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Did A Towing Company In New Jersey Really Rip People Off In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy?

Submitted by on November 19, 2012 – 11:18 am11 Comments

Imagine losing your home in a hurricane. Imagine life as you know being altered forever. Imagine not knowing where you were going to live in the near future. Then, imagine going back to where your house used to stand to retrieve your car—only to find that it had been towed and that you had to pay upwards of $900 to get it back.

That’s the situation that some residents of Seaside Heights, N.J. reportedly faced late last week. According to many of them, a company called APK Towing in Toms River, N.J. was permitted to remove cars from the streets of Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy hit so that the roads could be cleared of sand, debris, and everything else that ended up being moved into the streets during the storm. However, many of the people who had their cars removed are now having trouble getting them back. In some cases, the towing company is trying to charge them almost $900 to retrieve their cars. In others, the towing company is saying that they have the cars but that they’re not located in their main lot. And, it also sounds like they’re not being very courteous when it comes to dealing with Hurricane Sandy victims.

“The tow company repeatedly laughed and hung up on me yesterday,” one Seaside Heights resident wrote on Facebook. “AND stated directly to me, ‘I am going to get rich off you people, I’m on my way to get 300 cars in Lavallette tomorrow!!!’ They also claimed they towed it on 10/31…I was still home!!! Cars on his lot are marked as towed on 10/32!!! I WANT MY CAR BACK!!!”

We don’t blame people for being frustrated and upset with the towing company. After all they’ve been through in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s ridiculous that they’re having so much trouble getting their cars back. And, we hope that stories like this don’t become a trend. Now that the initial shock of Sandy has worn off, things are going to start to return to normal in many parts of New Jersey and New York, even though thousands of people will still be in recovery mode. So, we hope that people don’t use it as an opportunity to prey on those affected by Sandy. Otherwise, people in Seaside Heights and other parts of the tri-state area will find it nearly impossible to rebuild.

Haven’t these people endured enough devastation already?

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