Monday, May 21, 2012
Lincoln Towing Blues
With pickaxe and hammer and saw
And they said this garage had no license
But little care I for the law!
All my drivers are friendly and courteous
Their good manners you always will get
'Cause they all are recent graduates
Of the charm school in Joliet.
Seem like Lincoln Towing hasn't changed a whole lot since Steve Goodman immortalized the business in 1973. A reader writes with some disturbing allegations:
"I am not sure if anyone has brought this to your attention as I know there have been many calls into the alderman's office on the subject. First let me say that I am not under the illusion that towing companies in Chicago are an ethical bunch. However- Lincoln Towing is absolutely out of control.
Our building was re-paving our parking area and while unloading the paving materials, my husband and neighbor just witnessed them aggressively tow a car from our alley while my neighbor's wife was holding onto the door! As they sped off, she could have been seriously hurt or worse.
The fact of the matter is- Lincoln Towing is towing from an electrical easement in our alley under the guise of a towing contract with the owner of the empty lot on Malden. This is ILLEGAL- they have no right to tow from the electrical easement. Even IF they have a contract with the land owner- that would not include any part of the easement unless said car was blocking the owners gate/ entry way.
We have also witnessed them asking for bribes...the owner of the property has landscapers come and keep the lot cut and cleared and Lincoln Towing tried to tow them! The landscaper was then asked to "give me all your cash..". Unbelievable and unethical. Something must be done. We have contacted the Alderman's office and were told to call 911...however we do that and there is NO response- nothing- nada, even when there was almost a physical altercation in the "bribe" tow situation. Or- in today's instance, we were told we needed to deal directly with Lincoln Towing. This has now become an issue of harassment as well as safety. We have now demanded that the Alderman get involved and remedy the situation immediately before someone gets hurt."