Woman Says Company Illegally Towed Ve...

Woman Says Company Illegally Towed Vehicle

There are 114 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Woman Says Company Illegally Towed Vehicle. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

A woman who was towed Tuesday says the towing company violated a Fort Worth city ordinance when it took her vehicle, NBC 5 reported.

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Doubts

Dallas, TX

#22 Nov 24, 2008
Richard H wrote:
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Don't you think if I had one I would have used it?
Here, have some common sense.
Common sense is not driving around with no spare
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#23 Nov 24, 2008
Richard H wrote:
When my brothers truck was being towed away, there were no chains on the tires and there were no lights on the roof of the Vehicle. These two things must be done when towing a vehicle.
I don't know what time period you live in, but this is simply not true. They have tow trucks now that have clamps that grab a car's front wheels and lock so there is no need for a chain. And I don't even remember the last time I saw a towed vehicle with lights on its roof. When I called to have violators towed out of my space in my previous complex, they came in, wheeled the car backward out of the space, clamped the wheels and they were off. The whole thing took about 5 minutes. They do that for a reason. No one likes having their illegally-parked car towed, so the tow driver must be able to get out quick for safety.
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#24 Nov 24, 2008
Richard H wrote:
Again, my brother did what the LAW says to do and he went to jail for it. One of the officers said he doesn't know that law and it's not his job to investigate. I guess the police think the only duty they have is to arrest people.
Next time (if you didn't learn your lesson from last time), you should have your brother call a lawyer before the cops. They can meet you there and handle the cops for you. Easy. If you came upon a theif trying to steal your car/carjack you and you shot him, wouldn't you call a lawyer to cover yourself with the cops? I would.
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#25 Nov 24, 2008
Doubts wrote:
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Common sense is not driving around with no spare
Doubts - 1; Richard H - 0
Jenny

San Antonio, TX

#28 Dec 1, 2008
I Wonder wrote:
<quoted text>my driveway is private property, your business is open to the public, a big difference
No it is not!!!!
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#29 Dec 2, 2008
Dead-Bodies wrote:
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LOL! What kind of lawyer is going to run down to your apartment complex to "handle the cops" for you because of a parking dispute?
One who wants to be paid. Lawyers get paid for what they do. People have laywers for all manner of things. I have 3. If I were ever to suspect impending police trouble, I'd pick up the phone and make a call and my lawyer would come to inform the police they can deal with him instead of me.

Take a CHL class. The first thing they tell you is if you ever have to use your gun to defend yourself, when the cops come you say "I shot to stop the aggressive action and my lawyer is on his way." They also tell you to call the lawyer BEFORE the police because the lawyer's job is YOUR best interest. That is not why the cops are there.

Since: Sep 08

San Marcos, TX

#30 Dec 3, 2008
www.texastowingcompliance.com

www.texasparkingfacilityfraud.blogspot.com

The Dallas - Fort Worth metro area has serious problems with criminal illegal towing, that law enforcement agencies refuse to assist victims.

90% of apartment complex property managers in the North Texas region have and are accepting financial benefits from their towing company, this is a known fact.

If the law enforcement agencies in that region would investigate these issues, more members of the towing, vehicle storage and parking facilities would be arrested.

Every law enforcement person took an oath to uphold the Texas and US Constitution!
Cynister

Plano, TX

#31 Dec 4, 2008

what were the charges against your brother,towing is a cival matter that the police dont get involved in(unles its orderd by an officer).if you call the police from the vehicle,you have possesion of it.it is a criminal act for a tow truck driver to move a vehicle with a person in it.there is something you arent telling us.

because of all this little game playing from the towing companies,some complexes are going to a call only basis,yall can say what you want but i dont want some lazy uneducated probable ex con walking through the parking lot of the place i live,looking in cars,trying to find a spineless easy ass way to make a few bucks.thats just pittiful.maybe there is some kind of thrill or rush they get from making a living off of people who live in apartments.maybe their mind is a little on the small side and its the best they can do for themselves,at least they are semi legitamately praying on other people
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#32 Dec 4, 2008
PAT TTC wrote:
90% of apartment complex property managers in the North Texas region have and are accepting financial benefits from their towing company, this is a known fact.
Funny, for such a "known fact" I've never heard of it. And try as I might...I can't find a single valid source for such a statement.

