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Open letter to Phoenix airport parking facility that left me with missing cash and cigarette burn in seat

FastTrack Airport Parking aka
Parking Company Of America
3622 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 267-8780

RE: Theft and Vehicle Damage after Using Your E. Washington St. Phoenix Facility

Dear FastTrack Parking Facility:

I am disappointed, disturbed and incredibly disgusted by the service received from your airport parking facility in Phoenix. I had parked my 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix at your FastTrack lot, at 3622 E. Washington Street, on Friday, Dec. 23, and removed my car Monday, Dec. 26.

Although I had made an online reservation in advance, complete with a confirmation emailed to me, I was advised upon arrival there were no open parking spaces and my car would have to be double-parked and I would have to leave my keys.

“Are you OK with that?” the attendant asked. Since I had enough time to make my flight but not enough time to hunt for another parking facility – which is why I made advance reservations, mind you – I had no choice but to acquiesce.

My decision proved detrimental since I later found $60 worth of damage and $30 worth of cash missing from my vehicle.

The discovery was made Jan. 2 when I finally had a moment to wash and clean out my vehicle after my trip.

The theft and damage I discovered included the following:

  • Plastic bag containing $30 worth of quarters STOLEN from glove compartment
  • Cigarette butt in back seat ashtray, an ashtray that was never used since car was purchased in 1999
  • GIANT cigarette burn in back seat cover, faux fur grey leopard print @ $60
  • Disgusting stain on white area of faux fur grey leopard print seat covers in back seat, leading me to believe someone had messy sex and equally messy cigarette after sex.

The only passengers who ever use my back seat are my two dogs. They had given up smoking years ago and are either spayed or neutered. Therefore, the damage and cigarette butt were obviously left by humans while my car was parked at your facility.

I will admit it was stupid to leave $30 worth of quarters in my car. However, had I known my reservation was a farce and I was instead forced to leave my keys with your facility, I would have removed all valuables from my vehicle to deter sticky fingers.

Copies of this letter are being sent to the Better Business Bureau and posted on my blog in the hopes of deterring others from using your facility unless you clear up the matter in a timely and reasonable fashion.

Thanks for nothing but grief.


Ryn Gargulinski
Journalist, blogger and dissatisfied FastTrack customer

I have a photo of the cigarette burn, which almost looks as if someone purposely put out the cigarette on the seat cover. I can also supply a photo of my vehicle so the perpetrator can remember which car was targeted. The car is hard to miss, with black and white decals on a grey body.

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Best Gift for Family and Friends: Custom Tabloid Covers

Put your favorite folks front and center in bold headlines with custom tabloid covers. Best gift for family and friends who have tons of silly antics you can commemorate forever (and who doesn’t?).

Tabloid covers are crafted using at least five different photos and headlines based on personal experiences, location, likes and dislikes of recipient. The two pictured were for my parents in Michigan and my brother and sister-in-law in California. The glee on people’s faces when they open their custom tabloid cover is priceless — although I don’t think my brother appreciated the Arnie headline.

Prices start at $66 for standard cover with colors and tabloid name of your choice. Price includes ink jet print out on glossy photo paper, approx. 9 x 10 inches. Can get as elaborate as desired. Caricatures are also available to added comic effect. Email questions or for further details at

You might also like custom collages using images from special parties and gatherings. Check out an eyeball collage.

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Eyeball Art: Eyeball Collage as Great Gift Idea

You no longer have to settle for the ho-hum family photos at exciting gatherings – you can instead engage in artsy projects to REALLY give guests a photo to appreciate – like this striking and colorful eyeball collage.

Featured are a single eyeball from each guest at our Michigan Christmas Eve gathering. You can create similar artistic memories using ear shots, shoe shots (one of my faves!) or nose shots if you don’t mind nose hair.

Make sure to put your camera settings on extreme close-up and also make sure to let your guests know what you’re doing unless you want a whap in the face.

I’d be glad to create a collage using any ho-hum photos you want to send my way. Email for rates based on project:

You might also like the cool custom tabloid covers that served as gifts for my parents and brother and sis-in-law.

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Stanley the Sink: Yard Art Made from Bathroom Sink (for real)

Stanley the Sink doesn’t stink – he’s rub-a-dub clean, cute and ready to grace your yard. Much better than those folks who plaster their yards with a toilet.

Heavy, durable and a cool bluish green, Stanley started as a plain ol’ bathroom sink unwanted at a Tucson yard sale.

He came to the Rynski house and is now the pride of the yard, right

after the Medusa scarecrow, of course.

Stanley is fully weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use, although he’s probably not the best for actual use as a sink. You might knock into his metal eyeballs.

Stanley measures approx. 2.5 feet wide by 2 high by 2 feet deep and is HEAVY. He is a porcelain bathroom sink, after all.

Shipping charges could be discussed, although he’d be better off picked up.

Stanley sans shipping goes for $303. He makes a great barricade for falling fences or an anchor for those wayward trellises.

E-mail for more details or to order Stanley today.

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Kooky Kitty Cat: Upcycled Metal Yard Art

kooky kitty metal yard art
kooky kitty metal yard art
This clever and kooky kitty cat was saved from the depths of the dump and sweetly transformed into a bright, funky piece of yard art.

Fully weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use, Kooky Kitty comes complete with a bright pinkish reddish pink red coat with black accents and slitty funny eyes.

Kooky cat was a single piece of the metal that was lovingly cut with a welder and then folded into a three-dimensional cat that stands about 12-iches tall.

The entire piece measures approx. 12 high by 16 wide by 18 long and includes a silly little tail.

Perfect for cat lovers everywhere or all folks who dig fun stuff their yard.

Check out kooky kitty on Etsy.

Custom ideas welcome if you’d rather a Kooky Kitten or Flea-Bitten Dog. E-mail