What better way to say welcome to the neighborhood than to tow dozens of cars of shoppers excited to visit Trader Joe's on opening day!
So how was the shopping experience?
Some caught up in the frenzy were not even visiting Trader Joe's and were properly parked:
Arthur Rothenberg enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the Roasters ‘N’ Toasters deli in Pinecrest Friday afternoon. But the retired Miami-Dade circuit judge wasn’t too happy when he finished his turkey wrap and went out to the parking lot to find his car was gone.This is why I love Judge Rothenberg.
It had been towed because someone in management at the Dadeland Plaza shopping center thought he was a customer of the new Trader Joe’s grocery store next door.
“To bolster my credibility, I told them I was a judge because I was furious,” said Rothenberg, who was able to get his car back without paying. “But what about all the other people who are being towed recklessly, who don’t have the fortune to pay the fine, and who don’t have the credibility to bolster their case?”
First, he wasn't even visiting the new must-purchase-first-day-shopping-mecca-of-the-moment; he was eating at a deli!
Second, despite his being able to talk his way out of the ticket, he is most concerned with the less fortunate among us who may not be so lucky.
Finally, he still thinks being a local judge confers real credibility (ok, of course I'm joking about the last part).
Interesting and highly endearing fact about Judge Rothenberg -- along with Borscht Belt greats such as Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, and Red Buttons, Judge Rothenberg was once a "tummler" in the Catskills!
(Trust me, these are good skills to have at 73 West Flagler.)