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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-05-26 6:12:59 PM  
In the USA tow truck rivalries in some places got so bad that cities made it illegal to respond to a wreck without being called by the police. Police had a list they were supposed to rotate through. In my area you have to pay a kickback to get on the approved tow company list. For example, pay the town $15 per tow opportunity.
 
2020-05-26 7:32:07 PM  
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2020-05-26 7:35:28 PM  

weilawei: [Fark user image 362x362]


This. My first thought was 'modern-day version of TPBs'?
 
2020-05-26 7:36:40 PM  
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The Canadian equivalent would be "Moose Knuckle", which isn't really a good name for a tow-truck company, so I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.
 
2020-05-26 7:37:51 PM  
"Say, that's a real nice tow truck you got there.  Be a real shame if sumpin was to happen to it.  And you had to call me to tow it for you..."
 
2020-05-26 7:39:07 PM  
Canada tire money...serious business.
 
2020-05-26 7:44:43 PM  
Sons of Canarchy?
 
2020-05-26 7:45:22 PM  
These guys are nuts! Vultures!

One need only be on the road close to an accident & you will see them flying around you, on the shoulder, cutting off cars, all to get to the spot first. I've seen them racing one another for this "opportunity".

They've also been known to fight with customers who try to use alternative companies. Those that comply get hefty towing bills $1,000+

Good riddance!
 
2020-05-26 7:46:43 PM  
US tow truck drivers smile condescendingly.
 
2020-05-26 7:48:29 PM  
Tow Truck Industry in Ontario has been filled with scum bag douches for a while.
Not all are bad but i remember a TV show that aired a long time ago and it was the daily routine of various tow truck operators.
Kinda like a Trial Run for the Highway Through Hell and 401 Heavy Rescue shows but dealt with just regular cars.
Anyways, this one tow truck guy had a SLOW DAY, 0 tows. He ventured all day always missing so he did literally nothing all day. Sat around, went home for dinner, sat in the truck some more.
Then he finally got a call, a senior couple went into the ditch.
He charged them like almost $800.00 to take them out. Said its super busy and that's the going rate, take it or leave it and it could be 5 to 6 hours till a tow comes for them.
That episode has always stayed in my mind and to this day i see nothing but opportunistic scumbags behind the wheels of those rip off trucks.
 
2020-05-26 7:51:39 PM  
And just 250 miles north of there several police officers were recently charged with being in cahoots with towing companies. So business as usual.
 
2020-05-26 7:55:00 PM  
Shadiest person I ever met was a tow truck driver.

For point of reference, I've met people who are members of 1%er motorcycle clubs and setting members of Congress (both parties).
 
2020-05-26 7:55:17 PM  

gar1013: Shadiest person I ever met was a tow truck driver.

For point of reference, I've met people who are members of 1%er motorcycle clubs and setting members of Congress (both parties).


Ack. Sitting, not setting.
 
2020-05-26 7:56:00 PM  
What the hell are "high-end lorries"? lol
 
2020-05-26 7:57:18 PM  

TotallyRealNotFake: Tow Truck Industry in Ontario has been filled with scum bag douches for a while.
Not all are bad but i remember a TV show that aired a long time ago and it was the daily routine of various tow truck operators.
Kinda like a Trial Run for the Highway Through Hell and 401 Heavy Rescue shows but dealt with just regular cars.
Anyways, this one tow truck guy had a SLOW DAY, 0 tows. He ventured all day always missing so he did literally nothing all day. Sat around, went home for dinner, sat in the truck some more.
Then he finally got a call, a senior couple went into the ditch.
He charged them like almost $800.00 to take them out. Said its super busy and that's the going rate, take it or leave it and it could be 5 to 6 hours till a tow comes for them.
That episode has always stayed in my mind and to this day i see nothing but opportunistic scumbags behind the wheels of those rip off trucks.


Same issue in my home town.  Towing fees were capped by the state and they were extremely high.  There were essentially no caps on all of the extra fees (like weekend, after hours, pay by CC) or for the tow yard.  You then had things like parking lot sweeps, where if the last business in a strip mall closes at 11 PM, a fleet of trucks would tow every remaining car at 11:01.  It wasn't uncommon for people to receive $1000+ bills if they got caught up in the mess.
 
2020-05-26 8:01:52 PM  
So is this one of the reasons they refer to themselves as being in Canuckistan?  I thought it was just joking
 
2020-05-26 8:01:59 PM  
CSB: One officer in my home city police department is a legend for getting two DUIs at the same traffic stop. He pulls over a guy who is obviously drunk and calls the tow truck company that has the city contract. The tow truck driver shows up and right in front of the police car the driver stumbles down out of the cab to basically face-plant on the pavement. He gets up and has to have both hands on the side of the truck as he tries to stumble to the back. The cop gets out of the car and goes to see what the problem is when the DUI in the back seat of his cruiser screams "THAT TOW TRUCK DRIVER IS DRUNKER THAN I AM!" Sure enough, the driver had been down at the lakefront doing some fishing at night while he was on call. He had "Maybe two beers" but was totally blotto when he showed up for the tow. The sergeant responds and gets dispatch to call the tow truck company owner and tells him to get to the intersection of [insert streets] right now, have his wife drive him over there NOW. The guy shows up and the sergeant tells him that he's not going to impound the tow truck as is required for any DUI arrest, but the owner has about 30 minutes to rig the tow and get the original offender's car to the impound lot. Drunk tow truck driver is fired on the spot. So the city police officer goes down in history as nailing two DUIs at the same traffic stop.
 
