• Dec 12th 2008 at 8:02AM
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Click above to watch video over at WJLA

Wednesday we showed you a clip of the Shanghai Lady exacting revenge on a tow truck driver taking her beloved crossover. Even though the video was quite possibly staged, it gives us a tiny thrill to see the roles reversed like that. Today, it's another story, but unfortunately this one doesn't end so well for the driver or her poor Audi.

After finding her Audi sitting on cinder blocks on Thanksgiving morning, Chris Thompson called police and her insurance agency to report the theft. While waiting for replacement wheels and tires, the car sat on the street, still up on the blocks. Meanwhile, a neighbor who thought the car might have been stolen and dropped on their street called police to report it. A $250 ticket was placed on the Audi even though the full police report of the wheel theft was clearly visible in the windshield.

What happened next seems almost sacrilegious. The city towed her car with no wheels on it. They just winched it onto a flatbed by dragging it on its rotors. They didn't even remove the cinder blocks beforehand. As you can imagine, the owner is quite upset and the poor Audi faces a long time in the shop and tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. Click over to WJLA to watch the video, but be forewarned: It is a bit wonky. You may have to watch Regis and Kelly or an Acura ad several times before it plays. Just be patient and keep clicking. Thanks for the tip, Seminole!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      that was audi s6 as well i think.
      wow ppl just dont give a flying flip. after thanksgiving too.

      retards@work basically. in east europe this tow lady would get a private visit late at night and probably would not show up for work for few weeks hi hi

      i am just stunned. and these a grownup ppl. i guess they dont get paid to have common sense. i bet if they took interview she would have a stupid face and pretend she didnt know. wheels are f--- missing ? wtf?? there is a report already in progress. or maybe it was her who took the wheels :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, it is a S4. In the video, you can see that it has the quad exhaust (Dual tip on one side) as well as having the satin silver mirrors. All the newer S4's have the satin silver mirror's no matter what color the car is...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it's an A4 Fronttrak S-Line (2006ish).

        You can see the entire VIN it seems to say Audi SLine on the description.

        Those front rotors are too small for an S4 I think.

        S-Lines have the silver mirrors, and Fronttraks have two exhausts on one side (and none on the other).
        • 6 Years Ago
        That most certainly is not an S6, an A6 or even an S4 for that matter. It's an A4 and it isn't worth anything near $70K as quoted in the story. This doesn't make what was done any less horrible though. The level of incompetence of all involved is bordering insanity. I hope this lady is able to successfully sue the city for what she is due.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i based it on twin exaust tip but maybe thats standard now. i couldnt see if its quad.
        or maybe stole rotors too and put "tiny" ones on since they were so nice to use bricks to rest the car
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that really an S6? Those front rotors are so teeny they're simply *adorable*.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is why america is f**ked. ignorance and laziness is prevalent. OT but a prime example is how a UAW members get paid so much but still turn out crap.

      oh i can already hear the irate people typing the replies to this one...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I first saw this on the local news and I wanted to cry... It made me so sick to my stomach... This just shows a complete lack of common sense
      • 6 Years Ago
      and that is why I don't want the government in charge of my healthcare, or much of anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Monkaroo

      Thats exactly what I'm thinking. You care enough about your neighborhood to call the police to say that I think someone dumped a stolen car here but not enough to go to your neighbors and ask them if they know anything about this car in front of their house. And f*ck that, how do you not know what kind of car your neighbors drive but you can notice a car that YOU think isn't supposed to be there? This is precisely why everybody should just mind their own business unless there is a danger to people's lives or property. Neighbors' house is on fire? I'm calling 911 then seeing how I can help. Car on blocks outside their house? I'm thinking "Poor S4 up on blocks like that. That sucks". What danger does the car pose even if it is stolen?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anybody else hate Pohanka Acura now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That pains me to even watch, how can anybody do that to a car, let alone an S4!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know Audis are expensive to fix (I have one), but tens of thousands in repairs seems like a gross exaggeration. New rotors and hubs plus alignment should cover it, and that shouldn't go over $3K, tops.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What!

        LS2LS7 are you for real? Did you not see the sills were caved in from the cinder blocks? Did you not realise the amount of damage that would have done? How about when it was teetering on the back of the truck, with all the underbody components being ripped to shreds. How about the front bumper?

        A lick of paint you say? Uh, how about no.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How would it wreck the transmission?

        On this car it shouldn't wreck the exhaust system. The exhaust system is all above the frame. Also, dragging on the frame shouldn't hurt the frame, it might put scrape marks on it, but paint will cover that.

        Besides, exhaust systems are cheap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The rotors & suspension only protected the car a little bit it. There is considerably body damage too. The cinder blocks were beating it up in various places as the vehicle was moved forward, plus, who knows what happened underneath the car, as it was plain old dragged around on its "belly" ... How far did they drag the car like that? How did they remove it from the truck? Anyhow on my vehicle that would certainly ruin the transmission and exhaust system.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The tow truck driver needs to watch that O'hare towing show on Speed.

      They woulda just used the 20 ton rotator and gon' don' picked it up onto a flat bed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This should surprise no one in Chicago. Their tow dept is looking to make money any way they can.

      Sooooo glad I moved out of that sh1t hole of a city
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, I thought this was Chicago (Channel 7, ABC)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had my SVX towed once at O'Hare. I was waiting for a bud to get his bag of the carousel and really had to make a pit stop. Hazard lights were on, car in park, e-brake deployed and a note with the time. I was inside for less than 2 minutes. Came out and started running after my friend - who was chasing my AWD car that was being towed away.

        We stopped the guy who said that he only came to tow after the ticket was called in. I asked how long between the time the ticket was called in and his arrival to hook the car. He said 10 minutes. I told him I would sue him for fraud as it was clear - based on the time on the ticket and the time on my watch that he had written the ticket. He actually began to cry and said he was paid by the unit he towed with a monthly bonus.

        My car came off the hook and the ticket was torn up. Of course, the clutch pack in the front of the tranny was torn to hell. Thank goodness that all the SVX's "did that" with the tranny. The service department warrantied the repair.

        But you got to love government. They are such angels out to right by the people. Communist F8*^ks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn!!! This is outrageous!!! Why didn't they just take some time to read the damn police report. Stupid people.... btw, the acura ad is so annoying.. thanks for letting me know lol..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm actually HAPPY it was caught on tape so they can sue the city and have a solid case. And those idiot tow truck drivers should be fired immediately. Arrogance and jealousy are a very bad combination.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did anyone happen to notice that some idiot cop wrote the $250 ticket that got it towed, even though the police already had a crime tag on the windshield. Now that should be grounds for idiot award and reassignment to cleaning barf out of the drunk and disorderly holding tank.
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