The 3 Minute Tow

How fast do you think DC city tow trucks operate?

From spotting a rush hour blocking car to rolling away with the No Parking violator swinging behind the tow truck?

I timed this car jack at just under 3 minutes. Or quicker than the S bus made two stops.

Think about that the next time you plan on a quick stop at rush hour: can you do your thing faster than the city’s tow trucks do theirs.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tiff (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 8:26 am

    I get a serious case of schadenfreude every time I see someone being towed from the curb during rush hour. I feel bad that the person’s day is pretty much ruined and it’s going to cost them a bunch of money to get their car back, but I also enjoy watching the consequences of thinking their convenience for “5 minutes” (usually more like 10 or 20) is more important than the convenience for the literally hundreds of people (including public transit riders!) whose commutes they’re screwing up.


  2. UnusualCandor (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    I have seen a tow truck driver in Clarendon from the time he pulled into a lot to the time he left with someone’s car was 15 seconds. No exaggeration. I think they waited to strap down the car until they left the lot. It was unreal to watch. I almost felt bad for the owner. Then I got over it.


  3. Mad Cabbie (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    The tow truck operators are usually ex cons so they know their shit! By the way I don’t feel sorry for those jerks who park illegaly during rush hours and get their car towed! It could be an expensive lesson.



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