CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Mecklenburg County judge has put a stop to the booting of cars at the N.C. License Plate Agency on South Boulevard in Charlotte.
Judge Donald Bridges issued a temporary restraining order late Friday.
Customers visiting the office on Monday were free to park anywhere in the lot.
Over the previous few weeks customers who parked in the front rows at the strip mall were being slapped with tire boots as soon as they walked in the license plate office. They were being charged $50 to have the boots removed.
The owner of the office Sandra Elliot says she was told by property manager Tom Loftus her customers were taking up too much of the parking.
Our Problem Solver Investigation showed some of the earliest booting was being done in violation of city ordinance. The signs out front did not include the name and phone number of the tow company doing the booting.
The signs were changed and the booting started again on May 15th.
Elliot took the matter to court saying the booting was being done in violation of her lease which states parking is on a first-come first-served basis.
Elliot will head back to court next week in hopes of stopping the booting permanetly.
She is also sponsoring a class action lawsuit in an attempt to win back the money of all her customers who were improperly booted.
You can read the class action lawsuit and the temporary restraining order by clicking the links on web extras.