Towing Companies in NJ being scumbags with Sandy

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Sorry, This comes from facebook....
Seaside Heights–For many displaced residents living in Seaside Heights, life has been a difficult challenge since Hurricane Sandy devastated their town. For two weeks, residents weren’t allowed back to their homes and many did not even know if they had a home to go back to. Many have been living in shelters, being tossed from one to the next, while others were fortunate enough to have family and friends able to take them in on the mainland.
While most could not wait to get back to their homes this week during the initial set of allowed visits, they were not expecting what they found. Many residents returned home to find their cars and trucks removed from their property, without notice.

John Camera, the Seaside Heights borough administrator said that an order was given by the borough to APK Towing of Toms River to remove all vehicles in the streets so the clean-up process could begin. However, many residents claim APK towing went above and beyond the borough mandate and removed cars from private properties across the storm battered town.

That was only half of the problem. Dozens of storm victims claim APK Towing was less than friendly when it came to retrieving their confiscated automobiles.

Megan Nutt, a Seaside Park resident said her car was parked in a private parking spot on the street, but when she went to get her automobile, she was faced with a $768.00 bill. She says APK charged her for 9 days of storage at $25 per day, $175 for towing and labor, $265 for a recovery winch and $103 for paperwork. ”They wanted almost $900, but by the end of the call, he went down to $600,” she said. “I asked him if he was happy and planning on getting rich off of these displaced people.” She claims the man on the phone at the towing company responded, “Yes!” and said he was going to pick up 300 more cars in Lavallette later that day.

Storm victims claimed they were never notified about their cars being towed and are now unhappy with the prospect of having to pay for up to 14 days of storage fees for vehicles some claim were removed illegally. It was 14 days they were not even allowed back to their homes.

“Mine was missing from my driveway,” said Laura Lech. “It was there Tuesday after Sandy, but now it’s gone.”

“I had my car towed by APK Towing and when I left my car after Sandy hit, it was running and working,” said Mary Beth Straten. “I left two days after the storm and it was ok.”

Sara Coehlo said her company’s work truck was taken from a nearby apartment complex parking lot. ”It was towed and they want $900 to get it out!” she said.

Another displaced storm victim, Jamie Brasier claims the towing company lied about the day her car was towed. ”They wanted to charge me $895,” she said. ”They were trying to say they moved it on a day I was still home…When I got it back, the bumper was ripped off and there were a couple of dents.”

On Tuesday, the corner of Coolidge Avenue and Route 37 in Toms River looked like a salvage yard. Cars were parked inches apart on the entire corner lot owned by APK, with some on the sidewalk and park in the street behind the lot.

Dee Witcha also said her car was towed from private property in Seaside Heights. “They charged me $915.52!”

When asked about the allegations being raised against APK Towing, Camera said “We are investigating several complaints made against APK Towing. The borough did issue an order to remove vehicles from borough streets so they could be cleaned up, but not from private property,’ he said. “We are looking into these allegations and if any are indeed accurate, then we have a big problem.”

Camera said typical towing charges in the borough, according to ordinance start at $125 and increase based on the size of the vehicle being towed. Camera also said that due to the complaints, residents would now be allowed to have any towing company remove cars if they needed to be towed off the island and those companies would be allowed onto the island, which has been in lock down since the hurricane hit.

The news wasn’t comforting for Stacey Hallett. ”APK towed my vehicle that was deep in my driveway,” she said. “They had the nerve to slash my Jeep’s window to get the parking break off and said if I did not retrieve the car in two days they were towing it to a junk yard and charging me. They would not tell me which junkyard they would tow it to.”

We followed an APK tow truck from Toms River west on Route 37, then south on the Garden State Parkway. The truck dropped off a car near the Bamber Lake Auto Recycling in Forked River. A representative at Bamber Lake Auto said that APK is not bringing vehicles to their facility, but said APK was renting a lot adjacent to their business.

Cars aren’t the only thing being towed out of Seaside Heights by APK. Carla Parillo said she had to pay $3,800 to get her family’s crabbing boat back from the company. ”Our family lost our home and this company has the nerve to take advantage of those in their time of stress, sorrow and despair. We will not be quiet about this!” she said.
Another storm victim, Gilbert Perez says his car was taken without notification and says APK did not even know where his car is. ”APK towed my car from Seaside Heights. There were no notifications to any residents that cars had to be moved,” he said. ”It had no water damage at all, as I stayed until after the storm, even drove it after the storm. Now they don’t even know where it is.”

Dorothy Montgomery also said her car was taken from her driveway. ”I didn’t know until I showed up at my house and it was gone!”
To date, several calls have been made to APK towing, but none have returned to comment on this story.

http://www.facebook.com/JerseyShoreHurricaneNews/posts/514073491945501
 
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Tow truck drivers being cunts? No way!

I hope this ends up with a bunch of these assholes losing everything they have in lawsuits.
 

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I'm surprised you don't hear about more tow drivers getting shiv'ed in the throat for shit like this.
 

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I'm surprised you don't hear about more tow drivers getting shiv'ed in the throat for shit like this.
Oh it happens. It just never makes national news because.....well they're cunty tow truck drivers. I have zero problem with towers that are picking up broken down cars or wrecked cars. It's the scumbags that do private property tows that charge $500 to get your car back.
 

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It seems to me that any car towed off private property without consent could be considred stolen. I'd call the cops and report my car stolen and have the owner of the tow truck company arrested. Add in the fact that he's demanding money to return the cars and you have an added charge of extortion for every illegally-towed vehicle. I'd be willing to be that the prospect of a nice long prison sentence would be enought to get them to release the vehicles.

