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(Baltimore Chop)   So, we have this cool deal on ziplining and an open bar, and just park at the Walmart, it's cool   (citythatbreeds.com ) divider line
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2011-06-22 02:40:28 PM  
I'd think the words "zipline" and "WalMart" would keep ANY sane person away from this!
 
2011-06-22 04:09:51 PM  
I'm sure Walmart just made an honest mistake. I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt.
 
2011-06-22 05:21:58 PM  
Server farked already?
 
2011-06-22 05:22:26 PM  
Smells like a towing scam to me. Been known to happen.
 
2011-06-22 05:23:10 PM  
Did they speak with the manager of the Walmart, give an estimation of the number of cars involved and get a definite "OK" on the parking?

OR

Did someone's brother talk to one of the cart pushers who responded "Yeah, they won't care.... no one will notice".

Walmart allows such things.... with advance notice and permission.
 
2011-06-22 05:24:14 PM  

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: I'm sure Walmart just made an honest mistake. I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt.


Because obviously, living social would never do something as dumb as assume they could park there.

// bmore. Ex pat
 
2011-06-22 05:25:01 PM  
link seems to have shiat the bed
 
2011-06-22 05:25:41 PM  
fbxrd
 
2011-06-22 05:27:36 PM  
Local blog writes about local scam/debacle, hits Fark, server dies of too much love.
/Also the webs have been running like frozen creamcheese today in the metro area.
 
2011-06-22 05:28:12 PM  
LOL. I suppose we should all spare a few tears for Baltimorons.

They are worse that Detroitus. They aren't really stuck where they are. They choose to remain in Baltimore.
 
2011-06-22 05:28:31 PM  

tukatz: Did they speak with the manager of the Walmart, give an estimation of the number of cars involved and get a definite "OK" on the parking?
OR
Did someone's brother talk to one of the cart pushers who responded "Yeah, they won't care.... no one will notice".
Walmart allows such things.... with advance notice and permission.


I had to google this story and came across someone's blog entry about a first hand account:

About a third of us had our cars towed before a Living Social rep called the police and showed them the signed contract for lot usage. Wal-Mart didn't request the towings, Quick Response simply took it upon themselves to remove a couple dozen cars.

Basically this tow company was being an asshole to the highest caliber.
 
2011-06-22 05:28:51 PM  

Headso: link seems to have shiat the bed


images.ridemonkey.com
 
2011-06-22 05:29:15 PM  
Farked link.
 
2011-06-22 05:29:28 PM  
Farked after 960 clicks? Awesome.
 
2011-06-22 05:33:23 PM  
WTF I can park an RV the size of a bus at a walmart for a weekend and they give a shiat about a few extra cars for the day?

/tow co's can eat a bag of dicks
 
2011-06-22 05:36:36 PM  

KatjaMouse: Basically this tow company was being an asshole to the highest caliber.


You said "asshole" twice.
 
2011-06-22 05:36:59 PM  

KatjaMouse: Basically this tow company was being an asshole to the highest calibercommitting multiple counts of grand theft auto.

 
2011-06-22 05:38:57 PM  

KatjaMouse: tukatz: Did they speak with the manager of the Walmart, give an estimation of the number of cars involved and get a definite "OK" on the parking?
OR
Did someone's brother talk to one of the cart pushers who responded "Yeah, they won't care.... no one will notice".
Walmart allows such things.... with advance notice and permission.

I had to google this story and came across someone's blog entry about a first hand account:

About a third of us had our cars towed before a Living Social rep called the police and showed them the signed contract for lot usage. Wal-Mart didn't request the towings, Quick Response simply took it upon themselves to remove a couple dozen cars.

Basically this tow company was being an asshole to the highest caliber.


Damn, what did they do? Stake it out to see who got on the buses? They kept track of all that? I can't imagine that they didn't tow an actual customer's car by accident.
 
2011-06-22 05:39:27 PM  
Sounds like everyone got their cars back, and in the end Living Social will sue the tow company and/or Wal-Mart for the fees. What's the problem here?
 
