Another Walmart Bans Overnight Parking...

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Marc Lee's Comment
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This was inevitable! Formerly vacant store in adjacent lot is now a Home Store. Location of sign was former "vagabond encampment". (Trucks, trailers, buses, RV's... I think even a removable camper "top" (removed from the pickup bed)).

Now it looks like this:

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This is off Gammon Road in Middleton (Madison) WI...

Rubber Duck's Comment
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What happens when a cop shows up to move you out of a place like that? Anyone ever get a ticket? I squat at a lot of places without asking for permission to take a 10. I have my favorite Walmart’s across the east coast that get me in a good position. I check trucker path reviews and if they seem favorable I go for it. Them signs don’t deter me at all and I’ve never had a problem yet. I’ll shut down right next to the sign that says tow away at owners expense. I’m just wondering if I’m risking a fine or if they would just ask me to move out. So has anyone ever got in big trouble squatting before? And could they really tow me while I’m in the truck?

Old School's Comment
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I squat at a lot of places without asking for permission to take a 10.

Why is it so hard for you to ask permission? That's basic communication and courtesy. You've made yourself part of the problem that is affecting all of us.

I understand the strategy of parking in convenient places - I do it also, but I make sure I've got permission before I risk being fined, towed, or having a boot installed on my truck.

PackRat's Comment
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What happens when a cop shows up to move you out of a place like that? Anyone ever get a ticket? I squat at a lot of places without asking for permission to take a 10. I have my favorite Walmart’s across the east coast that get me in a good position. I check trucker path reviews and if they seem favorable I go for it. Them signs don’t deter me at all and I’ve never had a problem yet. I’ll shut down right next to the sign that says tow away at owners expense. I’m just wondering if I’m risking a fine or if they would just ask me to move out. So has anyone ever got in big trouble squatting before? And could they really tow me while I’m in the truck?

Works great till some tow company comes out that night and puts a boot on your tire.

Not good advice to follow folks.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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If I parked at a Walmart, I always went in and did my shopping and then went to ask permission so the manager could see I was a customer. Not saying this is a sure-fire practice, but I was never denied permission, and even once when the no parking signs were posted. Besides, Schneider's company policy is to always ask permission.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Your on private property they can have you towed

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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They can’t tow you while you are in the truck. But they can, if you refuse to get out, arrest you for trespassing AND tow you.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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National Walmart policy is no trucks and they all have no parking signs. The stores managers use their discretion and many in smaller towns rely on the truckers to shop.

Call ahead. Most that absolutely do not allow it are usually tight with mulch cut outs and no turn room...or had issues with trucks in the oast leaving trash and human waste.

Some have low clearance bars so be careful and there are two in GA that will have the police boot your truck!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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G Town just informed me that I am wrong. So let's correct my last statement.

In Illinois, Walmart was fined by the locals for allowing truck parking. At that time, the Walmart spokesperson stated that Walmart allows parking, however, due to local ordinances, tightness of some stores, and the possibility of Walmart not owning the location, the parking situation is left up to the managers. When I ran dedicated Walmart loads out of Olney, Il and Lewiston ME, we were permitted to park at all Walmart's since we pulled Walmart trailers. There were only 2 that I remember that had the cart corrals or mulch and we just parked along back or the side street.

When I call, many of the stores say something of the effect of "Walmart's policy is to post the no parking signs, but we allow it." That is where I improperly made the assumption that it was national policy. Trucker Path called every store in the nation and came up with this:

"Trucker Path Chief Business Officer Chris Oliver said the company called every Walmart in the U.S. and asked if the store was truck-friendly when the feature first launched.

Of about 5,400 stores, about 2,700 reported having truck parking."

Thanks G Town.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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In my home state of Arkansas a walmart in Searcy has clearance bars to keep trucks out but the Lonoke walmart has striped and painted parking lanes strictly for truck parking. The store in Lonoke closes from midnight till like 7am or something like that. But it seems different stores have different rules regarding trucks. Lonoke is off the I40 a bit east of Little Rock if anyone needs to use the walmart to park or shop.

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