Every Browns fan loved the big win on Sunday, but not every fan enjoyed the ride home. Some fans had their vehicles towed by the city, and this is not the first time we've reported on it.
J.G. Spooner parked his car by West 3rd and St. Clair on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Then he walked to the Barley House to do his radio show on 92.3 The Fan. When he came back after the game, his car was gone.
"There were bright orange, temporary, 'No parking Sunday, Oct. 12' signs that were zipped tied around the poles right below the normal permanent parking signs and the meter had white bags and red letters saying, 'No parking at any time,'" said Spooner.
Spooner says the orange no parking signs were not there when he first parked and the meters were not bagged.
His car was taken to the city's impound lot, along with three other fan's vehicles at $200 a pop.
Two years ago, 19 Action News Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor reported on the same scenario. Joe Lull, of 92.3 The Fan, got his car towed after he parked it on Lakeside Avenue at 6:40 a.m. on a Browns game day with almost the exact same circumstances.
"Next thing you know, you come out, a sign is up and your car is gone," said Lull.
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman told 19 Action News back then, temporary, no parking signs were taken down overnight, but he was working to install permanent Browns game day no parking signs.
On Monday, city officials said the meters were bagged and temporary orange signs were put up Friday night.
You can't find those permanent, Browns game day, no parking signs anywhere in downtown Cleveland.
"You can't just tow someone's vehicle when they are in a valid spot, and now you decide to make it an invalid spot," said Spooner.
Councilman Cimperman says he is meeting later this week with the city's traffic department to determine exactly what happened this past weekend, and how to prevent people from being towed from downtown Cleveland in the future.
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