2011-06-22 05:39:36 PM  
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A+++ Excellent article, would read again!
 
2011-06-22 05:39:47 PM  
Well, all the people could file a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart.
 
2011-06-22 05:40:33 PM  
Knowing the caliber of Wal-Mart personnel I wouldn't be at all surprised that this was a mistake. On the other hand, knowing the caliber of their moral fiber as well, I would actually put money on this being a cooperative deal between the towing company and a manager... that's quite a bit of money to kick back and WM managers are paid pretty poor.
 
2011-06-22 05:40:39 PM  

Hypothetical Imperative: KatjaMouse: Basically this tow company was being an asshole to the highest caliber.

You said "asshole" twice.


Pretty much. Tow company employees and owners are really high up there on "detriments to society."
 
2011-06-22 05:40:39 PM  

The Slush: Damn, what did they do? Stake it out to see who got on the buses? They kept track of all that? I can't imagine that they didn't tow an actual customer's car by accident.


Believe it or not some tow companies have been known to do this.
 
2011-06-22 05:42:35 PM  
Here's a blog piece touching on the story, from a towee...

Link (pops)
 
2011-06-22 05:44:31 PM  
But what about the ziplining!

/this story both sucks and blows
//what's next Fark, facebook status updates?/
 
2011-06-22 05:46:09 PM  
everyone involved should sue the towing company. It would be quite funny to see the legal bill for hundreds of lawsuits, or even hundreds of small claims hearings, that would be incurred by the company, and all of them will win.
 
2011-06-22 05:46:10 PM  
About a third of us had our cars towed before a Living Social rep called the police and showed them the signed contract for lot usage. Wal-Mart didn't request the towings, Quick Response simply took it upon themselves to remove a couple dozen cars.

Smells like a pending lawsuit.

This crap happened all the time to folks when I was in college. Despite being an authorized guest (and parked in a visitor parking spot) to visit my girlfriend at her apartment (i.e., not using her lot to walk to class), the towing company took it upon themselves to tow my car because I didn't have a decal on my car. The apartment management (who obviously receives kickbacks from the tow company) didn't give a crap and the towing company sure as hell didn't care. I don't think there is a shadier business around than tow companies.

/CSB
 
2011-06-22 05:47:22 PM  
About a third of us had our cars towed before a Living Social rep called the police and showed them the signed contract for lot usage. Wal-Mart didn't request the towings, Quick Response simply took it upon themselves to remove a couple dozen cars.

Smells like grand theft auto to me.
 
2011-06-22 05:47:26 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Knowing the caliber of Wal-Mart personnel I wouldn't be at all surprised that this was a mistake. On the other hand, knowing the caliber of their moral fiber as well, I would actually put money on this being a cooperative deal between the towing company and a manager... that's quite a bit of money to kick back and WM managers are paid pretty poor.


My niece is a manager at a mid-sized Wal-Mart. She made $82k last year. My wife does her taxes so that's not her boasting. Managers of large stores can make 6 figures.
 
2011-06-22 05:50:16 PM  
I used to work for my campus bookstore and at the time there was a vacant Hardee's lot across the street from our store that would get towed all the time. So at the start of the semester we would put up hand made signs at the main entrance explicitly telling our customers not to park in that lot they will be towed. However, throughout the day, we'd see that our signs had mysteriously vanished and we'd make new ones. I even placed one on the inside of a window and that one disappeared too. So customers' cars kept getting towed and eventually we actually caught one of the skeevs actually walking away with a sign. Unfortunately The campus police couldn't do anything other than advice us to just keep a look out for these people at our entrance at all times, which is next to impossible at a busy bookstore.

Once this lady pulled into the lot to use an ATM that was attached to the building that boarded it. It was slow so my co workers and I just watched the car get loaded up and the guy hop back into the cab when this woman came screaming up and slamming her purse against his truck and even picking up an old brick to hurl at him. After about 3 seconds it dawned on us that this woman's children were still in the car. Richmond City Police rolled up, we got some popcorn and watched. One of our people ran across the street to eavesdrop and the police officer ordered the car to be unloaded and I'm guessing this guy had recently gone through the same thing because he said "And tell you what... you unload that car for free and I might not charge you for attempted kidnapping." Awesome.