"90% of all statistics are made up on the spot, including this one."
Not so

San Angelo, TX

#33 Dec 4, 2008
PAT TTC wrote:
www.texastowingcompliance.com
www.texasparkingfacilityfraud.blogspot.com
The Dallas - Fort Worth metro area has serious problems with criminal illegal towing, that law enforcement agencies refuse to assist victims.
90% of apartment complex property managers in the North Texas region have and are accepting financial benefits from their towing company, this is a known fact.
If the law enforcement agencies in that region would investigate these issues, more members of the towing, vehicle storage and parking facilities would be arrested.
Every law enforcement person took an oath to uphold the Texas and US Constitution!
By the way, I must comment on how much I loved the second post in the second link you posted. You mentioned towers "stealing" cars from private property. The keywords there being "private property." Let me tell you something. You park on "my" private property without permission -- expect to be towed.

That doesn't mean your car was 'stolen,' it means you parked where you shouldn't have and got the consequences for your actions.
Ripped Off

Humble, TX

#34 Jan 29, 2009
excalibur towing needs to be shut down. they have towed my vehicle 2 seporate times from my own appt. while i was parked in my assigned parking place. scam artists!!!
legal car thief

Dallas, TX

#35 Feb 21, 2009
well if you didnt park your cars illegaly you wouldnt have to worry about it just because a select few are dirty towing companys not all of them are cause i work at one that is never in the wrong
Excalibur Rep

Arlington, TX

#36 Mar 5, 2009
I see everyone has a complaint and I have not recieved one single complaint in my office from either of you. This seems odd. We attended driving school from $200-$350 to obtain a license to drive and what we offer is PARKING SCHOOL! Not a rip off. We acually met you in the middle for $250. Blog all you want. Just take the 120 seconds it takes to read the signs at the entrance of a parking facility before you park and you should be OK and if your not sure call the company, ask questions. I would say ask the person your visiting but they seem to get towed as well. If you still get towed then they either ripped you off or you just cannot follow written or verbal instructions.
BULLET

United States

#37 Mar 6, 2009
You should come live in hell. We do...wondering if your car will get towed. No sleep, ....understand that we pay rent here. These are our cars that we use to go to work, doctors, buy food, take our kids to school. I understand that they want to tow unwanted or cars hat do not belong here, but to tow a resident car for no reason that would hold up in court is a scam. But be aware....you may request a TOWING HEARING....this would take place in front of a judge and they must prove their case. I would not be surprised if they tow the wrong car very soon. And I feel sorry for anyone that has to pay the ransom they ask for. The city needs the revenue, the apt complex management staff should all be sued, fired and brought up on charges of fraud. We are in the process of taping these illegal operations and getting our case established.
BULLET

United States

#38 Mar 6, 2009
REP MY ASS....your a thief, a thug that preys on people that work hard and pay taxes. You steal what little they have. What comes around goes around and people like you live in complete misery. You know what I am talking about...just look in a mirror, no really look and tell yourself that you are a honest working American....funny that your defending the same company that will make you someones BITCH some day behind bars....GET A LIFE DUDE...
Julie Bob

United States

#39 Mar 9, 2009
Wow! This is amazing. I've got over 26 years in the towing industry. Both for a company that did "non-consent" and others. I've had my own vehicle towed away from an apt. complex I lived in once. My inspection sticker was out, that meant it wasn't "street legal" and therefore, they could legally tow it.

If you live in an apt. complex, READ YOUR LEASE. I didn't, so I paid the money to get it back, got my truck inspected, life went on. I've never let my tags or inspection run out since.

Now, the company I work for has been in business for over 20 yrs.. I know, I've been there that long. We tow for major truck leasing companies, automobile dealerships, private citizens, Dallas Police Dept., and Dallas Sheriffs Office.

There are laws we have to abide by. Our drivers are required to pass tests in order to even operate in the State of Texas. We are governed by the Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulations. They police every driver we hire and can basically tell us who can and can't drive for us.

