Man poses as a parking attendant, scams couple

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- As tourists flock to Charleston many are on the hunt for parking.

Christian Harrold of Indiana was among them on Monday when he and his wife spotted a parking attendant standing near a lot close to the City Market.

"The gentleman passed himself off with complete confidence he didn't bat an eye on what he was telling us," said Harrold describing the attendant. "I handed him ten dollars."

But according to a police report the man Harrold paid was pretending to be a parking lot attendant.

Harrold realized that when he returned to the lot and found a boot on his vehicle.

He paid 35 dollars to have it removed. He and his wife then went on another tour of Charleston. When they returned the same man was at the lot telling others looking for a space they would have to pay him to park. Witnessing what was happening, Harrold confronted him.

"The gentleman stepped out of the booth and said, 'Well I'm going to call my boss,' and I said, ' Fine, go right ahead cause I'm calling the police,' and then he took a couple steps out the door and then took off running," said Harrold.

The man has not been arrested yet, but workers at a nearby business plan to keep an eye out for him.

"Yeah, actually I am mad," said Tommy Doyle of Palmetto Carriage. " I don't like a crook, and I don't like somebody taking advantage of somebody that was trying to do the right thing."

Witnesses told police the suspect had an accent that may have been Jamaican.

To keep from getting scammed ask for a receipt and make sure to read the signs in each lot.

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