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2014-04-05 12:12:31 PM  
If parking cars in front of an abandoned house were enough to get them towed, the city would be out of bankruptcy just from impound fees.
 
2014-04-05 12:26:51 PM  

ekdikeo4: If parking cars in front of an abandoned house were enough to get them towed, the city would be out of bankruptcy just from impound fees.


I was just thinking that.  There are entire blocks in Detroit where all but one house is abandoned.  You telling me no one ever parks in front of any house other than the one inhabited one?

This stinks of a tow company looking for extra money.
 
2014-04-05 12:45:42 PM  
Yeah, I'm betting they charge him again because REGULATIONS. Which conveniently never involve waivers for the company f*cking up.
 
2014-04-05 03:07:48 PM  
I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.
 
2014-04-05 03:07:59 PM  
s3.thisnext.com
 
2014-04-05 03:08:08 PM  
When it rains, it pours.
 
Skr
2014-04-05 03:08:23 PM  

ekdikeo4: If parking cars in front of an abandoned house were enough to get them towed, the city would be out of bankruptcy just from impound fees.


Wasn't even in front of the house in this case according to the article. It was on the guy's own driveway. The city just decided his house was 'abandoned' even though he lives there.

I've seen cars towed quick off the street when the are missing four tires, but to actually go into someone's driveway, and damage the fence while stealing the car is rather appalling.
 
2014-04-05 03:09:48 PM  
Poor guy can't catch a break to save his arse. I hope something good comes out of this, like the car thief that originally caused all this dies in a fire.
 
2014-04-05 03:12:31 PM  
A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.
 
2014-04-05 03:13:46 PM  
They got them working in shifts.
 
2014-04-05 03:15:33 PM  
Towing companies are criminal organizations.  They lie, cheat, and steal every chance they get.
 
2014-04-05 03:15:51 PM  
Reason #467646 Detroit is a shiathole
 
2014-04-05 03:15:51 PM  

Skr: ekdikeo4: If parking cars in front of an abandoned house were enough to get them towed, the city would be out of bankruptcy just from impound fees.

Wasn't even in front of the house in this case according to the article. It was on the guy's own driveway. The city just decided his house was 'abandoned' even though he lives there.

I've seen cars towed quick off the street when the are missing four tires, but to actually go into someone's driveway, and damage the fence while stealing the car is rather appalling.


It's even worse.  His neighbor swears it was the same guy who dropped it.
 
2014-04-05 03:18:10 PM  
He shouldn't have left his car down on the corner, out in the street.
 
2014-04-05 03:20:00 PM  
Detroit still exists? I mean other than in the context of a bad joke.
 
GBB
2014-04-05 03:20:00 PM  

Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.


My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.
 
2014-04-05 03:23:57 PM  
You live in Detroit.   You deserve Detroit.
 
2014-04-05 03:25:01 PM  
Being Black and poor in the United States is that which is the curse but the White individuals with richness are those who are persecuted because gay marriage and taxes.
 
2014-04-05 03:25:15 PM  

GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.


Something similar happened to my ex even when the decals were there. Solved that problem by removing every decal from the cars of people who worked at the complex every few days. Amazingly the tows stopped after a couple weeks.
 
2014-04-05 03:26:10 PM  

toadist: You live in Detroit.   You deserve Detroit.


Exactly this. Just pick up and move to Manhattan or Malibu!
 
2014-04-05 03:26:13 PM  
Very simple, in small talk or in passing, he mentioned that he needed to pick up his kids, shiatty piece of crap tow low-life waited then took off with the car.
 
2014-04-05 03:31:41 PM  
You want to know why people go on goddamned shooting rampages?
This is farking why.
 
2014-04-05 03:31:49 PM  
FTFA: The 30-year-old's 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother's house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had been found and was available to him at Bobby's Towing, which keeps impounded cars on their lot for the police. He paid up (which totally stinks, by the way. I'll never understand why car theft victims have to pay to have their cars returned), and then had his car delivered to his home.

This should be the real story.  Why the fark are the victims of car thefts required to pay a very specific towing company to get their cars back?
 
2014-04-05 03:35:18 PM  

yukichigai: FTFA: The 30-year-old's 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother's house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had been found and was available to him at Bobby's Towing, which keeps impounded cars on their lot for the police. He paid up (which totally stinks, by the way. I'll never understand why car theft victims have to pay to have their cars returned), and then had his car delivered to his home.

This should be the real story.  Why the fark are the victims of car thefts required to pay a very specific towing company to get their cars back?


Unfortunately that is the way of 99% of city governments.

