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This has got to be karmically bad, but you still have to admire the guy. Mr. Shah, a personal trainer living in West London, had illegally parked his E39 5-Series due to a misinterpretation of the parking signs near his home. The reason for the infraction was no matter to tow truck operators, who started winching the BMW up on a flatbed in order to cart the offending vehicle off to the pound. Thinking fast, Shah hopped on the truck and snuck into his vehicle's back seat, pretending to have been sleeping in the car the whole time. Rather than pay the £250 fine, Shah refused to leave the car, and instead listened to music and ordered a sandwich from a local cafe. After a couple of hours, the standoff eventually stymied both the owner of the tow company and the police, ultimately ending in the release of the vehicle. Shah may have dodged a bullet this time, even though he's on the hook for a £60 parking ticket, but the fickle finger of fate may yet to deal his payback.
[Source: Daily Mail, Photo by Scuddr | CC 2.0]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Very funny and instructional. This is how people avoid parking tickets on the State Beach in CA, by staying in their cars - check it out

      • 6 Years Ago
      I kinda did this once. Columbus has a lot of predatory towing companies.
      I was parked in a apartment complex that I did not have a pass to. I came out and the tow truck was backing up to my jeep. I ran over hopped in the drivers seat.

      The tow truck drive came over and knocked on my window. I just shouted "I got all day" and reclined my seat.

      He took off after about 20 minutes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Boo hoo, I got low ranked again. The PRIVATE parking lot where I work has a lot of people who are just running to a nearby store 'just for a few minutes'. So maybe I'm a bit touchy about people who illegally park on PRIVATE property. Then again, I think you'd be ticked if I parked on your front lawn as well. Humm, wait, as I was low ranked, I guess that everyone who thumbed-down me wouldn't mind one single bit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Umm, did nobody read this before they thumb'd up the above post:

        "I was parked in a apartment complex that I did not have a pass to."

        Ya, way to stick it to the people who actually are suppose to park there, err, I mean, the tow truck guy who was going to tow your illegally parked car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      E92 you only wish you owned a BMW. If by your comment you wish us to believe you are smarter than the rest of us, then you should have used your lunch money to get a better education. Why would be "made" about an idiot in a BMW. At least we lowly plebians can spell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      This man is my hero.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "due to a misinterpretation of the parking signs near his home"

      So, he lives there, but he has no idea on how to read the signs in his own freakin neighborhood? I think it's a lot less to do with a "misinterpretation", and a lot more to do with a 'screw you' attitude.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Big Rocket I enjoy reading these stories, and others comments, as you seem to, but I don't enjoy reading comments made by people...who reference "details" in the article and are not accurate. E92 = 3-Series & E39 = 5-Series...that's all I have to say. FYI - I have no idea who E92OWNER is, nor do I care, as my comment was made in reference to you "berating" another commentor and you didn't have your facts straight. My comment about "idiots" was misplaced, and I appologize, but I will insert my two-cents again, when I happened to notice someone mis-stating the facts. You are correct, this was my first posting, but it was fun sparring with you, so it won't be my last...just come armed next time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All you guys have some cars and intelligent issues...So what does it matter what kind of Vehicle you drive?...It's the person that makes the car not the car that makes a person..If driving a certain vehicle makes you feel like you've "arrived"..Then you have a serious disorder..Feel good about whom you are ..not what you drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Carnapping is carnapping
      I should put up a sign that says it's legal for me to steal your stuff.

      As I see it he saved himself 90 whatevers(euros,pounds,dollars,days in jail for not whipping the thief's arse, etc...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      All of you idiots commenting about the BMW "3 Series" being an entry level car! HA Clearly none of you read the article, even though the article is not about the type of car he was driving, because it CLEARLY states the BMW was a 5 SERIES!!! Now get back to the subject of the article, not the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @John: Those comments were directed at E92Owner and his post on Sep 23rd, 2008 at 6:01PM. A E92 is a BMW 3 Series. See the connection? Before you berate others for not paying attention to 5 Series in the article, maybe you should get a clue, and first figure out what the others were actually talking about. BTW, given your tendency to question other people's intelligence, and your own intelligence on display, would you happen to own, or aspire to own, a BMW?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The article was and should have been about getting out of a ticket. Instead, it's all about the E39 5 series.
      It's obvious that "the BMW" was "the car" and not just any old car. How lame can these stories be? Get a life, better get a new job.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha. Indian guys like Shah are true Heroes. I'm Indian, 26 yrs old and I drive a Mercedes GL-450 Truck and a Mercedes S500.. I'm not an a**hole.. lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        want to bet???
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