2020-05-26 8:03:23 PM  

TotallyRealNotFake: Tow Truck Industry in Ontario has been filled with scum bag douches for a while.
Not all are bad but i remember a TV show that aired a long time ago and it was the daily routine of various tow truck operators.
Kinda like a Trial Run for the Highway Through Hell and 401 Heavy Rescue shows but dealt with just regular cars.
Anyways, this one tow truck guy had a SLOW DAY, 0 tows. He ventured all day always missing so he did literally nothing all day. Sat around, went home for dinner, sat in the truck some more.
Then he finally got a call, a senior couple went into the ditch.
He charged them like almost $800.00 to take them out. Said its super busy and that's the going rate, take it or leave it and it could be 5 to 6 hours till a tow comes for them.
That episode has always stayed in my mind and to this day i see nothing but opportunistic scumbags behind the wheels of those rip off trucks.


I saw a Canadian tow show myself. I don't recall anything like that specifically, but I do remember that each tow crew was out on the highway pretty much constantly waiting for something to happen. And when it does, they get super competitive. Saw them actually band together on a single occasion for a massive overturn, but otherwise they're pretty much all "fark you, buddy that's MY hitch".
 
2020-05-26 8:03:39 PM  

Dinjiin: extra fees (like weekend, after hours, pay by CC) or for the tow yard


The best tow yards are the ones that have extra fees for weekend storage but aren't open on weekends for people to pick up their vehicles. The local place here with me did something like $100 for each Saturday or Sunday stored, and they were open M-F. This was until the city council capped that and regulated it, making them waive any fees if they are closed.
 
2020-05-26 8:03:44 PM  
Breakdown lorry? Oh, a tow truck. Breakdown Laurie is this girl I went to high school with.
 
2020-05-26 8:03:59 PM  
Downtown Toronto, King and Queen streets, parking ends at 4:00PM.

4:01PM, parking enforcement starts strolling down the street handing out tickets, and right behind them are a string of tow trucks, hauling away every vechicle they find.

And good luck finding out WHICH yard your car got towed too... except it will be 20+km away, on the outskirts of the city...

(At least it was that way 5-10 years ago...)
 
2020-05-26 8:04:13 PM  
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2020-05-26 8:05:38 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: What the hell are "high-end lorries"? lol


It's a truck. A tractor trailer is an articulated lorry. It's a different country from ours.
 
2020-05-26 8:09:05 PM  
Triggering intensifies.

The farking tow business here in LA is one of the biggest goddamn scams, and if you live here long enough, you can't avoid them.

I lived in unincorporated LA County a while ago, and bought a new car.  The previous one I had planned to sell to a neighbor.  Parked it on the street in front of my house, the registered address, for two months.  No problem.

Then came a party at my house, so I moved the car across the farking street so guests could park.

That very goddamn night the car was towed as "abandoned."  And the impound fees would have cost me more than I was planning to sell the damn thing for.  Four figures after only 24 hours!

I later heard from more than one neighbor... in fact every neighbor... that the asshole Sheriffs in the area get impound fee and auction proceed kickbacks from tow companies for calling in "abandons."

farkers.

And that's not the only first hand experience I have with LA County Sheriffs that are as crooked as a used nail.

/no reason to expect it's much different anywhere else, either
 
DVD
2020-05-26 8:11:33 PM  
 
2020-05-26 8:15:05 PM  

bingethinker: Breakdown lorry? Oh, a tow truck. Breakdown Laurie is this girl I went to high school with.


Naw, it was the band that played at the senior prom.
 
2020-05-26 8:29:01 PM  

gar1013: Shadiest person I ever met was a tow truck driver.

For point of reference, I've met people who are members of 1%er motorcycle clubs and setting members of Congress (both parties).


The Venn diagram of 'would definitely rip off a hooker' and 'tow truck driver' is just one big circle.
 
2020-05-26 8:39:08 PM  
Canadians popularized a term for this kind of behavior

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2020-05-26 8:42:51 PM  
 They bring a tow truck, you bring some gas and a match. It's the Toronto way.
 
2020-05-26 8:48:28 PM  
I worked as a wrecker driver for about 2 months for a paint and body shop once. I got out after realizing how scummy and criminal the owners were.

I was paid hourly Monday-Friday 8-5, but was also on call about 4 nights out of the week for accident/breakdown/insurance calls and the time I worked those calls was ALSO hourly, so I got paid whether I hooked up to a vehicle or not.

