Like when someone parks in a private parking space for whatever reason. Couldn't a simple tiket and small fine suffice as proportional punishment? Especially if they didn't mean to park in the wrong spot or only parked there for a couple minutes.
But when I watch those reality shows where they tow peoples cars...
I mean com'n! Some of these people could be miles away from their damn homes without any access to additional transportation, and they may need their vehicle for other daily things. Not to mention the impound lots and DMV's charge an arm and a leg and are innefeicent bureacracies that make people waste absurd amounts of time with paper work and all that.
As far as I'm concerned car towing (under most circumstances) is diproportionate punishment and theft by the state.