car was illegally towed once out of my residence lot, and the guy tried to charge me over $200.00 to get it back. I yelled at him until he gave me my car back for free, and made sure we signed a paper to that effect with me receiving my own copy. He still sent me a bill two days later!!
He looked like someone that just escaped prison, and I think they are equal opportunity towers!!!
- Response by dreamdancer
, A Creative, Female, 36-45, Houston, Other Profession