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The Post’s Petula Dvorak, Parking Scofflaw

Fresh off a compelling article about gay adoption in D.C., Petula Dvorak, the Post's most uneven columnist, returns today to the topic she loves most but finds the least success with: herself.

Apparently, Dvorak's car was towed while she tried to pick up furniture from Craigslist, which inspired her to investigate predatory towing in the suburbs. Towing companies have spotters cruising parking lots for violators, even towing one family's car from a restaurant's lot while it ate inside. The unjustly towed end up with little else to do but file a complaint and pay tickets of more than $100 to get their cars returned.

But perhaps Dvorak isn't the ideal test case for predatory towing, since she was actually eligible to be towed (emphasis added):

So we pulled into one of about four empty spaces outside a dry cleaner that was closed, right next to the building entrance. And, yes, there was a sign that said towing was enforced 24 hours.

I stayed with the car until I had to go up to help my husband lug the piece through the lobby. I put a sign on the car windshield written in Magic Marker: “Moving furniture, back in 10 mins, PLEASE don’t tow,” and put my flashers on.

No mercy!

Towed, even after she wrote "PLEASE" in Magic Marker. Dvorak's got a point, but it's hard to agree with her when when her argument is essentially a shrug and a plaintive "Come on."

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  • Mary-Austin

    I like Petula. I'd rather read her column than Courtland Milloy's any day of the week.

  • Typical DC BS

    Typical driver attitude in the DC area: I'm too important to tow and how DARE you post rules and expect me to follow them. Especially on property I feel like parking on. Who are YOU to tell ME what to do?

  • IMGoph

    Nailed it. She's SO uneven. And this was just dumb.

    You were breaking the law, deal with it.

  • Tom M

    Bloviators should count to 10 before committing their (un)righteous indignation to the printed page. When i was very young, if i was REALLY upset about something, I would hold my breath. I (at least/last) grew out of that. Petula? Not. So. Much.