Breaux Mart on Magazine’s Horrible Parking Rip Off!!
DO NOT Park in the Breaux Mark parking lot on Magazine St, if you plan to go to another store or restaurant before going to grocery shop. They have a miserable car boot scam going on. Some person from Premier Parking Enforcement will watch you park, get out of your car, and leave the lot. In the space of 3 minutes, he’ll have a boot on your car, and charge you a minimum of $90 to have the boot removed.
This is a very disturbing and unfortunate development. When you talk to the Breaux Mart Manager, he says talk to the boot man. When you talk to the boot man, he says go talk to Breaux Mart.
The lot in question is private property. Breaux Mart obviously hired Premier to make them a ton of money, which they do. Over the 100 minutes we watched the process, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on June 20, 2013, we saw approximately 10 bootees pay the $90.
Halfway through this ordeal, I saw some women parking and walking away from Breaux Mart. I called out to them, and that was good for the ladies, but bad for my relationship with boot man, who thought correctly I was working against him. To his credit, he came over to me to discuss what I did, but I was on the phone just then, so I couldn’t talk to him. I approached him a little later and apologized for raining on his parade.
Around 5:00, he came over to the boot and unlocked it. He told us to get out of there. We drove off and headed home. Why was our boot removed? There seem to be a couple of reasons at play- 1. We played ball with the boot man, we proved we could muster a partial payment; 2. It’s a private lot, so all boots are removed at the end of the day. Our plan B, if the boot man didn’t remove the boot, was to take the tire with the boot off the car, install a spare, and drive away.
So while Breaux Mart has discovered a miserable new revenue stream, they will be earning a lot of negative press and referrals from all those who were booted. I’m posting this blog entry, and going to Yelp, Facebook, Reddit, Digg, Twitter and all other social networking sites to warn the public not to shop at Breaux Mart!