Letters to the Editor: May 16 – 22, 2013

May 16, 2013 9:09 AM4 comments

Another Patron of F.C. Business Gets Towed


When does a dispute between property owners become a problem for other citizens?

I was towed last week from the lot behind Dogwood Tavern while I was inside having dinner. Apparently my car was parked in a lot that is “shared” by the owners of Dogwood Tavern and the owner of Town & Country Realtors.

This situation is not advantageous to anyone, besides possibly the owners of Pete’s Towing. Unknown to most customers, the parking lot behind Dogwood Tavern is actually co-owned by more than one business; if you are parking there to do business at Dogwood Tavern, CVS, or Hunan Cafe, you need to park in a spot that is designated on the ground as such. For all concerned future patrons of any of these establishments, there is an ambiguous sign posted that says towing is enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, this sign is posted along a row of parking spots that are available for customers of all four of the aforementioned establishments, depending on where along the row you park. So, for the inexperienced parkers, you need to figure out where the parking for Dogwood Tavern ends and the parking for Town & Country begins.

From what I was told by a Dogwood Tavern employee, this is a dispute that has been going on for a while, so I’m not the only customer that has been towed. When I complained, I was told that the landlord has been informed of this dispute, but done nothing. Please note that Pete’s Towing is only too happy to exploit this ambiguity for profit. But the owners of Dogwood Tavern owe it to their customers to (1) settle this dispute so cars can be safely parked when spending money at Dogwood; and (2) until they resolve their spat with their neighbors at Town & Country, they should do a better job of posting signs inside and outside of their restaurant so customers are fairly warned of this predatory practice.

Tony Scardino

Falls Church


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  • Jan Hertzsch

    The Dogwood has no ability to get Town and Country to change its towing policy. I appreciate Mr. Scardino’s frustration but this is like parking in my driveway to walk to Metro. Then, complaining to Metro when I have you towed. These are Town & Country Realtors’ spots and they must authorize when towing occurs.

  • Vincent Seidita

    Business owners have a responsibilty to their customers to ensure that parking rules are clear. The spot in question (the one under the recently pruned pine tree) has a sign indicating towing is enforced but it has no sign who can park there. Many of the messages painted on the ground (indicating that CVS and Dogwood customers are welcome) are worn out and hard to read. It is very easy to see how Mr. Scardino made this honest mistake. I blame Town and Country and they will not represent me in any more real estate transactions until this problem is rectified by refunding the towing fees to Mr. Scardino and erecting appropriate signs clearly indicating which spots belong them.

  • I agree with the previous comments stating that this is really a Town and Country issue, or even one for the local police department. While I understand the frustration t getting towed, I can’t see how this is something that warrants a letter directed at Dogwood. Parking issues in the spots mentioned should be directed at Town and Country. That being said, these specific spot do have a tow sign directly above them, and they are the only ones in that lot that do. This should raise a red flag for anyone parking there. It’s really no secret that tow companies are predatory, and I fail to see how this is Dogwood’s responsibility.

  • fallschurchidiotsville

    well duh, when did you figure this one out?!


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