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More snow problems at garages

When Ken Stein walked back to his reserved Metro parking spot Tuesday, he was greeted with a white, cold surprise. Snow had been pushed off the upper deck of the Glenmont parking garage and onto his car, shattering his windshield and damaging his front bumper.

"I looked up and said, 'Oh, that's interesting,' and then I got in the car and said, 'That's really interesting,' " when he spotted his broken windshield.

In his estimation, there were 20 other cars covered with snow. Drivers had to pass around a shovel, he said.

That same day, Metro officials had said that maintenance crews weren't pushing snow off the upper levels of its garages for fear of hindering parking on other levels. Snow removal has been a difficult process on those decks because crews can't use heavy equipment such as snowplows due to weight restrictions, agency spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said.

He labeled Tuesday's incident at Glenmont as "inadvertent." People who had their cars damaged should contact Metro if they want to file claims.

Stein won't be one of them. He said he didn't want to "open that little of can of worms." Instead, the jewelry store owner is going to let his insurance company foot the bill -- almost $900.

-- Nicole Norfleet

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  
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Can of worms or not, I think Mr.Stein should file a claim with Metro.
They need to know how damaging their employee's actions are.

Posted by: RedBird27 | February 19, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I would like to know if Mr. Stein is going to tell his insurance company who damaged his car or just lie to them and make his fellow policy holders pay for his lie.

Posted by: member5 | February 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure his insurance company will ask...

That being said, its the insurance company's job to file the claim against Metro. That's one of the whole points of having insurance, so the insurance company takes care of all the hassle of making claims, filling out paperwork, etc. I think Mr. Stein is making the right decision by not wanting to wade into the waters of making a claim against Metro himself.

Posted by: thetan | February 19, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Of course its the insurance company's job to file the claim against Metro, but the article makes it sound like he is planning to lie and say he doesn't know who did it in order to get the quick payout.

But then again, it will either be fellow insured drivers or taxpayers as a whole who pay this. Metro Lies, you pay.

Posted by: member5 | February 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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