CHICAGO (CBS) — We noticed it occur time and time once more; automotive after automotive being towed from a car parking zone close to the Aragon Ballroom, despite the fact that the drivers had paid for parking.
CBS 2’s Meredith Barack is investigating what occurred.
An indication outdoors the lot close to Lawrence Avenue and Broadway says “occasion parking,” so lots of the individuals who parked there throughout the Twenty One Pilots live performance Thursday night time seemingly assumed their vehicles can be protected, however that wasn’t the case.
“We paid $40, and we had been scammed to park right here,” Claire Hagan mentioned after her Jeep was towed from the lot.
The identical factor occurred to a different concert-goer’s Jetta, and Nicole Johnson’s brand-new Ford.
“I’m praying that it’s in good situation proper now,” Johnson mentioned.
Their vehicles, and dozens of others, had been towed from the car parking zone in Uptown, after being motioned in by males on the street.
“They had been in random yellow vests, after which bluish shirts that form of seemed like safety shirts from throughout the road, and so they had been coming and stopping folks in the midst of the street, and so they’re like, ‘Oh, come park right here, it’s $40,” Johnson mentioned.
She and the others had been there to see a Twenty One Pilots Live performance on the Aragon Ballroom.
A viewer captured video exhibiting how rapidly the tow vans had been taking off with the vehicles whereas concertgoers had been inside, having fun with considered one of their favourite bands.
It led these ladies to consider they had been scammed.
“They had been simply speeding folks in, and form of trying round. We most likely ought to have recognized they had been just a little shady, after which they only allow us to in, and so they made us go all the way in which to the top and switch round and again up,” Johnson mentioned.
On Friday, a big crowd gathered outdoors of Protecting Parking Service, also referred to as Lincoln Towing, to get their vehicles again. A number of concertgoers did get their vehicles again Thursday night time, nevertheless it price them upwards of $200.
And when CBS 2 confirmed up on Friday to get solutions as to what occurred, representatives for the corporate declined to remark.
CBS 2 additionally reached out to CEDARst Corporations, who owns this car parking zone. They mentioned they’re dissatisfied somebody took benefit of unknowing live performance goers, and they are going to be bettering safety measures going ahead.