This is private property, you can't park there

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by iceman32, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. iceman32

    iceman32 Medium Load Member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Since when did an open strip mall parking lot, suddenly becomes a selective parking? Strip mall with a Walmart.

    A new security guard just told me that I am not allowed to park here. I told him, Ive been parking here for 4 years with no problems. Plus there is no signs of Tow away zone fines and fees, or no truck parking signs. After #### chatting for a bit, found out he got his orders from his supervisor and his spv is sending a tow truck in. I said ok, Let me call the local police. The local police office sided with me. I even reminded them of a city ordinance stating It is Unlawful to tow any motor vehicle without proper warning signs, and indeed there is no signs stating tow away zone or no truck parking. There is no ordinance stating "ban" trucks from parking in strip malls.

    SO I went home, 1 min away, printed a copy of the ordinance. The part where is says, its unlawful to tow away anything if there is no signs. I gave the new security guy the sheet and he gave me that usual "Im just doing my job" and his supervisor is insisting to come here and tow it. I told him, ok i will gladly wait for him since I have this week off.

    If they do decided to illegally tow it, I will call the cops, and if the cops sides with them then I will take it to court. Im inside my car here parked next to my truck, I will update you guys.

    If you guys started refuting problems instead of dismissing them, we wouldn't have such a bad image and reputation.

    Heres my update. The tow truck and security supervisor did come and I called the cops. The cop defused the situation. He said "This is a private property but there is no signs saying trucks can't be parked or any tow away zones. Now I won't stop you from towing it away. Heres the thing, you cannot dictate or kickout anyone who comes into your business in terms of if that individual will shop or not. Just because a person comes in, looks around and doesn't buy anything, you can't just decided on your own to kick out that individual. This is how I see this situation and Im pretty sure this is how the judge will see it also, if this driver takes it to court".

    So problem solved, and I get to rest at home peacefully.

    This community's response is the perfect reflection of how you drivers are out there. Your always criticizing, never encouraging. Your always watching, your never going to get out and help. Such a pity.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2016
    Reason for edit: update
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  3. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Have you talked to the property owner ? After 4 years you should know who's in command of the property ...

    If you don't have his/hers permission I'd say your in the wrong......

    Towing and the rest of the drama is over my pay grade.....:)
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2016
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  4. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
  5. Cheap Weenie

    Cheap Weenie Light Load Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    It's PRIVATE PROPERTY. Somebody owns the strip mall and its parking lot, and have to right to say what happens there. How would you like it if your neighbor started parking in your driveway? You probably could have gotten permission to park if you'd kindly talked to the owner. Now you just need to go move your truck and stop continuing to give truckers a bad name.
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  6. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    I don't understand why some truckers feel that they are entitled to park where ever they please.
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  7. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    That ordinance you're relying on only applies to vehicles on city streets, between the curbs. But good luck with that.
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    Dec 15, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    You were just warned by your own admission and it is totally private property. Can you park your car in anyones front yard there? Both are the same as in private property.
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  9. w.h.o

    w.h.o Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Chicago, il
    How hard is it to go on Craigslist and look up spots to park your truck.
  10. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2014
    cold as hell, MN
    I say if your truck shows up on google sat. The spot belongs to you!
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  11. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    If the property owner has asked you to leave, and you don't, you are trespassing. If they call the cops to have you removed, it'll be far worse than a simple tow/impound...and the cops can have your vehicle(s) removed when they haul you off.

    When I drove wreckers, we couldn't relocate a vehicle from private property without a sign having been posted 24 hours before hand and remaining at least 24 hours after, indicating who took the vehicle and where...called it a "48 hr contract" for someone who just had a single problem to remove.

    If you're being a jerk, and there isn't any way for them to "legally" tow your vehicle, all it would take is a couple vehicles...parked real tight in front and behind, and maybe one on each side for good measure...and leave them there for about a week AFTER you first complained about having to roll out. Maybe you won't get fired in the meantime...
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