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In Baltimore, no good deed goes unpunished [Letter]

Letter writer Terry Parker recently lauded Baltimore for having "some of the nicest, friendliest and most helpful people I have encountered" ("A charming visit to Charm City," Oct. 6). My own experience was the opposite.

Late in the afternoon on Sept. 27 I was working as a volunteer at the Baltimore Book Festival, an event designed to attract tourists to Baltimore. When I returned to the parking lot, at 414 Light St., to drive home, however, I discovered that my car had been towed away.

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The cost to retrieve it was $330 and could only be paid in cash. The cost of getting that much cash and the cab trip to Greenway Towing was another $34, in addition to the $15 I had paid to park. My effort to help the city of Baltimore cost me almost $400.

Why does Baltimore City allow such atrocious treatment of visitors? A few well-worded ordinances would prevent this obvious exploitation.

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I won't be coming back to Baltimore, and I'll warn my associates to avoid the city. Baltimore should be ashamed of itself for showing such greed in its treatment of visitors.

Tom Glenn

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