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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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