My question involves a private parking lot “fine” from the state of: Texas
My daughter parked in a private lot. Due to rather deceptively placed signs (only at an entrance coming from a dead end street; NOT at entrance from main street), she did not realize she had to pay. She went into a coffee shop for 5 minutes and returned to a “parking notice” with a “fine” of $75.
I know that the states of CO and CA have ruled such fines unlawful, determining owners of private lots may only charge the posted parking rate. Is there any such statute or municipal code in Texas?
I can list a Denver municipal code of Section 55-268 as an example (if I am reading and interpreting it correctly). In California, the AG specifically ruled against such fees or fines in 2011.
The parking company is threatening to turn it over to debt collection if we do not pay the “fine.”