/CS, S
 
2011-06-22 05:55:50 PM  

lordargent: About a third of us had our cars towed before a Living Social rep called the police and showed them the signed contract for lot usage. Wal-Mart didn't request the towings, Quick Response simply took it upon themselves to remove a couple dozen cars.

Smells like grand theft auto to me.


Towing companies are vampires.
 
2011-06-22 05:57:11 PM  
Remind me again why these sites are valued in the billions?
 
2011-06-22 05:58:11 PM  
Sounds like the tow company is headed for a nice lawsuit.

Most tow companies are dicks. But then again I repeat myself.
 
2011-06-22 06:00:59 PM  

JonnyBGoode: Sounds like the tow company is headed for a nice lawsuit.

Most tow companies are dicks. But then again I repeat myself.


At least we'll get to see a shiatty re-enactment of the whole ordeal on next weeks "Repo Men"
 
2011-06-22 06:02:19 PM  
People were driving to an event with an open bar?

That should be the first red flag right there. If the towing company hadn't shown up, there probably would have been a bunch of fatalities on the road. I'm thinking they did everyone a favor.
 
2011-06-22 06:04:15 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: LOL. I suppose we should all spare a few tears for Baltimorons.

They are worse that Detroitus. They aren't really stuck where they are. They choose to remain in Baltimore.


Do you steal all of your jokes directly from CM Punk?

/At work, can't post video from this week's RAW to provide source.
 
2011-06-22 06:07:05 PM  

That coward David Lopan: AverageAmericanGuy: LOL. I suppose we should all spare a few tears for Baltimorons.

They are worse that Detroitus. They aren't really stuck where they are. They choose to remain in Baltimore.

Do you steal all of your jokes directly from CM Punk?

/At work, can't post video from this week's RAW to provide source.


Never heard of it. But it sounds HILARIOUS
 
2011-06-22 06:07:36 PM  

Lehk: KatjaMouse: Basically this tow company committing multiple counts of grand theft auto.


Yup. And they didn't even kill the hookers for a quick extra star.
 
2011-06-22 06:07:40 PM  
GOOD TOW TRUCK STORY:

My POS buick stalled on the highway on the way to drop off my parents at the airport. A tow truck which was passing the other way, turned around, and met up with us. They DROVE MY PARENTS TO THE AIRPORT, then came back to get me and the car, then towed it to a garage, then TOOK ME HOME. Wow, talk about service!

BAD TOW TRUCK STORY:

My motorcycle gets stolen. A month or so later, the cops call and say they caught the guy SITTING ON THE BIKE with "cold plates" (plates stolen out of a junk yard). A tow company was contacted by the cops and they towed the bike to their yard, which was 40 miles from my place. When I call them they tell me "Well, you can get it anytime you want, but there is a storage fee of X/day" I don't remember what X was, but it was like $100 or so. Then the friendly tow truck guys says to me "Look, to make it simpler, you can just SIGN OVER YOUR PINK SLIP TO US". Nice. How many times was that bike going to be stolen? A-holes. So then I had to figure a way to travel 40 miles and pick up a motorcycle.... without having the motorcycle to travel the 40 miles ...
 
2011-06-22 06:09:09 PM  
TFA

So's I caught wind of a tale of woe the other day, regarding what should have been a really fun slash amazing party fun time courtesy of Baltimore's Living Social bureau. It was a $60 ziplining slash open bar special, in which purchasers of the excursion would park their vehicle at the Port Covington Walmart (RED FLAG) and be provided transportation to Sandy Spring Friends School where frolicking, ziplining and climbing would ensue for two hours. Following that, an hour of libations at Federal Hill's own Muggsy's Mug House - sounds like a pretty rad time, doesn't it? Of course it does!

Being the responsible fun-time arrangers that they are, Living Social did their due diligence in clearing the whole parking lot situation with the Port Covington facilities, and everything looked as though the good times were rolling.

