With cell phone camera, couple gets booting co. to back down - CBS46 News

With cell phone camera, couple gets booting company to back down

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

For nearly two years, the story has been the same.

Paying customers at businesses in Emory Village said a booting company has been preying on them, slapping locks on their cars then demanding $75 to take it off.

On Monday, an emergency room doctor and his wife refused to pay the money and caught on camera the man who runs Alpha Booting as he tried to walk away.

Tracey Pendley, her husband Andrew Pendley and their 2-year-old daughter Adeline left a Chipotle restaurant when they found a boot on their car.

Tracey Pendley said they stayed in the restaurant the whole time, but the man from Alpha Booting would not listen to them.

"He demanded $75 in cash," Tracey Pendley said.

The couple wouldn't give in.  

They followed the man, telling him they were customers.

"We had to lap around the parking lot a number of times to make sure he had not escaped," Andrew Pendley said.

The man ignored the couple, so they called the police.

"As soon as they showed up, he knew what he needed to do," Andrew Pendley said.

The man removed the lock.

The Pendleys did not have to pay.

CBS Atlanta called Frederick Johnson of Alpha Booting to get his side of the story, but he hung up as soon as we told him we were recording the conversation.

The Pendleys want to stop Alpha Booting.

"I want to see this guy lose his contract and I want to see him unable to do business," Andrew Pendley said.

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