A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it.
Dan Smith told KIRO-TV he doesn’t know who parked the car2go Mercedes May 17, but it wasn’t one of his tenants. He contacted Share Now, the company that operates car2go, and gave them two hours to move the vehicle. A few hours after that, he erected the barricade, preventing other customers from using it.
Well, it started off good. Make arrangements with the company to move the car. But within a few hours Dan lost all his marbles and opened his own impound lot.
He wants the company to pay $65 a day in storage fees, $300 for the fence and up to $500 for “harassment fees.”
Oh, for fuck sake Dan. You put the fence up yourself, you can’t ask to be reimbursed for that. Plus, it is a shitty looking fence, maybe a $100 job at best. And what is a harassment fee?
In a written statement, Share Now suggested that might amount to extortion. Spokesman Tim Krebs told The Associated Press on Thursday that the company is seeking help from the police.
“We will not allow anyone acting with ulterior motives, including anyone attempting to extort our business by holding our property illegally, to prevent us from providing transportation to the citizens of Seattle,” the company’s statement said. “We would like to avoid taking legal action and hope for a quick resolution.”
They are right Dan. Working on the assumption that you are not licensed to run a storage faculty, you can’t hold someone else property until you get paid.
The company said it has been unable to remove the sedan because of the fence. Its policy requires customers who park in unapproved areas to pay any towing and ticketing fees; repeat offenders are banned from the service.
You want make a dime off this buddy, so just give them back the car at this point.
Smith told the AP he put up the barricade to make a point about respecting private property and because he was worried about liability if, for example, a customer became injured on his property. He said he initially tried to have the car towed, but three tow companies declined, with at least one noting that Smith had not posted signs warning that the spots were on private property and that violators could be towed.
I get the liability thing, but here is my question. Did he ask for help from the police? I don’t know how it works in Washington, but here in Massachusetts if a car is left on private property without the owners consent, you can have it towed and register yourself as the property owner and party responsible for its removal with the police department.
If the police tell him he’s in the wrong, he’ll cooperate, he said, because he doesn’t want that much trouble. But he said he has rights to control his property, and Share Now had made no arrangements and offered no compensation to use it.
“I’m happy to help make Seattle a better place,” Smith said.
It’s wrong Dan. Just give the car back and move on with your life. At this point you are starting to look like a whinny bitch. You want to make Seattle a better place? The stop building fences around cars.