Oregon tow truck driver fired after tirade caught on camera

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by KGW.com staff

KREM.com

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 1:40 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The owner of a 3 Boys Towing said he was "appalled" and fired a driver caught on camera yelling at a car wash owner in a profanity-laced tirade Friday.

It all started in the parking lot of Scrubby's Car Wash about 3 p.m. The car wash was crowded and owner Dean Hurford called for a tow truck to remove a car from his lot.

Hurford said when the driver from 3 Boys Towing arrived, the driver got frustrated and screamed at an older woman in the parking lot.

A worker at the car wash took video of a profanity-laced exchange. Hurford said when he heard a commotion he came over to see what was going and if he could help.

Cars blocked the tow truck from getting to the car that needed the tow and the driver wanted them to move.

The tow truck driver said he had a contract to tow the car. Hurford wouldn't let that happen.

Watch: Fight between tow truck driver and car wash owner (Warning: Graphic Language)

Police showed up and eventually the tow truck left without the car. Hurford said he's never had anything like this happen before.

“There were people all over. People were hiding because they were afraid. It was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Hurford said.

KGW spoke with Mike Heslen, the owner of 3 Boys Towing, on Saturday. He said his company is all about customer service and promptly fired the driver once he saw the video.

On Friday evening, Heslen said he would consider a lawsuit against the person who took the video, but after he watched the footage, he said he would not pursue legal action.

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KGW reporters Art Edwards and Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.

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