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How To Protect Your Vehicle From Getting Towed In Private Property

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- How do you know the game-day parking lot you've paid to park in is legitimate

On Sunday, WFMY News 2 spoke with Melvin Jones, who went to watch the Elon vs. North Carolina A&T State University football game. He said his car was towed after he paid for a spot in a private parking lot. 

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After his team won the game, Jones said, "I came back out to my car. The car was gone."  

Jones wondered how something like this could happen.

Greensboro police say it is difficult to spot someone that might not have permission to charge you to park in a private parking lot.

"What a terrible story. I can see it happening easily," Keith Wood, an attorney at Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro.

WFMY News 2 spoke with an attorney and an official with the Better Business Bureau to see if there is a legit way to protect drivers.

"It's hard to police your entire parking lot, all the time," said Wood.

Wood's law firm owns a private parking lot in downtown Greensboro. They generally allow organizations and others to use the private parking lot, but they have to get permission from the owner.

Wood believes we have to be our own advocates.

"What people need to do, is when they pull in the parking lot, ask for some credentials. What organization are you? What charity are you benefiting? And how do you know the people that own the parking lot."

Police agreed, with Wood. They want people to ask lots of questions because you are parking at your own risk.

"The owners may or may not have given permission. So, you are trusting the folks you are giving money to make sure that you are not going to be towed during the event," said Kevin Hinterberger with the Better Business Bureau.

Hinterberger also said to do a little homework before leaving home.

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