And if the town ordered them to tow vehicles from private property, then the town should pay for them.
 

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The Fuck you pay me part sir.
Oh... the scumbag tow driver scam part... gotcha.

Yeah... predatory tow truck drivers are the carrion eaters of the professional driver world... bottom feeders, scavengers... human jackals really. Your breed can probably recognize each other by scent when you meet, huh? No introductions necessary? The heady scent of the putrid flesh of your last meal that clings to you... I'm sure you know it well.
 
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On the 401 going through Toronto they park under the underpasses and wait for accidents etc... do remember one guy did have a vulture air brushed on the side of his truck.

One stupid thing here is due to MA/NH/ME being pretty much in a 20 mile stretch if you break down in on 95 you hope it is in NH or ME... as the MA guys (for some interstate trucking reason) cannot tow your car across state lines. My chick broke down right before the bridge to NH... and even though we had the moar gooder AAA 100 mile towning thing... towed us to some place in MA (who I am sure was his buddy) to get it fixed.
 

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On the 401 going through Toronto they park under the underpasses and wait for accidents etc... do remember one guy did have a vulture air brushed on the side of his truck.

One stupid thing here is due to MA/NH/ME being pretty much in a 20 mile stretch if you break down in on 95 you hope it is in NH or ME... as the MA guys (for some interstate trucking reason) cannot tow your car across state lines. My chick broke down right before the bridge to NH... and even though we had the moar gooder AAA 100 mile towning thing... towed us to some place in MA (who I am sure was his buddy) to get it fixed.
That's not even all that "vulturish"... waiting for an accident. The true scumbags are skunks like in the original post who are basically stealing cars off private property and then blackmailing the owners.

Those and the "invisible private lot- no parking" towing scammers racket.

There was a scumbag tow truck driver that was pulling that scam in the parking lot of the hospital I worked at in Albany NY way back when. The late-night bar crowd would park in the hospital's lot at night, and walk to the bars. The hospital didn't give a shit... there was plenty of open spots at night, and the bar crowd parked on the far side of the mostly-empty lot. But... some human garbage tow truck driver decided he was going to be a white knight and tow all of the cars "illegally parked" on the hospital's private property. The fat fuck tow truck driver would hide his truck behind the dumpster, and then pounce when he saw somebody park and head across the street to the bars. Fucking scumbag racket.

We fixed his fat ass. We had a whole tray of sauerkraut and sausage left over from a hospital picnic... we let if ferment in the back of the shop for about a month... and when it was good and rancid, we filled like a dozen surgical gloves up with the rotten sausage kraut juice... then we bombarded fat fuck vulture tow truck driver when he hauled his fat ass out of his truck to pounce one night. A dozen horrid stink juice bombs plummeting out of our shop window 8 stories up and just pelting the fat skunk.

Ha! Take that, fatso.
 
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Well the vulturish part is them drag racing to said accident... literately like a flock of vultures on a kill.

When I was in university there was a no parking after 3pm in front of the Pharmacy building... at exactly 3pm every day there was a fleet of tow trucks towing cars...
 

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Oh... the conclusion to fatty tow truck driver kraut juice bombing story...

Fatty yelled and swore up at us... and we loffed and loffed and hooted derision and jeers down upon him.

And then Fatty called the cops, and they showed up... and they laughed at him too.
 
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Too bad you couldn't do the ole shrimp under the seat gimmick... put them in fresh... and when the heat gets to them... yumm.
 
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I don't know how these guys can even tow someone on private property without the owner's consent. When I lived in an apartment, each unit had an assigned parking sapce. The aparment management would issue notices informing everyone to only use your assigned spot and to use visitor parking if you had more than 1 vehicle and to instruct any guests to use the visitor lot and any violators would be towed at their own expense. Of course, there were always the assholes who didn't care and would take whatever spot they felt like taking, tell their friends and family to park in any open space, and would double-park and ignore you when you honked your horn to get them to come out and move their car. Whenever someone would call the police or a tow truck to have the car towed, they were told that no vehicles could be towed without the apartment management's approval because it was private property. The written notice from the apartment owners wasn't enough. They had to speak to someone or they wouldn't come out.
 

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I don't know how these guys can even tow someone on private property without the owner's consent.
Here's how... they back up their tow trucks onto private property, hook up and lift the car, and then they drive their despicable human garbage selves and the car they stole away. That's pretty much how.

When I lived in an apartment, each unit had an assigned parking sapce. The aparment management would issue notices informing everyone to only use your assigned spot and to use visitor parking if you had more than 1 vehicle and to instruct any guests to use the visitor lot and any violators would be towed at their own expense. Of course, there were always the assholes who didn't care and would take whatever spot they felt like taking, tell their friends and family to park in any open space, and would double-park and ignore you when you honked your horn to get them to come out and move their car. Whenever someone would call the police or a tow truck to have the car towed, they were told that no vehicles could be towed without the apartment management's approval because it was private property. The written notice from the apartment owners wasn't enough. They had to speak to someone or they wouldn't come out.
Not predatory towing. I have no problem with that.
 

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I just like how the fees pile up depending on how "hooked" up your car is... and I was watching COPS and they were towing this strippers car and her white trash boyfriend was being a douchebag. They had the car in the air... dolly under the rear wheels I think they wanted like $300 to drop it... plus a $50 aggression fee.