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(The Newspaper)   If police tow your car after an accident and never give it back, the city does not owe you $500 billion   ( divider line
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7513 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Jun 2012 at 1:47 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-08 05:20:23 PM  
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Johnnyflash: Submitted First With a Better Headline: My CSB towing story:

My car broke down in a lot that was very close to my home. I called my repair guy (who was a man-with-a-van, come-to-you sort of service), and he couldn't get to it until the next day. Well, I figured I'd be okay in the lot, since I was a member of the gym, etc. But I failed to take into account that the night club across the street had been creating parking problems.

So I wound up towed. My fault. Should have read better/thought ahead more. No biggie. But then I start trying to deal with the company.

First, they are way the fark away (like, far opposite side of Dallas), so I have to try to find a friend who can drive me out that way. That takes a few days. Notably, they're charging me more by the day.

Then they give me the wrong address, so that takes another day.

I finally find them, and the price they gave me over the phone was 'just the towing fee' or some shiat, so the actual price is more than double what I expected. They also only take a very few bullshiatty methods of payment, like Discover or money order.

By this point, it's not worth my money to get the car back, as it was going to be over a thousand dollars just to get the car, plus the cost of getting them to tow it to a mechanic, plus the cost of repairs, and my old junker just wasn't worth that. Besides, I didn't have Discover or a money order on me, so I'd have been charged even more by the time I managed to come back with their stupid MOP.

fark tow companies.

I'm with you, I hope I don't have to deal with something like that. I know for sure though, they would have suffered at least that amount or more in some type of "damage" to their property. I'd probably stalk one of their drivers, then flatten some tires, probably break out some windows, call them over and over to harass them, put up signs about them, etc. So did you retaliate? The place you dealt with knew exactly what they were doing, they scammed you, lied to you, gave stall tactics so you would just give up.

This is why cars should have a self-destruct mechanism in them. If your car is stolen by a thief or a towing company you should be able to send it a command to catch fire.

Come to think of it, having a stolen cell phone explode would be pretty gratifying too.

Self-destruct mechanisms for the win!
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