Video shows car was towed after city workers painted it into a handicapped parking space
By Martha Neil
Feb 8, 2013, 12:05 pm CST
Hila Ben-Baruch knew she had parked her car legally on a Tel Aviv street on Sunday. But when she returned to get it the vehicle was gone and a new handicapped-parking zone existed in what had previously been an ordinary parking space.
Told, when she complained to the city, that she would have to pay nearly $400 in ticket and towing costs, “I didn’t know whether I should cry or scream,” wrote Ben-Baruch in Hebrew on her Facebook page. Then she checked with a nearby business, discovered that it had a surveillance camera and got hold of video footage. It showed workers painting a handicapped-parking space around her car and, after it was towed, putting a handicapped symbol in the empty space where the vehicle had been, reports the Times of Israel.
Now posted on her Facebook page, the video, to which the newspaper provides a link, soon became viral. Confronted with the evidence, Tel Aviv officials apologized, returned her car and waived the ticket and towing fees. They said the workers did nothing wrong by painting Ben-Baruch’s car into a handicapped-parking space, but should have notified the city not to tow it.
Hat tip: Today News