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Hairy situation

April 4, 2008
Morning Journal News

This letter is in response to Rick Firestone’s letter of March 25 regarding parking at the plaza. The letter starts out by saying “we felt the need to respond, we’ve been silent, we didn’t wish to be dragged into all the mud,” but is signed by only one person, Rick Firestone.

I am the owner of the vehicle that was towed. I came to Columbiana to buy a hair dryer and also to have my hair cut at Elegant Hair. I was very upset after my appointment when I went to my car and discovered it was missing. I was gone only 20 minutes during which time I had my hair trimmed and nothing more.

I called the police because I thought my car had been stolen. It was suggested that I go to the tax office and ask them if they knew where my car was. The woman in the front office denied knowing anything. She suggested I speak to the owner.

He obviously heard our conversation and appeared saying that he had given me several warnings and had tagged my car numerous times. He also said he had my license number on a list with dates to prove it. I asked to see the list because he was mistaken. He could not produce the list. He very well could have tagged a gold Rendezvous, but not mine.

The police responded promptly but told me I was on private property and could not help me regarding the tow, but took me to my car. I appreciated their kindness.

It is true in my excitement I referred to the Family Drug Store as the Dollar General Store — mea culpa! After receiving my car, I still needed a hair dryer. I have my receipt for the hair dryer which I purchased at 5:41 p.m. for $22.91 from the Family Drug Store.

I came to your community for two things, a hair dryer and a haircut. My mistake was getting my hair cut first. The sign said that I could park where I did if I had business at the plaza and I did. I feel my car was illegally towed. The sign should read—”Parking for tax office only, all other cars will be towed.” Someone in your community should review the wordage on that sign.

I had business at Elegant Hair and the plaza. Rich Firestone did not describe this incident exactly as it happened. Shame on him. I do not know or have ever met Mr. Firestone. Why he singled me out, I do not know.

Virginia Kutchel

New Middletown


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