Contradicting parking signs in D.C. enforce towing, confuse drivers

(WJLA) - When a group of men parked here at 12th and F Streets on Wednesday, we warned them that they could be towed.

One says no parking from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the other allows two-hour parking from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- and some parents leaving a graduation ceremony at Warner Theater on Tuesday learned this confusing lesson the hard way.

"So I pull up at 9: 31 and I park, I pay for my parking, I come back out there, and my car is gone," said Frank Borris.

"And it seems unfair to me as a tax-paying citizen that this happened to us also," added Lorraine Miller.

Along with the new food truck craze, it appears that D.C. has essentially privatized the street spaces when vendors operate, and even have their own towing contractor to help enforce the rules.

"That's right, we start at 10:30 sir to 2:30," said Quassim Almaliky.

"So now my car is gone," complained Borris. "It's taken by a private company out in Northeast and I have to pay $205 to get my car back, and D.C. government says they have nothing to do with it? Something's wrong with that picture..."

Borris had to cab it to Northeast D.C., where he retrieved his car after paying the required amount. We could get no city official to go on the record about the new sign versus the old sign.