...unfortunately, once the buses had been loaded and the trek had begun, phone calls came issuing that every single person's car at the Port Covington Walmart was in the process of being towed. Whether via a dumb manager who didn't know about the deal or whatever excuse Walmart came up with, dozens of cars were towed within minutes, leaving a bunch of really pissed off people sitting on a bus without a car. And we all know how understanding those tow companies are, very courteous and kind-hearted folk who would gladly take part in owning up to the mistake and return everyone's car without hesitation, yes? Yeah well not really. The Living Social rep I spoke with referred to it as "an awful mess" and essentially they're on the hook paying for all of the headaches generated by the snafu, despite the fact that Walmart is essentially to blame. I smell lawsuit! Or maybe not, hopefully the two enterprises can work out the issue and Living Social will have a parking lot to use for their future expeditions.

Speaking of the Port Covington Walmart, I'm going to go right ahead and make a wild guess that it will close its doors riiiiiight around the same time as the Remington Walmart opens, for a myriad of excuses which are all bullshiat, leaving the destroyed wetlands of Port Covington with their very own gigantic wasteland of empty warehouse buildings and sprawling parking lots. Perfect place to hang out after dark! (and then the inevitable redevelopment featuring mixed-use retail/condos, amirite?)


 
2011-06-22 06:11:16 PM  
dang i missed it
 
2011-06-22 06:13:12 PM  

KatjaMouse: I even placed one on the inside of a window and that one disappeared too.


Did you try taping it to the glass?
 
2011-06-22 06:17:40 PM  

FTGodWin: But what about the ziplining!

/this story both sucks and blows
//what's next Fark, facebook status updates?/


Gabrielmot likes this...
 
2011-06-22 06:25:38 PM  

KatjaMouse: I used to work for my campus bookstore and at the time there was a vacant Hardee's lot across the street from our store that would get towed all the time. So at the start of the semester we would put up hand made signs at the main entrance explicitly telling our customers not to park in that lot they will be towed. However, throughout the day, we'd see that our signs had mysteriously vanished and we'd make new ones. I even placed one on the inside of a window and that one disappeared too. So customers' cars kept getting towed and eventually we actually caught one of the skeevs actually walking away with a sign. Unfortunately The campus police couldn't do anything other than advice us to just keep a look out for these people at our entrance at all times, which is next to impossible at a busy bookstore.

Once this lady pulled into the lot to use an ATM that was attached to the building that boarded it. It was slow so my co workers and I just watched the car get loaded up and the guy hop back into the cab when this woman came screaming up and slamming her purse against his truck and even picking up an old brick to hurl at him. After about 3 seconds it dawned on us that this woman's children were still in the car. Richmond City Police rolled up, we got some popcorn and watched. One of our people ran across the street to eavesdrop and the police officer ordered the car to be unloaded and I'm guessing this guy had recently gone through the same thing because he said "And tell you what... you unload that car for free and I might not charge you for attempted kidnapping." Awesome.

/CS, S


-Should have told the cops that the sign he stole was made out of several hundred dollar bills and asked them to retrieve your property.

-Oh, and on the second one, you should have offered to pay for the car to be put down if the cop would actually *charge* the asshat with attempted kidnapping.

/just kidding obviously
 
2011-06-22 06:27:47 PM  

NightOwl2255: SmellsLikePoo: Knowing the caliber of Wal-Mart personnel I wouldn't be at all surprised that this was a mistake. On the other hand, knowing the caliber of their moral fiber as well, I would actually put money on this being a cooperative deal between the towing company and a manager... that's quite a bit of money to kick back and WM managers are paid pretty poor.

My niece is a manager at a mid-sized Wal-Mart. She made $82k last year. My wife does her taxes so that's not her boasting. Managers of large stores can make 6 figures.


SmellsLikePoo is just another ignorant Farker; too stupid to actually read anything which includes facts.
 
2011-06-22 06:37:47 PM  
Dude, when did SSFS get a zipline?
 
