Towing Controversy In Bar District

Controversy is heating up over tows near weekend hot-spot. Parkers must buy drinks at bar that leases a lot across the street or risk their vehicles being removed. Eight vehicles towed away last Friday and Saturday nights.

The owner of Fullhouse bar told Fact Finders he had to resort to towing or lose customers who couldn't find a place to park Tom Dolan said parking affects all establishments int he busy Benson bar district. "If there was a way to coincide on this parking thing. I don't want to tow anybody. I see people are upset."

Dolan and his partners lease a parking lot across from the Fullhouse bar. Friday and Saturday nights a spotter named Kim watches for parkers in the lot who walk the other way. She then calls in a tow truck. Kim said, "The ones that blatantly walk the other way and don't attempt to come in and get anything to drink."

Tow company owner Robert Woosley said his drivers have been threatened. Woosley said, "Its not us. Its people not paying attention to the signs. He said five large signs warn that parking is for Fullhouse patrons only.

Still co-owner Dolan said,"If they just buy a couple of drinks and let the bartender know they're gong up the street, then they won't be towed."

But a towed car owner Chris Faust said, "Maybe they should have someone standing there or a lighted sign or something more visible."

Anyone towed is charged $200 or slightly more for storage depending on when they pick up their vehicle.

Rescue Auto owner Woosley said he stays late so car owners can pick up their vehicles as soon as possible. However he told Fact Finders he won't release cars to anyone who appears drunk.

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