WINN DIXIE tows cars of store patrons who protested for Schiavo

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  1. dianetavegia

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    The crowds outside Terri's hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, are all going home, weary from the battle. While Terri is gone now, we still live to fight another day -- and we WILL fight the judicial tyrants, to honor the memory of Terri. We're already formulating battle plans to move
    ahead in the War on Judicial Tyranny.

    But there's one more battle in Pinellas Park that needs to be fought... one more injustice that needs to be righted, on behalf of so many people that sacrificed so much to come and support Terri.

    Supporters of Terri Schiavo have been RIPPED OFF
    of over $20,000 -- and we need to STOP this financial assault on free speech, NOW.

    Thousands of Terri Schiavo supporters have made their pilgrimage to Pinellas Park, Florida over the past few weeks to peacefully assemble and pray. Local police frequently directed them to park in the large Winn-Dixie Supermarket parking lot across the street from the Woodside
    Hospice. It was literally a "Winn-win" situation.
    Demonstrators, thirsty from the hot Florida sun, purchased water and Gatoraid by the truckloads from Winn-Dixie and surrounding retailers. The economy in Woodside Hospice enclave never looked so good. That was until TODAY, when dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Schiavo supporters walked out of Winn-Dixie to their cars, only to find that their cars had VANISHED.

    Why? Because EVK Enterprises, Inc., the property management company renting space to Winn-Dixie, began towing cars with a redemption fee of $161 PER CAR. An estimated 150 cars were towed, for fees in excess of $20,000 -- ALL IN CASH!

    One Terri supporter, Jerry McGlothlin, purchased retail products at the Winn-Dixie shopping center, from the CVS Pharmacy and the auto parts store, and left two shopping bags in his front seat in plain sight before he walked across the street briefly to the front of the Woodside
    Hospice, out of respect to Terri Schiavo. Then he walked back across the street and purchased $148.13 in groceries at Winn-Dixie, since he had a scheduled 8 day stay in St. Petersburg, visiting his nephew. Jerry then returned to an
    empty space where his car had been. After five hours of wrangling with the Winn-Dixie store manager, the management company and several people in Winn-Dixie's corporate headquarters to help him get his car returned, not a single
    person lifted so much as a finger to help. He eventually had no choice but to pay to retrieve his car.

    Said McGlothlin, "When I showed Winn-Dixie's store manager, John Brengle, my receipt for over $140 in groceries, and asked for my car back, he outright refused to help and shifted blame to the management company. I asked him politely four separate times during various stages of my
    five hour ordeal of being stranded without a car, only to have Manager Brengle refuse all four times. The management company needed just one single call from Brengle to stop the towing, but Brengle insisted on being complicit and doing nothing. I tried going over his head, calling several people at Winn-Dixie's regional and national headquarters, and got no help whatsoever. It seemed that top management
    had already taken sides on the Schiavo matter, regardless of how much money people spent with Winn-Dixie."

    Selective enforcement was the order of the day in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. Regardless of the size of a purchase (in McGlothlin's case he made 3 purchases in three of the stores in the shopping center, totaling over $200), as long
    as anyone crossed the street to show support of Terri Schiavo, even for 10 minutes, they got towed by "security" forces who monitored who crossed the street. Emotions apparently ran so high from the anti-Schiavo camp that there
    appeared to be no consideration whatsoever made to the fact that they were towing patrons of Winn-Dixie.

    (NOTE: At the main entrance to the Winn-Dixie on the 66th Street side, there was a "No protest parking please" sign that covered a second sign stating that "unauthorized" vehicles will be towed at owner's expense by Yoho's Towing.
    Ordinarily a reasonable observer would not consider actual PATRONS of Winn-Dixie as being "unauthorized," but then again, this is the heated Schiavo debate, and nothing about it seems ordinary.)

    One woman was crying hysterically at the car pound, Yoho's Towing; another man was from Canada without enough American money. But the pattern was always the same: No mercy from the a foul-mouthed woman working there named Danielle, who
    incessantly used the "F" word to complaining "customers," even when young children were present.

    One man was so incensed over having his car towed after purchasing water at Winn-Dixie that he spent hours telling his plight in front of the store to anyone who would listen. Eventually police either arrested him or convinced him to
    leave.

    TAKE ACTION: This is OUTRAGEOUS. It's one thing for owners of private property to post towing notices for unauthorized vehicles; it's another thing to deliberately TARGET protesters, EVEN THOUGH they're patrons of the stores on that property.

    These people need to "feel the heat" in order to "see the light". So it's up to US to apply that heat. There's several ways you can complain about this outrageous behavior -- but keep one thing in mind... BE VERY POLITE. Do NOT give them
    any excuse to file complaints against YOU!

    1) Call Winn-Dixie's store #681 manager, John Brengle, at 727-541-2070. Inform him of your feelings about allowing the towing of the cars of Terri Schiavo supporters, even though they were obviously patrons of the Winn-Dixie and other
    stores on that property. You can also call Winn-Dixie corporate headquarters to complain at 866-946-6349, or send a message at http://www.winndixie.com/comments/main.asp .

