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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 21st, 2008, 5:52 pm Thread Starter
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EPIC THREAD: Wrath of a homeowner against a HOA's parking enforcement contractor

http://forums.thecarlounge.com/zerot...3880087&page=1

Just look for the posts from "A1 and A2 German". It is an amazing tale of woe with a very happy and funny ending.

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- Parking enforcement contractor for a subdivision's HOA boots this guy's Audi (under restoration) for not having the parking placard displayed properly

- Owner of car decides to have some fun at the expense of the parking enforcement contractor (Arizona Parking Solutions - APS)

- Puts his car on dollies and rolls her into the garage. APS goes nuts looking for booted car to collect fine ($140) and recover their boots.

- Owner calls police to check legality of removing boots. Can't remove them, but nothing in law keeps you from moving vehicle to other location.

- Owner calls APS and tells them they can come get their boots if they want. APS shows up, tells owner it's $140 to remove the boots. Owner says, nah, the boots can stay one (as he's probably 6-12 months away from completing the restoration and doesn't need the car)

- APS calls police. Police come. Owner gives APS permission to remove boots, but refuses to pay fine. Police tell APS to take the boots and go. APS general manager makes threats and is physically restrained by Police. APS takes boots and says will bill the HOA.

- Owner goes to HOA meeting. HOA somewhat supportive, but only offers to pick up half the fine. Owner asks for contract with APS. HOA provides. Owner finds that contract stipulates only $90 for unbooting, and only after several warnings have been issued.

- Owner contacts lawyer and HOA on this discovery.

- Next day, APS boots many many cars in neighborhood, including contractor's vehicles working on homes in the subdivision.

- After some very hillarious photos of various aspects of this situation, there is an update. HOA calls APS on the carpet over issue.

- APS contacts police over the increasing flood of phone calls, emails, DoS attacks on their website, threats, etc., since posting of story on internet.

- Police call owner to tell him to quit it. Owner says he has no control over internet. Police say ok, no big deal, they just wanted to say something so the could check the box on the complaint.

- HOA threatens to cancel contract with APS. APS now issuing warning tickets, and boot remove goes down to $90 as stated in contract. HOA considering other vendors when contract expires.

- APS general manager's picture becomes the next viral FAIL image to hit the internet. After 60+ pages, the thread is closed (not sure why). Hundreds of sites have linked to it.

Wonderful example of the power of the internet.


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Re: EPIC THREAD: Wrath of a homeowner against a HOA's parking enforcement contractor

Couple of things I can share.

A boot is worth $25 at the scrap yard.

A battery powerd Sawzall will take one off in about 45 seconds.

Don't ask me how I know this.

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Re: EPIC THREAD: Wrath of a homeowner against a HOA's parking enforcement contractor

This site is doing the summarized updates.

http://www.parkingenforcementforum.c...wforum.php?f=3


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Re: EPIC THREAD: Wrath of a homeowner against a HOA's parking enforcement contractor

When I was a college student, a couple of law students got Boots Parking in Madison, Wisconsin, shut down using the textbook definition of extortion, as they required a cash only payment on the spot to remove the boot. The portable oxy-acetelyne rig works well and is less conspicuous than the gas powered chop saw.

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The portable oxy-acetelyne rig works well and is less conspicuous than the gas powered chop saw.
Yeah, but who is going to confront the guy with the gas powered chop saw?
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Re: EPIC THREAD: Wrath of a homeowner against a HOA's parking enforcement contractor

Here's the guy you need. Angle Grinder Man. Real life super hero from the UK.

"I may not be able to single-handedly and totally cast off the repressive shackles of a corrupt government - but I can cut off your wheel-clamps for you."

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Here's the guy you need. Angle Grinder Man. Real life super hero from the UK.

"I may not be able to single-handedly and totally cast off the repressive shackles of a corrupt government - but I can cut off your wheel-clamps for you."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3112670.stm
Simply priceless!!!

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