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Old 08-30-2020, 07:40 PM   #1
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Walmart parking for grocery and supplies

Hi folks. Just other day when I went to the Walmart near my house to buy something I noticed a sign that read no truck and trailer parking where I was just parking the truck 2/3 of way back up the lot. And there was name of a towing service saying you’d be towed. Reminded me of several years ago when I was delivering my then cadet son to his dorm at VT there were some folks parked across the street in a vacant lot of a closed restaurant while they were doing same. I suppose there was some Blacksburg ordanance because there was a tow truck driver there hooking up a car as fast as he could. And he came back for a second one 20 minutes later.

Story aside, has anyone experienced problems when they stop at a Walmart along the way to buy groceries and come out to find an over-zealous tow truck driver blocking their wheels and refusing to unblock unless you pay money?
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:44 PM   #2
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Typically those signs for for over the road tractor trailers. However some municipalities do not allow overnight RV parking. I think those signs specify RV's.

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Old 08-30-2020, 11:03 PM   #3
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FYI Stephen there is a thread about overnight parking at Walmart stores, which may have some helpful info for you:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f42...ing-13082.html

With the new virus situation, things appear to be changing IMO.

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Towing a shopper during daylight hours? Very bad PR.
If they tow, it would be after hours. You can tell.
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Did it occur to you there might not be a “someone”. Or do you suggest I ask a nearby stranger? Should I leave the truck keys with them. Wonder why people waste their time with non-constructive comments?
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Call the store and ask if the towing policy applies when you are stopping to shop.

These signs generally mean to keep trucks and campers from staying overnight.

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Call the store and ask if the towing policy applies when you are stopping to shop.

These signs generally mean to keep trucks and campers from staying overnight.

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Having worked at a Walmart when I was in college, if you do call the store to ask about that policy, find out who you're talking to before you put much stock in what they're telling you. The people answering the outside line at the Service Desk are not always current on policy and rarely have much authority.
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No one here on these forms will be able to give you a definitive answer regarding that store’s policy. The only people who could give you a definitive answer would be the manager in that particular Walmart store.

Policies have a tendency to change with the times. If a store has a very strict policy and they contract with a tow company, that tow company is monetarily incentivized to tow as many violators as they can.
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Having worked at a Walmart when I was in college, if you do call the store to ask about that policy, find out who you're talking to before you put much stock in what they're telling you. The people answering the outside line at the Service Desk are not always current on policy and rarely have much authority.
Yeah the Walmart Super Store in my neighborhood has their answer point for incoming calls located at the front of the women's apparel changing rooms. The ladies monitoring the changing rooms answer simple questions and transfer calls. You really need to ask for the store manager..

As noted every Walmart has different policies many times dictated by the locale and municipality where they are located.

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No one here on these forms will be able to give you a definitive answer regarding that store’s policy. The only people who could give you a definitive answer would be the manager in that particular Walmart store.

Policies have a tendency to change with the times. If a store has a very strict policy and they contract with a tow company, that tow company is monetarily incentivized to tow as many violators as they can.
Thanks. I looked back at my original post just to make sure I did not mislead anyone. I did not ask for a definitive answer. I asked if folks had experienced any problems and so far seems no one that has replied relative to their own experience has indicated they ever came out from shopping to find their wheels blocked. That was what I was hoping to discover. All the other advice, such as calling to ask if you can overnight or stores change policies and so on is rather obvious. Thanks again.
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And, you know, we RV’ers spent a s—tload of money at WalMart, whether we overnight in their lot or not, so I don’t ever look for simply parking while shopping to be an issue.


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