“If you are parking in a lot, do the best you can to verify that that person actually works for the lot,” Nelson said.
Those duped into parking illegally are vulnerable to towing, though lot owners haven't taken it to that level yet, Nelson said.
As for the case of the stripped buffalo, a statement from MA+ Architecture said the staff dressed the herd in Thunder gear about a month ago. Thieves not only took the T-shirts, but purloined a buffalo, too.
The thieves may have gotten away, but they failed to dampen the spirits of the architectural firm's workers, reported Gary Armbruster, a principal and architect for the firm.
“We're like the Thunder, we never quit,” he said in the statement. “We're going to replace the missing buffalo and put new T-shirts on the herd. In fact, our ‘Tee-Pee' has been added with Thunder pennants on top. We're all excited about the Thunder's success and we are going to support them all the way through the season. We'll watch the herd a little closer.”
Contributing: Tiffany Gibson