Courtesy of a news report by WFTV in Orlando, the lot belongs to the Kappa Sigma fraternity who, unlike the tow truck company's owner, was unavailable for comment. Kappa Sigma gave WFTV the name of someone with their fraternity to contact but he was apparently not doing interviews.
Dozens of people who parked at the University of Central Florida for an event say they were set up after their cars were towed. They said event parking signs directed them to a lot, but more than 50 cars in that lot were towed. People said those signs and their cars were gone when they got back.Be sure to click here and watch the video of the news report. What doesn't appear to be known this point is the motive behind intentionally making people's lives miserable. Yes, fraternities don't need motives for most of what they do but if Kappa Sigma simply did it as a prank and had no political bias, that's bad but not nearly as inexcusable as it would be if they intentionally harmed these people because they're just angry liberals who hate Glenn Beck.
A viewer contacted WFTV after his car was towed Saturday, along with 52 others. All of them were in line to recover their cars at an impound lot and all of them attended the Glenn Beck show at UCF.
If this turns out to be a politically motivated act, Beck should shame the entire fraternity on national television. I'm not assigning guilt at this point but this kind of thing does fit the recent leftwing template of despicable behavior.
The similarities between what this appears to be and what Andrew Breitbart experienced at the recent Tea Party in Searchlight, NV are mildly uncanny. Like these 53 drivers at the Beck event, Breitbart discovered a man holding up a sign pointing people away from Searchlight. Breitbart also witnessed a gaggle of thugs throwing eggs at Tea Party buses who then called the cops, accusing Breitbart of throwing them. In the case of the 53, they appear to be similar victims. They were accused of unlawful behavior by virtue of having their cars towed. As was the case with Breitbart, the opposite is quite likely true.
h/t to Free Republic
UPDATE: THE LEFT HAS ALREADY STARTED MOCKING THE VICTIMS OF THIS INCIDENT
MediaITE is usually a good place to gauge the sentiment of the more middle-of-the-road left and they're definitely more fair than the vast majority of leftwing sites but their take on this is way off base. Again, forget whether the incident was politically motivated and drop the conspiracy talk for a minute.
Someone - or some group - crossed the line between practical jokes and inflicting harm on people. They did so by intentionally deceiving a group of people unfamiliar with the area. If the cars had been towed to an adjacent lot at no monetary penalty to the owners, for a short time in order to freak them out for several minutes, it would be a practical joke. To direct people to a parking lot using signs and then have those cars towed at owner's expense crosses the line, regardless of motive.
However, MediaITE seems perfectly content to mock the people who had already shelled out substantial amounts of money to attend an event and blames them for following signs at a place with which they were likely unfamiliar. Instead, he finds fault with them for not looking for a person actually holding the sign, taking money.
Who could be behind this travesty? Did the towing company plant the signs for a few extra bucks? Was the fraternity in on it with him? Or was it even more sinister? Perhaps, some renegade liberals placed the signs so that Beck’s followers wouldn’t have the transportation to spread the dangerous Truths! Whatever the case, we’re sure everyone involved can fill dozens of chalkboards with their various conspiracy theories.Once again, the victims are at fault.
Just use this tragedy as a lesson: if you ever go to a big event like this and there’s isn’t a guy in a bright yellow jacket charging you ridiculous prices to park, chances are you’re parking illegally.