While we were socializing, Shamrock towing came and took Brandy's car away. Her crime was not having a parking pass for the neighborhood.
We should have learned our lesson when Sis' car was towed about a month ago. We did not.
Brandy had to call Shamrock. They quoted her $133, so I motioned for the phone:
Me: The sign says $90 towing fee plus $12 storage fee. That's $102. Why is
Jerk Lady: There is a $25 administrative fee plus tax.
Me: Administrative fee? That's not on the sign. I demand that all fees be
written on signs.
Jerk Lady: It's Ohio Revised Code.
Me: Which one?
Jerk Lady: Look on the sign.
Me: No, I will not. You want to charge me $25, you should know the revised
code. What is it?
Jerk Lady: Look, I'm not the one who parked where I shouldn't have. The
code is on the sign.
Me: You don't have to be a jerk, lady. If I have to pay, I'd like to know
the code. I need to speak to your manager.
Jerk Lady: She's not in. You have to call Monday.
Me: What's her name? What's her number?
Jerk Lady: Her name is Manager. You can call this number.
Me: Oh, I will! And I will tell her all the jerky things you said to me. I
have written them all down so that I can quote you verbatim! You have met your
match this time.
Oh, yes I would fight the administrative fee with every breath I have!
That's what is called impotent rage. I was mad at the property management company for its stupid parking rules, I was mad at the towing company for towing Brandy's car, I was mad at Jerk Lady and her stupid $25, but mostly I was mad at myself for knowing the stupid rules and ignoring them.
I was furious. I mean I couldn't think of anything else.
I took Brandy to get her car and, as I drove home alone, I thought of ways to alleviate my feeling of rage. I came to a simple solution.
I called Jerk Lady - we could probably just call her Lady now - back and apologized to her for being a jerk myself. She didn't deserve to be the recipient of my anger. It's not like she gets to keep the $25.
It worked, too. Once I did the right thing, I felt better; no more impotent rage. I went home and went to bed without another thought about towing or administrative fees.