Tow truck driver refuses to tow motorist over Bernie bumper sticker

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“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” said Ken Shupe of Shupee Max Towing in Traveler’s Rest, S.C.. “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”

Motorist Cassy McWade says she was in a car accident, and the family called their regular mechanic to drive about 45 minutes north in order to tow her home to Traveler’s Rest from the side of the Interstate. He wasn’t able to make the trip, so McWade says he called Shupe.

He arrived after about an hour and began the process of towing the vehicle.

“He goes around back and comes back and says ‘I can’t tow you.’ My first instinct was there must be something wrong with the car,” McWade told News 13 on Wednesday. “And he says, ‘No, you’re a Bernie supporter.’ And I was like wait, really? And he says, ‘Yes ma’am,’ and just walks away.”

McWade has a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her rear fender and a yard sign in her rear window for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Shupe , who supports presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said his decision on the side of the interstate this week was more about business than politics.

He believes Bernie Sanders supporters are socialists, and says he’s had problems with two customers over the last six months who supported Bernie Sanders. He said they caused him problems over paying their bills.

“I’ve had some horrible experiences in the last six months with towing cars for this mindset individuals, in that I don’t get paid. They want to argue about a $50 tow bill, and it turns into just a drama and a fuss. And I said, you know, I’m not going to associate with them, and I’m not going to do any business with them,” Shupe said.

“I’m really not interested in doing business with that clientele,” he said of Sanders supporters.

“I personally don’t believe that you don’t have to agree on anything just to be kind to one another,” McWade said. “I was like, what did I do to you? You know, I do believe I try to do right by people. So I was offended, and I don’t know what exactly he thinks I would have done to him directly by being a believer in Bernie.”

McWade, 25, has psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and early-stage Crohns, which she said made sitting on the side of the road without a restroom nearby”terrifying”. She is legally disabled and says the handicapped placard was hanging on her mirror when Shupe arrived.

She also says the family mechanic informed Shupe that she was disabled.

After waiting more than an hour and a half, McWade was towed by another company.

Shupe says he did not know that McWade was disabled.

“Had she been disabled, would I have towed her car? No ma’am. I would have pulled forward and sat there with her to make sure she was OK until another wrecker service showed up to get her home safely, but I still would not have towed her car,” said Shupe. “I stand by my decision, and I would do it again today if the opportunity presented itself.”

Read more: http://wlos.com/news/local/tow-truck-driver-refuses-to-tow-motorist-over-bernie-bumper-sticker

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County Board Advertises Update to Towing Ordinance, With Some Modifications

Arlington County Board on 9/27/16The Arlington County Board on Saturday spent an hour and a half discussing changes to the county’s towing ordinance.

The Board voted to advertise a series of changes — final approval is set for next month — but not before making some alterations to the County Manager’s recommendations.

The alterations were essentially intended to prevent towing malfeasance. Among them:

  • The Board inserted a provision that requires towing companies to receive authorization from the property owner to tow a vehicle, which would apply only to non-residential properties during business hours.
  • The Board kept the current requirement that tow truck drivers photograph the condition of a vehicle before towing it, and added a requirement that tow companies notify those who have been towed that they may view the photos upon request.
  • While the County Manager recommended language stipulating that tow companies must notify police of a tow within 10 minutes, rather than “immediately,” as currently worded, the Board gave itself the option of requiring police notification prior to a tow.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce objected to the authorization requirement — also referred to as a “second signature” — on the grounds that it could cost businesses more time and money to remove trespassers who park on their lots.

A towing standoff outside Ray's Hell BurgerThe Chamber sent a letter to the Board expressing its “vehement opposition” to the requirement. Chamber President and CEO Kate Bates also spoke at the meeting.

“Nobody likes it when their car is towed but that is not justification for putting significant burden on property owners,” said Bates.

County Board Vice Chair Jay Fisette proposed the addition of the second signature requirement. It passed, but with at least two County Board members saying they were unlikely to support it when a final vote is taken next month.

Fisette said that the low number of formal complaints against towing companies — there were 87 towing complaints and seven violations recorded by the county in 2015 — does not reflect the reality of widespread disdain for so-called “predatory towing” practices in Arlington.

As evidence, Fisette cited an ARLnow.com poll from last year in which 84 percent of respondents — nearly 2,300 people — said towing companies in Arlington were more predatory in their conduct than “just doing their job” for local businesses.

“It’s actually refreshing to have the Vice Chair cite an ARLnow poll,” said Board member John Vihstadt, to laughter in the County Board room.

Fisette also cited an ARLnow.com opinion column that recounted someone being towed from the former Taco Bell lot on Wilson Blvd in 2000 while eating at the restaurant — because a spotter saw him walk next door to get cash from an ATM.

A resident who spoke at the Board meeting agreed with Fisette’s assessment of towing practices.

