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Towed Cars at Farmers' Market

Where Cars Were Towed
Where Cars Were Towed
More parking trouble today in the big open field near the downtown Farmers' Market. Streets and San had to put up a special sign. Last week 5-7 cars were towed--this week two more. The City needs to contact the lot owner and straighten this out.

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Emily Davis June 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM
My car was towed this morning from the Maple lot while I was at the farmer's market. It was a predatory towing scheme where someone would hide the no parking sign in a bush, wait for a few cars to park, tow them away and then replace the sign when the city official would walk by. The city official observed the whole thing happen with my car, which was towed away before I could do anything about it. He escorted me to the city's booth at the market so I could file a complaint. He said that the lot has a new owner since last year and it appears they are taking advantage of the situation since parking there was allowed by the previous owner. I had to go all the way into the city to retrieve my car and pay $200. Terrible!
Douglas Macdonald June 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Very sorry to hear this--the sort of thing that should NEVER have happened--I only hope it
Douglas Macdonald June 01, 2013 at 07:14 PM
can be prevented next week--a horrible experience to have a car towed this way--
William Guth June 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I have no problem with the fact that the lot owner doesn't want cars parked there. I have a problem with the fact that there isn't proper signage. Until a permanent sign(s) can be posted an attendant appointed by the owner should be physically present to direct people away from the property, or to insert warning notices on windshields. I was lucky 2 weeks ago, when I saw the tow truck come through and tow cars, we got back to ours in time and were spared; but we're no exception to the rule. The property is private, and that's that, but since the previous owner saw fit to allow parking, perhaps a public announcement should be required in the newspaper.
Rick June 08, 2013 at 10:41 AM
This should be a crime in and of itself. If the owner has anything to do with this he should be made to pay the fine and be find himself. How does a city tow truck make it's way all the way to Buffalo Grove if it isn't set up in advance? This along is enough to keep me away from the Farms Market. The Village should get involved and prevent this from happening.
Morgan Simmons June 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
These incidents are bad news for the Farmers' Market which is such a prominent part summer life on the North Shore. I hope that there will be a proper investigation into the matter which will insure the safety of patrons who are innocently affected. Good citizenship has been exhibited in bringing this problem to the attention of the wider public.
Craig Doherty June 10, 2013 at 08:17 AM
So the assumption is that you can park on private property to go to an event nearby unless someone is standing there to tell you not to, because a previous owner maybe used to let people park there? Now there's a good example of skewed logic. Try this on for size. Unless it is a marked public parking lot or a private lot that has signage stating that there is open parking for certain reasons, then park there at your own risk and don't whine or claim that there is a mass conspiracy against you when you find your car gone later. Or perhaps you would like to pay for the person to be there every weekend to put notes on cars and/or direct people to public parking because there will always be some new people each weekend who come by and find all the close spots taken but lo and behold, lookie here, there's an empty lot just waiting for me to park in. Common sense will prevail and the stupid shall be punished.

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