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Medford Residents Towed During Snowstorm After Following Incorrect Police Memo

Some Medford residents were towed Saturday night after following an incorrect police memo, which told them to park on the even side of the street during the snow emergency, according to a WCVB report.

The memo from police was posted on the Medford Police Department website Saturday and didn’t come down until midnight, according to the report.

Residents that were towed received a $100 tow fee and $50 ticket.

Mayor Michael McGlynn told WCVB that for the four towed residents he’s aware of, the city will waive the tickets and look for a way to remedy the tow fees.

The city’s rule of thumb is that if December is in an odd year, such as this year, residents should park on the odd side of the street during snow emergencies, and vice versa.

See WCVB’s full report >>

Editor's note: The initial version of this post said the incorrect memo was on the city's website -- the city's website had the correct information, the Medford Police Department website had the incorrect memo.

stevieB December 16, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Typical medford incompetence..somebody has to be responsible for this screw up right? In typical medford fashion it will be swept under rug. The good old boy network thrives in this city.
Matt December 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
"Look for a way to remedy the tow fees??" If I were one of those few people who had to pay the $100 tow fee, I would raise unholy hell until that tow fee was returned to me.
Jean Nuzzo December 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Odd year, odd side parking; even year, even side parking. It's been that way well over 40 years. MPD even did a reverse 911 call plan on it. So I'm not sure why everyone doesn't know. I'd be more interest in knowing how I was missed (if you didn't get a call) as reverse 911 is our emergency communication system in Medford....Just saying.
Michael Tammy Marciniak December 16, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Seems Medford is going to get a early Christmas present from its tax payers. Yet this seems that they need a lump of coal because telling someone to park and then towing their car and charging them. Hmm sounds like someone is to blame but know one wants to fess up.
Al Cloutier December 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Medford Mass?
Alan Lamb December 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM
welcome to the united states of Nazi America.
JOAN PUCCINO December 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM
If you, have an unpublished phone number the police can't put the call thru, so that's probably why people didn't get a call from officer CLEMENTE. For the MEDFORD POLICE, to do a job that they did believe me they are pressured from their superior, because they don't like to work they want to just w to sit in DD, or DEMETS, on MYSTIC AVE for hours when they should be out on the road. I'm not saying they don't deserve a break but how do you get a break that fast when you, just came on shift in the morning they came in at 7:00 out in the street by 7:15 and by 7:30 they are all parked at DEMETS, or DD. the same thing with the 3:00 o'clock shift they are in DEMETS OR DD, ON commercial st four cruises. So they are taken orders from the above people, or else they wouldn't bother you.
stevieB December 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Hey Joan have you seen the cops on days? I'm pretty sure most of them woukd have a hard time getting out of their car to write a ticket. I guess there are no fitness standard s anymore to be a medford police officer.
Lajrg December 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Wow!!! Why is it that everyone has to trash our city and everyone associated with the city...from the Mayor to our local Police, etc.? Are they not allowed to make any mistakes? Do these officials have to be 100% perfect without making any mistakes....are YOU? I was proud to see our Mayor on TV admitting that they (the City) made a mistake regarding the towing. Yes...I would have been upset, but I'm sure that the Mayor will make good on this issue. As far as the police being at DD, etc, give them a BREAK! Count yourself lucky that we have these police officers and you can be sure that they will be there when you need them.... And I'm talking from personal experience. Medford Police/Detectives..thank you for putting your lives on the line each day. So...as the New Year approaches, can you be a little more nicer to each other? Be thankful for everything that you have? Merry Christmas and a Happy "nicer" New Year!
JOAN PUCCINO December 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
WELL I'm talking about personal experience also when I, was watching a house getting breaking into and called the police and they came an hour and forty -five min. later when the guys were already in two other homes. How would you feel if it was your home being broken into? I'm not saying they don't deserve a break but do your job. No one is a 100% perfect or near a 100%, but they are getting paid for a job just like we get paid at our jobs that we do. I'M not saying they don't have a dangerous job because they do. I'M not picking on them I'M just saying they have a job to do.
Tantalus Eternus December 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
I thought you could only get this level of city buffoonery in Tualatin?! Nice going Medford...way to lower the bar.
Matt December 17, 2013 at 01:54 PM
To be fair, I've seen nothing saying the mayor was going to make good on the city's mistake. In this very article, it says the mayor says he will "look for a way to remedy the tow fees." That's not making good. That's giving yourself an out, and not actually committing to fixing your mistake.
Elliott Whitlow December 17, 2013 at 01:57 PM
The remedy is simple, the city needs to pay for the towing. There is no other reasonable answer. Failure to do so should lead to lawsuits, for the $100 plus THOUSANDS in lawyers fees. Perhaps the city will be a little more careful then..
John Dooley December 17, 2013 at 02:35 PM
What else do you expect?... you vote for far left liberal nuts, and then you're surprised when they are inept? You're getting exactly what you voted for (and deserve)!
JOAN PUCCINO December 17, 2013 at 03:07 PM
john, you are 100% right I, have to agree with you, because the Mayor, is not going to eat the towing the people who got towed are because he is a sneak and I, do feel bad for these people right near Christmas, but this man doesn't have a heart.
Lajrg December 17, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Joan...sorry to hear what has happened in your neighborhood. And Elliot, I agree with you that the city would be smart to pay these towing charges vs a law suit. I only express my opinion of the city & the officials. Being a "life time" resident, I take the good and bad living in Medford. For those who only see the bad....leave Medford. Go find your 'perfect' city/town. This is a free country...move! Having said the above, I am not about to get into an ongoing "back/forward" posting on Patch. Good luck to you all. PS: Try to be nicer to EVERYONE and appreciate everything good in life.
Matt December 17, 2013 at 03:14 PM
The mayor is a "far left liberal nut?" News to me.
MiMi December 17, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Funny that some people in government run agencies think that they can do whatever and get by with doing it....and you KNOW....THEY SUCCEED*******in NC law enforcement officers think they have a right to push their way into 3rd party residences WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE HOMEOWNER OR WITHOUT OBTAINING A SEARCH WARRANT*****regardless of what the US Constitution says*.
stevieB December 17, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Someone should go take pictures of the police at dunkin donuts if this is true and post them on here..only way to hold them accountable..no one likes to be publicly singled out..you watch they will scatter like rats if you see them taking pictures. We used to do that with the plow drivers who hid behind the Mall..how quickly they left there.
Patricia Davis December 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
How long until we get an actual traffic and parking department? Neither side of my street was cleared, and I'm sure no one got a ticket or was towed. I know - I watched it all day.
Frank Mulligan December 28, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Folks Medford is'nt going to CHANGE because Mc Glynn's in OFFICE.The polce will remain the same. I lived in Medford for 32 YRS. I know it inside out. I live in Malden. it's CLEAN. Medford residents SHOULD move to another city that enforc's the rules and LAWS. Good Luck Medford residents.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 07:01 PM
yeah! they stink like what i shot my baby out of. which was my butt.

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