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Car dealership apologizes for parking inventory in FSU garage opened as public hurricane shelter

Car dealership parks whole inventory in FSU garage opened as public hurricane shelter
Car dealership parks whole inventory in FSU garage opened as public hurricane shelter
Posted at 11:46 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 03:48:12-04

(RNN)- Florida State University opened its garages to the Tallahassee public to protect their cars from Hurricane Irma.

But a car dealership took space away from students and residents when it moved its entire inventory into the garages on Friday, according to FSU.com.

Students and Tallahassee residents took to social media to express their anger over Napleton Infiniti moving their new cars into a parking garage.

The car dealership responded to one poster saying they had permission. 

However, another screen grab posted on Reddit shows the Florida State University Police asked the cars be removed.

Napleton Infiniti had to remove the review section from Facebook after negative reviews, but that didn’t stop others from posting in the comments under other posts.

Sunday evening, The Florida State University official Twitter account addressed the issue, and the cars were removed.

The car dealership has sent the following statement:

"We at Napleton Infiniti of Tallahassee understand and appreciate your concerns. Since we opened our doors in July of 2011, we have supported Florida State University and the Tallahassee community. We value our relationship with FSU and are proud of our record of good corporate citizenship in Tallahassee. Napleton Infiniti was advised that it could park its cars in the FSU lots and genuinely believed it was allowed to do so. Unbeknownst to us, the FSU official who conveyed this information had no actual authority to speak on FSU’s behalf. We thank FSU for promptly bringing this matter to our attention. We are doing everything we can to get this resolved but have been impeded because of the aftermath of the storm. We pledge to get this fixed as quickly as possible. Rest assured that we would never knowingly park cars in a manner such as to deprive the public or the students of their ability to shelter their vehicles in an emergency."

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