Re: Car Towed from Posted Parking Lot
I think you've missed one small detail that may end up being the determining factor here:
From 75 Pa.C.S. § § 3353(b)(2)
(b) Unattended vehicle on private property.--
(1) No person shall park or leave unattended a vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or other person in control or possession of the property except in the case of emergency or disablement of the vehicle, in which case the operator shall arrange for the removal of the vehicle as soon as possible.
(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to private parking lots unless such lots are posted to notify the public of any parking restrictions and the operator of the vehicle violates such posted restrictions. For the purposes of this section "private parking lot" means a parking lot open to the public or used for parking without charge; or a parking lot used for parking with charge. The department shall define by regulation what constitutes adequate posting for public notice.
From subsection (b)(2) of section 3353 above For the purposes of this section "private parking lot" means a parking lot open to the public or used for parking without charge; or a parking lot used for parking with charge. And from your description and the wording on the sign, this does not appear to be a private parking lot that is open to the public or used for parking with nor without a charge. Instead, it is a private parking lot that is open to the use for and by members of a certain club while they are at the club.
Even if you go back to subsection (b)(1) it specifically states that you "shall not" park there without the consent of the property owner or person in control without consent with the exception of having a disabled vehicle. I realized you've mowed for them for 30 years but does that require them to recognize your vehicle (or all of your vehicles)? I don't know!
Additionally, I've noticed that the statute you posted, and though it has a few "shalls", is filled with "should's"... Well:
SHALL is used in laws, regulations, or directives to express what is mandatory <it shall be unlawful to carry firearms>
SHOULD: is used to express what is probable or expected <with an early start, they should be here by noon>, or to express what is preferred or recommended but not what is legally required.
And that too might have a huge impact on any claim you might have.
As is always the case under these circumstances, your primary concern should be directed at getting your vehicle out of storage (obviously you'd have to pay for the towing and storage fees to do so) which would limit the total amount due; after that, you could then pursue a legal claim if you feel you're entitled to one.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!