Thursday, February 3, 2011

Parking boot gets the boot in one Georgia county

Parking boot gets the boot in one Georgia county

Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 8:52 AM

CANTON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in one Georgia county are giving the parking boot -- the boot. Cherokee County Commissioners have voted to ban the booting of cars and trucks. The clamps had been placed on cars that were "illegally parked" on private property. One commissioner says car owners were being charged up to 500 bucks to have the boots removed. But the owner of a company that uses the boots defends the practice. He tells the Cherokee Tribune the clamps were mostly used to prevent overnight parking of tractor trailers.


Notice how the owner of the car booting business defends the practice by making the absurd claim that it "prevents" people from parking there. Let's examine this closer, so you see why I say it is absurd:

If you paid the wrong meter box, or didn't pay on your way to the sandwich shop, you are not suddenly "guilty" of "parking illegally." Perhaps you were entering the shop to get change for the meter. Preemptive car booting denies the motorist any semblance of due process.

They immobilize your car in their parking lot, which is an unlawful seizure of your property, then they charge you a fine, or a "release fee". They arrogantly "punish" you to deter you from violating their rules in the future. To teach you not to park there "illegally", they keep your car trapped in the very spot they supposedly don't want you to be parked in. This means that they are knowingly preventing their own lot from earning money from other motorists who might have utilized that spot.


They throw around the word "illegal" in order to make you feel like you committed a crime. It's part of the overall high pressure strategy intended to lessen your resistance to the coercion. If you paid the wrong slot or didn't see the sign, you didn't commit a crime. Remember, we're supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty."

Car Booting on private parking lots is a ridiculous scam. They have no right to punish you, nor do they have the right to fine you. Your right to due process and your right to an appeal are both completely circumvented by these illegal booting operations. The idea that they have the right to do so because you're on their property is also nonsense.

Those who hire car-booters to manage their lots are solely in it for the money.


These are multi-million dollar a year operations in larger cities. The lot owners display a very medieval understanding of property rights. These "private" parking lots are in public places, and masquerade as businesses. However, they are used as a means to entrap people, to seize their vehicles unlawfully, all with the express purpose of extorting their CASH.

If it was about parking lot control, their objective would be to earn money by selling spaces by the hour. If that really was the case here, they would not keep their own spaces blocked by booting cars. They would write tickets instead. And why don't they? Because they don't have a legal right to demand these fees.

The trick is simple. They pretend to be a business and solicit their parking spaces for your use. Then, if you don't pay, or pay the wrong box, they impound your car. They convict you of theft even though you may have been getting change to pay the meter. You are presumed guilty with no recourse, no appeal.

Car booting on private lots is a total scam. It's a coercive and unethical practice. Don't fall for it.


  1. Starting a lawsuit in another GA county, looking to speak with you! Please email me @

  2. The illegal Booting companies have teed themselves up nicely for a Class Action civil suit. There are several in the works that I know of. Make sure to save all your receipts and keep a good written record of what happened. Your temporary inconvenience could net you a very lucrative payday now that the hunters are now the hunted!

  3. Waist of time, you were on private property. Fine one case in the USA that the violator won any award.

  4. Uhh, there are many instances of indivudal settlements and class actions awards.

  5. I had my car booted today in Atlanta. I bought the ticket from the wrong machine. Cost me 75 to get it off. The police said it was civil yet if i would try to take it off they would arrest me for destruction of property.

  6. I had my car booted downtown Atlanta. I showed up to pay and the machine was off. The person booting cars was next to it. Didn't say a word. Just watched. I then went into the greyhound to see my friend off and came back to a booted car. The booter confirmed that he saw me twice as I kept coming back to check that everybody was OK with my car. I then asked him if you knew I was suppose to pay. Why didn't you advice me to. He then said it was my responsibly to know. So I just got hustled. And I want my money back. Lot 55 in atl is a scam center. Beware


Alasdair Baxter, Nottingham Discusses Clampers in His Area:

"From what I have seen most clampers come from the fringes of the criminal classes. They are of the same ilk as those who come to your door offering to tarmac the drive, demand a huge price and then drive you to your bank to get cash to pay them with.

Why does England and Wales not get in line with Scotland where private clamping is totally illegal."

Alasdair Baxter, Nottingham, UK.Tel +44 115 9705100; Fax +44 115 9423263

"Fred" from :


"The present legal position of clampers is a scandal and amounts to barely legal extortion in many cases. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to bring in a system of licensing that will regulate them.

We have all heard the horror stories, up to and including the deliberate setting up of tempting-looking sites to entrap the unwary. At up to £300 per victim the costs are easy to recoup.

I recently heard a case in court where the driver of a clamper truck was seen by the police to clamp a vehicle, whereupon they checked him over. It turns out that he has no licence, and his truck is uninsured. He then tried to give the officers false details, and only adjusted his attitude when they handcuffed him and put him in the police vehicle. He then failed to turn up to court, and I issued a warrant for his arrest.

The Government needs to find time for a short Bill bringing in licensing of clampers, with a proper code of practice. Perhaps a private member will oblige?"

"My point has nothing to do whether clamping is legal - it obviously is. What has happened though is that some clamping firms are in the extortion business rather than that of parking control.

In my area a car was towed away within four minutes of being left and the owner was told that it would cost him £385 to get his car (which was in an adjacent street) back.

Clampers have threatened and intimidated old and vulnerable people. All I am asking is that clampers are properly licensed, checked for criminal backgrounds, and that their behaviour be subject to a code of practice.

My story about the unlicensed and uninsured clamper who then tried to get arsy with the police was to illustrate what some of the clampers are like. They should be controlled."

Krissie Labanauskas "Car-Boot Racket; Old Navy Chicago, 60290"

"No Savings Here!"

"...Had a terrible experience here. Parked with intention of using coupon at Old Navy but had to use the restroom before shopping so ran across street to Starbucks....On way to shop at Old Navy, saw boot on my car! Store managers claim their hands are tied and cannot do anything regarding their customers being booted.

Car next to me was booted as well, when they had already shopped at Old Navy, one person was still in Old Navy at time of boot, and three others ran to Starbucks for a drink.

All in all, I paid $115 to remove boot...terrible experience, did not use coupon or shop at store after being rudely dismissed by manager.

No discretion to help out customers regarding boots sounds like a bunch of b*** s*** OR terrible corporate management/policy. Either way, avoid this store and certainly avoid the lot. Global Parking Management Inc. supposedly runs the lot.

March 17, 2009 by Krissie Labanauskas in Chicago, IL