I just got this email from a friend/co-worker this morning. His boyfriend Nick’s car was stolen from Park Slope, Brooklyn, and ended up in the Bronx. Here’s the deal:
"Nick’s stolen car was recovered in the Bronx a few days ago. We received a message on our machine last night from the police telling us that we need to come to the Bronx and pay a $50 towing fee as well as a $10 per day charge starting yesterday!
So Nick called this morning, got all the information needed to come get the car, and then in passing asked the car’s condition.
“Hold on a sec… Well let’s see here…the dash is missing…no engine, no transmission, no headlights, no grill…”
So what do we do now you ask? On Monday he has to go to the Bronx, pay the fee to have this SHELL of a CAR released and THEN pay an auto wrecking company to dispose of the car. Nice, huh? It would have been better if they hadn’t recovered it! Unbelievable!"
What he forgot to add here but told me later was that they are required to pay the daily fee even for days that the place is closed, i.e. the weekend. He thinks they do this because you’re supposed to come right after notification. Well unfortunately, they were notified last night, and would have had to skip work today, which wasn’t possible.
I know the recovery agency needs to pay towing fees somehow, but I really feel for this guy. Any other recovered stolen car experiences in big cities?