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ASAP Towing Owner Arrested for Targeting Gay Days Attendees

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Jason Combs ASAP Towing

Jason Combs was arrested and charged with 29 counts of grand theft auto  Photo: Fox 35 Orlando

Meet Jason P. Combs, owner and proprietor of Jacksonville’s ASAP Towing and your newest contender for Worst Person of the Week. Combs was arrested Friday for illegally towing 100 vehicles belonging to attendees of Gay Days back on June 5-9. It’s alleged that Combs and his “spotters” specifically targeted these vehicles for towing for the drivers’ sexual orientations.

Combs is being charged with 29 cases of grand theft auto and held on $51,000 bond. It is said that he had more than 100 vehicles towed from a parking lot across the street from the host hotel despite not having a contract for that particular lot.

Cpl. Rick Schmeltzer says that Combs used spotters to wait out drivers leaving their vehicles. Once the coast was clear, they’d signal to a hidden truck, which would tow the car away a mere 5 to 10 minutes after it was legally parked.

The cars were then taken to the impound lot more than 10 miles away from the lot, another way in which the tows were not in compliance with Florida law.

In order to recover their cars, individuals were forced to pay $165 and an additional $40 “gate fee,” which is said to be impermissible under Florida law. All told, Combs’ company would have made around $20,000 from the illegally impounded vehicles.

In his rebuttal, Combs’ lawyer comes just inches short of blaming the dreaded GAY AGENDA for the charges pending against his client:

“The fact that the [criminal] complaint said something about Gay Days makes me wonder what’s behind it,” said R. David de Armas. “If someone shoplifted during Gay Days would the complaint mention that it happened during Gay Days?”

De Armas also asserts that his client has nothing against gay people or the Gay Days event itself, and states that Combs is “a businessman doing his job.” If Jason Combs’ job is being an asshole who tows cars illegally as a way to rip off people who live a lifestyle with which he doesn’t agree, there may be some credence to that assertion.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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    Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as "the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio." He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.

  • “The Gay Lifestyle”
    I hate this term. It presupposes that all LGBT people live a collective “lifestyle” rather than living with unique qualities, means, and ends. It assumes that every gay person shares a style of living. This could not be further from the truth. Yes, we do share a common thread in our culture. That thread being we, as a community, have overcome prejudice and discrimination from the majority of the population for millennia. Other than that, we all live very different lives and have very different lifestyles. We do not all share a common attitude, possession, or habit.
    I am a homebody, whereas some of my friends enjoy going out to clubs, some enjoy hiking, while others like to travel the globe. We don’t all listen to the same music, watch the same movies, wear the same clothes, or take the same amount of exercise. We aren’t all domesticated. Some have children, some don’t. Some vacation in the south, some in the north. Some smoke, some abstain.
    To categorize all LGBT people as living a singular “lifestyle” is to say that you are too close minded and ignorant to realize the differences between us as people. I would never assume that ALL heterosexuals share a “lifestyle”, why would someone feel it is acceptable to put all LGBT people into one box and why do we continue to allow ourselves to be put into that box? For convenience of labeling? By allowing ourselves to be marginalized, we only perpetuate the fallacy that “lifestyle” defines us as a whole. It does not.
    Next time someone speaks about “the gay lifestyle”, kindly remind them that there is no such thing, just as there is not a “ginger lifestyle”, a “blue eyed lifestyle”, a “heterosexual lifestyle”, an “African American lifestyle”, or a “left handed lifestyle”. We are all unique in our own ways and we ALL choose our “lifestyles” but our sexuality is not a choice.

  • Kyle Johnson

    Hey Lance,

    I don’t disagree with you one bit. I only used the term lifestyle to convey the sentiment most commonly expressed by people who are blatantly and overtly homophobic but avoid actually admitting such, and I had hoped that was a little bit clearer than perhaps it was. Folks who use it in this manner misunderstand the very meaning of the term, rather using it as an aspect of codified language that is ostensibly little better than actual discriminatory language. As individuals, we all have unique lifestyles which are not predetermined by our race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • I understood the reference as an ironic use, almost a quotation of, bigoted language. I thought your intent was pretty clear from the context Kyle. I enjoy your style.