Trucker towed from Meijer's parking lot was shopping inside

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 4/15/2016

A trucker who stopped for groceries at a Meijer’s grocery store in Ohio on Wednesday morning said he’d been inside for less than an hour before the store had his truck towed.

Now Daryl Winslow, an OOIDA member from Riverside, Calif., said he wants an apology from the store, as well as reimbursement for his time and expenses in trying to recover his truck from impound.

“I would like the money paid back to me for the tow and the taxi, and some sort of compensation for having lost the better part of the day,” he said in an interview with Land Line on Friday. “And I’d like Meijer to post signs if they don’t want us on the parking lot.”

The incident started at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, when Winslow says he pulled into the Meijer’s location off Interstate 70 in Huber Heights, Ohio. He said he’d finished delivering a load in Vandalia at around 7 a.m., and planned to get a cup of coffee, buy some groceries, and use the store’s free wireless internet to try to book his next load.
“I parked, got my laptop, and went inside about 8:30 a.m.,” he said. “I sat down in the restaurant area and started surfing the web. Probably two-and-a-half hours later, I grabbed a cart, did my shopping, and checked out. I went outside and my truck was gone.”

Winslow said his receipt shows he checked out the store at 11:40 a.m. He said the receipt he received from the tow company showed his vehicle was removed from the property at 9:29 a.m.

He said once he realized his truck was gone, he ran back inside and asked to speak to a manager. After waiting in line for several minutes at the customer service counter, he said he finally got to speak to one.

“His attitude was he could do nothing for me, and I could talk to the store director on Friday,” Winslow said. “He seemed to be indicating (the towing) wasn’t a mixup. That I shouldn’t have been there even as a paying customer.”

A representative from Meijer’s did not return a call seeking comment on Friday.

Winslow said the only signs he saw in the parking lot were warnings that unauthorized vehicles would be towed. He said there were no signs specifically prohibiting trucks or large vehicles from parking.

Winslow says between the tow bill itself and the cab ride to the impound, he’s out more than $381, not including the time he says he could’ve spent finding his next load.

“Places as big as Meijer, or Wal-Mart, they need to trucks to deliver their goods,” he said. “You’d expect some leeway (on parking).”

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