Learning by example

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

How Not to Respond to Towing Companies, and Police

1. A Portland, Ore., tow-truck driver got the angry towee of a lifetime in a local woman who — after a crowd surrounded the driver’s truck one recent eventful night at a Portland apartment complex as he attempted to make away with the woman’s vehicle — responded to the driver’s offer to release the vehicle for the $150 towing charge by setting the truck ablaze. She was held on $225,000 bond, according to the Portland Oregonian’s website.

2. In West Virginia, a DUI case turned into battery of a police officer when the driver of a Mazda 626, Jose Cruz, while awaiting processing, seated four feet from a patrolman on duty back at the station, reads the complaint, “>scooted the four feet to Ptlm Parsons … and lifted his leg and passed gas loudly on Ptlm Parsons.” Adding insult to injury, Cruz then “fanned the air with his hand in front of his rear onto Patrolman Parons [emsic].”> As could be expected, the gas so passed, well, “was very odorous,” according to the report, and an insult to the patrolman’s person. WSAZ TV’s website reported later that the battery charge was dropped, but DUI and obstruction of justice charges held.