On Aug. 17 my husband and son were meeting my cousins at PNC Park for a Pirates game. My cousins, from Niagara Falls, N.Y., are very big Pirates fans and drove down for the day. Not being familiar with Pittsburgh, they used their GPS to find parking.
They were waved into a lot on the North Shore by a man near the post office at Allegheny Center. Since one of my cousins has trouble walking, they paid the steep $20 to park their car and proceeded to PNC Park. When they went back to the lot to retrieve their car, it was gone! They were scammed.
They had been told they could park anywhere in the lot. Unbeknownst to them, it was a private lot and they (and others) were parked illegally. When they discovered the car was gone, they called the Pittsburgh police thinking their car had been stolen. Turned out it was towed (at their expense, $180)! They had no way to get to the pound and the Pittsburgh police were gracious and gave my cousins a ride there.
What a terrifying experience my cousins had and they also have a very bad taste of their visit to Pittsburgh. Shame on you, con artist! You are a terrible representative of the city of Pittsburgh. I don't know how you sleep at night taking advantage of people.
In the future, it would be a good thing for the city if the police could somehow monitor scam artists like this. I'm sure my cousins are not the first to be taken advantage of.
Upper St. Clair