Monday, April 19, 2010

Towing IS enforced!

A sign similar to this is posted about every 10 yards on the fence surrounding our apartment complex. The actual signs say something to the effect of front end parking only. In other words, they do not want you to back into the parking place.

I can read. Hubby can read. But it drives Hubby crazy, since he likes to back into parking places. My feeling is "So what." It is posted, it does not matter what you like.

Saturday night he decided to be a rebel and backed in to a parking spot. Sunday, we went to go to lunch with Samantha and her boyfriend, John. We walked into our parking lot and Hubby said, "Where's my car?"

Yeah...that's right....towing IS strictly enforced. The sign had a number, so I wrote it down and Hubby called while we were at lunch. Then we went to get his car. We drive up to the place, hop out and after verifying that they did have Hubby's car, were told that it would the $210.39. I handed over my credit card and the lady said, not nicely, "Cash or check only." Nowhere among the many signs on the wall did I see that sign.

So, we had to go to the ATM to get cash. Then we get back with all $20 bills, since that is what you get from an ATM and the girl then tells us, that she has no change. ARGH!! So, I have to go to the gas station down the street, buy a soda to break a $20. Buy the time we had paid and gotten Hubby's car, we were both cursing stupid barely literate people that worked in any public job.

Hubby was really pissed about being towed, but I pointed out that he know he wasn't supposed to do it, he just felt the need to be a rebel. I think he expected me to be really pissed, but I told him "It is what it is and there is no point being all put out about it." We were fortunate that we had the money and didn't have to dip into savings for it.

Hubby said he will pay the funds back from his mystery shopping and ebay, but I am not worried about it. It is all our money, not mine and his.

Lesson learned....read the signs. LOL!

15 comments:

Pam said...

Your hubby mystery shops? I do too. How cool is that. Bummer about the strictly enforced towing.

Frances said...

Yes he does. He really enjoys it, too.

SonyaAnn said...

That super sucks! But my guess is sweet knees will stop rebelling!

Annie Jones said...

Why is it that males of our species seem to have this strange need to back into parking spaces and driveways?

Shane say it's so he doesn't have to back out into traffic, but that doesn't make sense, because he has to stop the flow of traffic to back into the spot in the first place.

I'd so much rather back out into a wide open street than to back into a tight little parking spot.

Sheila said...

Your husband sounds like my husband. He would do the same thing just because he wanted to. Some times they just have to learn the hard--or expensive way!!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, I doubt he will quit rebelling, but maybe he will just do it in ways that don't cost money.

Frances said...

Annie Jones, Hubby says he likes to back into parking spaces for a quick getaway. What the heck is he is such a hurry for?! LOL!

But I notice at the park and ride parking lot that a lot of people back in to spaces...men and women. I just don't understand it.

Frances said...

That was it, Sheila. He just wanted to do it. To heck with the signs. But now he knows they DO mean something!

SonyaAnn said...

" Annie Jones said...Why is it that males of our species seem to have this strange need to back into parking spaces and driveways?"-OMG, if someone could please find out the answer to this question, they would unravel one of life's mysteries!

SonyaAnn said...

Why does hubs need a quick get away? Too funny!

Frances said...

It sounds like mine is not the only hubby preparing for a quick getaway. LOL!

McVal said...

Oops! Yep - you can't pick on the hubby when they make mistakes... Even pricey ones...

Frances said...

Your right, McVal. They would probably remember something we did if we picked on them too much. LOL!

A.Marie said...

*GASP* $200 dollars???!! *double gasp**.....

But, you are right, it is all of your money, not just his and yours. I'll try to remember that when my hubby gets a traffic ticket again! :)

Frances said...

Hi, A.Marie! Thanks for coming by. Hubby is still bothered by the towing incident. For me, it is just water under the bridge.

I didn't used to be like that. It is so much less stressful!