In last week’s issue we reported on a tow truck service that appears to be out of control.
The city is now investigating whether a Detroit tow service has the authority to tow cars that are parked in the CVS parking lot after the store closes. The tow company has three signs warning car owners that unless they have business at CVS, their cars will be towed.
The company has been pursuing that policy aggressively in recent weeks.
Even if this company is operating within the boundaries of legality, the whole situation doesn’t pass the smell test.
There have been accusations that the drivers of this company have threatened and intimidated car owners. One night there were five tow trucks lined up to haul away their bounty.
On top of that, the company demanded car owners to pay in cash — anywhere between $400 and $500 — to get their car back.
For a long time people have complained bitterly about the behavior and predatory practices of tow truck services in the area.
It is time the city and state legislators step up and take a closer look at how these companies operate. There is a need to regulate this industry.
And while we’re at it, the city ought to look into collecting income taxes from the tow truck drivers who are earning an income working here.
The folks at CVS headquarters also need to re-examine its policy on non-store customers using their parking lot. Parking is extremely tight in the city, and other businesses rely on these lots.
Be a good corporate neighbor, CVS, and take down those tow truck signs.