The Chicago Tribune Magazine reports on the city tow truck business. In a department competing with newly privatized towing contracts and dealing with scandals involving the stripping of impounded cars, one reporter spends some time riding with a tow truck driver to see the story from the inside out. For tow truck drivers, towing illegally parked cars is just business; for citizens it's expensive, embarrassing and inconvenient. However, these city employees who are just doing their job are a dying breed; they're being replaced by guys for whom the number of cars towed is directly linked to the amount of money they make.
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