Customers, Vendors Say Vehicles Illegally Towed at Flea Market

Customers and vendors at a local flea market are complaining about their cars being illegally towed, but the company says they’re just doing their job.
Customers and vendors at a local flea market are complaining about their cars being illegally towed, but the company says they’re just doing their job. 

Jeremy Adams has been shopping at the National Flea Market on Clovis Rd with no problems for years.  However, this past Sunday, he said he was toed from a parking spot, illegally. 

“When you're getting your car towed illegally and you're trying to shop it kind of disgusts you,” Adams said.

He said toe towing signs that are there currently were non-existent on Sunday and his mom, Judy Combs, took pictures to prove it.

“None on the fence, nothing indicating 'you can't park here,’ nothing,” said Combs.  “He said this is where my car was parked and it’s a regular parking spot and I’m like, ‘are you serious why did they tow it?’”

Combs said when she went to talk to the owner of the flea market he was joking with the employers of the tow company he’s under contract with, West Texas Lenders.

“They’re just laughing it up and the owner makes a comment to one of the guys, 'well we had a good day today,' so that sounds really suspicious like it’s a racket going on to get a cut from what you made from these tows.” said Combs. 

She and Adams are not the only ones with suspicions, however.  Flea market vendors tell KAMC News the towing is a ‘racket’ and it’s costing them business. 

Multiple comments have also been posted on craigslist about the flea market warning people to stay away unless they want to end up like Adams paying hundreds of dollars for their towed car.

"It was $314 just to get the car out," said Adams. "It hit me in the pocket pretty hard at the last minute here."

"When you open up those gates and said open for business you should have the right to park in one of your parking spaces and not be towed," said Combs

However, Leighann Church with West Texas Lenders said Adams is just upset his car was towed and now he has to pay up.

"They have all parked illegally," said Church. "That's the only reason they were towed."

As for the towing signs, Church said they've been in place for three weeks.

"They're very clear as to what it states, ‘do not park or you will get towed,’" said Church.

When asked for comment the owner of the flea market, Lee Sims, said West Texas Lenders only tows cars that are parked illegally. 

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