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  • Posted on March 31, 2005 at 8:45 pm

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Yet another reason I’m glad I don’t drive

  • Posted on January 4, 2005 at 9:56 am

So now the City of Houston has this thing going, where if you break down on the freeway, you basically have six minutes to get your ass going again or a tow truck will arrive to cart your car off, whether you want it to or not, to the location of your choice–for a minimum fee of $75. Don’t have $75 on you? Well, then your car gets impounded and a new clock starts ticking–the one that counts down to “we’re selling your car.” You cannot call your own tow truck. You cannot call AAA until after the tow. You will get towed by a city-approved tow truck whether you want it or not, and you will pay at least $75 right there on the spot.

The people that like this policy say “well, it’s your responsibility to make sure your car can handle a trip on the freeway!” Okay. What if my car is perfectly freeway-worthy but my perfectly good tire happens to pick up a nail or a sharp bit of scrap metal or hit a stray piece of rebar the wrong way while on the goddamn freeway? It’s your goddamn responsibility to clean up your construction debris, City. And you’re going to pretty much fine me $75 because of YOUR fuckupery in doing so? Bitch, are you for real!?

I wouldn’t be so bitchy about this shit if they’d just come out and call it what it is: a way to make up the budget shortfall. Seriously, Bill, just say it straight up. “Hi, Houston, we need money, so if you break down on the freeway we’re going to screw you out of some, kbye.” BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT IS. It doesn’t have a fucking thing to do with safety or improving traffic flow or any of that shit, it’s all about FUCKING MONEY and GETTING MORE OF IT OUT OF YOU.

Fucking Houston.

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