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Truck drivers angry after trailers towed out of Easley parking lot

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Stone Services posted this sign at the lot, which drivers say they until Monday. (FOX Carolina) Stone Services posted this sign at the lot, which drivers say they until Monday. (FOX Carolina)
The old Walmart parking lot, in which truckers are no longer allowed to park (FOX Carolina) The old Walmart parking lot, in which truckers are no longer allowed to park (FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Whether months or years, truck drivers in Easley said the lot in front of the old Walmart building in Easley has always been where they park their trailers.

On Monday, however, they were shocked when their trailers, which were carrying valuable goods, were gone.

"About 45 thousand pounds of beer," said Michael Tucker, who said he has parked in the lot for nine months without a problem. "So about a couple hundred thousand dollars right now sitting in somebody's parking lot."

The towing delayed many of the truckers, who had to make shipping deadlines, costing the companies for which they drive more money.

"We're looking at a setback of about $500 to $1,000 just from the truck sitting there," said Tucker. "Plus $800 they charged on top of it."

The $800 fee was for the trailer. Some who had their trucks and trailers towed owed $1,600.

The drivers said they never saw a warning sign in the lot, but the owner of Stone Services, LLC, the company that towed the trucks, said he posted the signs March 31 to warn them. The drivers said they only noticed them on Monday and that the signs were not easily spotted from where they enter the parking lot.

They also said Stone Services would not take employer-issued credit or debit cards when it came time to pay the tow bill. FOX Carolina spoke with the owner, who said he has never accepted anything but cash at his business.

Michael Tucker said the $800, temporarily loaned to him by his employer, is coming out of his income.

"It's coming out of my next paycheck," he said. 'Which I don't make that in a week anyway. So there's gonna be no pay for me for a couple weeks."

Stone Services told FOX Carolina the tows happened at the request of the lot's owner, who was unavailable for comment.

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