The Call For Action report on tow trucks that operate in shopping center parking lots brought several responses from consumers.
Richard writes that he was trying to sell a car and parked it in a lot where it was common for cars with “For Sale” signs to be left. Imagine his surprise when he got a call from a tow truck driver that his car was about to be towed. The driver told him to bring $100 in cash or the car would be towed. Richard maintains that this was extortion. The driver insisted on the money or the vehicle would be towed. If towed, Richard would have to pay $150.
What do you think? Was Richard correct in calling this extortion or was the driver following the instructions of the lot owner? Well, it seems the lot owner agreed with Richard and immediately fired the towing company. He apologized to Richard and returned his money.
Keep in mind, however, it is perfectly legal for a lot owner to hire a tow truck to keep unwanted vehicles off its property. The sign that says, “unauthorized vehicles will be towed” may really mean it.