By Rosalie Tirella
Just got a great letter, which I will run here! But before that, another thought:
If a Worcester Public School teacher was accused (by a student) of sexual assault or just plain old assault, that teacher would be put on paid leave by the City of Worcester. The same thing for one of our police officers. Even Worcester city housing guru Jackie Jackson has been relieved of her duties while she is being investigated by the city/lawyers.
Then why, in God’s name, does Pat’s Towing service, of Shrewsbury Street, get to continue to drive around town (always over the speed limit) terrorizing Worcesterites? They have been accused of beating and kidnapping people! Can’t City Manager Mike O’Brien simply not use Pat’s until the court case has been decided? If the Pat’s crew is found guilty of assault, kidnapping, etc, then O’Brien needs to fire the lot and award the contract to other towing companies. But in the mean time he should put these creeps “on leave.” Why allow them to make more money off the city?
I am beginning to think that our intrepid city leaders are not so fearless – that they are afraid of the tough guys at Pat’s. That they, like the poor folks who are towed by these Good Fellas, would prefer to shut their pusses so as not to incur the wrath (fists??) of Pat’s.
Here’s the letter:
Pat’s Towing: “greedy,” “no leeway”
Pat’s Towing “succeeds” by having so many Tow Trucks driving around that if someone parks somewhere for as short as five minutes where they are not supposed to park, they are immediately towed. No other tow company is as omnipresent or unforgiving. At the Denholm Building, in downtown Worcester, there is a parking lot adjacent to the building that looks like it is for the building; however, it’s not. Many people entering the building or the nearby St. Paul’s Church who park in this lot are immediately towed. There are places one can park during the day without being towed, but when the clubs are active at night, you are towed immediately.
The bottom line is Pat’s, by being so everywhere all the time, ends up being an unforgiving presence in the city. You could say they are just doing their job well, and you would be right, but because they are so greedy in towing without any leeway or forgiveness, it would be nice to get rid of them.
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