3103 S 61st St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1915339.920603 -75.211131
Neighborhoods: Eastwick/Southwest Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia
Last night I parked in the lot off of Germantown Avenue at Northern Liberties on the suggestion of the Restaurant Kings Oak. The lot was crowded, but I happened to find a good spot. When I returned 90 minutes later, my car was gone, towed by George Smith. I was told that I needed a permit to park there and that only one half of the lot was free parking. There were no signs, no areas of demarcation, no indication that permits were required for parking, nothing to warn me that I was in an illegal spot. George Smith does have a small sign at the entrance of the lot which says illegally parked cars will be towed, but how was I to know that the spot was not a good spot, especially when I was a legitimate patron of the local restaurant across the street and parking there based on their recommendation. This tow is nothing more than entrapment. It is criminal extortion. They are aware that people will park on a side that is reserved for permit holders, but will not know as there is no signage, and then tow the unexpecting motorist's car, charging them $205.00 to get it back. I was not the only one entrapped last night. There were about 10 of us who fell into the same trap. Something has to be done about this company. They are criminals!
I feel like I was avtarget of George Smoth towing today!! I parked my car in a lot on Temple campus next to Qdobas. There were no signs on the side were I parked my car about paying a kiosk machine or where the machine was located ( spot 50). I went into Qdobas and asked they told me it was hidden behind the trash dumpsters, so I went put to pay and within 17 minutes my car was gone!! My receipt said 1:04 from Qdobas and the pick up time on George Smith receipt was 1:21. They completely profiled me and didn't even give me a chance to find and pay the kiosk machine!! They are complete scammers!! I am definitely filing a complaint!!
My fault knowing I parked in the wrong place but when I came last weekend to get my car
I was suprised by how friendly Eric was
he offered me and my dad fresh coffee and different kinds of doughnuts
I can't remember the last time I walked away from a business
happy and full!
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?
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