We’ve got a followup on last night’s story about Direnzo Towing charging over $14,000 in storage fees to a competitor after the owner was killed by a drunk driver.
And it’s a happy ending this time.
This is what we do people. We see a problem, we shame those worthy of being shamed, and then we watch as the problem gets fixed as a direct result of the public shaming. Of course the Turtlegram and Gazette made no reference to this and said it was all due to “social media,” but everyone in the Turtlegram’s comments knows exactly why this happened.
Oh, and the Turtlegram also got part of the story wrong, particularly the part about the “misunderstanding” from owner John Direnzo Jr, who attempted to have us not write the blog last night.
In reality the diabetes dumpster coon decided to give them back the vehicle for no charge because it was bad PR to extort money from the family of a dead man because he couldn’t get over whatever stupid feud they had.
But how many times has this happened to people whose stories didn’t go viral? Why is this scummy company getting preference from Captain Robert Johnson of the State Police? Oh right.
BFFL’s have each other’s back.
Of course it doesn’t hurt when your tow trucks are filled with supporters for the Mayor, State Reps, and Congressman Jim McGovern at the Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
I wonder what Mayor Joe Petty, State Reps Dan Donahue and Jim O’Day, as well as Congressman McGovern think about their association with a company that conducts business like this. Not good.
They’re not the only ones that Direnzo has in their back pockets though. They’ve donated almost $40,000 to various political campaigns.
Check out the OCPF website to see all the people they’ve given cash to.
City Councillors, Lt Governor Karyn Polito, DA Joe Early, State Senator Michael Moore, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Former Lt Governor Tim Murray, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, various state reps, and many more.
Do you think their competitors have this kind of cash lying around to donate to everyone in power from Springfield to 495?
Some people were saying we should start a boycott of Direnzo’s. My response to that is, no. Just no.
- Boycotts are tools of the left to suppress free speech and destroy private enterprise by using mobs to attack people they don’t like. Sure, what Direnzo did was scummy, but too often these “boycotts” turn into harassment campaigns, and there’s just no need for that.
- The best way to boycott Direnzo towing is to park your car legally. I boycott them every day. It’s really easy.
The best way to fight back against companies like this isn’t to boycott them, it’s to publicly shame them. Public shaming works, so remind people of this story the next time they cry about hurt feelz on the Internet.
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