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Old 10-09-2012, 01:05 AM   #21
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Why stiff the wrecker driver? He is just doing his job according to what his boss says. You wouldn't work at you job and not expect to get paid. Tow drivers are just regular folks who get up and go all hours of the day and night to clean up wrecks, sweep up glass and assist ambulance drivers to extract injured drivers and dead bodies. If you were wrong, you should be willing to pay the consequences. If the no parking signs wer not legal, pursue them to get your money back from them. It's just poor form to stiff a working man or woman because you are unwilling to accept responsibility for you and your vehicle.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #22
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Why stiff the wrecker driver? He is just doing his job according to what his boss says. You wouldn't work at you job and not expect to get paid. Tow drivers are just regular folks who get up and go all hours of the day and night to clean up wrecks, sweep up glass and assist ambulance drivers to extract injured drivers and dead bodies. If you were wrong, you should be willing to pay the consequences. If the no parking signs wer not legal, pursue them to get your money back from them. It's just poor form to stiff a working man or woman because you are unwilling to accept responsibility for you and your vehicle.
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That's crazy talk. Some random person called a tow truck to haul a car away from in front of their house. A car that wasn't parked illegally (to the best of anyone's knowledge) and the DRIVER tries to extort money from the car's owner because he KNOWS the person has no legal obligation to pay.

Unless the car is TICKETED, he is SOL on the deal and he knows it. If he wants his money for the tow run, he should have gotten the caller's information and go to THEM to get his money.

And FYI I once called a wrecker to unlock my car with an alarm and the keys locked inside. I waited for the tow truck to arrive and paid them $25 even after I realized that I could open the car after all, so I'm not just against tow truck drivers or believe I should get away with something just because I can.

The fact is, the tow truck driver ought to know when he is in the right. And in this case, unless there is a ticket for illegal parking, or he has a police order for the tow, he cannot expect to get reimbursed for NOT TOWING a car.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #23
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Why stiff the wrecker driver? He is just doing his job according to what his boss says. You wouldn't work at you job and not expect to get paid. Tow drivers are just regular folks who get up and go all hours of the day and night to clean up wrecks, sweep up glass and assist ambulance drivers to extract injured drivers and dead bodies. If you were wrong, you should be willing to pay the consequences. If the no parking signs wer not legal, pursue them to get your money back from them. It's just poor form to stiff a working man or woman because you are unwilling to accept responsibility for you and your vehicle.
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Not to hijack, but...

Things must be quite a bit different where you live. Here, if we (Fire Department, NOT ambulance - but a lot of bigger cities they're combined) are working extraction, the tow driver is standing on the road next to his truck unless we specifically need him to do something. Heck, the ambulance crew isn't even around the car unless the victim needs immediate medical attention (and honestly, one of our firefighters has more EMS/Paramedic training than most of the EMT's, so they just let him handle it)
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #24
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Why stiff the wrecker driver? He is just doing his job according to what his boss says. You wouldn't work at you job and not expect to get paid. Tow drivers are just regular folks who get up and go all hours of the day and night to clean up wrecks, sweep up glass and assist ambulance drivers to extract injured drivers and dead bodies. If you were wrong, you should be willing to pay the consequences. If the no parking signs wer not legal, pursue them to get your money back from them. It's just poor form to stiff a working man or woman because you are unwilling to accept responsibility for you and your vehicle.
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Wrong. Tow truck drivers are corrupt by nature. Same goes for bail bonds. Regular folks who get up every morning, drink a cup of coffee, and then go about their business of extorting the public.
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Wrong. Tow truck drivers are corrupt by nature. Same goes for bail bonds. Regular folks who get up every morning, drink a cup of coffee, and then go about their business of extorting the public.

Bet you think all police officers are just bullies on a power trip, too, don't you?
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Not to hijack, but...

Things must be quite a bit different where you live. Here, if we (Fire Department, NOT ambulance - but a lot of bigger cities they're combined) are working extraction, the tow driver is standing on the road next to his truck unless we specifically need him to do something. Heck, the ambulance crew isn't even around the car unless the victim needs immediate medical attention (and honestly, one of our firefighters has more EMS/Paramedic training than most of the EMT's, so they just let him handle it)
I think you're right in most cases. However I had a buddy who was a tow driver who got called in on an incident where a someone had driven over the edge of an embankment and had been pronounced dead. He had to go down and get the car into neutral and hook up the tow cable while the body was still in the car in a mutilated state. I remember having beers with him after that one, he was pretty traumatized.
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Bet you think all police officers are just bullies on a power trip, too, don't you?
Nope. I've dealt with good and bad cops.

With tow truck drivers, it depends on why they're there. If you call one for help, they are the nicest, most helpful people you'll meet. If they are trying to tow your car against your will, they are looking to screw you over in any way they can. Hence charging you several hundred dollars for "storing" your car overnight.
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Why stiff the wrecker driver? He is just doing his job according to what his boss says. You wouldn't work at you job and not expect to get paid. Tow drivers are just regular folks who get up and go all hours of the day and night to clean up wrecks, sweep up glass and assist ambulance drivers to extract injured drivers and dead bodies. If you were wrong, you should be willing to pay the consequences. If the no parking signs wer not legal, pursue them to get your money back from them. It's just poor form to stiff a working man or woman because you are unwilling to accept responsibility for you and your vehicle.
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This is rediculous, if the pizza guy shows up at your house with pizzas you clearly didn't even order do you pay the pizza guy cause he is some hard working Joe? I Doubt it.
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Wrong. Tow truck drivers are corrupt by nature. Same goes for bail bonds. Regular folks who get up every morning, drink a cup of coffee, and then go about their business of extorting the public.
What's your beef with bail bondsmen?
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It was a little passive aggressive. You should have explained that you gave him the card in the heat of the moment, but that after researching you found that there was no grounds on which you should have been towed and so you have no intention of paying. Tell him to take up the matter with the city. Hanging up put you in the wrong. It's never a good idea to hang up on people if you can help it. It sounds like a small town as well.
I know that from time to time cars need to be towed. I work at a farmers' market and pretty much every day someone gets towed because they forget to read the city signs. The thing is, the city of DC subsidizes the tow and you only have to pay $25 bucks. The cars must be towed to make room for vendors and the fee is really not a big deal. I've never seen anyone get angry over it.

In my case, it was totally unnecessary to tow my car. I wasn't in anyone's way. That to me is predation. I think it is wrong to profit from unnecessarily hurting your fellow man.

I felt a twinge of guilt for my passive aggressive behavior when talking to them on the phone. When they called again today, I was very polite and explained my viewpoint. They told me that I had until the end of the day to pay them or they were turning me over to the police, who would come impound my car.

I said I would call them back. I talked to two deputies and explained my story. One of them laughed and said "no way" and the other said the tow company was lying.

Now I don't feel so guilty about being rude. Not that two wrongs make a right, but anyone who tries to trick and cheat others as part of their job needs to take a good hard look in the mirror. I called them back and said "I'm not going to pay unless the cops tell me I have to. You do what you want." We'll see what happens.
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