I had an unfortunate incident on Saturday and I wondered how to prevent others from having the same experience.
I attended the senior musical at Mamaroneck High School, and, knowing that I wanted to get away quickly afterward, I parked in the lot by Starbucks, where the athletic shoe store no longer is located. I remembered using it often as an overflow lot for evening events when our kids were in school a few years ago.
As you probably guessed, I returned to find my car no longer there. I was not sure if it had been stolen or towed. I called the number on the ”private parking” sign, which was posted further back in the parking lot, nowhere near where I had parked, and the number was no longer in service. Not knowing what else to do, I called 911 and the Mamaroneck Village police gave me a number to call. The police said it was a private property issue, that the management of the property had started having cars towed away.
When I reached the number, I was told that the car was in Harrison – the far end of Harrison – and that it would cost $85 in cash if I wanted it back. Fortunately, I found a friend who was still at the high school who drove me to Harrison, via the 24 hour Citibank at North Barry. (Another level-headed friend recommended stopping there instead of going all the way home for the cash.)
Other than being really upset and angry, I survived the incident and was able to retrieve my car that evening, avoiding further fees. I had certainly not arrived home early.
But imagine someone who couldn’t come up with the $85 cash instantly, or who didn’t have a friend to drive them to Harrison.
I can’t be the only person to park in that lot, figuring that, at the end of the business day, the business owners would not mind someone parking there.
Do you have any ideas on how to publicize this to the wider community or how to put pressure on the management to stop this practice? Who benefits besides the towing company?