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Property Owner Gets Revenge on a Parked Car

Seattle's Dan Smith builds makeshift fence to block car-share company's vehicle
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2019 1:30 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by KOMO News shows a car-share vehicle parked at a Seattle duplex.   (KOMO News via AP)
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(Newser) – A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it. Dan Smith told KIRO-TV he doesn't know who parked the car2go Mercedes May 17, but it wasn't one of his tenants. He contacted Share Now, the company that operates car2go, and gave them two hours to move the vehicle. A few hours after that, he erected the barricade, preventing other customers from using it. He wants the company to pay $65 a day in storage fees, $300 for the fence, and up to $500 for "harassment fees." In a written statement, Share Now suggested that might amount to extortion. Spokesman Tim Krebs told the AP on Thursday that the company is seeking help from the police.

"We will not allow anyone acting with ulterior motives, including anyone attempting to extort our business by holding our property illegally, to prevent us from providing transportation to the citizens of Seattle," the company's statement said. "We would like to avoid taking legal action and hope for a quick resolution." The company said it has been unable to remove the sedan because of the fence. Its policy requires customers who park in unapproved areas to pay any towing and ticketing fees; repeat offenders are banned from the service. Smith says if the police tell him he's in the wrong, he'll cooperate, because he doesn't want that much trouble. But he said he has rights to control his property, and Share Now had made no arrangements and offered no compensation to use it.

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