I parked in a $5 parking lot today 11/7/11 just outside the broward courthouse. The parking lot is at the corner of SE 1st Ave and SE 6th CT. I was beconned by a lady ( a parking lot attendant) to park in that parking lot. She was on the outside of the parking lot about 15 feet from the entrance. I drove into the parking lot and parked but no one came to me to give me a ticket or to ask for money as usually is the case. There was no meter or any sign suggesting that we pay when we enter. The parking attendant had ample time to come over to my car to give me a ticket and to collect so when no one came over or attempted to collect I figured that we probably pay when we are leaving as is the case with some parking lots.
I therefore got out of my car and went over to the courthouse. I spent about 1/2 an hour in the courthouse and when I came back my car was towed. It is my understanding that the same attendant that made no effort to give me a ticket or to collect called the towing company to pick up my car for which I was charged $124.00.
While I was there very distraught I realized that the same thing had happened to 4 other people and I don't know how many others that I am not aware of. The scam appears to be that the attendant lur you to park in their lot. They make no effort to give you a ticket or to collect in hope that you will leave the car so they get to call the ALL COUNTY TOWING who gives the attendant a portion of the money they collect.
This apparently is a win win for both the towing company and for the attendants.
I would like some one to set them up by going to the lot to park and videotaping everything from entering to towing of the car. This is so corrupt and so many people are suffering as a result of these scam artist. I would like to get together with someone who will help me ensure that we bring these criminals to justice. Additionally they are very rude and obnoxious. I would not be surprised if they are not being protected by the police because no one seems to be able to get any kind of redress. These people do anything they want and get away with it.