My father is 85 years old. In fact, he will be 86 this October. He cannot walk, he cannot stand up, and he is now bed ridden. He owns an old white Cadillac car that has not been driven in quite some time. It has been parked in front of our house collecting dust. Well, last week I came home and discovered that his car was “gone.” The car couldn’t even run. It needed a jump start just to turn on, but obviously someone felt the need to take the car. At first we thought the car was stolen by thugs preying on the neighborhood, but I told my brother that if they wanted to steal a car, they could have chosen a much better model then my father’s car. We called the police and discovered that my father’s car had been labeled “abandoned” and the Philadelphia Parking authority had it “towed and impounded.” There were “no tickets and no warnings at all” in regards to the car. They just “took it” and brought it to their lot (where they can charge daily for it). If the police had not been called, we would have had no way for knowing where the car even was (or who took it). I understand Philly law has to work the way it does, but shouldn’t there be “some consideration’ for special circumstances? My father can no longer drive the car. Shouldn’t we (at least) have gotten some kind of warning that they were coming to take it? Right now I feel as though they were laying in wait to prey on my 85 year old father so that they could get some money. I might be wrong, but that is “exactly” the way I feel. My brother and I had to fork out money and go to the lot to pick up my father’s car. We also had to buy a new battery just so that the car could make it back home. I personally don’t like the Philadelphia Parking authority. These people have “absolutely no souls and no compassion at all for people.” They are vultures and inhuman at best. Now we have to park my father’s car in the driveway so that these vultures cannot get it. It is a shame to have to go through all that just so they can no longer extort money from us. I know of other people who have gone through terrible stories with them as well. If the place ever burns down I will have no compassion for them. I realize this sounds strong but it is honestly the way I feel. If I were the Mayor of Philadelphia I would close this authority and make something with more humanity in it’s place. This is a real dark spot for Philadelphia. My brother and I are glad to have the car back, but we are sorry that we had to go through these circumstances just to get it. Please forgive if I sound a little harsh today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland” with in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar)