Tow night

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By Kate Gleason

While tow truck drivers are not the most beloved people on campus, Dan Grider, a tow truck driver at Reynold’s Towing, 210 E. University Ave., Urbana, said he still enjoys his job.

“There’s no such thing as a typical day in this business,” he said. “Every day I go out there and something new happens.”

Grider said he has seen a great deal during his ten years working as a tow truck driver.

“Whatever you can imagine, it’s happened,” he said. “I get calls all the time and you wouldn’t believe what sort of messes some people get themselves into.”

Grider said one of the most memorable experiences he can remember occurred when a person called and said his car was stuck. When Grider arrived, the car was stuck in a 15-foot ditch.

Another time, he said someone called because his car was not starting. When he showed up, all four tires were flat.

Grider said Reynold’s handles about 70-75 calls each day, dealing with all sorts of problems.

“Sometimes people will call because someone is in their parking spot, so we have to come out and move that car,” he said. “But mostly people call us because they just can’t start their car.”

Terry Lemke, a nighttime driver for Reynolds, said people obviously do not enjoy finding out that their car has been towed.

“But people don’t get as upset with a repossession as when we relocate their cars, for some reason,” Lemke said.

Phil Henke, a senior in LAS, said his car was towed last year. He was parked in a spot across the street from his dorm and did not know he was not allowed to park there. His car was towed by Reynold’s Towing. To get his car back, he had to pay $80, then an additional $25 for a ticket he received.

“I felt it was insult to injury getting towed and ticketed,” he said.

Even though Henke tried to appeal the ticket, he did not win and was forced to pay the money.

“My favorite part is helping people,” Grider said. “I like helping people out when they’re in trouble. That’s my job.”