3103 S 61st St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1915339.920603 -75.211131
Neighborhoods: Eastwick/Southwest Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia
I work at the pizza place next to the walgreens on 18th and south st. sometimes the drivers pull into the walgreens parking lot and run back to the store to grab the deliveries and then they leave the parking lot after only a few minutes. therefore, the george smith towing sign that says you will be towed after 30 minutes shouldn't ever apply to the drivers. Well tonight one of the drivers was going the give me a ride home after he took the last delivery of the night. He ran in to grab the food, said "meet me in the walgreens parking lot" and went to his car. I grabbed my things and walked to the parking lot and didn't see the driver in the parking lot. what i did see was a huge tow truck slam on the gas and almost hit me. The driver was parked a block away and I hopped in. He told me that the tow truck was there to tow his car (even though he was there for literally 10 minutes) so he drove around the block. We drove for about 10 blocks when all of the sudden we here VROOM VROOM. It was the tow truck guy. CHASING US. TRYING TO RUN US OFF THE ROAD. FOR ABOUT 10 BLOCKS. Literally almost hitting us several times. TRYING TO KILL US. At one point we had to slam on the brakes when we arrived at a stop sign and he got in front of us, jumped out of the truck, AND TRIED TO TOW US WHILE WE WERE IN THE CAR. So we kicked it in reverse and slammed on the gas and reversed down the whole block and lost him. WHO DOES THAT?
My friends car was parked in a private lot and was towed by George Smith towing (fair enough). She called and was told that she could pick it up today Saturday and they open at 9:00am "but he usually dont get there till 9:30". Ok, then why isnt the opening time 9:30am? We arrived at 9:30am. We walked up to the 4" bullet proof glass window, but there were no instructions as to how to get someones attention. We went to the business next door and we were told "just bang on the window". She banged on the window from 9:30am until 10:15am while I banged on the metal gate and sat in my car honking for 10 minute intervals. A guy finally arrived, opened the gate to get to his office all the while refusing to acknowledge us. He then did her paperwork and ended up giving her a Philly Parking Authority ticket and paperwork for the burgandy Nissan Maxima...yeah, she owns the Altima.
Stop Complaining.! – Yes things may b out of order w/ this company but if there is a sign or u pull into a parking lot thinking u dnt want 2 get towed on the street ur most likely getting towed in the parkin lot. Duh. This company has been open 4 YRS & should not change, its life. Admit that u were wrong 4 parking there n move on even if they will not admit there wrong b the bigger person n move on. ppl r always after other ppls money its life so thats somethin every1 needs 2 get over even me cuz this world will never change.
Thieves – My family and I visited Philadelphia over Thanksgiving weekend. We had tickets to the Eagles vs Patriots game. We parked in the CVS parking lot and when we returned after the game our vehicle was gone. According to CVS they tow around 11 vehicles per sporting event. While I can understand the my vehicle was towed I do not understand how George Smith's tow drivers access your vehicle illegally and steal the belongings inside. The "General Manager" that I spoke with was extremely rude and explained that if his employees were caught doing that they would be fired. After he cut me off several times he then told me that I made it up and then hung up on me.
Just say NO! – I've been through the Phily parking dance and have come to the conclusion. . . Just stay out of Philly. It's a nightmare every time I go there.
Awful Experience – Listen, it's very easy to rant about how awful something like this place is and how scummy these people are.
This review is more to help anyone that's been in this situation. Be prepared to pay $205 if your car has been towed and stored over night. They won't make any exceptions for you either. Make sure you have your license and hope that your car is insured and registered. I didn't have my license today due to it being lost, I tried to present my situation, and the guy behind the dark window tried to get me to bribe him in some form.
Dirty Douchebag – Ummm, this "company" towed my car off of the 1800 block of Kater St, while I was at work last night. Came back at around 10 pm to go home and discovered that every car was there but mine. I wasn't sure if the city towed it, but then I saw a sign in the Walgreens lot next to the street I parked on and called them first. He informed me that they had my car and when I asked why it was towed he said because I was blocking a garage. I wasn't. Meanwhile, there were 3 other cars still there that were clearly blocking access to these garages. When I told him all of this he said, "Look lady, I'm not here to argue wit ya, I'm just tellin' ya we got your car." I asked him if I could get it that night since I had to be at work by 7:30 the next morning. He replied with a curt "no" and said they don't open til 8:30. I pleaded with him to let me get it tonight so I could get to work in the morning, to which he replied, "You can get it tomorrow between 8 & 6. We're closed now and I'm not at the location." Really? Then how did you answer the phone and how did you know you had my car, douchebag?
CALL 311 to REPORT HIM – Same story as everybody else, car wronfully towed, sign hidden, folded and covered in graffiti. However, THERE IS A SOLUTION. City of Philadelphia bill no. 100213 states that In order to legally tow a vehicle the tow company must have a sign in PLAIN VIEW TO THE PUBLIC that among other things gives the adress of the tow company, the place where the vehicle can be redeemed, the payment type accepted, and that any towing complaints should be reported to 3-1-1. His signs do not contain any of these facts, making his tows illegal.
The 311 site for this ordinance states that any tow company violating these rules is subject to up to a $2,000 fine and can have their tow liscence suspended for 90 days upon first violation.
I HIGHLY reccomend all of you call 3-1-1 and report this buisness ( I will). They will not be able to ignore the many complaints especially if you list the specific parts of the law he is breaking.
Rip-off artist opportunistic scumbags – George Smith Towing along with the PPA represent in microcosm everything that is wrong with parking in Philadelphia and how hostile it's citizens are becoming because of it. This isn't about parking that is illegal or is affecting anyone negatively...this is about making money and exploiting people in the process. These scumbags put out spotters at places like Chickie and Pete's where their signs are present but vague. Just the fact that they have spotters shows they aren't there to enforce parking but to line their greasy pockets. There is little accountability in the numerous cases where people have their cars towed when they are actually inside Chickie and Pete's are "appear" to leave the premises. What if someone has to walk down to CVS to get something? These guys are criminal scumbags and deserve to be dealt with like the parasites they are. Call the police...boycott Chickie and Pete's or any establishment that let's these a**holes police their lots. When you get your car back let them know what slimy dirtbags they are. Notice how no one never see a face in any of these complaints? Faceless, predatory cowards that suck money from good people have no part in our city. Metaphorically I am spitting in their face and will do so in person if ever I get the odious honor of meeting any of their piece of s**t employees or the owner. They can all go to h*ll.
Scam artists – On Saturday October 23rd, I met a friend at Chickie's and Pete's in South Philadelphia on Packer Ave. I arrived at 6pm and stayed until 9pm. When I walked out I noticed my car was not there so I walked with my friend to his car and he dropped me back into the lot and my car was still not to be found. I called the tow number and they told me I didn't park at the time I did and that I left the premise. There is no sign that says what time you can or cannot park in the lot and also I never left the premise before my car was towed. RIDICULOUS. I am upset to hear many people being taken advantage of by this company. Chickie's and Pete's management is working with me but it is the next morning and I still do not have my car. Please anyone who has this same kind of complaint towards this company should speak up to the district attorney so that some action is taken!
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