Something to keep an eye out for, unfortunately. If this has happened to you, please contact your alderman. In this case, it took place in the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman's turf.
A reader wrote in:
"Hey there,We advised him to use GooGone on the sticker, and to call the 20th District CAPS office. If this happens to you, the same advice stands.
Sending this message because I'm not sure if we have an unscrupulous city employee wandering Uptown. It may be important to get the word out.
This afternoon I went to my car (parked on the 800 block of W Margate Terrace) and had one of those impossible-to-remove stickers that said "Tow notice" (picture attached), and next to it on the window was some writing. On the notice, a box was checked that indicated by car had been left unattended for more than 7 days.
In reality, I legally parked the car about 24 hours ago, and before that I was parked on a completely different block. I have receipts to document I was out running errands yesterday.
What was going to happen if I hadn't gone to my car was my car was going to be illegally towed sometime this afternoon. I got lucky, and the only real issue is getting the sticker remnants off my car. I'm also a little concerned they'll just tow the car anyway even though the notice is half ripped off and my car is two blocks away now, so just ignoring it completely seems like it could come back to haunt me.
I tried calling the number on the notice, but it goes to a generic voicemail. I left a message but have not received a response as of yet."