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Sweet Rose Ramblings (AKA The Call-Waiting Blog)

A place for my unformed thoughts. Help me sort them out!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Close Call

Passaic has really mean rules. They like to tow people's cars at the drop of a hat. Like, if you park on the wrong side of the street on street-cleaning day (and um, I am totally not impressed with the supposed cleaning that is involved), then they tow your car. Not a ticket, but tow. And because they are so mean, they make it incredibly complicated to get your car out. First, you have to go to the towing lot and get your registration and insurance from your car, then you have to go to the police station several miles away to get a notice saying that they release your car, then you have to go back the several miles to the towing lot to pay money to actually get your car. And all this must be done without your car, since it's been towed.

Today, I accidentally parked my car on the wrong side of the street. Oops. I just totally forgot what day it was and didn't even think about it. At 10:00 AM, I get an email from Princess D (who gets a big SSY for tipping me off) that she thinks I've parked my car on the wrong side. I know that my car will be towed if I don't move it by 10:30. I wrack my brain, trying to decide if I will be able to make it back to Passaic in time by bus, which I know isn't really feasible.

I have a couple co-workers who drive to work. One of them happened to actually be in the office at 10 AM this morning. I went to her and asked her if she would consider letting me borrow her car. I explain the situation to her and she offers to take me herself. We hustle on over to the lot where she parks her car. And we're off! She drives me back to Passaic, where we arrive at almost exactly 10:30, where my car is beautifully still sitting in its place. I move my car to the other side of the street, and we drive back to my office.

It was a HUGE act of kindness - my co-worker saved me a major headache and a lot of money as well. Thanks co-worker!

(cross-posted at Kindness Happens - don't forget to post your stories of Kindness!)

2 Comments:

At January 16, 2008 1:59 PM, Blogger SaraK said...

I still can't believe that they tow you! In NY you just get a ticket.

 
At January 16, 2008 7:14 PM, Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

crazy stuff.

glad you were able to get there in time.

clearly the passaic traffic department have too much time on their hands if they tow cars all the time.

outside my house during peak hour you just get a ticket if you're parked there during the wrong time.

 

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