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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Tow Truck Trouble

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

So there was a real dust-up at the condo complex last night when a tow truck driver attempted to hitch up our neighbor's illegally parked car. The neighbor came out as the tow truck driver was securing the car and said, "Hey! What are you doing?!" The driver refused to drop the car and instead proceeded to secure it to his truck to tow it away. When the neighbor threatened to call the cops, the driver said, "I dare you."

"Hello dispatch . . ."

Just then our other neighbor, a very amicable fellow who happens to be a pastor at the nearby Vineyard church, pulls up the driveway to tuck his car into his garage, which is positioned right in front of the tow truck. Neighbor one appeals for help to neighbor two by yelling, "Stay there!" Neighbor two gladly obliges, thereby blocking the tow truck in the driveway.

Then things got interesting. In a shower of four-letter epithets, the tow truck driver called up another tow truck to come and tow away the car of neighbor #2. Now we've got two tow trucks on the scene, and I for the life of me can't think of a scenario where that's going to end well. And so, when the driver of the second truck angrily informed neighbor #2 that he would be towing his car away, neighbor #2 informed him in sonorous pastoral tones that he "wasn't going to do *&$%." And away we go.

Just in time, no fewer than three police cars arrived in a flood of red and blue lights. For nearly an hour they held court, listening to the now overly-civil tow truck drivers and the neighbors, while I got the scoop at a distance from the neighbors' wives. Apparently the tow truck company is under contract with the condo complex. They like to troll the complex for illegally-parked cars and quickly drag them off. Times are tough; even tow truck drivers are suffering.

Anyhow, it all got resolved somehow. Then, in a nasty twist of DMV fate, the car of neighbor #2's wife was towed away at 5:00 this morning for expired tags.

Don't mess the the parking gods in Southern California.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 9:17 PM

4 Comments:

Holy Crap. That's awesome.
commented by Blogger Landon Whitsitt, 8:54 AM  
Great story, Rocky. I love neighborhood drama.
commented by Blogger Jerilyn, 10:18 AM  
I know, right? I even felt a little voyeuristic, like, "Ooh! A fight!"
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 10:44 AM  
Wish I could have been there! You know I love drama!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 2:15 PM  

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