Attorney challenges booting companies

- These days, in many parking lots around the metro Atlanta area, there will be signs warning about booting when exiting the premises on foot.

Some take a chance, weighing convenience or perhaps the chance to save on a parking fee, versus the chance of getting caught with the clamp.

Given what some cities allow booters to charge, but that is a big gamble.

South of Atlanta, in Union City, booters are demanding and getting several hundred dollars for some vehicles. One law firm is challenging the practice and has filed several lawsuits.

Attorney Matt Wetherington said booting likely is illegal because, under Georgia code, he said private property managers can tow, but there is nothing written about booting.

Wetherington believes he can specifically challenge another issue. He said where local ordinances have been established, some of the booting companies do not obey all the rules.

The Werner law firm is signing up what Wetherington calls "victims."

Alan Tauret has agreed to take part in a class action claim. He operates a moving company. When employees on two trucks stopped to get a burger at a Union City fast food restaurant, they parked their trucks in the adjacent shopping center lot. They finished eating and came out to find boots on both vehicles. The fines for freedom: $500 each.

Tauret remembered getting the call to the office.

“I was floored,” he said. “I felt like I had been robbed.”

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