Man Holds Mercedes CLA Hostage For Parking On Private Property

Car sharing services are becoming more popular, but one Seattle resident is holding a Mercedes CLA from car2go hostage.

According to KIRO 7, someone illegally parked the car in front of Dan Smith’s house on May 17th. He rents out the building and one of his tenants, Asad Rasheed, told the station this happens fairly often as there’s limited parking on the street.

Smith attempted to have the car towed, but was reportedly shot down by three different companies. According to the Associated Press, one of the companies refused on the grounds that there was no sign indicating the parking spot was private property and violators would be towed.

Smith eventually reached out to the company that operates car2go, Share Now, and told them they had two hours to move the vehicle. The company failed to comply, so Smith built a makeshift barrier around the CLA.

If that wasn’t bizarre enough, Smith is reportedly demanding that Share Now pay $300 (£237 / €267) for the barricade and $65 (£51 / €58) a day for storage fees. He also wants up to $500 (£395 / €445) for so-called “harassment fees” because Rasheed has been bothered by car2go customers attempting to retrieve the vehicle.

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That’s a pretty bold move and one that Share Now sees as extortion. In a statement to the AP, the company said “We will not allow anyone acting with ulterior motives, including anyone attempting to extort our business by holding our property illegally, to prevent us from providing transportation to the citizens of Seattle.” However, Share Now extended an olive branch by saying they would like to resolve the issue without taking legal action.

The standoff still appears to be continuing, but Smith told the AP that he’d remove the barrier if police tell him too.

 

  • Six_Tymes

    It sounds like there is more to this story than being reported

    • NoMan2015

      they absolutely can (i use car2go occasionally on the east coast and we get billed if we park it somewhere and it then gets a parking ticket), but i can understand why car2go would purposely not tell the guy that did this who parked it there…especially if there’s no indication it’s actually a privately owned space.

  • brn

    Too bad he was unable to have it towed. Seems a shame.

    Also, that barricade cost $300?

  • I PARK MY CAR IN A GARAGE BEHIND MY BUILDING. FOR SOME REASON PEOPLE LOVE TO PARK IN FRONT OF THE DRIVEWAY. IN NYC YOU CALL 311 REPORT IT AND WHEN THE POLICE TICKET IT YOU CALL A TOW AND HAVE IT REMOVED. I’M GUESSING THE LAW IS DIFFERENT IN SEATTLE SINCE NO MENTION OF THE LEGAL PROCEDURE IS STATED.

  • KAG25

    The police haven’t told him to move the barrier, this is funny

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