MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant man says he's considering filing a lawsuit after being charged $800 to have his truck and boat trailer towed.
Kent Krebeck admits he failed to read the signs when the truck and trailer were towed from Moultrie Plaza on June 11. However, he believes the towing company, Craven's Towing of West Ashley ripped him off.
Krebeck says his ordeal began after he and his fiancee went to the Shem Creek boat landing for a day of boating.
"You put your boat in the water, there's 30 spots. If these are all taken, to park your truck and trailer you have to come to the Moultrie Shopping Center here to park," Krebeck said Wednesday.
Krebeck parked his truck and trailer alongside other trailers in the back of the shopping center. He failed to read the signs that said parking is only allowed in the front of the shopping center near the clock tower.
That night he returned to the boat landing.
"Pulled the boat out and come walking up here to get the truck and trailer, and it's gone," Krebeck said.
The truck and trailer had been towed by Craven's towing company. He called them to find out what he had to do to get them back.
"I had one hour to get over to West Ashley and give them $800 cash," Krebeck said.
Krebeck says he didn't have the money.
"I'm actually getting married Saturday. That's my honeymoon money," he said.
Krebeck and some other people who had their trucks and trailers towed called Mount Pleasant Police. A police spokesman said the towing company has a contract with the shopping center, however they don't have a business license with Mount Pleasant.
No one was at the towing company's office and a call requesting a comment from the company was not immediately returned.
Krebeck says he and the other people who had their trucks and trailers towed are talking to an attorney.
A police spokesman says the company had to pay a fine and will not be allowed to tow cars in the town until they get a license.