Monster Jam Fans Stranded

Some fans who attended the Monster Jam truck show at the 70,000-capacity Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Jan. 29 had a rude awakening when they discovered their cars had been towed from what they thought was a public parking lot.

About 50 vehicles were reportedly removed from a lot owned by Clear Channel Outdoor. The victims, some paying an alleged “attendant” $20, said the lot wasn’t marked as private property, according to television station WTHR.

However, nearly all vehicles were gone and “no parking” signs were prominently posted when patrons returned to the lot, the station said.

“There were no signs anywhere, man. They actually did the signs just now,” one guest told WTHR. “When we came through, I saw the [metal] shavings on the ground.”

Police were reportedly called to the towing company’s location to calm angry vehicle owners, some with small children, as they waited outside in the cold to pay a large fee to get their cars back.

This isn’t the first time an alleged parking scam has happened in the area.

In late November, some Indianapolis Colts fans got taken in by what appeared to be employees of legitimate event parking at a NAPA auto parts store, reportedly paying $25 per car.

It turned out that the lot was reserved for NAPA employees only and was not approved for event parking, WTHR said.