After the owner of the Seattle property, Dan Smith, tried unsuccessfully for hours to have a car Share Now (formerly car2go) removed from his property, he took an unconventional approach. He built an elaborate barricade around Mercedez-Benz.
Smith told the Seattle Times that when he noticed that someone had parked the vehicle, marked with stickers for the carpooling company, at a parking spot that belonged to one of his tenants on May 17, he first contacted Share Now and told the company that it had Two hours to get the car. But Smith reportedly received no response from the company for six hours.
At that time he told the company that he would move the car himself, but, as Smith told the Seattle Times, a Share Now representative said he could not because he is not a member.
"I called towing companies, the towing companies said to call the police." Police said they would call the towing companies, "Smith told the Seattle Times.
Fed up with the situation, Smith built a barricade around the car, with signs saying "Private property" and "Car2Go can not invade this property."
As Smith told the local Q13 Fox news station, the situation has become a business issue. Smith said he was concerned about the responsibility of Share Now essentially inviting customers to his property "What happens if someone drives inside the house? What happens if someone gets hurt?" I had no idea what nightmare of responsibility would have to be. "He told P13," So I just wanted the car to move in very controlled situations. "
Smith reported that he is requesting a refund: $ 65 per day for the deposit fee and a $ 500 fee for "tenant harbadment," according to the Seattle Times.
Share Now spokesman Tim Krebs told Gizmodo that the company has tried to "work in good faith" with Smith to recover the vehicle, but Smith has "rejected" the company's efforts. Krebs confirmed that the vehicle was still on Smith's property at the time of publication.
"Share Now will continue to operate on behalf of our clients," Krebs told Gizmodo. "But we will not allow anyone acting for ulterior motives, including those who try to extort our business through illegal possession of our property, to prevent us from providing transportation to the citizens of Seattle. We would like to avoid taking legal action and expect a quick resolution."
The Seattle Police did not immediately respond to a request from Gizmodo for comment, but a police spokesman told the Seattle Times that if a car is parked on private property without the owner's permission, the owner can tow it.
Smith told the newspaper that he does not know how long the confrontation will continue.