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(Fox 46 Charlotte)   Trucks deliver food to markets to help with shortages do they get A) Praised for their efforts? B) Cheered by hungry shoppers? or C) Booted and charged $3,000 for being in a tow-away zone?   (fox46charlotte.com) divider line
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2020-03-29 11:30:50 AM  
I'm going with C.  I've been here a while.

/Also, governments have to recoup that sweet income somehow.
 
2020-03-29 12:21:13 PM  
Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.
 
2020-03-29 12:55:55 PM  

ski9600: I'm going with C.  I've been here a while.

/Also, governments have to recoup that sweet income somehow.


The government isn't getting the money. Private tow companies are. A number of states and cities have really stepped up regulation on actual towing of vehicles from private property. So the impound companies switched to booting, which for a long time also went unregulated.
A lot of local goverrments and property owners got tired of big parking lots near highways and industrial areas becoming ersatz truck stops. So they either put in a "no truck parking" or "no overnight parking" law or rule and started ticketing (government), or booting, or towing (property owner).
You also see more and more "no trucks" signs and ordinances. But heavy stuff like fitness equipment, backyard play sets, shed kits, and DIY flooring isn't coming on a UPS or FedEx step van, or Amazon Sprinter. It's coming on a tractor-trailer.
 
2020-03-29 2:35:32 PM  
I could see all three happening
 
2020-03-29 3:17:55 PM  

Unobtanium: ski9600: I'm going with C.  I've been here a while.

/Also, governments have to recoup that sweet income somehow.

The government isn't getting the money. Private tow companies are. A number of states and cities have really stepped up regulation on actual towing of vehicles from private property. So the impound companies switched to booting, which for a long time also went unregulated.
A lot of local goverrments and property owners got tired of big parking lots near highways and industrial areas becoming ersatz truck stops. So they either put in a "no truck parking" or "no overnight parking" law or rule and started ticketing (government), or booting, or towing (property owner).
You also see more and more "no trucks" signs and ordinances. But heavy stuff like fitness equipment, backyard play sets, shed kits, and DIY flooring isn't coming on a UPS or FedEx step van, or Amazon Sprinter. It's coming on a tractor-trailer.


And when a tow company can make three grand for an hours work towing a truck, they're gonna be all over it.  This happened near me- i'm a couple miles from the Walmart in the article- and when it showed up on NextDoor yesterday there were a good number of people with similar experiences.
 
2020-03-29 4:14:15 PM  
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2020-03-29 4:15:54 PM  
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2020-03-29 4:16:32 PM  
"We not a predatory company."

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2020-03-29 4:17:46 PM  

no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


While the tow guy is busy booting some rig, sneak up and boot his truck
 
2020-03-29 4:20:06 PM  

no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.



It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.
 
2020-03-29 4:21:22 PM  
If you're looking to kill quarantine time, I went down this rabbit hole one day....

https://m.youtube.com/user/gtoger/vid​e​os
 
2020-03-29 4:21:25 PM  
After much experience with the towing industry:
1. There's not a single individual in it who isnt a sack of human garbage.
2. They are right there with SS officers, TSA and cops.
 
2020-03-29 4:23:36 PM  
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2020-03-29 4:24:54 PM  
Tow truck companies are owned and operated by sentient piles of excrement.  That's not an insult.  I'm just repeating what I learned in biology class.
 
2020-03-29 4:26:47 PM  
If I were a wealthy vindictive man I would drive around as a fake tow company booting tow trucks.
 
2020-03-29 4:30:44 PM  
Mango Mussolini ordered this treasonous act
 
2020-03-29 4:31:00 PM  

nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.


I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."
 
2020-03-29 4:31:13 PM  
I'm understanding of delivery trucks' problems, but many park anywhere they want despite obvious signage and usually get away with it. I see it routinely at my nearest shopping plaza, routinely saw it at the last town's mall, and in both cases in lots well-patrolled by police that didn't ticket them.

UPS and other parcel drivers are the worst. Sure, they're usually pretty quick about it, but at many offices they're popular with the girls and stay there a long time chatting or are going floor to floor and office to office with packages or picking up the outgoing packages and chatting with ever more people. I see it as like speeding tickets. They might have been excessively nailed this time but are still ahead of the game factoring in the countless times they got away with it.
 
2020-03-29 4:40:57 PM  
jimjays:

"many park anywhere they want despite obvious signage and usually get away with it. I see it routinely at my nearest shopping plaza, *snip*

Now might not be the time to worry about trucks parking in empty lots.
 
2020-03-29 4:41:19 PM  
We're all in this together. Now excuse me, I see some easy money over there.
 
2020-03-29 4:41:58 PM  
This is exactly what happens when you turn over government functions to the "free market".
 
2020-03-29 4:42:03 PM  

whither_apophis: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.

While the tow guy is busy booting some rig, sneak up and boot his truck


I know quite a few OTR truck drivers and a few tow truck drivers....
It would be a reenactment of the OK Corral. This is not cool.
 
2020-03-29 4:42:18 PM  
No good deed goes unpunished.
 
