City Council Andy Dulin said even he was a victim, highlighting a recent discussion about how to handle aggressive tow truck drivers.
He said he was on his way to work one day when he saw a wreck at Kenilworth and East Boulevard. He pulled into Starbucks to make sure everyone was okay. When he determined everyone was fine, he said he walked back to his car "and it was already hooked up and in the air."
Dulin acknowledges he parked in a spot that was not for the coffee shop and it had a sign. (Click here to read his account of two towing incidents.)
But members of the city's community safety committee are studying complaints about tow truck drivers swooping in within 30 seconds of a violation and citizens being charged more than the $120 cap.
One tractor trailer driver complained his rig was booted and hewas charged $1,800 to get it back.
A representative of a tow truck company told the committee they don't condone "stalking properties," but businesses shouldn't be punished for doing their job well.
"We may circle around, but that's part of our job," said Tim Harden of United Towing.
The committee asked for more information and will continue studying the matter.
- Doug Miller