Yes, there are some disreputable companies that have given wrecker drivers and wrecker companies a bad name. We (ours) are not one of them. And, you'll be glad to utilize our service when it's 30 degrees outside and no one (friend or family) can pick you up before we can get to you.

Some very valid points have been made by most of the persons commenting on this incident. I agree with a good many, but again, be sure you know where you are leaving your vehicle. Check for signs on public parking lots. Companies that do "non-consent" must have their signs displayed at least 24 hrs. before they remove any vehicle from the property. Also, the signs must display a telephone number and the location that your vehicle is towed to.

And, last but not least, our drivers have families that they are trying to support. They work long hours at a pretty much thankless job. They don't get a lot of sleep because they are on call 24 hrs. per day. Cars don't just break down between the hours of 9-5. I've known many that have lost their spouses because of them being wrecker drivers. It's a hard life to live, and not everyone is cut out for it.
Excalibur Towing

San Antonio, TX

#40 Apr 9, 2009
My vehicle was illegally towed today. The charge 251.30 cash only. I was visiting a friend at an apartment complex. Excalibur claimed that I was parked in a resident parking space and not a "visitor" parking space. They lied. The spot I parked in was on the edge of the lot in the corner next to a dumpster and there was no signs posted at all stating that the spot was for residents only. Nicholas Massey is president of the company. Jonathan Deane is Vice president of the company. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has complaints filed against them. Their company insurance was revoked recently. The official name of the company is Merlin Transport Corp. Their DBA name is Excalibur Towing. They need to be stopped and shut down for stealing people's vehicles and money.
Real Concerned Citizen

United States

#41 Apr 10, 2009
Does the apartment complex have marked Visitor Parking spots? If so, you were parked in resident parking and could be towed. It doesn't matter where it is, evn by a dumpster. Next you'd be whining about the trash truck damaging you car when it picked up the dumpster. Follow the rules like everyone else and life will be good.
If you were truly towed illegally, fight it or call Channel 4 and Saul Garza. He will investigate and put it on the news. Bad companies hate publicity like that.
navyguy

Fort Worth, TX

#42 May 6, 2009
excalibur towing are a bunch of crooks! the have illegally towed cars at williamsburg apts in saginaw for the last six months! they have towed my fathers truck twice and he is a resident once for no sticker and that was legit he paid the crooks their ransom for his truck and had to go pick it up in arlington. the second time they towed it for no reason, they brought it back and left it parked at the front office and they slipped away like cowardly dogs no explanation from the crooks on why they took it and no apology from their partners in crime williamsburg apt management the 2 women that work there who more than likely receive a nice little kickback from excalibur. I have called and made inquiries with police departments and legal offices and its just one big roadblock after another so we are at the mercy of these motley crew of low lifes who prey on hardworking people who live in these apts. hey! most of them live there because its what they can afford the majority of em are'nt blue or white collar most of their shirts dont have a collars and for excalibur and williamnburgh apt. management to be doing this sort of thing makes me want to take the law into my own hands and im a firm beleiver in draconian law. So what can i do, well i can buy a dozen eggs for every tenant they can eat 10 and save 2 for excalibur and williamsburgh management and i dont mean your going to make them some moons over my hammy sammiches with those 2 eggs.
navyguy

Fort Worth, TX

#43 May 6, 2009
well today one of your somali pirate wannabe employees got his wind taken out of his sail when he tried to hijack yet another car from williamsburgh apts. so what happened there excalibur perp i mean rep what did our fine police force in saginaw and a texas state trooper do to stop you scumbags from yet again hijacking a vehicle. Also it was very noticable that the manager from williamsburgh apt. was very upset maybe no kickback check this week.
Excalibur Rep wrote:
I see everyone has a complaint and I have not recieved one single complaint in my office from either of you. This seems odd. We attended driving school from $200-$350 to obtain a license to drive and what we offer is PARKING SCHOOL! Not a rip off. We acually met you in the middle for $250. Blog all you want. Just take the 120 seconds it takes to read the signs at the entrance of a parking facility before you park and you should be OK and if your not sure call the company, ask questions. I would say ask the person your visiting but they seem to get towed as well. If you still get towed then they either ripped you off or you just cannot follow written or verbal instructions.

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