I parked my car in a private parking lot, in Downtown Portland, Oregon.The mashine dispensing receipts(where you actually pay the fee to park) was located steps away from my car. I paid and placed the receipt on my dash. When I return to my car, there is a penalty notice on my windshield. This company claims I paid the fee at a machine belonging to another company, referring to a different lot, right next to the one I had parked.
They demand that I pay them 4 times the original fee, as a penalty. I refusse because I feel either they are being negligent in their layout of the two dispensing machines or they are doing this on purposse. It is only a few bucks but it is a matter of principle. The City of Portland says there is nothing they can do to stop this abuse and have the penalty dsmissed.
What is the worst it can happen if I don't pay.? Can they seize my car,trash my credit, place a lien on my property? This is not the police or the city or the courts. It is a private company.
Thank you so much,