August 10, 2009
Man towed after sign moved
A New York man said he was hit with a $95 ticket and a $185 tow fee after he parked and a city crew later moved a diplomat-only parking sign to his space.
Shavit Mekeiten said he parked his car on East 41st Street near Second Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and saw no signs indicating that his car could not remain in the spot until Friday, the New York Post reported Monday.
The sign was apparently moved to ad extra parking to the New Zealand Consulate, the Post said.
They don't care anymore. They just have to tow a certain number of cars per driver, and they do it at any cost, Mekeiten said.
They didn't put up any signs saying they would change the rules.
Mekeiten said he plans to fight the ticket and towing fee, but he conceded the legal battle would likely cost him additional time and money.
They treated me like I shot someone. This is really, really unfair. I didn't do anything wrong, he said.
City officials admitted to moving the signs and the police department had no comment on the matter.