2020-03-29 4:43:04 PM  

Bslim: After much experience with the towing industry:
1. There's not a single individual in it who isnt a sack of human garbage.
2. They are right there with SS officers, TSA and cops.


To be fair, TSA  may sometimes give an unwelcome squeeze to the balls,
but they seldom bend you over and screw you.


/$3000 now
/or $4000 if we move you
/they must have to pay three or four guys to carry that boot
 
2020-03-29 4:43:06 PM  

jimjays: I'm understanding of delivery trucks' problems, but many park anywhere they want despite obvious signage and usually get away with it. I see it routinely at my nearest shopping plaza, routinely saw it at the last town's mall, and in both cases in lots well-patrolled by police that didn't ticket them.

UPS and other parcel drivers are the worst. Sure, they're usually pretty quick about it, but at many offices they're popular with the girls and stay there a long time chatting or are going floor to floor and office to office with packages or picking up the outgoing packages and chatting with ever more people. I see it as like speeding tickets. They might have been excessively nailed this time but are still ahead of the game factoring in the countless times they got away with it.


Everywhere I've worked the Fedex/UPS guys haul ass to get in and out.  Perhaps we are just ugly.
 
2020-03-29 4:43:48 PM  
I have a feeling a call from Walmart headquarters will resolve that situation.

/ they may be an evil corporation
// but they understand trucks are important
/// because
 
2020-03-29 4:44:11 PM  
A majority of Americans still don't comprehend what is happening.
 
2020-03-29 4:44:30 PM  
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2020-03-29 4:44:43 PM  
Brown says they were just doing their job.
"We are not a predatory company," he said.


Bullshiat. $3000 to remove the boot?

I think I may start up a business that removes boots for a couple hundred dollars.
I'd leave them in the parking lots, so it's not like I'm stealing them.
 
2020-03-29 4:46:18 PM  

Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.

I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."


And within minutes of this discussion this was posted on the business tab;

Prisma Health announces furloughs amid coronavirus crisis, citing dramatic income loss

Profits over people....
 
2020-03-29 4:48:32 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: jimjays: I'm understanding of delivery trucks' problems, but many park anywhere they want despite obvious signage and usually get away with it. I see it routinely at my nearest shopping plaza, routinely saw it at the last town's mall, and in both cases in lots well-patrolled by police that didn't ticket them.

UPS and other parcel drivers are the worst. Sure, they're usually pretty quick about it, but at many offices they're popular with the girls and stay there a long time chatting or are going floor to floor and office to office with packages or picking up the outgoing packages and chatting with ever more people. I see it as like speeding tickets. They might have been excessively nailed this time but are still ahead of the game factoring in the countless times they got away with it.

Everywhere I've worked the Fedex/UPS guys haul ass to get in and out.  Perhaps we are just ugly.


UPS and I assume same with Fedex - the management tracks the GPS on the truck and rides the drivers arse if they are delayed by x minutes. Before GPS tracking, they drove around tracking them. This is why you see the drivers on a constant run, not hang around chatting with the office clerks.
 
2020-03-29 4:55:16 PM  
$3k for a goddamn boot? At that's not predatory how? I forsee some dead ass tow truck drivers.

If I'm on your jury, I'm not convicting you.
 
2020-03-29 4:56:50 PM  
I like how people think predatory towing companies and towing companies are two different things.
 
2020-03-29 4:57:55 PM  

jimjays: UPS and other parcel drivers are the worst.


You seems to be confusing things.  The trucks booted were not the box trucks of UPS and FedEx delivery.  These were 18-wheeler long haul trucks according to the pics in the article.
 
2020-03-29 4:58:54 PM  

nyseattitude: Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.

I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."

And within minutes of this discussion this was posted on the business tab;

Prisma Health announces furloughs amid coronavirus crisis, citing dramatic income loss

Profits over people....


There's a thread about that floating around here somewhere.  In it it was pointed out that the layoffs were said to be of administrative staff of say plastic surgeons or others that deal mainly with elective issues that aren't being done right now (presumably the plastic surgeons & their nurses were told to take their butts over to the ER or somewhere else to be useful).  So if that's the case, I can sort of see justification for it.

Anyway, not to threadjack away from pretty much all truck drivers are evil and should be shot into a most hospital administrators need a good beating direction....
 
2020-03-29 4:59:17 PM  

Russ1642: I like how people think predatory towing companies and towing companies are two different things.


Like anything, a well regulated service can provide a decent service without being assholes about things.  If you have an unregulated/unmonitored situation, it can get out of hand very very very quickly.
 
2020-03-29 5:00:04 PM  
And if I had read your post closer I would have seen that you said it was in the business tab ... alas
 
2020-03-29 5:09:17 PM  

MythDragon: $3k for a goddamn boot? At that's not predatory how? I forsee some dead ass tow truck drivers.

If I'm on your jury, I'm not convicting you.


No shiat. Security at the Palazzo/Venetian charges $100 to remove The Barnacle...what makes these assholes so farking special they think they can get away with charging 3 grand?
 
2020-03-29 5:09:58 PM  

Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.

I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."

