The child, the son of a high-tech millionaire, was left in the car for a minute while the family’s nanny took her other charge into their apartment building. A municipal tow truck took him for a ride to a city impound lot. His condition was defined as good despite his ordeal. He was found sleeping in the vehicle’s back seat and was returned home safely.
When the nanny returned to the car to remove the four-year-old and discovered the vehicle was being towed, she began to chase the truck, hitching a ride with a passerby who agreed to follow the car to the impound lot. At the same time, the nanny called the police and paramedics.
The parking enforcement officer, the tow truck driver, and the child’s nanny were all detained for questioning by the Tel Aviv police in an effort to discover how such an incident could have occured.
The Tel Aviv municipality responded to the incident, telling Yedioth Aharonoth: “The municipality regrets the incident, the procedure will be clarified, and the incident will be investigated.”
Tel Aviv council member Sharon Luzon (City for All) spoke out harshly against municipal parking policies: “This unfortunate incident shows the eagerness of the Tel Aviv municipality, coming to carry out inspection and enforcement to increase income… Because of the pressure on [the parking enforcement officers] their judgment was impaired.”
Tel Aviv is well known for its harsh parking policies and the swift towing of illegally parked vehicles.