Think Twice Before Parking Beside Mineola EZ Mart

Apparently the employees of EZ Mart have been instructed to police their parking lot and call tow trucks to tow your vehicle away if it is parked on their property and you are not in their store buying something.

Mineola EZ Mart towing vehicles parked in their parking lot.

Mineola EZ Mart towing vehicles parked in their parking lot, even when their parking lot is empty.

This photo (taken around 9:30 PM, Friday 11-30-12) shows a tow truck preparing to tow a truck belonging to a crew member of the Lake Country Playhouse Christmas show. The EZ Mart parking lot is empty, but apparently they are strictly enforcing their no parking rules by towing vehicles.

I confirmed with the employee behind the counter that they indeed called the tow truck to come get this vehicle. Apparently the fact that it was 9:30 PM on a Friday night and they were NOT busy has nothing to do with this decision. The vehicle was not towed, only because the owner came out in time and was able to convince the towing company not to tow it.

Before their remodeling was done, people parked on this side of the store with no problems at all. Now that they have spent the money to concrete this area, apparently they would rather it be unused than allow the community to use it during non-peak hours.

They are completely within their rights to do this, even if it means that they are not being a good neighbor. We’ve given EZ Mart lots of credit for living up to their promise to remodel the store and install new fuel tanks after fending off a movement from some in Mineola to cancel their lease and turn this lot into a parking lot.

Ironic, huh?

– Scott Hazard

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6 comments for “Think Twice Before Parking Beside Mineola EZ Mart

  1. Jim D.
    December 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    People have been parking in that section of EZ Mart with no problems for all of the 14 years we have lived in Mineola. I have parked there dozens of times whether I was going to EZ Mart, Kitchens or anywhere else downtown. Now all of a sudden the employees are empowered to have people towed? Wow!

  2. Cindy
    December 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    They posted the signs. They are within their rights to do it. It is their property. But it sure is not nice.

  3. Ray
    December 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Guess I will be buying my gas elsewhere then from now on….get a facelift and get nasty?

  4. Harry
    December 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I think all of you are blowing this out of proportion as most of you do with everything in this crummy little town. So you happen to take a picture of a store while it wasn’t so busy. Do you really think that a 24 hour gas station doesn’t get busy on a friday night? Besides the vehichle wasn’t actually towed. Try parking in a no parking area in a bigger city an see how long it stays there. Not very long im guessing. Somaybe you should get all of the facts before you start posting stories Mr. Scott Hazard.

    • ScoHaz
      December 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you, ‘Harry’, for your opinion.

      – Scott

  5. Deason Hunt
    December 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    On the other hand, you wonder what people don’t understand about “No Parking.” There is such a thing as property rights. I’m sure most people would yell if someone violated no parking or no trespassing signs on their property.

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