Walmart tows cars after Cowboys fans park illegally

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by WENDY CORONA

WFAA

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 23 at 11:59 PM

ARLINGTON — The home team's loss at Cowboys Stadium Sunday afternoon turned out to be a double-hit for some fans.

After leaving the game, they found they had no way to get home. Their cars had been towed away from the Walmart parking lot across the street.

“We were in Walmart for an hour, went over to the game, and now we've come back," said one man who returned to find his car missing.

“Are you afraid you may have been towed?” News 8 asked Diana Muñoz. “Yeah,” she replied.

A confident walk to the stadium became an embarrassing circling of the parking lot after the game.

“I parked right over here, but I think we weren't supposed to,” Muñoz said. “But I seen a lot of people doing the same thing, so...”

Spotters for the tow trucks saw the same thing, too. In minutes, a vehicle was loaded, lifted, carted away.

The scene was repeated over and over.

Even cab drivers waiting on fares (likely to the tow lot) were forced to move.

Despite a flashing electronic message board, security guard warnings, and posted signage around the Walmart parking lot, people took their chances.

For some, the gamble cost $258.85.

“I honestly did not see any sign. I swear.” Calisha Holden said.

She got lucky. Holden and her friends parked and walked to the game, but their car wasn't towed.

Deandrea Turner wasn't as lucky going to game last season.

“Yeah, that's why we ain’t nowhere in this parking lot this season!” he said.

“I should’ve known better,” Muñoz regretfully said.

Walmart customer service told News 8 that what happened Sunday is typical, and happens anytime there is an event at Cowboys stadium.

E-mail wcorona@wfaa.com

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