Tenant & Towing Company At Odds Over Towing Incident

An Omaha man walks out of his apartment, but his car is nowhere to be found in the parking lot. Now he's in a heated towing dispute.

For the second time this week, police are keeping the peace between a tow truck driver and an apartment tenant.

"He saying he's gonna kick my ass," said James, the tow truck driver.

"I don't know if I threatened him, but I was angry," said Larahn Minnefield, the car owner.

Officers say there was no crime, but a civil dispute over a tow and parking permit. The tow truck driver says the issue is not that the tenant had a sticker on his car, but where it was placed. He says it has to be on the windshield where he can see it driving by.

The owner of Heartland Recovery says in the apartment lot he's paid to patrol, parking permits must be clearly visible.

"I don't look for it, that's a drive-through lot," James said. "I don't get out of my car and physically inspect every vehicle. It has to be properly posted."

Minnefield pays Heartland Recovery $232 to get his car back after the tow from his apartment lot that he calls improper. The permit can be seen on his dashboard.

"He had no right to tow my car. My car was parked legally where I live, where I pay rent," Minnefield says.

But James says the sticker wasn't properly posted, so he didn't have to release the car for free.

Minnefield just bought the car and says he doesn't want a sticker on the windshield. Though arguing the dash should be good enough, he may tape the permit higher to avoid getting stuck with a tow bill again.

"You can see that sticker just as well as you can see this sticker," Minnefield says.

The apartment manager didn't return our call, but Minnefield says he's getting a rent credit to make up for the tow cost.


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