zippyjet
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Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:23 am

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Last week while on vacation/holiday in Miami Beach, me and my buddy's rental car was snatched by a bastard tow truck operator. There was only 1 very poorly marked sign that was low and obscurred. They call this practice bandit towing or spotting. Anyone else been the victim of these bastard tow truck operations?
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Matt D
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:49 am

Not quite what you describe, but I've heard stories that many of the tow truck operators are in cahoots with the Highway Patrol for whenever you break down and/or have an accident on the freeway: they don't accept AAA; they won't let you call another tow company; you have to pay cash or credit card only, right there and then. If not, then you risk arrest for obstructing traffic. And of course, they charge something like $50 per mile, or some astronomical rate like that. And of course, the CHP gets a percentage of the "fare".

I don't know if this is true or not. But given the CHP's number one priority IS taxman with a gun, I wouldn't be surprised.
 
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:52 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):
they don't accept AAA; they won't let you call another tow company; you have to pay cash or credit card only, right there and then

This practice has been outlawed in NJ. They have to tow you whether you have the cash or not.
 
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:31 am

Actually, the issue of bandit tow companies has made the national news lately. I have seen them in action in Los Angeles, waiting in shopping centers, watching (often with the aid of the rent-a-cop) for any minor violation (or what they see as a violation) of the center's policy on parking to hook the car. I once saw a couple of tourists park their car, have dinner, use the ATM and just take a 15 minute walk on Sunset Blvd., all within the center's time limit and come back to have their car hooked and gone. They were able to argue their way out of paying the fee (as well they should have) but the fact that they had to go down to the tow yard was bollocks in and of itself. There was another case of a man who was murdered by a tow truck driver as he ran along side the truck, offering to pay the drop fee then and there in cash (this is usually a half price fee for droping the car before you have left the area and is mandated by law) and the tow driver simply swung the truck around and hit the guy. He had simply parked in a loading zone to go into the building for 5 minutes.

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):
But given the CHP's number one priority IS taxman with a gun

The CHP is probably the most fair and honest police agency in the state, even the country. They are very fair about allowing speeding to go on when it is safe to do so and spend most of their time stopping cars not designed for high speed (minivans, SUVs) and also stopping reckless driving. While I disagree with speed limits in the suburban and extra-urban areas of California, with its glass smooth highways and long, straight or banked corridors, I don't think the CHP operate unfairly.

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):
Not quite what you describe, but I've heard stories that many of the tow truck operators are in cahoots with the Highway Patrol for whenever you break down and/or have an accident on the freeway: they don't accept AAA;

That is untrue. Besides, you can always call a tow from AAA or #tow on your own. In the Los Angeles area, the MTA has contracted freeway patrols from tow truck companies that are there to aid motorists free of charge
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KROC
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:11 am

You should have known better.

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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:23 am

Quoting Zippyjet (Thread starter):
Last week while on vacation/holiday in Miami Beach, me and my buddy's rental car was snatched by a bastard tow truck operator. There was only 1 very poorly marked sign that was low and obscurred.

Where were you parked? Were you patronizing that establishment?
 
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:58 am

Quoting KROC (Reply 4):
You should have known better.

Signed, WellHung

I hope it's at least worth your and the bandit tow truck driver's efforts for all the misery inflicted. Sooner or later, one of these a.holes will get wasted! And then hopefully, the city or jurisdiction will charge their family for claiming and cleaning up after their carcas.

Quoting WellHung (Reply 5):
Where were you parked? Were you patronizing that establishment?

In reference to your question: No, we were looking for the establishment we were patronizing. And, by the way I look for signs regarding restrictions. Scrupulous businesses post many and large signs that are so obvious that you would have to be visually impaired to miss them. For example Walgreens pharmacy posts these signs on all 4 sides of their lots and well above the roofs of cars and even the largest SUV's. Whereas the shady operatiors, post one miniscule sign low to the ground and on one side in a poorly lit area.
This occurred in the 6700 block of Collins Ave. Specificically 6790 Collins Ave. A dumpy looking convenience store and wo begone laundromat. Businesses where one goes in and out. I would have patronized the convenience store but, those bastards got the rental car. Miami Beach is resting on it's laurels. There are laws in other towns and ones where tourism is not the number one industry. If I saw the sign, then by all means, I'd not of parked.
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:04 am

AT the airport BWI at least, the signs are well posted and the state police at least give the offenders a few minutes of grace before the tow truck comes in and tows them away. No shady bullshit!
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WellHung
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:09 am

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 6):
No, we were looking for the establishment we were patronizing.

