Airlines aren’t the only companies feeling the heat for socking their customers with hidden fees. Moving companies, too, are being accused of padding their bills by hitting customers with extra labor charges or strange . In fact, the number of complaints lodged against moving companies soared 21 percent last year, to 3, 034, from the prior year, according to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.
One New York man obviously not content with merely filing a complaint sued his local mover for what he claims are excessive charges. David Kirsch, the owner of Manhattan’s Madison Square Club gym and the personal trainer for actress and model Kate Upton, filed suit against The Padded Wagon for misleading its customers. The suit, filed in Bronx state court, seeks class action status.
The mover charged him more than the New York maximum moving rate and tacked on fees for parking tickets — which it didn’t even have to pay, the lawsuit, filed by the Mayer Law Group, alleges. In 2015, the Padded Wagon moved Kirsch from his West 24th Street apartment to Tribeca charging him $49 an hour for each mover — well above the maximum $35 an hour rate allowed in the Big Apple, court papers claim. Kirsch paid 10 men for 14 hours of labor totalling nearly $7, 000, it is alleged.
Padded Wagon also allegedly charged him $130 for moving tickets. However, moving companies receive an abatement for the cost of parking tickets through the New York City Commercial Abatement Program. Roughly 36 million Americans will move this year, that’s nearly 1 in 9 persons across the country — so unnecessary fees can be a widespread problem.
The Post reached the owners of the Padded Wagon who declined comment..