Wilbert Cooper of Buckhead Parking Enforcement based in Union City, GA placed a boot on a truck Saturday and demanded five hundred dollars or the truck would be towed. Cooper also stated that the five hundred dollar fine would have to be paid before the wrecker could hook up to the truck that would come if the driver could not pay the five hundred dollars. Cooper repeatedly pointed to signs on the property that in his opinion gave him the legal authority to perform the theft that he was engaging.
Union City is located just south of Atlanta on Interstate I-85. For years, this was a small country town but now has major corporations in its midst. Procter and Gamble, Clorox and Amazon are just a few of the companies with large warehouses within the city. Mega warehouses will inevitably bring mega truck traffic.
Cooper admitted that he had only been on the job of booting trucks for about two weeks. He proudly refers to a long list of trucks that he had booted which in essence translated into a commission for applying the boot. A boot is an adjustable metal clamp places on the wheels of a vehicle to render it immovable. City ordinance dictates that once a vehicle is rendered immovable the person applying the boot must be accessible and allow the owner of the vehicle the opportunity to resolve the matter.
It is not my intention in this article to debate the nuances of legal terminology, so sticking with common sense will be the goal. Operating a business that targets a particular segment such as truckers was not the intent of Union City officials. If you took this thinking to its logical conclusion you’ll find a boot on a fire engine if it came to put out a fire. Or, why not the UPS or the FedEx truck when they go into a business to make a delivery.
These trucks are making deliveries in Union City or they would not be there. It would be a shame to make a delivery to a WalMart and Page and his crew boot your truck while you’re being unloaded.
If that logic makes any sense, does booting it when the driver stops to grab a burger as he’s leaving make better sense? The answer is greed. That greed has caused Buckhead Parking Enforcement to cross the line into literally robbing truckers.
John Page who owns the company said:
“All truckers should have $500 under the mattress. What would you do if you break down or have a flat tire? Can your company pay the fine? No, I’m not waiving the fee. You should have read the signs. I have spent $500 to put up signs on that lot”
Since Buckhead Parking Enforcement has spent more time targeting unsuspecting truck driver than monitoring the signs which they claim gave them this unique authority, Immobilizing a vehicle and demanding on the spot payment should be classified as “Highway Robbery.”