Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Time and Place: Booted

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This week’s Time and Place was shot at 7:31 p.m., July 19, 2012 at 985 Monroe Drive. The photo shows a man arguing with a booter after his car was slapped with a wheel clamp in a Midtown parking lot.

It seems like this kind of scene — driver parks car, steps outside parking lot, booter appears, and paralyzes vehicle — is becoming more and more common in Atlanta. To me, parking in the city increasingly feels like an unregulated gamble in which the owner of the car has very little power. There's no due process in somebody running up to my car and putting a boot on it as soon as I turn my back and then demanding as much as $100 to have it removed. What can a person do if they think their car is unfairly booted?

I tried to called Jodaco, Inc. the company listed on a sign as the lot's owner and operator and contact for “resolution of any disputes,” to ask. The firm's phone number on the sign is obscured by a screw, rendering it virtually impossible to see what it says. (We've posted a photo of the sign after the jump.) I tried dialing a few phone numbers. One person told me I dialed the wrong number and another was answered by a generic message service. I left a voicemail but haven't received a response. I'll update this post if I do.

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