Citizens protest Compton Avenue McDonald’s for its towing policy
The Save Compton Group represents a coalition of citizens informing residents about the issue, hoping that Mc- Donald’s management will changes its policy.
“This all started when a family eating at the restaurant had their car towed,” group organizer Benjamin Holifield said. “The management here gave them the number for the corporation, and they claimed to have no knowledge of the towing company.”
The company, Alpha Omega Towing, is located in Southgate.
“There is a man in a van who is a spotter for the towing company,” Holifield alleged. “If he thinks you are at the courthouse or shopping elsewhere, he calls his company, and they tow your car.”
The spotter reportedly receives a fee — some observers said it was $50 — per car towed. “The spotter offered me a job,” Compton resident Rodney Huskey said. “I told him no. I live here and do not want to be involved.”
Quintona Kelley said she should not have to worry about her car if she is shopping and eating.
“I came here for lunch one day and parked in the lot,” she said. “My husband went to the 99 Cent store, and I went to go get him. When we came back my car had been towed, and it cost me $300 dollars to get it back.”
She believes her car was towed illegally, and her money should be returned to her.
“The tow advisories are not properly positioned,” Holifield said. “Most of them are way above eye level, and the sign at the entrance points in the wrong direction.”
The alleged spotter left the location, without offering any comments.
For more information about the Save Compton Group, contact Benjamin Holifield at 310-920-7986.
A request for comment from Alpha Omega Towing was not returned.
A message left for restaurant owner Patricia Williams seeking comment was not returned as of press time.