The day after Christmas last year, our Eugene relatives, in two cars, came to our house for a visit. That evening we decided to take everyone, kids too, out for pizza. Since we knew the way, the drivers of the two other cars followed us. We knew of this great pub that was kid friendly, so we pulled into an empty lot next to closed businesses and were able to park all three cars just across the street from the pub, in the Hollywood district.
Great evening. Kids had fun. Pizza was good. It was time for the relatives to head back to Eugene, so we paid the bill and went out to our cars. THUD! All three cars were gone. There were the signs—no parking, etc.
So back to the pub. Call the towing company. Call a taxi to drive three of us to Northwest Portland to get our cars. Of course there is no attendant, so we had to call him and pay for his trip to the lot to write our tickets. So about $750 later, we had our cars again.
Yes, we made a mistake. And the pub even had a little yellow sign at the check-out saying the parking lot was patrolled often. We didn’t see that sign, either.
It was difficult to believe someone didn’t see three cars being towed; we were sitting right by the window. Kinda felt like there were spies lurking in the shadows.
It turned out to be an unhappy evening for us but we hope this letter will keep someone else from making the same mistake. The only happy campers were the towing company and taxi company. Sure would be nice if some of the Hollywood parking lots would be usable in the evening hour when their businesses are closed. – Marian Trythall, a Northeast neighbor
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