• If you ever get booted, make sure to check the signs in the parking lot

    By: Jim Strickland

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    ATLANTA - Complaints about local booting companies are heading to court.

    Signs in the City of Atlanta are required to say who owns the lot, but oftentimes they don’t.

    Those warning signs have been mandated since 2000 after Channel 2's Jim Strickland first exposed booting abuse. The city tweaked requirements in 2006. 


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    Attorney Matt Wetherington is suing eight booting companies for sign violations.

    He says an admission from Advanced Booting Services in a deposition is blatant.

    "We're not doing it right, but we don't care, and we're not going to stop. That is what that video tells me," Wetherington said.

    If you ever get booted, make sure to check the signs in the parking lot
    The company co-owner, Jeff Phillips, testified the sign amendments are never enforced.

    "We've never been cited, we've never had an issue, we never got a complaint out of permits," he said.

    Councilman Kwanza Hall wrote the updated signage law.

    "We'll sort it out. I'll make some inquiries as soon as we're done with this interview to find out what is happening," Hall said.

    The booting company didn't comment to us but its lawyers demanded an emergency hearing to get a gag order from a judge. 

    The judge granted the hearing and quickly denied the gag order.

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