Sour end to an otherwise great day. First let me say I am an idiot, I should have known better, they do have the law on their side- though one of my favorite sayings has always been " just because it's legal doesn't make it moral or ethical"
Took my oldest daughter to the Ravens game today. It's our secial thing, one that sets her apart a bit from the rest of the herd- "our" thing-- I own PSL's but most of the time have to sell the individual seats, but was able to hold on to 4 games worth this year for her and I- great game of course for Ravens fans.
The downer: Hate to drive in stadium traffic, always use the light rail from Cromwell. Last time we noticed some fans parking on the shopping center lot across from the station near but not on the McDonald's lot. Huge lot, most stores closed, the still occupied stores are like 1000 feet or more away. Almost empty lot. Seemed the people we saw park there last time had no problems we also saw several return to their cars after the game too. Got there today , the MTA lot was very crowded, congested, may have even been full-- figured hey let's park near McD's like so many other fans we saw, we had planned on going to McD's right after anyway.
Ok, you know where this is going by now-- get back to the lot, no car in sight. IN fact, zero cars in sight anywhere near where we parked. I knew instantly. Looked for the sign- which is ON McD's lot and faces Mc"d-s-- McD;s lot is sectioned off fromt he rest, but of course the sign alludees to the "shopping center".
Just HAPPENED to be a cab driver nearby who approached and aske dme if I was missing a car. Yes, I said. He just HAPPENED to know just where it was, how much it would cost and would take me there for $25.00.
I knew I was stuck and had, but the $25.00 seemed reasonable enough so I took him up on it. Got there and there was a line of about 6 other fans in the same predicament.
Now, I undersatnd its private property and there is a sign, although I would argue that it was inadequate signanage, but so long as they got your car , they got you, but these cars were hurting nobody, not interfering with business, nada, in fact I would venture to guess many of the fans may well have patronized the businesses before or after the game as I had intended- needless to say, I never will again.
Oh well, I really need that money, may have to sell the Steeler tickets to Steeler fans now to make up for it.