And within minutes of this discussion this was posted on the business tab;

Prisma Health announces furloughs amid coronavirus crisis, citing dramatic income loss

Profits over people....

There's a thread about that floating around here somewhere.  In it it was pointed out that the layoffs were said to be of administrative staff of say plastic surgeons or others that deal mainly with elective issues that aren't being done right now (presumably the plastic ...


Honestly, it's hard for me to believe a corporate form letter now a day..

I have a feeling we're going to see the snowball effect sooner than later.

Kennedy Center just got $25 Million in bailout money then laid everyone off even though money was included to pay for employees.

"The bailout was designed to "cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its affiliates, including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers," according to the law's text."
 
2020-03-29 5:10:20 PM  

Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.

I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."


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2020-03-29 5:11:09 PM  

SpaceyCat: Russ1642: I like how people think predatory towing companies and towing companies are two different things.

Like anything, a well regulated service can provide a decent service without being assholes about things.  If you have an unregulated/unmonitored situation, it can get out of hand very very very quickly.


You really think a few regulations will fix the steaming shiat-pile that is the average towing company?
 
2020-03-29 5:16:00 PM  

August11: A majority of Americans still don't comprehend what is happening.


I do, just not all at once.

I don't like what I think I see see coming.
 
2020-03-29 5:19:07 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Brown says they were just doing their job.
"We are not a predatory company," he said.

Bullshiat. $3000 to remove the boot?

I think I may start up a business that removes boots for a couple hundred dollars.
I'd leave them in the parking lots, so it's not like I'm stealing them.


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In your case, Angle Grinder Inc.
 
2020-03-29 5:22:21 PM  

SpaceyCat: If you have an unregulated/unmonitored situation, it can get out of hand very very very quickly.


So I can take it you're in favor of "job-killing regulations"?

/thought that was the stupidest phrase ever
 
2020-03-29 5:28:03 PM  

Russ1642: You really think a few regulations will fix the steaming shiat-pile that is the average towing company?


No, but it will make shutting down those companies.  Now, there is generally no recourse.
 
2020-03-29 5:29:43 PM  
"We are not a predatory company," he said.

lol... fark you. These companies are predatory all over the place. They hire people to watch parking lots and immediately call in cars/trucks that park in the wrong lot. Tow trucks circling the area immediately descend to boot or tow the offending vehicle. Then they charge insanely high fees to get the vehicle back because WTF choice do you have? It's a racket.
 
2020-03-29 5:32:31 PM  

spleef420: MythDragon: $3k for a goddamn boot? At that's not predatory how? I forsee some dead ass tow truck drivers.

If I'm on your jury, I'm not convicting you.

No shiat. Security at the Palazzo/Venetian charges $100 to remove The Barnacle...what makes these assholes so farking special they think they can get away with charging 3 grand?


The defroster removes it for free.
 
2020-03-29 5:33:20 PM  

nyseattitude: Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: Recoil Therapy: nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.

I was just telling MrsRT about this story & her reaction was that we're about one month away from summary executions for shiat like this.  People are going to realize that we all have to work together to get through this, & do what we can to make life easier for those doing things to keep life running for the rest of us (delivery drivers like this (food, maybe not the playsets mentioned upthread), utility worker, medical workers, police, fire, etc).  If you do/tell others to do something that crosses a certain level of assholeishness, don't be too surprised to find a mob with pitchforks and torches on your front door.

And the communities' reaction will probably be along the lines of that old Texas standard ... "He needed killin'..."

And within minutes of this discussion this was posted on the business tab;

Prisma Health announces furloughs amid coronavirus crisis, citing dramatic income loss

Profits over people....

There's a thread about that floating around here somewhere.  In it it was pointed out that the layoffs were said to be of administrative staff of say plastic surgeons or others that deal mainly with elective issues that aren't being done right now (presuma ...


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , which recently completed a $250 million renovation, received $41 million from taxpayers in 2019, but faced massive deficits after shutting its doors on March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

[Kennedy Center] President Rutter went on a media blitz to highlight the cultural hub's struggles, telling the Washington Post that she would forego her $1.2 million salary during the closure.
 
2020-03-29 5:39:31 PM  

nyseattitude: no_tan_lines: Tow Co should have their business licence suspended. In the one case they have the GPS log to prove the truck was parked for a few minutes while the driver got take out food. Refund that fine immediately. Semi's do not fit thru the drive through so they gotta park somewhere while the driver gets something to eat. The trucker who was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot with permission? Refund that fine immediately. No waiting 30 to 60 days, right now, today - reimburse them.


It's only a matter of time before people start killing others for actions like these. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see one of the Republican Governors that failed to take action and dismissed the threat killed by one of his own constituents.


That may be true, but NC has a Democratic governor who has done miles more than our last one, Pat McCrory, would have.

/Take out our Senators, instead
 
2020-03-29 5:39:55 PM  

Kittypie070: [Kennedy Center] President Rutter went on a media blitz to highlight the cultural hub's struggles, telling the Washington Post that she would forego her $1.2 million salary during the closure.


That woman is a saint.
 
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