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.
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.
– Scott Hazard