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“I was stunned. I called my wife and said, ‘Somebody stole my coach,’” said Larry Socha, recalling how he ran some banking errands with his 90-year-old mother the Saturday morning before Memorial Day, returned to the Walmart parking lot in Glen Ellyn where he had spent the night, and discovered that his luxury 40-foot, 22.5-ton RV with the safe full of cash and the 25-foot trailer for his Mustang GT had been towed away by order of the WalMart manager.

2000 Prevost Marathon XL MotorcoachSocha, who drove his 2000 Prevost Marathon XL from his home in New Jersey to visit his mom in Glen Ellyn and attend his 50th high school reunion, has parked at several Wal-Marts during his travels and also supports campgrounds. He parked at Walmart this time not to save 30 or 40 bucks but because it would have taken him more than two hours to drive to the nearest campground and back.

He said that last year he left the same motorhome in the same Walmart parking lot for three or four days during a visit as his dad was dying. He said he didn’t even see the signs this time reading: “No truck parking. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at owner’s or operator’s expense & liability. Towing enforced at all times.”

“The manager did knock on the door a couple of times before calling for the tow truck”, Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said. “Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store lots as we are able,” reads a Walmart statement. “Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

Socha said he found the store on a website that lists free overnight parking, but Whaling said Wal-Mart doesn’t keep a list of what stores allow parking or how many people do park.

A Walmart customer and stockholder, Socha said he was upset that Walmart denied his claim to have the company pay his towing bill.

“Will I stop shopping there? No, I’m not a jerk,” Socha said. “I learned a lesson.”

He said he just wants to warn others and perhaps push Walmart to be a little more sensitive and communicative about this issue. There’s no use fighting over $872.50, which he said is basically “a tank of gas,” but he said he wouldn’t mind an admission that the situation could have been handled better.

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The Walmart parking lot in Williston, North Dakota, and the many people that have lived there during the past three years, have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, YouTube, NBC and countless other regional, national and even international media organizations.

The parking lot has been called a “mecca” for job seekers and Williston’s “pioneer square,” and has become notorious by longtime locals and newcomers alike.

For many who have come to Williston seeking a new job and a new life during the past few years, it is one of the first places they go -with a camper in tow.

No more. A section of the parking lot used to look like a trailer park. Every long-term trailer has been removed.

The parking lot has been the site of a continuing conflict of trailer-owners moving in, being ticketed and ordered off by law enforcement, sometimes moving out, and others moving in a constant ebb and flow.

Most Walmart stores around the country are more lenient with trailers and recreational vehicles parking overnight. The Williston Walmart has not allowed trailers to park overnight for some time. During the past year, store officials have routinely called police to come and ticket and tell those in the campers to leave.

By the next day, however, a new group of campers arrives, and the process begins anew.

At least, it used to.

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The RV community spoke and the City of Lake City listened.

Signs posted at Walmart that announced “No RV Camping or Sleeping Enforced,” were removed Feb. 3.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said City Manager Wendell Johnson.

Previously a flood of letters and e-mails were sent to the Lake City Reporter, as well as Johnson, opposing the enforcement. A letter was sent to Lake City Walmart District Manager Michael Brown that morning stating, “You are in no way obligated to have these signs posted and may remove them at your convenience.”
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Editor’s note: This issue came to our attention on January 31, 2011 and I posted this story: Florida City prohibits RVs’ overnight visits to Walmart There was no mention of Cecil Shaw, owner of E-Z Stop RV Park in the followup story though.

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