/Also there is the part about this guy paying $1100 to get a car back that was probably worth $1500 before it was stolen and stripped of parts.
 
2014-04-05 03:38:13 PM  
I had my car impounded once.  There was a brown 77 ford mustang illegally parked on my street that had been abandoned (with a windshield full of tickets) for months.  People kept calling in to complain about the junker so one night the city in its wisdom decided that my green 67 mustang had to be towed from right across the street.  Took me $150 to get it back and I had to start parking it a couple blocks away so they wouldn't take it again.  A few weeks later they finally dragged the piece of junk 77 off.
 
2014-04-05 03:38:22 PM  

yukichigai: FTFA: The 30-year-old's 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother's house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had been found and was available to him at Bobby's Towing, which keeps impounded cars on their lot for the police. He paid up (which totally stinks, by the way. I'll never understand why car theft victims have to pay to have their cars returned), and then had his car delivered to his home.

This should be the real story.  Why the fark are the victims of car thefts required to pay a very specific towing company to get their cars back?


Because it doesn't fit into the Justice Robert's definition of bribery?
 
GBB
2014-04-05 03:38:56 PM  

aseras: GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.

Something similar happened to my ex even when the decals were there. Solved that problem by removing every decal from the cars of people who worked at the complex every few days. Amazingly the tows stopped after a couple weeks.


Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent when renewing the lease claiming the gate at the reason.  Within a month the gate was stuck and people were damaging it when it locks them out.  And when it was working, one person opens the gate and a long line of cars gets in.  So, absolutely useless.   Fark apartments.
 
2014-04-05 03:47:22 PM  
Reminds me of a story and it goes something like this. Fark the police..
 
2014-04-05 03:52:59 PM  
Could we just pay Canada to take Detroit off our hands? We could throw in our side of Niagara Falls to sweeten the deal.
 
2014-04-05 03:54:00 PM  
Shut the f*ck up, Donny.
 
2014-04-05 04:00:18 PM  

GBB: Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent when renewing the lease claiming the gate at the reason.  Within a month the gate was stuck and people were damaging it when it locks them out.  And when it was working, one person opens the gate and a long line of cars gets in.  So, absolutely useless.   Fark apartments.


Well, those are "access gates", not "security gates".  This is exactly what they'll tell you, because they know people will get in without using their code/access card/remote.

The things that have pissed me off in the last few apartments is the way they treat lease renewals or lease breaking.  It's 2 months to break the lease, but if you don't renew and go month to month, they'll increase the rent by some ridiculous amount.  You're pretty much at their mercy especially if you're looking for a job in a different state, but haven't found one yet and your lease is up.
 
2014-04-05 04:04:59 PM  

Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.


Very well said.
 
2014-04-05 04:09:42 PM  

GBB: aseras: GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.

Something similar happened to my ex even when the decals were there. Solved that problem by removing every decal from the cars of people who worked at the complex every few days. Amazingly the tows stopped after a couple weeks.

Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent ...


Heh...sounds like my old apartment. If they had to fix anything they jacked the rent up. "Rent's going up $200 a month" Why? "We need to fix your gate and spray for termites." Isn't that normal maintenance? "Hey we're making your building nicer so it's worth more so we have to raise rents. If you don't like it move." And by fixing the gate I should say patching the holes and then painting them a different color. Not the whole fence mind you just the patches. It was quite the improvement..I think they may have spent all of $50 on it. Didn't help that the landlords were a group of lawyers. We all knew better than to try and fight them on anything. The previous ones were nice though. As long as you paid rent on time and didn't do any major renovations they left you alone.
 
2014-04-05 04:11:37 PM  
Also, my rug was stolen.
 
2014-04-05 04:15:09 PM  

GBB: aseras: GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.

Something similar happened to my ex even when the decals were there. Solved that problem by removing every decal from the cars of people who worked at the complex every few days. Amazingly the tows stopped after a couple weeks.

Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent ...


I had my car towed by the apartment complex AND I HAD THE PERMIT. I'd just bought a brand new car, and the idiot driver was working off of an old clipboard. I had to drive a bicycle through the worst part of West Philly to get it back.

Have you ever had a herd of punks try to steal a bicycle out from under you? I have.

/Pro tip, ask them where their mother is, and if she knows they are out doing this. Scatter like cockroaches they did that day...
 
2014-04-05 04:17:12 PM  

heel turn: Also, my rug was stolen.


Damn, that really brought the room together.
 
