Seattle man builds fence around car parked on property without his permission
A Seattle property owner frustrated with a car share company's vehicle parked illegally in his driveway came up with an unusual way to get corporate's attention, KIRO reports.
Dan Smith told the station that a car2go customer left a silver Mercedes next to his duplex on May 17 and the car has been there ever since. It also hasn't been the first time a customer has reportedly parked on Smith's property without his permission.
To get his message across, Smith built a barricade around the Mercedes and hung a "Private Property" sign on the newly erected fence. Now, he wants Share Now, the company that operates car2go, to pay $65 per day for vehicle storage fees, $300 for the makeshift fence and up to $500 for what he calls "harassment fees."
In response, Share Now told the Associated Press Thursday that Smith could be engaging in extortion, adding that the company is now seeking the police's help.
"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," Share Now's statement read. "We would like to avoid taking legal action and hope for a quick resolution."
Since May 18, seven car2go customers have purportedly tried to rent the Mercedes stuck on Smith's property, Share Now said. The company sent fleet vendors to remove the vehicle several times, but they expressed unease over removing the barricade on private property, Share Now further added.
Smith told KIRO that the car2go customers who have dropped by to rent the Mercedes have bothered and cursed at his tenant, Asad Rasheed, multiple times about the barricade. Rasheed, who appeared to stand by Smith, said that the illegal parking occurs frequently.
"People are not made aware of where to park, where not to park and how to use them," Rasheed said.