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Advanced Towing Debacle in the Bean Good Parking Lot
  • Choogirl March 26, 2014 - 8:51 pm #102510 Reply

    This morning, I decided to work out of the Bean Good.   At around 12:30, I left the coffee shop to go back home and have lunch.  I got in my car, backed out of the space, and started to drive (on the right hand side of the parking lot) toward N. Quinn Street to take a left and head home.  I didn’t see the tow truck before I pulled out of the space but he was clearly blocking my way once I was out and already headed toward the parking lot exit.  It was the lunch rush hour so many cars were coming in the lot so I couldn’t go around him to get out.  A lot was happening at this time and at first I didn’t know what was happening:

    1. I saw a man leaning inside the minivan that was clearly the victim of the tow truck from the passenger side door.  I first assumed he was the owner getting cash for the drop.

    2. This same man then starting hooking the car up to the tow truck, clearly not the owner of the car, why was he inside the vehicle?

    3. I’m realizing that I can’t get out of the parking lot b/c he is blocking the entire parking lot at lunch time and right about this time, a good samaritan  in a silver car blocks the tow truck driver from the other side.

    4. I’m still an unwitting party to this fight but the tow truck driver decides to take it all out on me and starts yelling at me, “B**ch in the black car!  Back up and get out of here! Get the F*** out of here.  You can’t go this way!

    5. Now a car (also in a very legal way) pulls out of a parking space, drives on the right hand side of the parking lot, and pulls up behind me.  Tow truck driver flips.

    6.  I am now the subject of numerous f bombs and am stuck in the parking lot until he drops the mini van (in front of other parked vehicles of course) and backs up

    At what point do the owners of the businesses in that shopping center stop this crap?  It has to affect business.  It was lunch hour today and no one could get in or out of the parking lot thanks to this jerk, AND I ended up being on the receiving end of some serious expletives…completely uncalled for! I don’t condone illegal parking but some jerk tow truck driver blocking a busy parking lot and hurling expletives at drivers following the law shouldn’t be allowed.

     

    CrystalMikey March 27, 2014 - 8:32 am #102515 Reply

    Wow…it would have been hard to control my rage if he was yelling at me like that.  I already have a bad taste for that company since I observe their trucks consistently speed up and down Clarendon/Wilson Blvds.

    smiley456 March 27, 2014 - 8:45 am #102516 Reply

    Choogirl

    Suggest writing via snail mail, but providing copy via email the County Board, County Trespass Vehicle Towing, Advisory Board (real board, but check that this is the correct one) and the Bean Coffee Shop. Explain briefly what happened, that this behavior is unacceptable as the County licenses the tow company and business suffers. Edit each letter so it is specific to the role that each entity plays and state what you want each to do. The commission has “penalty” powers (I think). The business would (i guess) speak via the landlord. You get the idea. If you (and others) don’t complain the situation will never change.
    As for writing to the tow company, I would not, but ask the commission to do so, and “remind” them not to disclose any of your personal information (name, address, etc). At a minimum at provides a record and vents some frustration.

    BTW: the tow guy may have reached in the car to release the parking brake to allow rear wheels to rotate while towed.

    internet tourettes March 27, 2014 - 9:47 am #102524 Reply

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    KalashniKEV March 27, 2014 - 10:04 am #102526 Reply

    Suggest writing via snail mail, but providing copy via email the County Board…

    Just be sure to enclose a donation you think is greater than the sum of Advanced Towing’s disclosed political contributions plus their undisclosed contributions.

     

    smiley456 March 27, 2014 - 10:35 am #102529 Reply

    Board is made up of towing companies and the police with one “citizen” who is a political appointee. Their job is to approve rate increases

    Well, sort of:

    Per STATE law, in addition to rate issues, the board recommends towing regulation and polices to the Board. A recent ARlNow article discussed new regulations.

    Also, on Arlington board there are 3 law officials, 3 tow companies and 1 citizen. According to STATE law, the Board must consist of “equal number of representatives of local law enforcement agencies and representatives of licensed towing operators, and one member of the general public” Thus the tow operators do not have a guaranteed majority, and all recommendations are subject to Board approval.

    It’s fun to knock County processes, I guess. Smiley writes that with a smile, because…he’s smiley. :-)

    Swag March 27, 2014 - 11:26 am #102532 Reply

    2. This same man then starting hooking the car up to the tow truck, clearly not the owner of the car, why was he inside the vehicle?

    To release the parking brake (and look for anything that he could pocket, since they’re not responsible for missing valuables).

    In his defense, however, the guy was just doing his job and you were in his way.

    R. Griffon March 27, 2014 - 1:45 pm #102558 Reply

    The best thing to do in these situations is to stand your ground and calmly smile at the knucklehead as he gets more and more angry.  You’re there legally – he can’t do a damn thing to you.  So just sit back, silently smile, and enjoy the drama as he gets more and more wound up.

    Oh – and break out the cell phone camera to record a video if you can, just in case he does something stupid that you may have to prove later in court.  Bonus points if you can do it without him knowing.

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