2014-04-05 04:17:50 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: yukichigai: FTFA: The 30-year-old's 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother's house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had been found and was available to him at Bobby's Towing, which keeps impounded cars on their lot for the police. He paid up (which totally stinks, by the way. I'll never understand why car theft victims have to pay to have their cars returned), and then had his car delivered to his home.

This should be the real story.  Why the fark are the victims of car thefts required to pay a very specific towing company to get their cars back?

Because it doesn't fit into the Justice Robert's definition of bribery?


Wtf is this. Your comment makes zero sense.
 
2014-04-05 04:26:09 PM  

gfid: GBB: Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent when renewing the lease claiming the gate at the reason.  Within a month the gate was stuck and people were damaging it when it locks them out.  And when it was working, one person opens the gate and a long line of cars gets in.  So, absolutely useless.   Fark apartments.

Well, those are "access gates", not "security gates".  This is exactly what they'll tell you, because they know people will get in without using their code/access card/remote.

The things that have pissed me off in the last few apartments is the way they treat lease renewals or lease breaking.  It's 2 months to break the lease, but if you don't renew and go month to month, they'll increase the rent by some ridiculous amount.  You're pretty much at their mercy especially if you're looking for a job in a different state, but haven't found one yet and your lease is up.


Mine does that now.  They also called a month before my lease expired and asked if I wanted to renew or go month-to-month (+$100/mo).  I asked what the shortest lease term was and they said 6 months.

A week later I stop by the office and the leasing lackee just cannot figure out how to print the document already drafted, nor can she figure out how to read her printed copy of an excel spreasheet with lease details.

In the end, they can't offer a 6 month lease renewal at this time because they used all of the 6 month renewals their allowed that month and can only offer 10 month renewals.  I signed it knowing full well that I will be breaking it if I find a better place and they should consider themselves lucky to get a 30 day notice.  They want to operate with bad faith, so can I.
 
2014-04-05 04:28:30 PM  

GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.


The cut of your jib, I like it.
 
2014-04-05 04:30:59 PM  

GBB: aseras: GBB: Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.

My ex had her car towed once when we were together.  The apartment complex we lived in suddenly decided to require parking permits.  They gave us more than enough time.  I picked up my decal immediately and put in on.  My ex?  She got her decal and didn't put it on.  Car was towed on the first night.  Cost us $150ish... because she was too lazy to put a damned sticker on her car.  I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.  It was because we either make poor decisions, or are incapable of making good decisions.  Then I asked her which category we fell in.  We started doing much better financially after that.

Something similar happened to my ex even when the decals were there. Solved that problem by removing every decal from the cars of people who worked at the complex every few days. Amazingly the tows stopped after a couple weeks.

Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent ...


Some places have an issue spending $1000 for an Apollo gate operator and get what's cheapest at the local hardware store or make the gate installer do that.  Where I work, we'll refuse and won't do the job if we can't use the hardware we've used for 15+ years -- the only repair calls we've had to do for our gates were from lightning frying the main board, battery terminal corrosion needing cleaning (maybe take the battery to the shop to charge overnight...depends on the amount of sunlight...our gates are solar powered), and a blown fuse.  I've replaced plenty of GTO's and other crap operators with Apollos -- they cost a bit more, but you really do get what you pay for with them.

I've never had a gate break down in the 11 years I've been building them.  If they're build right and the hardware installed properly, the worst to worry about is lightning striking the fence or gate frying the board.  Bad weather breaking something is different than breaking down.

If you know the innards of the operator box, most gates, no matter how protected, can be opened with a screw driver by manually bridging the operator box's opening button if it's disabled...had to break into plenty of my own jobs that way because the customer either disabled the box's opening button (it's done by a key) or they changed the RFID dip switches to something different to what I programmed for them (I keep them all in a book in case I have a repair call).

A gate will only keep people out if they can't drive or walk around it, or they're a career criminal who has bothered studying them.  Some gates only require 20lbs of steel being tossed far enough to trip the mass metal spectrometer, or a well placed screwdriver....I've had calls where the customer said

