BRIGHTON, Mo. — A Polk County woman found her car towed after parking at a United States Post Office during Sunday’s winter storm.
Emily Lansche says dangerous road conditions forced her to leave her vehicle there.
“As soon as I turned into 215, my car immediately skidded. And I realized it wasn’t going to make it down the hill there,” said Lansche.
So she pulled into the Brighton Post Office parking lot.
“I thought a community space in such a small town would probably be the easiest place to leave it,” she said.
The local Post Office was closed Sunday and when she returned Monday afternoon her car was gone.
“I was shocked,” Lansche said.
A postal service spokeswoman out of the Kansas City office told KOLR10 the clerk who was working Monday morning made a judgment call to have the car towed because it was parked in the only parking spot outside, which delivery trucks use to unload mail at the facility.
“I don’t see any designation that this is a loading zone,” Lansche said. “I figured that it’s semi-public property, that it’s not a private business, per se. And I didn’t want to leave it at somebody’s house.And I certainly did not want to leave it on the road in such icy conditions.”
Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole says drivers should avoid pulling over on the side of the road.
“Unless it’s just an absolute necessary emergency,” he said.
If you feel it’s unsafe to drive, find a safe area to park.
“Into a parking area [off a highway,] or into a business,” Sheriff Cole said.
And if you park on private property, make sure you have the property owner’s permission.
“At least give them the courtesy to know that you need to leave your vehicle there and let them know your intentions of moving the vehicle,” Sheriff Cole said.
Lansche says the Brighton Post Office was closed when she left the car and when she came back to get it around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
“I understand that perhaps it’s not legal to leave it here overnight, but it seems very heartless to me to take somebody’s car like that and to charge them $215 simply because they had no other choice,” she said.
The Post Office notified KOLR10 the situation had been settled Tuesday evening.
Lansche told KOLR10 the Post Office paid for her towing bill Tuesday afternoon and she’s very pleased with that.