Tow truck driver refuses to tow motorist over Bernie bumper sticker

WLOS (Greenville, SC:

Tow truck driver refuses to tow motorist over Bernie bumper sticker

WLOS — GREENVILLE, S.C. – A tow truck driver refused to a help a customer stranded on Interstate 26 in Asheville on Monday.“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” said Ken Shupe of Shupee Max Towing in Traveler’s Rest, S.C… “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”

Motorist Cassy McWade says she was in a car accident, and the family called their regular mechanic to drive about 45 minutes north in order to tow her home to Traveler’s Rest from the side of the Interstate. He wasn’t able to make the trip, so McWade says he called Shupe.
He arrived after about an hour and began the process of towing the vehicle.
“He goes around back and comes back and says ‘I can’t tow you.’ My first instinct was there must be something wrong with the car,” McWade told News 13 on Wednesday. “And he says, ‘No, you’re a Bernie supporter.’ And I was like wait, really? And he says, ‘Yes ma’am,’ and just walks away.”

McWade has a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her rear fender and a yard sign in her rear window for Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Shupe , who supports presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said his decision on the side of the interstate this week was more about business than politics.
He believes Bernie Sanders supporters are socialists, and says he’s had problems with two customers over the last six months who supported Bernie Sanders. He said they caused him problems over paying their bills.

“I’ve had some horrible experiences in the last six months with towing cars for this mindset individuals, in that I don’t get paid. They want to argue about a $50 tow bill, and it turns into just a drama and a fuss. And I said, you know, I’m not going to associate with them, and I’m not going to do any business with them,” Shupe said.
“I’m really not interested in doing business with that clientele,” he said of Sanders supporters.

Wow! So he leave a person stranded and thinks he did some thing insirednby the Lord?:banghead:

Yeah, ouch! Why bring religion into this?

If he has such strong convictions about Sanders being a socialist, why not engage the motorist in a conversation on the way to the repair shop? She’s safe and he gets an opportunity to discuss the negative side of socialism.

Her safety should be his top priority.

Wow. Not towing a stranded, disabled woman who was in a car accident and leaving her on the side of the highway is his way to “stand up for what he believes”?

He is off his rocker!

The woman is “legally disabled” and had her handicapped placard clearly hanging from her rearview mirror.



Well, once you start teaching that good works are “useless”, this is the logical result. :rolleyes:

Lends a whole new meaning to “Feel the Bern”

What an arrogant jerk. To think he is proud that he left a disabled woman stranded in an unsafe place.

I hope from now on he plans on asking about a persons politics every time before accepting any jobs. It won’t change that he’s an arrogant jerk but it will prevent someone else been left in a dangerous situation for 1 1/2 because he of that.

I hope everyone in his town stops using his services, too. What a horrible thing to do. And then to try and bring religion into it!

This is what the nation is turning into. Get used to it.

I did not read how she was disabled, but he did say he had had problems the previous months with 2 people not paying their tow bills that were Bernie Sanders supporters. From a business standpoint I can understand a little, but he also could have asked for payment from her or her father or at least requested a credit card number up front.
I certainly would not be happy if a tow truck driver came to help me and refused because I have two pro-life bumper stickers (one with JPII) and the tow truck driver was pro-choice and anti-Catholic. I am sure the publicity over this will not be good for his business.

I’m sure he has more than just Bernie supporters burn him in the last 6 months over towing bills. I find it extremely hard to believe that of all the people he would’ve dealt with only Bernie supporters caused him grief. However, he only wanted to remember those two at that very moment and the memory of those two is why he decided to draw his line in the sand. He can claim Jesus inspired him not to help this woman but it seems a little dubious to me.

The article mentions fairly clearly the woman’s different ailments. However unless she had a brace or noticeable impairment from her arthritis she handicaps may not have been apparent from just looking at her.


He is fortunate that the bumper stickers were not pro gay. The Socialist would have ended up owning his tow truck.

Although I don’t support this tow truck driver I will make a comment that I have never, never put bumper stickers of any kind on my car or truck .

I agree, they damage the bumper and paint and will never come off. Although sometimes I see cars and trucks where the bumper stickers seem to be the only thing holding the bumper together, so maybe in those instances they serve a purpose.


What a horrible thing to do.

Maybe I’ve watched too much People’s Court in my time, but don’t a lot of people dispute towing bills?

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What he said.

I’m taking the trucker’s side of this.

This is still the USA. One of our rights is the right to refuse to do business with someone, unless it’s for such a bad reason that the law steps in. The same people who are trashing the trucker are probably also people who would say that a cake baker should be able to refuse to do business with a gay couple who want a wedding cake.

There is something to be said for the fact that the woman was broken down by the roadside. An argument could be made that such a person is a “captive audience” such that the tower must do business with her. That said, she had no issue with calling a mechanic 45 minutes away, first, and no one is trashing him for saying no. So why can’t the tower who comes out? For that matter, if he’d arrived and she had berated him, or been obnoxious, could he say no then? My point is, if you want to live in a capitalist country, one of a business owner’s rights is and should be the right to say, “I’m not doing business with you at any price.” That is, I would add, 100% consistent with those who favor the rights of the cake baker vs. a proverbial gay couple.

You just have to be different, huh? :stuck_out_tongue:

In all honesty, though, thanks for stepping out and being willing to articulate what will (most likely) be an unpopular opinion.

I think there are parallels with the wedding vendors refusing to serve at a gay wedding, but I don’t think they are completely analogous. For one, a gay wedding is something that runs counter to Catholic teaching while towing a stranded individual is not.

It does raise questions about the rights of business owners vs. the rights of consumers. Perhaps the balance isn’t going to be clear cut. If this were the middle of winter and the temperature was below zero, would you still take the truck driver’s side? It seems to me that in such a situation, his obligation to help would greatly increase.

Oh my Lord, forgive him for he knows not… couldn’t he just have them pay up front???
Get one of those instant pay squares or something???

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