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Posted: 6:17 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Scott Wickersham
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Eyewitness News has exclusive video showing a man attacking a worker putting boots on cars in Elizabeth. The worker shot video on his cellphone. Police said a man tried to smash the boot off his car then grabbed the workers phone and threw it onto Seventh Street. James Miller works for United Towing, the same company people complained about putting boots and cables on their cars in a shopping center across from Jackelope Jacks. The signs say parking is for three businesses only and he booted the man's car for violating the policy. "And then he just snapped," Miller said. Miller shot video as the man tried to smash the cable with a wrench. Then the man cursed him out and grabbed his phone and tossed into Seventh Street. Miller said he's just trying to do his job, but this kind of thing happens all the time. "I make a point not to argue with them just let them vent," Miller said. United Towing owner Tim Harden said he's doing the job he was hired to do and disagrees with the Better Business Bureau's F rating for his company. "I've been accused of this predatory towing, predatory booting. None of it takes place if you don't park there," Harden said. Three people own parts of the shopping center. Jim Lowder said he has to defend these spots for his renters parking. "People call and say, 'It's noon. The parking lot is full, and there's nobody in my store,'" Lowder said.
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