    2) Call EVK Enterprises, Inc., the property management company renting space to Winn-Dixie, at 727-821-4989. Inform them of your feelings about their new decision to tow the cars of Terri Schiavo's supporters, even though they were
    obviously patrons of the Winn-Dixie and other stores on that property. You can also send an e-mail to them at [email protected] .

    3) Call Robert Yoho Towing at 727-545-3596, and inform them of your feelings about towing the cars of Terri Schiavo supporters that were in the Winn-Dixie parking lot, even though they were obviously patrons of the stores on that
    property. Also let them know how you feel about their employees cursing at people with small children.

    4) One observer commented that it would be interesting to know if the IRS would ever see this spike in sales on the tax returns of the small towing business, and whether there
    might be some "kick-back" funds for stores or property owners. The IRS offers a 10% finder's fee reward to citizens who give anonymous tips of likely tax fraud -- their number is
    800-829-0433.

    Once more, let me remind you: BE VERY POLITE. Do NOT give them any excuse to file complaints against YOU!

    NOTE: Be sure to send this Alert to everyone you know who would be outraged at this deliberate targeting of supporters of Terri Schiavo. Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    William Greene, President
    RightMarch.com
     
  2. music4Him

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    Wow! :eek: There always seems to be people who take advantage of a bad situation. It's so sad. [​IMG]

    BTW, on the woman cussing with little children present she might have legal recoruse...some states have a no cussing law around children/people. I wonder if this area has one? I think Oregon has one? I veaguly remember a story of a young man being arrested for cussing during a river rafting weekend. I found out that here if someone uses inopprpriate sign language (I hope you know which one that I'm speaking of) you can have that person arrested. Interesting thing about man made laws huh? Protestors should arm themselfs with a bible, video camera, and know the laws for the state they are protesting in. It may turn the tables? [​IMG] What do you think?

    Sincerely,
    Music4Him
     
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    I mean that would have to be something if you think about it......the protestors having others arrested around them, instead of them being arrested? [​IMG]
     
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    I'm sure your source is completely objective!?! There is a lesson for protestors, carpool, it's cheaper when you get towed.
     
  5. Ben W

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    Another thing you can do is shop at their competitors stores and mail them your receipts.
     
  6. Alcott

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    What kind of kickbacks were the police getting for directing them to park there?
     
  7. just-want-peace

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    To the specific store, AND, if your usual shopping is not in that town, to WD HQ. showing that you are now shopping at Bi-Lo, Piggly-Wiggly or whatever.

    Wouldn't take a whole heap to get that store mgr xferred, and possibly a refund on towing charges!
     
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    I Don't believe it. As soon as the tow trucks showed up someone would have noticed and told the people.

    Second, it would probably take 100 work hours to tow 150 trucks.
     
  9. Marcia

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    Diane, where and when was this posted? Keep in mind it's April 1st!
     
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    I got it in my e-mail this morning.
    It comes from the same IP as does other
    e-mails from:

    http://www.RightMarch.com/
    4850 Golden Pkwy., Ste. B #325, Buford GA 30518-1712

    I would think RightMarch, the organization,
    would not be doing APRIL FOOLS stuff.

    IMHO Diane is correct that this is a valid
    letter worthy of our attention.
     
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    quote:
    One woman was crying hysterically at the car pound, Yoho's Towing; another man was from Canada without enough American money.

    This is typical of extremist who come from all over the country not a penny to their name and
    hungry kids in tow.

    Right to lifers are firmly aware of the playbook
    at protests they have been to 100's and they
    are firmly aware that businesses do not want
    trouble or controversy, so with that said
    I think Winn-Dixie probably could have held off
    in doing the towing and found other recourse, and
    protestors could easily have parked at churches and carpooled they have done that before in my
    experience with protest,but you always had an
    element that seemed to do their lone ranger
    kinda thing.

    I hope this doesn't mean I have to boycott buying
    the DVD "Because of Winn-Dixie"

    [​IMG]
    Is it safe to come out now!
    ;)
     
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    More wanna-be accomplices :mad: :eek: :(
     
  14. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Hey Aslan,

    I note that you were a lot more kind to us "extremists" than you were on another board:

    You really do have a low view of anyone who is pro-life or conservative, don't you?

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    I can't believe the 'tee hee Poor Terri died' remarks on that link, Joseph, from people who are members here. :(
     
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    I totally believe it.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Were you referring to this:

    web page

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    this post has been duly reported
    to AusCERT [​IMG] [​IMG] :eek:
     
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    Joseph instead of taking pot shots from a
    distance ..why don't you actually get to know
    the people at the protests. I would encourage
    you to do so and see for yourself there are
    some people that are not dealing with a full
    deck. Now I have, I have protested and picketed
    with fine even keeled people but there are
    some bizarre people out there and its well
    documented.

    There is more than just one side of the story
    I do not have a low opinion it is strictly a
    case by case basis.I have an opinion and you must use discernment and with that discernment I offer an opinion.

    Again we are combining the boards to what avail
    or whose ego I don't know but it sure is a
    slipery slope .
     
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