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Tourist says she was scammed by fake attendant at parking garage

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Neither of these signs were posted in the area where Schlueter parked. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Neither of these signs were posted in the area where Schlueter parked. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
A woman visiting Memphis says she was scammed out of her money after a man posed as a downtown parking attendant. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A woman visiting Memphis says she was scammed out of her money after a man posed as a downtown parking attendant. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - A woman visiting Memphis says she was scammed out of her money after a man posed as a downtown parking attendant. Now she is fighting to get her money back.

When you drive into the Central Parking Garage, big red and white signs make it clear that there is no attendant on duty. That was not the case with the other entrance, as one tourist found out first hand.

Shelly Schlueter is visiting Memphis from St Louis celebrating her mother's 78th birthday. Her family went to see The Peabody ducks on Sunday. She parked in the Central Parking Garage where she says, a man was waiting at the entrance to collect her money.

"He was so confident ... I just did what I was told," said Schlueter.

Thinking he was a legitimate parking attendant, she gave him ten dollars to park. About twenty minutes later, Schlueter returned to the car to store bags of souvenirs and saw a boot on her car.

She couldn't believe what she saw, so she called the garage owners at Central Parking.

"They kept saying there was some signs near the entrance where you pay, I'm like no there's no sign," added Schlueter.

There were signs. One that said, "no parking attendant on duty," and the other that said, "pay uniformed Central Parking attendant on duty." But neither of these signs were posted in the area where Schlueter parked.

Driver Cornelius Brown said he didn't see them either.

"They need to put a sign right here from when you come in that you'll be able to see," said Brown.

Schlueter not only lost the $10 she paid to park, but she also had to come out of pocket to have the boot removed from her car.

"I just want my $125 back," noted Schlueter.

Schlueter says she hopes in the future that these red and white signs will be out at all entrances of this parking garage.

"This was confusing if you don't have if you're not use to paying a machine," she said.

Central Parking says the company that placed the boot on Schlueter's car will refund her money.

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