those wacky germans again.

When parking your vehicle without permission on the lot of a private company for five days in a row, blocking the spot for legitimate users, make sure the company in question isn’t one that specializes in building fences.


That’s a recent picture from Germany.  The company employees put a note on the car, asking the owner to move it off the private lot.  After a few days, they decided to do what they do best: build a fence.  Towing costs would have to be eaten by the company if they called a towing service to remove the car, so they decided to go the alternate route.  Since it’s private property, they are of course free to build a fence on it anywhere they want…


16 thoughts on “those wacky germans again.

  1. Fjolnirsson says:

    That is fantastic! It greatly appeals to some deep part of me…

  2. Matthew Carberry says:

    If the owner attempts to remove the fence to retrieve the car without asking the company first, would that be vandalism?

  3. joated says:

    Guy’s lucky they were not a masonry firm! Good for them!

  4. Linoge says:

    The only way it could be improved is buy building an arbor over it… 🙂

  5. Gerry N. says:

    I wonder how much they’ll charge him for the fence and how much to remove it.

  6. Will says:

    The dis-incentive to that sort of parking here is the tow company gets to charge the car owner for the tow, and for storing the car. Daily charges start as soon as it hits the yard. Storage is about $35/day(outside). Tow from $70-130, or more if special equipment is required.

    • Weer'd Beard says:

      +1 does Germany have different laws than we do about that?

      I once left my truck parked on the street during street-sweeping day in Portland, I think it cost me about $200 to get my truck back…

  7. This is made of Sieg!

  8. George Smith says:

    And they say that Germans don’t have a sense of humour.


    • Schmidt says:

      Oh. You have no idea:

      This safety video about forklifts has moments that even Peter Jackons would’ve been proud of.

  9. elmo_iscariot says:

    If somebody leaves a vehicle on your property without your permission, can you claim it as discarded property?

    Is there a legal difference between parking in a private lot and littering?

    • Will says:

      Elmo, 2 ways generally, lien, or abandoned. I think you can file a mechanics lien for storage charges (basically that is what the tow yard does so they can sell it at auction after 30 days-different states, different rules). No pay, you go to state to acquire title. May take a few months. Either way, usually requires you send registered letter to vehicle owner’s address. Comes back, you’re good to go.

      • elmo_iscariot says:

        It might be easier just to flood the parking lot and claim the car as jetsam.

      • Kristopher says:

        Yep … it varies by state, but if you leave the vehicle long enough on someone else’s property, you lose it.

        Tow company operators use these regs to dispose of towed vehicles that the owner doesn’t want to pay the impound fees for.

        Will: You can generally get a tow company to put up warning signs on your lot for free. They’ll give you a sticker to put on abandoned vehicles, and come and take them after the correct amount of time passes. They are more than willing to make money off of morons.

  10. Kristopher says:

    Sorry .. second half of comment was addressed to elmo.

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