HOUSTON--Anywhere around Reliant Stadium on game day, the vehicles swarm like moths and the bright orange flag is the flame that is hard to miss.
"Prices are even more expensive than this, that’s why I didn’t mind paying 10 dollars for parking," says Alyssa Sanchez as she walks the four blocks over to the stadium after parking in a pay lot.
Plenty of people pay plenty more but on Interchange Street, the question is ‘Why?’
There are four blocks of open spaces on the street--easily room for hundreds of cars--except that there are no parking signs facing the street.
"I’m just afraid I am going get towed. That’s what I am scared of. Because I don’t want to pay a $500 fine," Sanchez says.
The city isn’t towing because it is perfectly legal to park here, no matter what the signs say.
"It has nothing to do with the city. It has to do with the property here. That’s all it is. It is not that people can’t park on the street. They can. It is a public street," says Kent Maree of Front Row Parking.
Maree runs the pay lot here and swears the no parking signs are not intended to keep people from parking on the street, which would forcing them into his pay lot.
"They should know the difference between trying to protect the property and no parking on the street," he said.
People we talked to don’t know the difference and were swayed by the questionable signage.
"Really I would not know how to tell," said Bernard Wilson, a game day parker who says he was told to go to the pay lot and bypass the open street parking.
There is one way to tell which signs are legitimate and which signs might not be. The city signs don’t use words, just symbols.
Bernard Wilson feels duped.
"I guess in this economy, everybody is trying to make a buck. I don’t think that it is right," he said.
Adam Chavez bypassed the street and paid $10.
"I wish I would have known that. That’s 10 bucks in my pocket. I think that is sneaky because they are making money," he said.