Sunday, October 12, 2008 , Updated 8:37 a.m., October 21, 2008
Updated: State Fair of Texas attendees get towed after paying for parking
I'm surprised no one at the towing company was assaulted.
A group of fairgoers Saturday went through the usual routine: drive to the Fair Park area, follow the guys in vests waving flags, pay your $10 and park. When they returned to their cars, however, the lot was empty, with only large "No Parking" signs in their place. Eventually the car owners figured out (via nearby business owners or police) that their cars were at the Lone Star Auto Services. (You may remember hearing about their shady practices last May.) They then had to wait in long lines (some apparently waited for five hours) and pay $200 to get their cars back.
Tow companies are regulated by the city's Public Works and Transportation department. Director Ricardo Galceran can be reached at 214-948-4192.
Update: Lone Star Auto Services will be refunding the charges of 26 motorists. The towing company is claiming they have no idea who parked the vehicles and didn't want to refund the money too close to when they were "being called names," thinking it would make them look guilty. (They still look guilty.)
Posted by Laura S.
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