The pair said they began the business after Boot Sheisty’s car got booted at an apartment complex in April.
Rather than pay the city to have the boot removed, she called a friend who had a key that could unlock the boot. The two would eventually buy their own keys and
“ever since then, we just went on our bullsh”t,” Boot Sheisty told NPR.
The pair, who previously were beauticians, average about 40 boot removals daily, Boot Baby said. “It’s just a blessing, honestly.”
The pair further added that their business is helping everyday Georgians who they believe are being scammed to pay exorbitant fees to have boots removed from their cars.
“We have sued, I would presume, every single booting company in Georgia,” attorney Matt Wetherington told NPR. “We’re trying to stop what I consider piracy, because they’re seizing your property, and you’re not getting it back until you give them money, and your options for recourse are essentially nonexistent.”
In 2018, a vehicle owner was charged $650 to have a boot removed at a shopping center parking lot.
“It is a crazy thing to say the normal cure for an unauthorized entry on your property is to insist that the trespasser remain on your property,” Atlanta’s chief justice said in during a hearing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I mean, that’s nutso under any conception of the law. … Where in the world can you say a cure for trespass is to continue the trespass?”
The owner of the vehicle eventually took the case to Georgia’s Supreme Court, who ruled in the car owner’s favor.
Meanwhile, Boot Girls say they will continue to work to protect citizens from predatory booting companies.
“You know, we don’t really, we don’t look for no problem,” Boot Sheisty said. “We’re gonna expand and we’re also going to do it until we can’t.”