ok, 1st i'd like to explain that there were signs everywhere stating if you didn't put money in the box, your car would be disabled, and it would cost $50.00 to have the boot taken off. i had just pulled in to the parking lot next to the Subway, never been there before, was getting a sandwich to go. i looked around for the box, i took a few steps towards the middle of the parking lot, looking for one. didn't see one. i figured 5 minutes tops, i wasn't eating on the premises, no harm no foul. wrong. i came out to my car after five minutes had passed, and the car was booted, with sticker on the window telling me to call the phone number listed.
turns out there is a guy on the lot. he's watching from his car, obviously not bothering to offer to point out the box for those of us who don't see one but are looking for one. he waits for the driver to leave the car, then he swoops in and applies the boot. then he waits. he saw me calling the number as he was taking another boot from his trunk, having snared another sucker. he waved me over. the guy wears shades and a hooded sweatshirt, obviously not wanting anyone to get a good look at him. he drives a beat up car, most likely just for this job.i told him i didn't see the box, i was only there for five minutes, blah blah blah. $50 dollars he said. $50 dollars to remove the boot. cash. there is a ATM conveniently located across the street.
unfortunately, i'll never go to that Subway again, even though it's closest to where i live. apparently they do not have any parking for their customers. i have a feeling they do a thriving business with the legal beagles who work in the area and won't miss my business. it's just kinda weird how this place becomes a form of bait for the guy who owns the parking adjacent to it. including my fee, he collected 150.00 in less than 10 mins. (why do i have the feeling this guy is armed?) i have no one to blame but myself on this one. but i just wanted to put the word out, in case any newbies to the area are in the neighborhood, hankering for one of those 5.00 subs. be careful, it could turn into a 55.00 sandwich.