"We have the gate but people are still getting it".
Gets to job, sees tire tracks on the grass driving around the gate..
"Can you still install the wing panels for $XXX like in your first bid?"
(The bid that was rejected because we included the wings at cost just to give good deal and we'd have half of it in gate scraps alone.  I'm the main fabricator and painter, and I make a percentage, not hourly, so the labor increase of about $60 and another extra $80 in steel is a decent trade off to build a better gate and the best kind of advertisement (treating customers fairly))
"No, steel prices have gone up about 300% since then, but I can do it for $XYZ."
"Fine.  How long until it'll be done?"
"Steel ships on Monday and Thursday.  Today being Friday, it'll come in on Monday sometime and..."
"What do you mean sometime?
"Sometimes it shows up at 8am, sometimes 8pm, sometimes somewhere inbetween.  It depends on how many orders are going out and where they're located.  Anyways, once it comes in, about 8 hours to fabricate it all, another 4 hours getting primed then painted, a day to cure, and we'll install it in about 2 hours the next day.  So next Thursday or Friday depending on when it shows up Monday."
"Can you do it any faster?"
"if you want to pay for extra labor for an expedited time frame, it'll by "$XYZA and we'll be here Wednesday.  Can't physically do it any faster than that."
"Thursday or Friday is fine.  Here's a check."

And steel prices go up about 3-10% every other week.  Because of that a bid is only valid for a months time.  Anyone who tells/bids ya differently is either charging so much that the increase two months later won't matter or they're a fly by night company that doesn't know any better.

Sorry, I'm a gate builder that read "the gate didn't work".
 
2014-04-05 05:00:23 PM  

pedrop357: gfid: GBB: Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent when renewing the lease claiming the gate at the reason.  Within a month the gate was stuck and people were damaging it when it locks them out.  And when it was working, one person opens the gate and a long line of cars gets in.  So, absolutely useless.   Fark apartments.

Well, those are "access gates", not "security gates".  This is exactly what they'll tell you, because they know people will get in without using their code/access card/remote.

The things that have pissed me off in the last few apartments is the way they treat lease renewals or lease breaking.  It's 2 months to break the lease, but if you don't renew and go month to month, they'll increase the rent by some ridiculous amount.  You're pretty much at their mercy especially if you're looking for a job in a different state, but haven't found one yet and your lease is up.

Mine does that now.  They also called a month before my lease expired and asked if I wanted to renew or go month-to-month (+$100/mo).  I asked what the shortest lease term was and they said 6 months.

A week later I stop by the office and the leasing lackee just cannot figure out how to print the document already drafted, nor can she figure out how to read her printed copy of an excel spreasheet with lease details.

In the end, they can't offer a 6 month lease renewal at this time because they used all of the 6 month renewals their allowed that month and can only offer 10 month renewals.  I signed it knowing full well that I will be breaking it if I find a better place and they should consider themselves lucky to get a 30 day notice.  They want to operate with bad faith, so can I.


A while ago before we bought our house we lived in an apartment complex that did the same thing. The thing that really sucks is that it's legal for them to do that as long as it's mentioned in the original lease. If you sign a 10 month lease and break it they will make your life miserable via their strip mall attorney, shady collection agency and damage to your credit.

Instead, do what I did. Grit your teeth and pay the extra rent until you move. In the meanwhile, put super glue in the door locks of the apartment office and the demo apartment. Then laugh hysterically from a distance as the douche bags try to show the demo apartment to potential renters or try to get into the office first thing in the morning.
/repeat as necessary
 
2014-04-05 05:08:44 PM  

skeevy420: Sorry, I'm a gate builder that read "the gate didn't work".


Interesting stuff. Seriously. I learned something to do on Fark, which means it's a good day.

/ now off to kill those high-faluting brain cells with some of Ireland's finest whiskey
// can't let them be having any new learning, they might get uppity
 
2014-04-05 05:12:49 PM  
He paid up (which totally stinks, by the way. I'll never understand why car theft victims have to pay to have their cars returned)...

The practical reason is obvious.  The car's owner has significant interest in recovering their property and they're going to show up to get it.  The tow/impound company can't track down the criminal to get paid.  I'm not saying it's right.  I'm saying that's why.

In a fair world. the bill would be added to the criminal's tab and extracted when they're caught.  But when has the world ever been fair?

Oh, and with all the stories of parking permits, here's mine again:  Got a job at a university.  Went to the parking department to obtain my staff permit.  Parked in one of the spaces very clearly marked for people who are there to obtain their staff parking permits.  Came back out a few minutes later to find a ticket on my car for parking on campus without a permit.  Went back inside to complain.  "We can't void parking tickets."  My boss made a call, got it quashed, and began teaching me the important skill of schmoozing so you have someone in every department who can make that kind of shiat disappear without going full Brazil.
 
2014-04-05 05:15:59 PM  

GBB: I used this as a good lesson explaining that most people who are poor, like we were, were so not because the system was against us.


Yes, everyone else is poor because your girlfriend was an idiot. Perfectly cromulent logic, there.
 
