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In familiar refrain, Emory students complain of unfair booting

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The story is familiar.

Students park their cars in a lot at Emory Village, go into a restaurant for lunch, but when they walk out they see a sight that gives them indigestion.

"I found my car was booted," said Clarence Chen, who recently graduated from Emory University's Goizueta Business School.

Students have complained that, for years, Alpha Booting Company has swooped in and booted legally parked cars.

Chen is the latest student who said he was caught in the same predicament.

Chen went to Zoe's Kitchen to celebrate his graduation, but when he finished his lunch he saw a bright green sticker plastered onto his window and a man, who was identified as Frederick Johnson,  standing nearby.

"I was shocked," Chen said. "He asked for $75."

Chen showed his receipt, verifying he ate at the restaurant around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dawson McGough, general manager for Zoe's Kitchen, had a different opinion.

"(Johnson) said he saw him go across the street to campus," McGough said.

McGough defended Alpha Booting.

"He's doing exactly what he's supposed to be doing," McGough said.

Larry Convington, who manages Romeo's Pizza, said he has seen too many students park in the lot then leave the property.

"A lot of students pull up here and park their cars and go directly across the street and be over there three to four hours and then come back and see their cars booted," Covington said. "In my opinion, he's doing an excellent job."

Chen insisted that he did not leave the restaurant until he finished his lunch.

"I think it's not fair. It's not possible for us to spend money, time and energy to fight with the company. It's very costly," Chen said.

The Better Business Bureau gave Alpha Booting an "F" rating in 2011, but currently lists the company with no rating due to a lack of recent complaints.

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