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Businesses get bold to protect parking spaces during State Fair

Posted October 19, 2012
Updated October 20, 2012

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— Carmike Blue Ridge Cinemas in Raleigh is taking bold steps to keep North Carolina State Fairgoers from parking in spots reserved for its customers.

It's having tow trucks haul away vehicles of drivers who aren't there to see a movie.

A spokesperson for the theater, on Blue Ridge Road, about a mile from the fairgrounds says fairgoers regularly take spots meant for paying customers.

But some moviegoers say they are also being towed.

Keith Jones said he parked in the lot also, but that he did go to see a movie.

"We came into the move theater, we paid for our ticket and went to go see 'Ted.' We came out, and our car was towed," he said.

Jones says the car was returned back to him.

A spokesperson for the theater says customer service is important to them and that anyone with parking concerns can speak to a manager for help.

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  • Kriterian Oct 25, 2012

    I used to work there and it was a nightmare during State Fair time. People would buy a ticket and then immediately walk to the fair since it was only $1.50. What's funny is that the tow truck drivers were stationed on the roof watching people. They would then tow their car down to K-mart next door and charge the people 100$ buck to get their car back that was in walking distance. They made a killing.

  • samr Oct 22, 2012

    The moviegoer has a legitimate beef. These people who tried to get free parking where they shouldn't have expected it nd when there was tons of free parking at Carter-Finley get no sympathy.

  • Paul Parker Oct 22, 2012

    I would think that if they towed the vehicle of a paying customer that they could, and should, be charged with grand theft auto.

  • davidgnews Oct 22, 2012

    "Jones says the car was returned back to him."

    "Returned back?" Isn't that redundant?

    They should have an extra ticket stub to place under the front window.

  • trungeto322 Oct 22, 2012

    I parked at Carter Finley stadium and walked right across the road to the fair. Free Parking. And there was lots more at other free lots at the PNC arena, and Blue Ridge Road. Problem solved.

  • btneast Oct 22, 2012

    If the movie theater is having cars towed from its lot, then the theater ought to secure the license plate number of ticket buyers and before a car is towed, the towing company ought to check with the box office to make sure the car about to be towed does not belong to a theater attendee.
    Good idea, but logistically improbable. The ticket seller just jots the tag numbers on a legal pad? Then who goes through a hand written list with hundreds of tag numbers that are in numerical order? Who remembers their tag number too. Imagine how slow the line would move while they try to get everyone's tag number?

  • dwntwnboy Oct 22, 2012

    From what I've seen, tow trucks use "spotters" in the lot. Those "spotters" watch people park. If they park and then leave the lot to go somewhere else, they have the car towed because it's not there for a movie. It's all very simple. Don't try and beat the system and park where you shouldn't and you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Mistakes happen, but I'm willing to bet almost all of the cars they towed out of there were there illegally.

  • short-dogg Oct 22, 2012

    I was going to go to see a movie, but when I saw all the traffic and the tow trucks towing cars out the parking lot, my concern is how were they able to tell if someone was inside watching a movie or parked their car and left for the fair? I didn't take that chance.

  • nomorethanthat Oct 22, 2012

    If the movie theater is having cars towed from its lot, then the theater ought to secure the license plate number of ticket buyers and before a car is towed, the towing company ought to check with the box office to make sure the car about to be towed does not belong to a theater attendee.

  • lazyrebel Oct 22, 2012

    Won't be going there again to watch a movie.

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