Cubs, Sox fans scammed on parking during Crosstown Classic

- Cubs and White Sox fans may not see eye to eye on baseball. But fans of both teams are crying foul after they got scammed by phony parking lot attendants earlier this week.

It happened during Tuesday night's Crosstown Classic at The Cell.

"He's a Sox fan, we're Cubs fans,” said Maria Licea.

Licea and her boyfriend, Tim Edwards, and her mother and daughter, Donna and Alyse Lewis, were among dozens of fans who fell victim to an expensive scam outside US Cellular Field Tuesday night.
When they were turned away at the jam-packed Sox-owned lots, they headed west on Pershing and found another lot.

"These guys are literally in the middle of the street flagging us down to come park. I ask him how much, he says 20 bucks. So we pulled in,” Edwards said.

"They did look legit. And I asked them I said are you sure it's okay for us to park here? Oh yeah, no problem. My boss knows. It's his lot. You're good to go,” said Donna Lewis.

But when they returned to the lot after the ballgame, their cars were gone.

"There was a group of people in the lot and no cars. And everyone was just dumbfounded,” Licea said.

"I was like shoot, it's a scam. These people got 20 dollars from everybody,” Alyse Lewis said.

Cellphone video shows what happened when the fans went to the rendered towing lot about a mile away where their cars had been impounded.

When they tried to explain the situation to the woman behind the window, she just didn’t seem to care.

"She wasn't sympathetic. All of us were talking to her and she didn't care,” Maria Licea said.

"We called the police. The police came, they asked them this is a scam. Could you let them have their vehicles? The girl absolutely would not work with us,” Donna Lewis said.

Rendered Services is currently under investigation by the Illinois Commerce Commission after having been cited  373 times in the past four years.

A ripped sign is the only mention of rendered services that FOX 32 saw at the lot where the people were towed.

A man who answered the phone at the tow lot told FOX 32, "I feel sorry for these people, but there's really nothing I can do about it."

A spokesperson for the White Sox says they are aware of some parking lot scams near the ballpark and their security workers try to alert police when it happens.

They say they will forward a picture of the alleged scammer to Chicago police.

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