Before we get into this, I want to point out that even though I’ve been a licensed driver in Pennsylvania for 35 years, I’ve never once had my car towed. And shock of shocks, not even in Wilkes-Barre.
Thing is, it’s very easy to avoid having your vehicle towed. Not by Ed Soltis. Not by Bob Kadluboski. And not by Leo Glodzik. It's real easy to avoid. Too easy. All that you have to do is follow the rules. It’s simple. And I like simplicity.
Apparently, the most very basic of rules are not simple enough for some of those folks from sleepy Forty Fort. Well, too much to ask of one.
City tower’s conduct blasted
Selected excerpts from the Times Leader…
WILKES-BARRE – Allegations of bribes and kickbacks filled council chambers Tuesday as Forty Fort resident Mark Robbins questioned the city’s contract with LAG. Towing.
“I speak to you today about the hundreds of poor people who have lost their cars due to the city’s allowance of predatory pricing with LAG Towing and Leo Glodzik,” Robbins told council during his five-minute presentation. “Based on public information, the mayor and the city are profiting off the backs of the poorest, most vulnerable and most defenseless citizens. It is obvious that something is amiss.”
Robbins said his car was towed by LAG on June 1, and he contends that the city tower damaged the steering on his vehicle. Robbins claimed Glodzik was “in my face,” prompting him to call 911 for help. Robbins alleged city police officers arrived and held a “powwow” with Glodzik before talking to him and then treated him in a disrespectful manner.
“He was protected like a band of goons would protect a rogue dictator,” he said. “The cops yelled, swore, and showed complete disdain for me. They tried to intimidate me into oblivion. It felt like Rodney King without the clubs. They were bating me to lose my temper. It was obvious they wanted an excuse to put me in jail.”
“Mr. Robbins obviously wasn’t satisfied with the responses the officers gave him,” Dessoye said. “But if they were acting inappropriate, why would they call their supervisor – Sgt. William Harden – to come to the scene?”
Robbins said he took a polygraph test to document his account of the incident. He said he passed with an average certainty of 99.2 percent.
In my opinion, this is fairly easy to follow.
The tower, the patrolmen, the supervising sergeant, the police chief, and the mayor are all corrupt and dishonest and suspect, not the complainant. Everybody is to blame, but not him.
An illegally parked vehicle with an expired inspection sticker and an expired registration suggests to me that while Mr. Robbins may be well-spoken, he does not take care of business, nor does he pay attention to detail. And as for the vehicle being so blatantly illegal, perhaps he ought not be wasting money on polygraph tests. Get the illegal thing fixed and make it legal!!!
And that latter part makes me wonder about his true motivations. Or should I say, who in Wilkes-Barre might have helped put him up to this during the height of the anti-Leighton October Surprise onslaught?
I'm allowed to wonder.
And I really take serious, serious exception with anyone claiming that our police officers are far less than professional. Fact is, I know that not to be true.
Just three weeks ago, my grandsons and I had a downtown run-in with Sgt. William Harden. At first, I had no idea what he was going on about, and his next move seemed a bit excessive to me. In hindsight, I think he thought I was initially ignoring his commands.
But once he explained what was up, and after Zach was scared straight, Sgt. Harden was amiable and told us to “have a nice day.” Case closed. Point made. No biggie.
Although, if I were like most of the brain-dead folks out there, I would have taken immediate exception to him singling out the “poorest, most vulnerable and most defenseless citizens,” people like my ‘innocent’ little grandson.
In conclusion, I would have to smugly suggest to Mr. Robbins that he stop bringing his illegal jalopies into Wilkes-Barre, that he stop parking illegally in Wilkes-Barre and that he stop making scenes when called out on his laundry list of illegalities.
And then we have the question of anger management?