Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Plea Bargain In Ames, Iowa Predatory Towing Fees Case Photo

I blogged about the situation in Ames, Iowa a while back, click here, and now it turns out justice has finally run its course...

It's not a very SATISFYING course. Click here to read the article.

So the way it shakes out: No jail time. No guilty plea. A bit of restitution. And the name "Mike Louis Auto Body Repair and Towing" is INFAMOUS if I have anything to say about it.

So, yeah, I went to "Merchant Circle Dot Com" and submitted a review about the plea bargain. I find this practice very satisfying. So often stuff is in the media about a bad business, but nobody submits a "Merchant Circle" review to make sure the information has an impact on consumer choices.

A commenter on this blog called it right: Mike Louis hadn't been in the position long enough to shake very much money out of the insurance companies.

On the bright side, the authorities caught him and they made him stop. Other cities and states should be so lucky. Sometimes these situations drag on for many years, and involve hundreds of thousands of dollars. The solution is simple: make towing systems transparent and accessible by internet to all concerned parties.

Just like there should be no "secret jails" in a democracy, there should be no "mysterious impounds" where your car--a symbol of liberty for Americans--has been snatched in the dark of night, and now you're not sure where to find it, while outrageous demands for ransom are put forth by people claiming lawful authority EXACTLY LIKE THIS JERK IN AMES, IOWA was claiming.

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