Rolly: This booter got kicked in the rear

Published June 16, 2009 6:31 pm

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A parking lot owner, notorious for booting cars and forcing their owners to pay $80 in cash, picked on the wrong woman one day and now is facing his own payment dilemma.

I have written in the past about Hanson Securities booting cars in the parking lot at 900 East and 900 South when the drivers have stopped to patronize one of the businesses in the lot, only to find out signs limited parking to just one or two.

Several of the drivers I wrote about had only parked for a minute or two before realizing they needed to move, only to have the attendant already placing the boot on the car and demanding $80 in cash.

The whole scheme was made more troubling by the attendant's anonymity, not wearing a uniform with a name-tag and offering only a scribbled note for a receipt.

One driver actually removed the booted tire, put it and the boot in his trunk and drove away on a spare, only to be cited for criminal misconduct later and eventually forced to pay a fine.

But when the attendant booted the car of Peggy Norton, a physician, he was in for a fight.

Norton, who was with her 9-year-old daughter, had gone into the lot to patronize the Garden Gate candy store, one of the businesses in the lot. They were in the store for a couple of minutes, then came out to a booted car and an attendant, who refused to identify himself, demanding $80 in cash.

Norton objected that signs in the lot included parking for the candy store, but the attendant claimed the stall was for Mutual Beauty Supply, which happened to be closed that Saturday.

Norton paid the $80, but took pictures of her car in the lot and the signs noting there was parking for the candy company. She and her attorney husband, Scott Hansen, then spent months tracking down Hanson Securities, and its owner Doug Hansen, who turned out to be the attendant waiting in the wings to pounce the second a car parked in the lot.

One of the difficulties in finding the ownership and address of the booting company was that the company's name was spelled Hanson, while its owner spells his last name Hansen.

Norton took him to small claims court earlier this month, about 18 months after the incident, and won the judgment. The parking lot owner was ordered to pay back the $80, plus Norton's costs for the lawsuit and for serving the papers, making a total of $220, which to date he has not paid.

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