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New Jersey’s Predatory Towing Act makes it against the law to tow off private property unless signs are posted. Westfield had NO signs warning employees they could be towed, and the new signs it put up after 7 On Your Side got involved are too small. 3 feet by 3 feet is the law. These are only 12″ by 18″
Bergen County Consumer Affairs stepped up, after investigators found Westfield Corp. racked up four violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. Just hours later, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco brokered restitution. Westfield will pay back all 48 mall employees who got towed and will install new signs by Christmas that are compliant with New Jersey consumer law.
LARGEST MALL IN NJ TOWS DOZENS OF EMPLOYEES CAR
By Nina Pineda
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 06:04PM
“I thought it was stolen,” said Stefanie Mastbeth, a mall employee said.
That was Mastbeth’s reaction when, after her shift at Michael Kors, her car vanished from the Garden State Plaza parking lot in Paramus.
“I actually have the Onstar app. So we tracked the car and it wasn’t in Garden State Plaza,” Mastbeth said.
She tracked the car to Hackensack and learned it was towed. She had to pay $150 to get it back.
“$150 is nothing to them, but for employees it’s a big deal,” Mastbeth said.
She was one of 48 mall workers targeted and towed by global retail management giant, Westfield Corp., because the lot she says she’s parked in for seven years as a part-time employee is for customers only.
“I didn’t know about it until my car was towed,” Mastbeth said.