Parking Attendant at Allen Street Garage Accused of ‘Borrowing’ Customer’s Car

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 at 5:15 am by
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In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cameron is super worried about leaving his dad’s “choice” Ferrari in a Chicago parking garage. We see why once the two parking attendants take it for a spin with the main title of Star Wars blaring.

A similar event befell one local Lower East Sider … sans the epic Star Wars joy ride.

The owner of a Range Rover went to retrieve his vehicle from the Imperial Parking garage (“iPark”) on the west side of Allen Street, where he a pays for monthly parking. But the car wasn’t there; nightmare scenario. Apparently one of their employees “borrowed” the SUV as a personal transport back to his home in Queens. The unnamed attendant did not return it until the cops got involved. “[The Ipark employee] admitted to the crime in front of the other employees and the police,” the tipster tells us.

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Below is more of his firsthand testimony of the ordeal, just in case you plan on parking there:

On Sunday June 22, I called my garage where I’m a paid monthly parking tenant to have them get my car (2013 Range Rover Sport) ready. They answered and said my car wasn’t there and one of the employees had taken it. I thought they were joking so I went to the garage and they repeated my car wasn’t there. So I called 911.

After some time the cops and I got the employee of the garage to return the car. He had taken my car home to Queens after working the late night shift and didn’t return it till the next day around 1pm. He stole my car for over 8hrs! The employee who stole my car admitted to the crime in front of the other employees and the police. I was in huge rush for a meeting so I did not press charges right away, but told the the thief that I never wanted to see him at the garage.

When I returned my car that night he was still there. The next day I went to the garage to speak to the manager. He took sides of the employee and said that he thought I had given their employee permission to take my car.

I have now pressed charges and the thief has been arrested but still nothing from the garage. Not even an apology. I want this story to get out so that people parking at this garage and any other Ipark garage know of the risk and know what kind of response they can expect from there garage if there car was ever stolen.

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