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Home / Articles / Editorial / Letters /  Towing firms wage unfair wars against OU students, residents
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Towing firms wage unfair wars against OU students, residents

To the Editor:

In response to David DeWitt's June 4 article about the vague and ambiguous towing laws in the state of Ohio, I would like to begin by sharing a story of someone close to me: fall quarter of this year my girlfriend was backing her car out of her apartment alley behind 9 W. State St. She parked there to move a heavy item into her apartment. Though she knew those spaces were in a tow-away zone, she opted to put her hazards on and park for a short amount of time, less than 30 minutes. Without incident, she got into her car and began to drive out of the alley, only to be met with an intimidating, red tow-truck.

The tow-truck blocked the only exit to the alley and got out of their truck, saying someone called to report an illegally parked car. My girlfriend apologized and explained the situation, saying she was sorry that they had to come out there, but that she was already on her way out. The company physically refused to let her out of the alley until she paid them a fee of $40 because they "showed up."

I have also witnessed a situation involving a friend who was charged upwards of $50 to get their car off the same company's red truck, with no receipt and without signing any document. The driver simply put the cash in his pocket and took his chains off the car. This towing company's fees apparently vary with the drivers, and often are not logged in accordance to any policy.

The towing free-for-all that is currently happening in Athens and on Ohio University's campus needs to be regulated by state legislation, or the state needs to give towing regulation powers back into the hands of municipal government. Blanket towing regulations that give the towing companies excess power over citizens through unclear laws need to be stopped.

Patrick Bruggeman
North Congress Street
Athens

 

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Graft, extortion, corruption, bribery, theft... these are the correct terms for this kind of behavior, sanctioned by the city of Athens and Ohio University.

 

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Not really very informed, are you?

 

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Im sorry, 30 minutes in a tow-away zone, you shouldn't be suprised.  I've unloaded a uhaul in 30 minutes.  Sac it up take responsibility and if you are moving, don't take 30 minutes to unload something. 


Just look around town today, it is a bunch of people parked illegally that really dont care about the rest of us who have to work.

 

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She shouldn't have parked in a Tow Away zone! If she really thought she was getting unfairly punished she could have called the Police and they would have came out to inform her that the Tow Truck driver was operating within his rights!


 


To be honest, if you don't want oyur car towed then follow the dagon rules!!!!!

 

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Ive seen towing companies towing a front wheel drive car on its front drive wheels (rear end lifted) with the front drive wheels locked to the side. The wheels were wobbling and jerking side-to-side as it was being towed. This occurred back in 2002?. I believe it was 'Auto-Tech' if they are the ones that used to have their building on the east side of town just off Rt 50. East of the Wal-Mart.

 

 

 
 
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