A downtown restaurant owner tired of people parking in her lot is booting cars, but one driver was having none of it- she broke the boot off herself. That caused quite a scene, and it was all caught on video.
It happened near Lead and 5th Street Friday morning in front of the La Luna Bakery.
One of the owner’s employees caught the action on his cell phone.
“I opened up a restaurant to go into the parking enforcement business. That’s exactly how I feel,” joked Owner Maria Rodriguez-Galipeau.
Galipeau is the owner of La Luna Bakery at the corner of 5th and Lead, right across from the downtown Social Security Office.
“We came to realize why the last previous business owners here were charging for parking. It’s so ridiculous here sometimes I don’t even have parking,” says Galipeau.
Most of those people are illegally parking.
Galipeau has more than 30 parking spots for her customers and employees.
It is a private lot, which you can tell by the 16 signs she has posted everywhere.
Friday morning, one woman decided to ignore the signs.
“You’re trespassing. Don’t you read those signs? You’re, like, right in front of one,” says Galipeau.
“You think I know how to read? Don’t you think I’m at Social Security for a reason?” responded the woman.
She had a boot on her back tire when she got back.
Instead of paying the $75 removal fee, Galipeau says the woman backed up over the boot, breaking it.
“Ask that guy if he was out here when I was taking this boot off,” says the driver.
While Galipeau called police, one of her employees hopped in the bed of the truck to keep the family from leaving and took out his phone to record it all.
“F***ing record me, I f***ing dare you. You’ll get socked,” yelled the driver.
To get her to stop the truck, the employee admits he started throwing things out of the back.
That is when the situation escalated quickly, with the driver accusing the employee of hitting someone.
“I’m not hitting anyone. I’m trying to stop her from crawling back here,” says the employee.
While waiting for police, the woman finally agreed to pay the fine, but it was too late.
The restaurant owner did file a police report.
KRQE News 13 also tried reaching out to that woman involved but did not hear back.
The City says it is common for private businesses to boot drivers who park in their lots illegally and are aware of the issues this business owner is having.