Parking Scam Near Ohio State Fair Costly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Vehicle owners complain they're getting conned into parking in the wrong place for the Ohio State Fair and are then facing big towing costs.

The owner of one business close to the fairgrounds in Columbus says he has had dozens of illegally parked cars towed from his property.

He says he has found vehicles jamming his lot and making it tough to do business.

Motorists who parked there say they were flagged down by people who directed them to park in the lot and took $5 as payment, the same as it costs to park in the fair's legitimate parking areas.

The fairgoers caught in the scam have had to pay around $140 each to recover their vehicles from a tow lot.

The 12-day state fair runs through Sunday.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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