The Minneapolis Towing Minions Attack Again

December 3rd, 2007 - 3:14pm by Slye Fox

The asshole brigade was out in force last night. I could hear the plow going down the street and then Sid started barking at the perceived threat.

I poked my head out the front door to snap this pic and watch while they proceeded to tow 12 vehicles away -- just in my block! No tickets. No warnings. These dick-heads were simply waiting like wolves for 9:00 PM sharp to roll around and then swooped in for the kill. By 9:11, all 12 cars were missing and they were on to the next block.

Sucks to be the unlucky neighbors who now have to find rides downtown and shell out over $238 to get their car back. Not only does the asshole brigade use the "heavy duty" haulers so they can charge more, they force you to pay a minimum of one night's storage fee -- regardless of whether or not you pick you vehicle up that night or the next morning. And of course these people are even less friendly than your typical DMV worker. Clearly deriving a sort of sick pleasure out of maximizing all the victims' misfortunes and confusion. It's a complete racket.

December 3, 2007 - 5:25pm
Raven1025 says:

Grrrr.....

I was towed once. I parked my car after the street had been plowed to the curb, at about 3:30 in the afternoon. I went out the next morning...no car. Several other plowed in cars, but not my snow-free car. At that point my car was not yet in my name (purchased from the in-laws) so my mother-in-law had to pick the car up. We get my car, the lone snow-free car in the impound lot, and I look at the ticket. Ticketed at 4:30. The snow emergency ended at 4. We called to contest it and they basically laughed at us. The most I would have gotten back was the ticket, not towing or impound, but still...I was pissed.

I feel for anyone who got towed.

December 3, 2007 - 5:33pm
Slye Fox says:

I've clearly been victimized in the past as well. Hence my shining review of these ass-wipes. Seems there's never a damn thing you can do except bring the Vaseline and your checkbook along.

And on that note -- don't ever let a city bus hit you either cause it'll be your fault regardless of circumstance. No matter how many witnesses you have or obviously at fault the bus was. Again personal experience here.

December 4, 2007 - 8:31am
Anonymous says:

I'm sure it must suck to get towed. However, snow emergency rules are easy to find (via the mail, online, and I'm sure there's a number you can call). You can sign up for email or phone notification when a snow emergency is declared.

The purpose of towing is to clear the streets so they can be fully plowed. If they ticketed, it's likely the cars would still be in the way.

Also, the city tends to tow in neighborhoods where people call to complain about cars not following the rules. So blame your neighbors?

December 4, 2007 - 9:30am
Slye Fox says:

Yes -- what you say is all true. You almost have to try and not be warned about where and when you're supposed to park in the snow. My beef is with the towing agents themselves. I've witnessed other similar episodes (outside of Nyes one night), where they began the same game at midnight. People blissfully ignorant in the bar were unknowingly having their car taken away outside. There weren't any of the typical "Snow Removal" signs that you usually see on a metered street in front of businesses. Anyway, a few of us noticed and were quick enough to stay a step ahead. But at least 20 people weren't so lucky. A waitress that works there was trying to prevent her car from going up the tow-man's evil ramp. She offered him a fifty on the spot. He took it, put it in his pocket and proceeded to load the car. His only response after that was, "What fifty?" What an asshole.

So although I'm aware these guys were just doing their job Sunday night, I can't help but feel jaded and see them like vultures watching a critter take its last breath. I've the same resentment for the cops who set up speed traps to pick off random people and then pull over someone busting the limit by 5 mph while someone flies by doing 20 over. I think you've got to have a sadistic streak in your blood to do such jobs.

December 4, 2007 - 10:24am
Slye Fox says:

And I see MNSpeak has taken up an interest again. Plenty of opinions different than mine there! Hoo-boy, the traffic...

December 4, 2007 - 7:28pm
Karebear says:

I'm sensing a slight resentment for the towing Nazis. Have you perchance been on the receiving end of their twisted "scoop and run" tactics? Me - LOVE my garage. hehe

December 4, 2007 - 8:25pm
Slye Fox says:

Slight?!? That's an understatement. See above. Although I wasn't a victim this time -- yes, I've been burned in the past. More than once. And always due to confusion or common mistake, not laziness as others have tried to imply.

And agreed -- so damn glad I've got off street parking in my yard. It may be a bitch to shovel it out, but so much easier than playing the musical parking spots game.

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