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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What Have YOU Been Offered For A Tow?

From the Tribune Democrat of Johnstown, PA:

Drugs for tow proposal a no go

By BERNIE HORNICK
The Tribune-Democrat
“We deal with strange people every day here,” the employee at Brat Towing & Recovery in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown said Thursday.

But the woman, who didn’t want her name to be used, dealt with someone stranger than most on Wednesday.

She got a call from a man who said he was on Ohio Street pushing his car toward Moxham after it had broken down. He wanted to barter drugs in exchange for a tow.

“He said I sounded like someone who liked coke, that he had a trunkful of cocaine,” the worker said. “I said no. He said, ‘Well, you must like weed.’ No. Then, he named a pill, I don’t remember which kind.”

After a third rejection, the caller said, “Then I don’t want to talk to you,” and hung up.

The Brat employee was amused.

While the part about the trunkful of drugs sounded too good to be true, the worker decided not to take a chance.

“If he’s that stupid, I’ll try to send the police there,” she said.

She called 911.

Officers checked area roads for someone pushing a car but came up empty, city police Capt. Andy Frear said.

“I wouldn’t doubt that it (drugs for towing) has happened before – not here,” the captain said.

The towing company worker took the day in stride.

“It would have been a lot better if they would have caught the guy,” she said.

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