SpotHero Offers Towed Drivers Free Parking Spots
At least that’s what SpotHero founder Mark Lawrence thinks.
That’s why, on the eve of Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban, Lawrence is offering any unfortunate drivers who get towed on the first night of the ban free parking at one of the hundreds of spots they list for any event, time and place over the next year,
Lawrence feels its a way for his company to lessen the pain of being towed.
“Because we’ve been towed ourselves and getting towed sucks, it’s our way of giving back because we understand the pain and aggravation,” explains Lawrence. “It’s so we can make parking in Chicago a little better.”
In fact, getting your car towed is one of the myriad of city parking challenges that inspired him and his partner Jeremy Smith to start SpotHero, a website that helps local drivers locate and reserve parking spots in advance and often at discounted rates.
Drivers can book reserved parking at lots, garages and even privately held spaces all over the city for motorists traditional parking needs but also for all sorts of events including downtown theater events, Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawk games.
But is Lawrence worried that typically over 200 cars could be towed away by city tow trucks tonight?
“Nahh,” said Lawrence. “We’ll figure out a way to take care of everyone who contacts us.”
SpotHero will give any drivers towed tonight a credit for free parking in any of their listed spaces any date or time within the next 12 months.
Towed motorists can just email a copy of their tow receipt from the auto pound with their contact information to: email@example.com.