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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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The City stole my truck

So apparently the City of East Chicago decided it was a great idea to hire a private tow company to remove all vehicles on my street so the snow plows could clear it.

The problem is they failed to notify anyone. There was no signage, no phone calls, leaflets or any other indication that the snowplows would be coming through OR that resident's vehicles need to be moved.

My wife and I pull up to our house last night and our truck is missing, along with all of our neighbor's vehicles.

We called 911 to report stolen vehicles, and the dispatcher said that the city towed the vehicles. They did not have any information as to WHO the towing company was and WHERE the vehicles were towed to. The response we got was "they will bring them back when they are done, we have been getting nonstop calls all day please be patient".

Following that we called State Farm to report this incident... just in case there was _any_ damage to our vehicle.

An hour later, our doorbell rings and a scrappy looking guy (no uniform or company logos) asks me if I was the owner of a red truck that was towed. He asked if I would like a ride in his tow truck to go get my vehicle from the tow yard. I about lost it and went off on him demanding that he go get my truck and place it exactly where he found it. I also demanded to know who he worked for and who gave authorization to remove the vehicles. He said he works for Boulevard Auto Sales and the City authorized them to remove the vehicles.

He came back about 15 minutes later, truck in tow with a 2 squad escort. Apparently he called the police because he felt threatened. I made no threatening remarks or statements, just elevated tone of voice demanding answers.

Long story short, my wife went outside and smoothed over the situation. The tow driver apparently was pretty cool and he dismissed the police.

There does not appear to be any damage to the truck, and the street is clean. But this does not sit well with me. Especially the fact that vehicles were removed with no notice and no way to find any information. I suspect that they are going to bill the residents for the tow charge, but again there has been no communication. I can't imagine the City eating the fees, especially since everybody has been crying broke.

What should be the next course of action? Do I have any avenue of recourse?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 03:02 PM
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That's pretty f*cked up, man. I sure hope the city doesn't try to stick you with a bill. If anything make sure you and your neighbors band together. Is it possible this happened on other streets? If so find out and get together with those people as well.

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sorry i couldn't NOT say that. you might have a class action type thingy with everyone on your street, but i dont know law very well

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Is it a plow route?

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Unfortunately you'll just have to let it go because there isn't much you can do against the city. Don't hold the anger in; I have a bad problem with holding grudges and getting worked up over stuff.
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nothing,

I think the city realized their mistake. Otherwise, they wouldn't have given you the car without paying the fees

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Are you sure there is nothing written into the city ordinance regarding snow removal that gives them authority to do what they did? If so, their butts are covered and now you know what will happen in extreme snow conditions.

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I'd contact the Mayor's office and your local paper, and raise holy hell.
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I have known certain instances in Chicago that they will re-locate vehicles when they are going to do some kind of work on the street and cars are in their way. They usually just move them a block or 2, but what happened to you is pretty fucked up. Look on the bright side, at least it happened to all your neighbors, so if it goes any further its not just 1 person against the city.
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I'd contact the Mayor's office and your local paper, and raise holy hell.
Yeah, I bet the papers will eat this story up like hotcakes. I'm always reading about crap like this.


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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Is it possible this happened on other streets? If so find out and get together with those people as well.
My wife said that the tow driver mentioned there was a couple signs posted 3 few streets over but NOTHING on my street, the cross street or on the streets parallel on either side. It sounded like tow trucks beeping on the next street over, but I don't know how many other cars were towed aside from my half of the block.

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Legally or illegally parked?
I know for a fact that our truck was parked legally. I can't speak for the neighbors at the time, but I am assuming everyone else was legally parked as they usually are.

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Is it a plow route?
Unlike Chicago, there are no snow routes posted. The plows usually come right down our street a few times a night when it snows and have no issue.

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Are you sure there is nothing written into the city ordinance regarding snow removal that gives them authority to do what they did? If so, their butts are covered and now you know what will happen in extreme snow conditions.
No idea, but this is the first time in the 4 years we have been here that this has situation happened... we usually get a lot of lake effect snow, and the plows go through just fine.

My whole argument is was it really that difficult to print a few notices and staple them to the lightpoles?
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speaking from my experiences


you might get a bill in the mail for 300 dollars.

Or if you go to village court, judge will say, it says it in the town ordinance, so we don't have to put a snow sign on every street.

so sowwy, you owe us 300 for the tow.
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They didn't steal it, they borrowed it without asking, and then returned it.
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Charge the city with the "rental" of your truck. We live on a very tight street, and the police asked people to move their cars so plows could clear the street.
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The truck is undamaged and there is no bill, I'd just blow it off.


OK, they did it badly buy the city needs to operate.




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Sorry to hear of this mate - Just goes to show that fucked up shit happens OUTSIDE of the City of Chicago as well

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Sorry to hear of this mate - Just goes to show that fucked up shit happens OUTSIDE of the City of Chicago as well

really?

sure it's way out west but it's still called East CHICAGO. Maybe the problem is with places named Chicago in any form.
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My whole argument is was it really that difficult to print a few notices and staple them to the lightpoles?
Hell yeah. When is the last time you tried to drive a staple through a light pole? I know in chicago they are made out of metal. If your town has wooden light poles i would rejudge the city i live. Sorry thought a little humor would help yea relax a little.
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probably a city ordinance. in naperville there are no sign but no parking allowed anywhere 2-6 am, in joliet no signs either, but parking only allowed on even/odd sides of the street when a snow event cures on a given even/odd date. a snow event is snow over 3"

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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hell yeah. When is the last time you tried to drive a staple through a light pole? I know in chicago they are made out of metal. If your town has wooden light poles i would rejudge the city i live. Sorry thought a little humor would help yea relax a little.

lol yeah thats one of the signs you KNOW you are Indiana... wooden light poles.
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lol yeah thats one of the signs you KNOW you are Indiana... wooden light poles.
hay at least you have light poles where u live in indiana. Alot of burbs of chicago don't even have light poles yet alone sidewalks.
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Charge the city with the "rental" of your truck. We live on a very tight street, and the police asked people to move their cars so plows could clear the street.

That's no shit, I have to fold my mirror in to get down your street.

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