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A disagreement over a vehicle booted in a strip mall parking lot grew heated and then violent last week when a man parked in the lot, but then walked over to the adjacent Dairy Queen according to Pioneer Press.
Earlier this year, the property management company of a Wilmette strip mall hired Chicago Parking Management, a private booting firm, to enforce parking restrictions on their property. The problem was that drivers would use the strip mall parking lot to park and not to patronize the businesses in the strip mall, but to purchase something scrumpdillicious from the popular Dairy Queen.
Booting of vehicles on private property is now legal in 28 of Chicago’s 50 wards according to DNA Info.
Private booting is a type of parking enforcement on private property that is an alternative to towing. If a driver parks a car in a parking lot but walks off the property without patronizing one of the property’s businesses, an attendant will place a boot on their car and only release it after paying hefty fines up to $140.
Global Parking Management seems to be the only company in the city engaged in this business and has many client parking lots in Lakeview, Wicker Park and other heavily congested neighborhoods where motorists often abuse parking lots to shop elsewhere.
It’s a controversial practice that, while legal, leaves many motorists very angry.
Private booting is allowed on a ward by ward basis. Some wards allow it, but others do not.
So when the Chicago City Council redrew ward maps with new boundaries that began in 2015, Global Parking Management lost some clients because those businesses were now located in a ward that didn’t allow booting.
Who knew a soft serve ice cream cone could cause so much controversy?
Up in north suburban Wilmette, if you try to park your car in a strip mall parking lot to pickup a scrumpdilicious ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen, your vehicle risks being booted.
The Dairy Queen is popular during the summer up there.
So much so, DQ’s parking lot can’t handle all the cars and some times drivers use the strip mall parking lot next door to park there cars to score their cone–and that’s annoying the business owners in the strip mall who want the spaces free for their customers.
Chicago drivers dread getting booted–that is–the bright yellow Denver boot.
But now, getting booted–or at least getting the boot removed may become much easier.
The city has recently issued an RFP (request for proposal) for a vendor to provide some sort of “self-release vehicle immobilization devices,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Unfortunately, city motorists will sometimes come back to their vehicle to find one of these metal vehicle immobilization devices attached to a tire due to unpaid parking tickets.
According to CBS 2 News, Global Parking Management is booting a lot of cars in a parking lot on Archer and Central.
Booting vehicles in private parking lots may be coming to the northwest side’s 45th Ward according to DNA Info Chicago.
Alderman John Arena (45th) recently introduced an ordinance to allow the practice in his ward.
Private booting allows the owner of a parking lot to enforce the vehicles which park in their lot by immobilizing vehicles whose drivers park in the lot but then leave the premises. Private booting is seen as alternative to towing as a way to make sure vehicles are not trespassing on the property and/or to make sure parking spots are available for shoppers who want to patronize businesses where the lot is located.
According to the story, about half the city’s wards allow private vehicle immobilization.
“I had to remove it somehow because I have money problems,” Michael Ziemba allegedly told police.
According to DNA Info Chicago, the 70-year old Ziemba was caught by police allegedly attempting to remove the bright yellow Denver boot attached to his front wheel with a blowtorch.
He was charged with criminal damage to property and released on his own recognizance.
Ziemba may also face a separate $750 fine for tampering with the boot by the city’s Department of Finance.
Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “Man, 70, Caught Using Blowtorch on Denver Boot, Prosecutors Say.”
The industrious car owner, finding his or her vehicle immobilized by a bright yellow, heavy, metal boot, found a way to remove the entire wheel in order to get back on the road.
Marcus Forman parked in a laundry mat parking lot in Rogers Park last week, then went next door to the liquor store in Rogers Park.
But when he came back to his car, he found it had been booted by Global Parking Management.
That’s when, according to DNA Info Chicago, Forman lost it and attacked the booter working for Global Parking with pepper spray and the “wooden end of a hammer.”
Forman eventually turned himself in to police. He was charged with aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. A judge set his bond at $125,000.
Global Parking Management patrols many private parking lots in Chicago using the same type of vehicle immobilization device–the Denver Boot–that the City of Chicago uses to convince parking ticket scofflaws to cough up what they owe.
That’s because the bill introduced in the Illinois State Senate in January to allow municipalities to drastically expand the use of the Denver boot to collect unpaid city debts, has been tabled–for now.
According to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) office, the bill had already been assigned to the Judiciary Committee a few weeks prior. But during Thursday’s session in Springfield, it was withdrawn from its committee assignment and sent back to Assignments by the bill’s sponsor, Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).
While Silverstein did not respond to repeated attempts for comment, staff members in both his Chicago and Springfield offices said they had received many calls voicing opposition after news of the bill was reported in the media. Crain’s Chicago Business broke the story earlier in the week.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.