2014-04-05 05:22:17 PM  

jtown: The practical reason is obvious. The car's owner has significant interest in recovering their property and they're going to show up to get it. The tow/impound company can't track down the criminal to get paid. I'm not saying it's right. I'm saying that's why.

In a fair world. the bill would be added to the criminal's tab and extracted when they're caught. But when has the world ever been fair?


How about requiring impound/towing companies to NOT jack up the rates on people with vehicles not impounded for their own actions? Parking violations or DUI are different animals than having your vehicle stolen. It could be VERY EASY for this to become law from state to state, considering pretty much every impound lot has a contract with local police departments and would rather not lose such significant (almost guaranteed) business.

There is no way in bloody hell anyone can convince me that storing a car on a lot is worth $1,100 for a few days (I assume days, because after weeks it seems that it would cost a hell of a lot more).
 
2014-04-05 05:23:20 PM  

Bacontastesgood: I've been poor like 2x in my life.  What I learned from those experiences was that it sucks super hard to be poor.  You are farked at every turn by 'the man', meaning anyone who can suck even more money out of you.  It's like you're the weak herd animal being picked off by the predator.  Fees that are merely annoying to the rest of us are awful when it is coming out of money for rent, food, power bill, etc.  You get into this spiral of suck and it feels like it will never end.

I was never black, but that probably just multiplies the suck of being poor.


My bum cousin is living with me now. His beater was parked in front of my home and just got a 48 hour tow warning. I called the police who informed me there is nothing wrong with leaving a driveable car there 24/7 (outside of snow plow blocking and such) and that his low tire may have been judged as a flat which would make it tow-worthy.


Poor people problems :(
 
2014-04-05 05:28:20 PM  

skeevy420: Sorry, I'm a gate builder that read "the gate didn't work".


Heh.  CSB.

When my wife first moved here her first apartment was "gated."  I use scare quotes for reasons that will be clear shortly.  We had the misfortune of checking out the apartment during the day, during the summer.  She ended up getting an apartment right next to the gate and what we discovered that first night was that that farking gate (which was left open during the day) beeped every farking time it opened or closed.  Imagine trying to sleep 30 feet away from a high-pitched beeping sound going off every 10-15 minutes every night.  Then, a couple months after she'd been there.  Some drunk asshole ran into the thing which made it screech and squeak from that point forward.  She got used to it somehow, but since I only stayed there every other weekend it was maddening.

The only reprieve I got was in the winter when they left the thing open all the time (because it apparently wouldn't work in freezing weather), which kind of defeats the entire purpose of having a gate in the first place.  It wasn't terribly worrying since it wasn't a high-crime city or area, but it was still annoying.

You can bet your ass that when we moved into our new place together I learned every single detail of that place's gate system.
 
2014-04-05 05:34:59 PM  

gfid: GBB: Yeah, fark apartment complexes.  It's like Nazi HOAs but worse.  We moved to one that had a gated entrance.  The gate didn't work.  It wasn't a selling point for me.  In fact, I had been at other complexes with gates and no one likes them, they break down constantly, and they don't keep anyone out that doesn't want to get in.  They told me it hadn't worked in years and they had no plans of fixing it.  A year after I move in, they repaired the gate and jacked up the rent when renewing the lease claiming the gate at the reason.  Within a month the gate was stuck and people were damaging it when it locks them out.  And when it was working, one person opens the gate and a long line of cars gets in.  So, absolutely useless.   Fark apartments.

Well, those are "access gates", not "security gates".  This is exactly what they'll tell you, because they know people will get in without using their code/access card/remote.

The things that have pissed me off in the last few apartments is the way they treat lease renewals or lease breaking.  It's 2 months to break the lease, but if you don't renew and go month to month, they'll increase the rent by some ridiculous amount.  You're pretty much at their mercy especially if you're looking for a job in a different state, but haven't found one yet and your lease is up.


As a landlord I respect the lease rules. I let my people go month to month +2 when they don't want to renew a full year lease. At the same time though, I don't follow mandatory repaintings between renters nor do I have 50+ homes to sort these details out with.

Keeping the homes full is where the profit comes from, so asking for month to month situations can cost them money.
 
2014-04-05 06:01:03 PM  
Seriously? Id be taking these boys to court the next DAY! Thank you for my $1k back.. and THANK YOU for buying me a new car cause you suck! NEXT!
 
2014-04-05 06:43:09 PM  

TheBigJerk: Towing companies are criminal organizations.  They lie, cheat, and steal every chance they get.


Those that do nonconsenual tows, definitely.  There are enough dirty ones that a clean one can't compete.
 
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