TBT Towing Complaint - TBT Towing are illegally patrol towing

Review by rob007 on 2007-05-11
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- TBT patrol tows, meaning they DO NOT have a complaint from the landowner EACH AND EVERY TIME they hook up a car - like they're supposed to! Its ILLEGAL to tow without a specific call per vehicle - blanket towing is not allowed! They are scamming the public - including me - and they were supposed to be shut down!! I see they weren't and victims should contact the state or city atty general and complain!!
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-05-11
Posted by S on 2007-05-11:
I didn't know this was illegal... when I was in college that was pretty much all tow trucks did... drive around looking for cars to tow...
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-11:
They drive around looking for cars parked illegally, cause that's what they do. They also communicate by walkie talkie to the lookout, who watches for those illegally parked cars. Saw a case like this on "The People's Court". The owner whose car was towed, was very angry that that they have spotters, which isn't illegal. The plaintiff's car was in fact parked in a no parking zone, so they lost, had no case what so ever.

So were you in a no parking zone????
Posted by Pomona Guy on 2007-05-11:
This was in the news here in Southern California. I guess the legality of blanket towing varies. Some guy got killed when the tow truck towing away his car ran him over. The driver was convicted of murder. Since then Orange County cracked down on any towing without the property owner or police present.

That said you shouldn't park in no parking zones.

Posted by Bababooey on 2007-05-11:

They used to have an operation like this when I used to live in the Bronx. A tow truck would hang outside the Burger King parking lot on Boston and Eastchester Roads, and if the customer did not return to his/her vehicle after leaving the restaurant (for example, if they went to a neighboring store), they would boot the customer's car and demand (extort) $100 in cash to remove the boot. Ultimately, due to an excessive number of complaints filed by victims of this scam, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs launched an investigation (which included a sting operation), and before long, the tow truck company was put out of business.
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-11:
Baba, I am also from the Bronx, off Westchester Avenue. Moved to LI when I was a little girl. Well now I'm living in Colorado.

Sorry, didn't mean to get off topic. Just can't help chatting to a fellow New Yorker.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-05-11:
If my car is parked illegally then I deserve to be towed...I won't argue. If not, the tow driver will experience the new meaning to the words GET EVEN.
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-11:
Ejack, you are bodyguard material!! I love a cynical, I'm gonna get even and hurt you worse then you hurt me man...
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-05-11:
Skye...when you get ready to ditch your current husband let me know. I will help you show him the door. LOL!! Just kidding! I am sure he is a very good man. :) Your right..I am a GET EVEN person. I usually wait to the person forgets about it then ....let the games begin. LOL!!

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