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I was recently parked (in a rental) on a Saturday evening in the heart of Adams Morgan outside a rowdy place that shall remain nameless. On my way out, I noticed a deep gash on the side door and a slightly bent side mirror. Both of these damages were caused presumably by one of the newspaper stands that had fallen (likely been pushed) into the car. This seems like a perpless crime but I have been slapped with a large sum from the rental company (had limited insurance).
I see newspaper stands strewn on sidewalks on windy days. A fallen lamp post or something similar can be blamed on the City. I was wondering if anyone has had similar experience with a public/private piece damaging private property and if there’s some recourse. I do not know which stand damaged the car.