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Opinion

September 15, 2013

Towing nightmare gives Norman a bad name

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

My name is Willard Holsted. I am a 70-year-old pharmacist from El Reno. My wife and I come to Norman 20 to 30 times a year to watch OU football and women’s basketball.

We spend money on merchandise, food and gas. On a recent Saturday night we parked in the same two block area on South Miller Avenue that we have in the past 10 years.

The students were out there with their signs for parking in the yards and we paid $10 and parked alongside other vehicles and went to the game.

It was really hot, 103 degrees. I had cancer surgery in july and my strength is not 100 percent so we left the game at halftime to go to a restaurant and watch the 2nd half in the cool.

We got to where our car was parked and there were three trucks with five cars on them from Quality Towing. They said they had already towed my car.

I told them I had paid for the space and their comment was we had been scammed by the people because it was not their house.

They told me where the car was and since they were headed there, I asked them to let us ride wit them.

They left us on the sidewalk.

After we got to their place, I went to find my car to get paperwork showing I owned the car. Their yard was pitch black and I am looking for a black car. Only way I found it was with my panic alarm. Very unsafe conditions which I would not want my wife or daughter back there looking for a car.

The lady who worked there said it would be $212. I presented her with my credit card which said refused and said it had to be cash.

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