2011-06-22 06:39:39 PM  
For those that don't know the area - Port Covington WAS going to be a new hub south of downtown. A Wal-Mart, Sam's and other unnamed stores serving as an anchor.

Long story short - locals hated walmart moving in, made a big enough stink to can the project AFTER walmart and Sam's opened.

Result - Sam's closed, and the space is unused. So there's an empty lot big enough for hundreds of cars attaches to the still open walmart. Probably where this was slated to have parking. Technically a separate area than the walmart parking area. Also - seriously - a similar sized parking area WITH ISLANDs that was never paved. Just grass. Amusing to see.

/csb
 
2011-06-22 06:39:42 PM  

you_idiot: GOOD TOW TRUCK STORY:

My POS buick stalled on the highway on the way to drop off my parents at the airport. A tow truck which was passing the other way, turned around, and met up with us. They DROVE MY PARENTS TO THE AIRPORT, then came back to get me and the car, then towed it to a garage, then TOOK ME HOME. Wow, talk about service!

BAD TOW TRUCK STORY:

My motorcycle gets stolen. A month or so later, the cops call and say they caught the guy SITTING ON THE BIKE with "cold plates" (plates stolen out of a junk yard). A tow company was contacted by the cops and they towed the bike to their yard, which was 40 miles from my place. When I call them they tell me "Well, you can get it anytime you want, but there is a storage fee of X/day" I don't remember what X was, but it was like $100 or so. Then the friendly tow truck guys says to me "Look, to make it simpler, you can just SIGN OVER YOUR PINK SLIP TO US". Nice. How many times was that bike going to be stolen? A-holes. So then I had to figure a way to travel 40 miles and pick up a motorcycle.... without having the motorcycle to travel the 40 miles ...


BAD TOW TRUCK STORY

Took some friends to a new restaurant adjacent to a gas station. While there were towing signs at the gas station, the spot we took had no such signs. Two minutes after sitting down a homeless guy runs in and says my car is getting towed (gave him a few bucks for being a decent guy later).

Asshat picked up my car and dented and scratched it on a pole. While my car was up I asked him for his insurance for the damage he caused to my car and he refused to give it to me (all while being a dick). Had to call the cops onsite. Cops told me I'd have to pay to get him to drop it down even though the area wasn't clearly marked. When I did he went inside to *pay* the gas station owner his part. (This is a Valero if any of you care to know). The cops had to take his insurance information from him as he refused to give it to me (still being a dick).

Luckily, I was with friends that were smart so we decided to take pictures of the whole thing and request a copy of the police report.

Jackass's insurance company called me and refused to pay the $500 in damages. They told me he denied that he caused the damages and said I was lying. I said "Really?" and then sent them a series of pictures of my car up against the pole with his truck and *him* in the picture. I also gave them 7 witnesses and the police report...

My car's repairs were paid for, and this jackass had to pay more than I did was my only condolence.
 
2011-06-22 06:50:37 PM  

Dick_Hertz: NightOwl2255: SmellsLikePoo: Knowing the caliber of Wal-Mart personnel I wouldn't be at all surprised that this was a mistake. On the other hand, knowing the caliber of their moral fiber as well, I would actually put money on this being a cooperative deal between the towing company and a manager... that's quite a bit of money to kick back and WM managers are paid pretty poor.

My niece is a manager at a mid-sized Wal-Mart. She made $82k last year. My wife does her taxes so that's not her boasting. Managers of large stores can make 6 figures.

SmellsLikePoo is just another ignorant Farker; too stupid to actually read anything which includes facts.


I'm sorry Dick, do you work for Wal-Mart? I didn't mean to hurt your feelings; I mean, everyone needs to make a living. So why not take a job at the very embodiment of everything that is wrong with this country. And while you're working there, please spend upwards of 30% of your income on more crap from Wal-Mart.

Working at Wal-Mart, with average stores bigger than 100,000 SF, managing the hordes of nincompoops they call employees, and having to listen to every 'mericans view as to what is wrong with that particular WM is worth well more than the $82k you listed.
 
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