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Rolly: Parking mistake in Utah can prove dire

By paul rolly

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 18 2013 06:36 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:35 pm

Jeremy Furbish definitely screwed up. And he admits it.

But the lenient way Utah regulates tow truck companies can result, perhaps, in a punishment that doesn’t fit the crime. And based on one’s financial status, illegal parking can equate to a capital offense.

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Furbish apologized on his Facebook page Thursday for parking Wednesday between 8-10 p.m. in a space that was marked as reserved for someone else.

"You had every right to have it towed," he wrote to whoever was offended enough to haul his car away.

"However, since you had it towed, I feel compelled to inform you of the impact your choice has had on me," he wrote.

Furbish explained that he is a single father of four young girls, trying to scrape by since his wife decided to leave the family.

"The cost of retrieving my vehicle from the impound lot is $214. In order for me to get the car out of impound lot, I will have to forgo some much needed medical care for which I have been saving, and I will no longer be having the luxury of having Internet in my home.

"I will be borrowing money to pay for my child’s eighth birthday party next Tuesday, because what I had saved has gone to the impound lot for my car," he wrote, adding that he was just beginning to get a little ahead.

"As far as I know I have never parked in your spot before. It was an honest mistake on my part," he wrote.

"Aside from the $214 impound lot fee, I need to pay a baby sitter while I walk to the bank and then the impound lot to retrieve my car. The monetary cost aside, your decision to have my car towed caused a lot of emotional distress for me and my family."


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Perhaps, in the future, an angry note would be enough to stem his negligence of parking in the wrong place. And it wouldn’t devastate a family already on hard times.

But politically well-connected tow truck companies wouldn’t get their pound of flesh that way, would they?

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Slow on the uptake? » Salt Lake Avenues residents became curious recently when they noticed several Salt Lake City police officers surrounding a bicyclist at the corner of 6th Avenue and K Street.

As neighbors approached the scene, it was apparent the cyclist was inebriated. His bike was lying on the ground, and he was having a hard time keeping on his feet while police questioned him.

Finally, he was given a citation for public intoxication. But then the cops let him get back on his bike. As he rode away — wobbling — he only got a few yards before smacking head-on into a tree. He was knocked off the bike and had a severe gash on his head.

That’s when neighbors began questioning the cops’ judgment of letting an obviously drunken man ride away on a bike.

The shift watch commander was called to the scene and, after some consultation, the man was arrested and escorted to jail.

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Passing the peace pipe » Three months after the majority of the South Jordan City Council publicly reprimanded Councilman Larry Short for his commentary in a local weekly that suggested city brass wanted to change the government for personal gain, Short got a public apology.

Councilman Steve Barnes, one of three council members who voted for the reprimand, stood before the council meeting Tuesday and apologized to Short.

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