I will take that to mean that you parked in a parking lot that was not affiliated with or owned by said establishment.

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 6):
If I saw the sign, then by all means, I'd not of parked.

Do you have a sign in your driveway that says anyone who parks there will be towed? If a stranger decided to plop down in your driveway, would you let them stay there? What if you had an extra large driveway that could fit your car(s) plus, say, 10 others. Would you open it for free public parking, space permitting? Didn't think so. So why would you assume that someone else would be so charitable?

Sorry, but common sense dictates that you don't park on someone else's property unless you have permission. You shouldn't need a sign to tell you that.

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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:47 am

Quoting WellHung (Reply 8):
Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 6):
No, we were looking for the establishment we were patronizing.

I will take that to mean that you parked in a parking lot that was not affiliated with or owned by said establishment.

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 6):
If I saw the sign, then by all means, I'd not of parked.

Do you have a sign in your driveway that says anyone who parks there will be towed? If a stranger decided to plop down in your driveway, would you let them stay there? What if you had an extra large driveway that could fit your car(s) plus, say, 10 others. Would you open it for free public parking, space permitting? Didn't think so. So why would you assume that someone else would be so charitable?

Sorry, but common sense dictates that you don't park on someone else's property unless you have permission. You shouldn't need a sign to tell you that.

Happy, KROC?

Jesus, sometimes you make some decent points, but you act like you have never done anything wrong or committed any crime in your life. I hope your car gets towed some day. You must think being all proper and shit will increase your e-penis size or something. I would pay to see you go up to someone talking "ghetto" and correct them like you did in that thread about the cargo bay pic.

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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:13 am

Quoting WellHung (Reply 8):
Sorry, but common sense dictates that you don't park on someone else's property unless you have permission.

If the FVC is anything like the CVC, then whether or not Zippyjet was patronizing the business, he had a 1 hour grace period
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:03 am

Got ticketted in Salt Lake City from a car park that had really bad signs. They were making a killing from it.

A friend was clamped in the UK at 8pm in a real quiet area. Fine was GBP 165 (about $325). B*stards!

If you're clamped apparently it's not illegal to remove the clamp if you can do so without damage to it. So instead of paying a hefty fine (and getting a feeling of satisfaction that you've beaten the system) people are slashing their tyres in order to remove the clamp. A new tyre can be a lot cheaper than a fine (no need for anyone to reply saying that tyres on their Subabishi Evolution WRX Turbo cost loads more than a fine, please).

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KROC
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:33 pm

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 6):
I hope it's at least worth your and the bandit tow truck driver's efforts for all the misery inflicted. Sooner or later, one of these a.holes will get wasted! And then hopefully, the city or jurisdiction will charge their family for claiming and cleaning up after their carcas.



Quoting WellHung (Reply 8):
Happy, KROC?

Yeah, I think so. For now anyway.
 
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RE: Bandit Tow Truck Operations

Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:52 pm

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9):
Jesus

Yes?

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9):
you act like you have never done anything wrong or committed any crime in your life.

Of course I've done things wrong. Maybe I act like I haven't because I don't start a thread anytime I screw up and have to deal with the consequences.  Yeah sure

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9):
I hope your car gets towed some day.

Umm, my truck has been towed. But the stupid truck driver hooked it up wrong and busted a pulley. lmao. Should he start a thread on how large trucks screw up his machinery because he doesn't follow the instructions?  Yeah sure

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9):
You must think being all proper and shit will increase your e-penis size or something.



Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9):
I would pay to see you go up to someone talking "ghetto" and correct them like you did in that thread about the cargo bay pic.

The correct term is 'ebonics'.  bigmouth  bigmouth 

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