I had decided to quit on January 1st, but was going to go ahead and finish out the pay period so I had a full check to last til I was working again.
The last week I worked, I was called out on Christmas eve by AAA for a man who had a flat and needed it changed. The vehicle was located about 30 miles from the shop, so we were supposed to charge something like $3.75 per mile after (I think) like 8 miles going to and coming from the scene, so the mileage fee is where the company really made their money. The labor was a flat fee (I think $100.00).

I get to the vehicle and its a man in his 60's who had just bought an SUV and didn't know where the tire rod was supposed to go in to lower his spare tire. It was behind a flap on his bumper, which he couldn't see. I went ahead and changed his tire for him and logged it as a "gone when I arrived" ticket, so the owners couldn't bill the insurance company.

On the way TO the call, I had seen a vehicle with its hazards on on the other side of the highway. On the way back, the vehicle was still there, so I went ahead and turned on the flashers and got out to see what the issue was.

It was a young couple and the woman was VERY pregnant and they had run out of gas about 3 miles from an exit where there were gas stations. I told them I would haul them to the gas station and they explained they didn't have money for a tow, only gas. I explained it was Christmas and there was no need to worry about the charge.

I loaded their car up on the back (it was a flatbed truck) and put them in the front seat, drove them to the nearest gas station and unloaded them in front of the pump and wished them merry Christmas.

The next day I worked at the shop, they asked about the mileage on the truck and the "already gone " ticket. I explained the vehicle wasn't there and the guy must have gotten it changed before I could get to him. They told me I should have forged a signature on the service sheet so they could bill the insurance company anyway. I went ahead and quit then, went to the local BBB and reported them.

Its a small town, so nothing was done, but I felt good knowing they didn't have the chance to screw over 2 more people and I decided then and there I would never work in the tow business again.
 
2020-05-26 8:48:46 PM  

weilawei: [Fark user image image 362x362]


funny enough, the same goes for the guys that pick up scrap metal.
 
2020-05-26 8:51:22 PM  
No surprise closest thing to legalized theft.
 
2020-05-26 9:01:51 PM  
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2020-05-26 9:03:30 PM  
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2020-05-26 9:22:08 PM  

gar1013: Shadiest person I ever met was every tow truck driver.


FTFM
 
2020-05-26 9:34:55 PM  
Police also seized over 40 firearms, 11 tow trucks, and illegal drugs including cocaine, fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, worth $1m Canadian dollars (£590,000).

It's the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars all over again.
 
2020-05-26 9:36:27 PM  

Z-clipped: gar1013: Shadiest person I ever met was every tow truck driver, except apparently for kendelrio.


FTFMA
 
2020-05-26 9:38:02 PM  
Not another clown versus fireman riot?

The Toronto Circus Riot of 1855
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2020-05-26 9:45:15 PM  
ftfa: 'insurance companies tried to fight the fraudulent claims in court, their law firm, Carr Law, became the target of violence, threats and extortion, according to police.'

And that accelerated the beginning of the end
 
2020-05-26 10:35:36 PM  
Where I live, we had a gang war about 30 years ago - between owners of laundromats. You just can't make this stuff up.
 
2020-05-26 10:40:23 PM  
Years ago I got a very nasty letter from a towing company in San Diego, they said I owed them $1600 and change for a car they had towed.  Made threats about damaging my credit rating, small claims, etc.  I sent them a copy of the registration form showing I had sold it months before.  Apparently, the buyer had never bother to register it in his name, but in California that didn't matter.  Once I sent my registration with the sale information to DMV, I was off the hook.

I did get a less nasty letter later offering to sell me the car for only $1900.  A car I'd sold for $600.
 
2020-05-26 10:48:43 PM  

ZAZ: In the USA tow truck rivalries in some places got so bad that cities made it illegal to respond to a wreck without being called by the police. Police had a list they were supposed to rotate through. In my area you have to pay a kickback to get on the approved tow company list. For example, pay the town $15 per tow opportunity.


I once had a client which ran a wrecker service/junk yard in rural Eastern Tennessee and the stories about him were as good ol' boy as you could get.  Apparently he was buddies with the local town council and they'd let him essentially patrol the roads for any vehicles that were parked along the side and take them off to his impound lot and make people pay a premium to get them back.
 
Oak [BareFark]
2020-05-26 11:46:06 PM  

Nosatril: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/dF3q7o8Y​jrg]


You beat me to it.  Salute!
 
2020-05-27 2:22:38 AM  

bughunter: That very goddamn night the car was towed as "abandoned." And the impound fees would have cost me more than I was planning to sell the damn thing for. Four figures after only 24 hours!


Crap like this is why I'll never own a house without sufficient parking.  I've read one too many stories about cars being towed because of snow routes, street sweeping, construction zones suddenly appearing, and a few other events that can trigger a tow.  No thanks.
 
2020-05-27 6:58:15 AM  

NotARocketScientist: Where I live, we had a gang war about 30 years ago - between owners of laundromats. You just can't make this stuff up.


Nah, that's pretty easy to believe.

Any business where you can hide cash transactions or forge invoices in relative safety is an opportunity for crime. Tow trucks, laundries, so on. Once you can start making money off the books, you can gut the competition. It's the invisible hand of the market at work, and so on.
 
2020-05-27 7:24:39 AM  
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