Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tow happy in Portland

Tow happy in Portland
"Where's my car? My car's gone!" Those words came out of my mouth last week as I left a meeting and stood in the place where my car once was on SE Belmont. No cars were parked in that block now, and that's when I saw the no parking 4-6pm sign. Flanked by 2-hour parking signs, construction signs and various other signs, I had missed the one that said not between 4 and 6pm. DOH! Once I paid the $119 tow fee to get my car out of the tow company's compound, I still had the $100 tickets to pay. Ouch. I wasn't even at a client meeting: it was a community organization I volunteer with. Love that! Words to the wise: read all of the signs in the entire vicinity before you dare park your car. Those ticketers and tow truck drivers are ruthless.

8 comments:

The Recovering Straight Girl said...

Oh that sucks. Really sucks.
You can park for free anytime in my driveway tomorrow.

bemused said...

RSG has it right - that sucks!

purpletwinkie said...

I LOVE Portland...but hate the parking.

little sister said...

well, I don't care that you did kind of know and you're taking responsibility for not reading the signs, but the inconvenience AND the costs just plain suck.

suck suck suckety suck!

patti_cake said...

It's been years since i've had a parking ticket but I still remember how much it sucks! Boo Hiss!

Rozanne said...

Painful!

I know that sinking feeling of coming back and not finding your car!

I think the PDX fines are actually worse than what they were in Chicago. Hard to believe.

Thanks for the warning; sorry you had to find out the hard way.

rodger said...

Damn...I hate that they ticket AND tow. It should be an 'either or' situation.

Ja'AmLo said...

TOW also stands for Top Of Wall in civil engineering.

The more you know!