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Hundreds of UMass Amherst Students Stranded After Their Cars Are Towed

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -Hundreds of students moving into apartments along Eastman Lane at UMass Amherst on Sunday were shocked when they woke up and found their car was missing from Lot 44. “I came outside this morning to find my car gone. I thought it was stolen, which, honestly, would have been a better solution than waiting in line here” said frustrated junior Stasie Levin.

180 cars were towed from Lot 44. Students say there were no signs indicating they couldn’t park there. “I’m upset at the lack of communication between the administration and the students. There were no emails, no texts, nothing for the student to know what was going on” said Cameron Naglieri-Prescod. “I actually talked to a police officer and they said that they were very upset with what happened, they didn’t agree with what housing services did. So I’m pretty frustrated” sophomore Taylor Mandelbaum added.

Ernie’s Towing charges $105 for the towing, while UMass Amherst charges $40 for the citation.

Towing started around 11p.m. last night and went on for 5 hours. Some students heard what was going on and got their vehicle, while others are left wondering how they’ll afford to buy books.  “It’s going to cost me $140. That’s like 2 textbooks, maybe like even 1 textbook. I purchased a permit to park in the lot I parked in and that my car was towed from. I paid $300 for that parking permit, only to have to come here and pay more” Levin stated.

Campus spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the university will waive the Parking Services violation and will reimburse towing costs to those affected.

To receive the reimbursement, students must call Parking Services at (413) 545-0065.

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  • paulb62

    An educational institute that can’t communicate with the students. Looks bad for someone that is an educator

  • whittle650

    When the towing companies receive permission to tow vehicles from lots the companies will do drive bys and check local businesses they contract with for ” parking violators”. This permission comes from the owner of the lot…if its a umass lot…someone gave Ernie’s ” who are pirates by the way ” permission to remove cars. Perhaps they didnt calland remove e lot from the list. It’s just another way for a predatory business to make money off poor college students. And there no doubt that towing companies using flat beds hire imbeciles who will 9/10 times rip ground effects clean off the car. And when time is money and in this situation for Ernie’s WAS… Why would they treat cars with respect ? Especially when they arent “responsible for damage” when towed for a “violation”. ArlieNo doubt in my mind that happened Charlie..glad that students are getting paid back for fees…but hat about damage to cars?

    • used2b1040

      Ernie’s is contracted to remove cars parked illegally, so they check the lots for violators. Is a security guard or police officer “predatory” because they roam about checking for illegal activity? These poor college kids are smart enough to be in college, why are they not smart enough to know where to park their cars? Why not be SURE you can park your car in a particular place, rather than just THINK you can? The excuse 9 times out of 10 is “It’s not my fault, I didn’t know!”

  • whittle650

    Holy typos… Sorry

  • whittle650

    Thanks for re stating what I said. Since students are saying they paid $300 to get a parking permit for that lot… Coupled with the fact that UMASS is refunding all effected by this… It obvious the students weren’t the ones who messed up. What do you think would happen if cops didn’t scour the earth looking for “violations” do you think they would still have the revenue to be employed? No. Same with tow companies.