“Many mom and pop restaurants are being harmed by aggressive and predatory towing… it’s driving business away,” said Sarah McKinley, a towing critic and the vice president of the Columbia Heights Civic Association. “A second signature creates a balance and gives retail owners some control over this situation so they aren’t so damaged.”

The Chamber, however, said towing companies provide a valuable service to local businesses. The Chamber supported the County Manager’s original proposal, which it described as a “compromise.”

“We… emphasize our vehement opposition to the addition of a second signature requirement for the removal of illegally parked vehicles or the prohibition of parking ‘spotters’ to monitor parking areas,” the Chamber wrote in its letter to the Board.

“The addition of either would present significant administrative and cost burdens to implement and would deteriorate the level of service provided by towing contractors to local businesses who must keep parking areas clear and available to their employees, visitors and customers to remain financially viable,” the letter said. “We appreciate the steps the County has been working towards to make Arlington a more business friendly community, and urge extreme caution to the Board in exploring proposals that would shift things in the opposite direction.”

Read more: https://www.arlnow.com/2016/11/08/county-board-advertises-update-to-towing-ordinance-with-some-modifications/

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County Board Advertises Update to Towing Ordinance, With Some Modifications

Arlington County Board on 9/27/16The Arlington County Board on Saturday spent an hour and a half discussing changes to the county’s towing ordinance.

The Board voted to advertise a series of changes — final approval is set for next month — but not before making some alterations to the County Manager’s recommendations.

The alterations were essentially intended to prevent towing malfeasance. Among them:

  • The Board inserted a provision that requires towing companies to receive authorization from the property owner to tow a vehicle, which would apply only to non-residential properties during business hours.
  • The Board kept the current requirement that tow truck drivers photograph the condition of a vehicle before towing it, and added a requirement that tow companies notify those who have been towed that they may view the photos upon request.
  • While the County Manager recommended language stipulating that tow companies must notify police of a tow within 10 minutes, rather than “immediately,” as currently worded, the Board gave itself the option of requiring police notification prior to a tow.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce objected to the authorization requirement — also referred to as a “second signature” — on the grounds that it could cost businesses more time and money to remove trespassers who park on their lots.

A towing standoff outside Ray's Hell BurgerThe Chamber sent a letter to the Board expressing its “vehement opposition” to the requirement. Chamber President and CEO Kate Bates also spoke at the meeting.

“Nobody likes it when their car is towed but that is not justification for putting significant burden on property owners,” said Bates.

County Board Vice Chair Jay Fisette proposed the addition of the second signature requirement. It passed, but with at least two County Board members saying they were unlikely to support it when a final vote is taken next month.

Fisette said that the low number of formal complaints against towing companies — there were 87 towing complaints and seven violations recorded by the county in 2015 — does not reflect the reality of widespread disdain for so-called “predatory towing” practices in Arlington.

As evidence, Fisette cited an ARLnow.com poll from last year in which 84 percent of respondents — nearly 2,300 people — said towing companies in Arlington were more predatory in their conduct than “just doing their job” for local businesses.

“It’s actually refreshing to have the Vice Chair cite an ARLnow poll,” said Board member John Vihstadt, to laughter in the County Board room.

Fisette also cited an ARLnow.com opinion column that recounted someone being towed from the former Taco Bell lot on Wilson Blvd in 2000 while eating at the restaurant — because a spotter saw him walk next door to get cash from an ATM.

A resident who spoke at the Board meeting agreed with Fisette’s assessment of towing practices.

“Many mom and pop restaurants are being harmed by aggressive and predatory towing… it’s driving business away,” said Sarah McKinley, a towing critic and the vice president of the Columbia Heights Civic Association. “A second signature creates a balance and gives retail owners some control over this situation so they aren’t so damaged.”

The Chamber, however, said towing companies provide a valuable service to local businesses. The Chamber supported the County Manager’s original proposal, which it described as a “compromise.”

“We… emphasize our vehement opposition to the addition of a second signature requirement for the removal of illegally parked vehicles or the prohibition of parking ‘spotters’ to monitor parking areas,” the Chamber wrote in its letter to the Board.

“The addition of either would present significant administrative and cost burdens to implement and would deteriorate the level of service provided by towing contractors to local businesses who must keep parking areas clear and available to their employees, visitors and customers to remain financially viable,” the letter said. “We appreciate the steps the County has been working towards to make Arlington a more business friendly community, and urge extreme caution to the Board in exploring proposals that would shift things in the opposite direction.”

Read more: https://www.arlnow.com/2016/11/08/county-board-advertises-update-to-towing-ordinance-with-some-modifications/

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City tow truck team ready for its reality TV close-up

Collin Vandenheuvel and his workmates at Preferred Towing appear in the first episode of Heavy Rescue: 401, airing Oct. 10 on the Discovery Channel.
Brett Morris photo, www.BrettM.comCollin Vandenheuvel and his workmates at Preferred Towing appear in the first episode of Heavy Rescue: 401, airing Oct. 10 on the Discovery Channel. Brett Morris photo, http://www.BrettM.com
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Preferred Towing is often seen on the road, and will soon be seen on screen too.

