Posted in TowStories on December 08, 2009 by Susan Totman
(Sorry no pics available for this one.)
Late one night I was called out to change a tire by an auto club. I drove all the way out there at 1:30 or 2:00 am. Got there and could not find the car. Looked all over. Called the auto club and went back to the base.
No sooner did I get home and the auto club called back saying the customer was at the location I'd just been to. So I went back and sure enough, right where I'd parked previously to call the auto club, here's the vehicle!
I pulled up to the car, got out and talked to the woman who was driving. There were two women and a man in the vehicle, women in the front, man in the back.
I proceed to get out her spare tire. At that point I noticed her jack was broken, so I used the tow truck to lift the front of the vehicle to change the front tire (left front). Turned on the worklights and noticed there was a bra hanging from the rear view mirror. The driver was still talking with me as I started changing the tire. I lifted the front of the truck up and the female in the passenger's seat proceeded to take her top off. As it was about -10F, I thought that must be a bit chilly! She was talking to the passenger in the rear, who was laughing. At this point, she apparently has no idea I'm changing the vehicle's tire.
She then gets out and tries to climb into the back seat. She's standing outside trying to talk the guy in the back seat to let her "do him a favor" and another vehicle passing by notices her standing there topless, goes down the street, turns into an alley and comes up so that he can put his high beams on her so she's completely lit up.
Still not noticing that anyone is watching, she is outside the whole time I'm changing the tire, then climbs back in the front of the vehicle because he won't let her in the back seat, she is still sitting there with no top on.
I go to put the tire in the back seat because the driver wanted it put there and the passenger finally notices me and tries to cover up like she's embarrassed.
At this point, I'm done with the call and head back to base.
The next day I'm at a friend's used car lot, told him the story and guess who drives in?? Yep, it was her and she had no clue what had happened because she had no clue who I was when she talked to me.
Posted in TowStories on November 20, 2009 by Susan Totman
An unusual amount of rain dumped on eastern Maine last week, resulting in accidents and flash flooding around the State. This actually was a wooden bridge that had just been crossed by a pickup and was followed by the Focus, thinking that the bridge was just slightly under the top of the water, when in fact it had collapsed. It doesn't look like too much water in the pics, but the car was actually submerged enough for water to be flowing over the seats when we got there.
Turned out to be a rental car - OOPS. Good thing for insurance, huh?
Posted in TowStories on November 19, 2009 by Susan Totman
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We got a call from a customer who was just in a snowbank and needed to be pulled back onto the road, so we hopped in the truck and headed to the scene.
A State Trooper arrived just as we arrived. They happened across the scene, so stopped to help with traffic. Upon pulling up on the scene, to our surprise, the vehicle well into the ditch was a hearse. It had plowed through the snowbank, not gone over it, so was good and stuck. (There was nobody in the back.)
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We hooked on and started winching, weren't sure if we were going to be able to pull it out with the truck we had (our big truck was in the shop due to an accident in which we were rear ended - story to follow), but decided to give it a go anyway. We had to use the hydraulics of the truck instead of the winch as the weight of the car was just too much on the winch.
After about 20 minutes and adjusting the truck we got the car out, which had relatively minor damage amazingly. A piece of chrome and some plastics were broken, all cosmetic. The snow was so packed into the wheel wells that the wheel would only turn to the right. Once we dug the snow out from around the wheel wells, it was driveable again.
The customer followed us back to the shop to pay the bill, then explained what happened. His lapdog had climbed into his lap - all 150 POUNDS OF HIM - and pinned him against the door of the car, he lost control of the car, which then flew into the ditch. (The dog, a bull mastiff named Guido, was not injured.) You can see his neck and collar in some of the pictures, but unfortunately none of the pictures of Guido's face came out.