The Sarnia company is a player in the Discovery Channel’s “Heavy Rescue: 401,” a reality TV show that tells the story of tow operators, rescues, and maintenance crews that keep 400 series highways moving.

The first “sneak peek” episode airs Monday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.

“For them to come to us and ask us to be a part of this, it’s a pretty amazing feeling,” said Collin Vandenheuvel, a tow operator and son of Preferred owners, Gary and Tammy Vandenheuvel.

“We feel honoured to do this and it was a fun experience.”

Vandenheuvel said Sarnia’s unpredictable weather, which can play havoc on roads, was one reason the company was chosen.

“With the lake effect, it really changes up here really quickly.”

In January, a crew began filming the Sarnia team seven days a week for nearly three months. Vandenheuvel said having the cameras looking over his shoulder was “nerve wracking” at first, but the results were worth it.

“We’ve got our parts, and from what we’ve been seeing so far it’s been amazing. They did a great job putting it all together.“

Vandenheuvel said the company’s crewmembers appear in five of the eight episodes, including the opener Monday on Discovery Channel. The rest of the season is scheduled to run on unspecified dates early in the new year.

Vandenheuvel, his dad and four other employees apparently appear in the show. The scenario is not unlike that of the popular Discovery Channel series Highway Thru Hell, in which Jamie Davis and his son Jason work together in the business.

Starting with a single one-ton 24 years ago, Preferred Towing today has a fleet of 14 trucks.

The largest is powerful enough to clear car wrecks, pull ailing tractor-trailers off the road, and has been used to haul vessels built in Sarnia’s world-class fabricating shops.

Vandenheuvel said the tow companies and maintenance crews on the show are from all over Southern Ontario, and he’d gotten to know some of them through towing operations on 400-series highways.

“We know these guys, they’re really good guys. And they’re going to look just as good as we do on TV,” he said with a laugh.

Read more: http://thesarniajournal.ca/city-tow-truck-team-ready-for-its-reality-tv-close-up/

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John Martins Classic Cars and Tow Truck Show coming

PAWTUCKET – The John Martins Foundation proudly presents the “First Annual John Martins Classic Cars and Tow Truck Show” on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds of McCoy Stadium. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 14.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

It will feature a combination of classic cars and tow trucks for all car enthusiasts or anyone who would like to simply enjoy a day of remembrance with family and friends in honor of John Martins.

Other activities include food trucks, music, face painting, balloon artists, fingerprinting, “Best of Show” awards, prize giveaways and raffles with a special appearance by former NFL Indianapolis Colts player Jamie Silva signing autographs.

All proceeds and donations to benefit the John Martins Foundation to help support burn victims.

The John Martins Burn Foundation is a nonprofit founded in memory of Rhode Island businessman John Martins, “a kind, generous and charitable man admired by many because of his ethics,” states a release. Martins believed that, with hard work and determination, dreams can become a reality.

On Sept. 4, 2015, Martins was driving a tow truck back from a job when he lost control of his vehicle, which plunged down an embankment and burst into flames. Doctors did not expect he would survive his extensive injuries more than 72 hours, but Martins “fought valiantly for his life “for the next 23 days before succumbing to his injuries.

His grief-stricken family created the nonprofit organization in his honor to benefit other burn victims.

Read more: http://www.valleybreeze.com/2016-07-05/pawtucket/john-martins-classic-cars-and-tow-truck-show-coming-aug-13#.WEW0GbKLS00

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Tow truck catches fire downtown

A tow truck caught fire Saturday night at the Four Corners intersection in downtown Rochester, though no injuries resulted.

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According to the Rochester Police Department, the tow truck was traveling east on Main Street with a red four-door sedan hooked up. Apparently, electrical issues sparked a fire at the intersection, where East and West Main streets, State Street and Exchange Boulevard meet.

The Rochester Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

A Department of Transportation pole at one corner was damaged.

No further update is expected Sunday.

Read more: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/06/05/tow-truck-catches-fire-downtown/85446556/

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Tow truck drivers to motorists: Move over

It was another dangerous few days for tow truck drivers on Twin Cities roadways this Memorial Day weekend.

Tow truck driver Troy Mechura captured video of drivers not moving over despite a Minnesota law that requires drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

Tow truck drivers say it’s nothing new and only getting worse.

“I had a semi that literally took my hat right off and sent it down the freeway,” Mechura said.

Tow truck drivers say commuters are often distracted or worse yet, don’t know the law. The space the law seeks to provide can be the difference between life and death and Mechura hopes that, through advocacy, this growing problem can be fixed.

“My life is worth something, everybody’s life is worth something, you can not put a price tag on it,” Mechura said.

Read more:http://www.fox9.com/news/150622302-story

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