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Orlando, Florida Towing Company Owner Arrested for Targeting 'Gay Days' Attendees

Jason-Combs-jpg--1-On Friday, the owner of an Orange County towing company was arrested for illegally towing vehicles during the county's yearly Gay Days celebration.

County deputies say the towings appeared to have specifically targeted Gay Day attendees.

The owner in question, Jason Combs (pictured), has been charged with several things: grand theft, failure to release vehicle, failing to maintain records, failure to post towing contracts, failure to notify the sheriff's office within 30 minutes of a tow and violating an Orange County ordinance.

The Gay Days event was held in early June.

[via ClickOrlando]

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  1. Gotta say -- I'm a little surprised he didn't just get away with it. Good for Orlando!

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jul 27, 2014 3:33:03 PM


  2. Why do we have to put up with idiot after idiot? Ignorance seems to be our worst enemy.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 27, 2014 3:41:14 PM


  3. Wow. Was inconveniencing some gay people really worth ruining your life and business?

    Posted by: JMC | Jul 27, 2014 3:48:17 PM


  4. What about charging him with a bias crime?

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jul 27, 2014 3:55:02 PM


  5. What a very odd way to meet some gay men. In the end, it will have been a lot cheaper just t ask them out to dinner,.

    Posted by: ben in oakland | Jul 27, 2014 4:04:09 PM


  6. @JMC--

    But, but, THEY"RE GAY!!!! and icky!!!

    And GAAAAWWWWWWWD!

    Posted by: ben in oakland | Jul 27, 2014 4:04:59 PM


  7. He basically stole cars, and lots of them. He needs to be punished accordingly.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 27, 2014 4:14:31 PM


  8. I find this story so ironic! Normally, we are reading about stories where businesses don't want to serve gay people, and in this instance, this owner goes out of his way to "serve" gays in an illegal and demeaning manner...Maybe, this owner has "sincerely held religious beliefs" too!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 27, 2014 4:17:06 PM


  9. @Gay Guy - This is Florida, where it is not illegal to harass gay people.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Jul 27, 2014 4:22:38 PM


  10. Do we know the business name?

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 27, 2014 5:02:16 PM


  11. "Do we know the business name?"

    I think it's "Gay Tow-Away"

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Jul 27, 2014 5:15:52 PM


  12. HOLD ON....

    Isn't he covered under that Hobby Lobby decision? Mr Combs, just say it's all part of your sincerely held religious beliefs...

    Posted by: AdamTh | Jul 27, 2014 5:22:57 PM


  13. The company is ASAP Towing.

    Posted by: Kale | Jul 27, 2014 5:34:08 PM


  14. The company is ASAP Towing.

    Posted by: Kale | Jul 27, 2014 5:34:10 PM


  15. @Gay Guy, he is being held in lieu of 1.25Million bond. The judge has demanded records from his company to see if this is a common tactic or one just employed at the venue near the Gay Days host hotel that week. If so, he is prepared to elevate it to a hate crime.

    Posted by: acorlando | Jul 27, 2014 5:54:16 PM


  16. Anti-gays treat gays even worse than the way Scientologists treat so called 'SPs' - They use the "Fair Game" philosophy where a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. goes.

    Therefore, if an anti-gay 'person' owns a towing company, they'll do what this guy did.

    Makes me wonder about anti-gay doctors or firefighters...

    Posted by: GameGenie | Jul 27, 2014 8:06:00 PM


  17. There doesn't appear to be any reason to believe he was targeting gay people for being gay, simply that he's a predatory tow operator.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jul 27, 2014 8:25:02 PM


  18. @"ENCHANTRA",

    It appears you didn't try to read the article,
    "County deputies say the towings appeared to have specifically targeted Gay Day attendees."

    It appears you didn't read comments from others either...
    "The judge has demanded records from his company to see if this is a common tactic or one just employed at the venue near the Gay Days host hotel that week. If so, he is prepared to elevate it to a hate crime.
    POSTED BY: ACORLANDO."

    It seems the hate crime elevation is immanent.

    I guess there doesn't appear to be any reason to believe that you're not being willfully dismissive, in this case in favor of anti-gays and their actions targeting gays. In other words, if this were the movie Donnie Darko, Jason Combs would be playing Jim Cunningham and YOU ENCHANTRA would be playing Mizz Farmer trying to cover up for him.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 27, 2014 8:43:35 PM


  19. Typical white guy, right?!?! Lol

    Posted by: cgueyser | Jul 27, 2014 9:06:55 PM


  20. Why is he being persecuted for practicing his sincerely held religious beliefs?

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Jul 27, 2014 10:05:52 PM


  21. ACorlando - Targeting gay days attendees is not necessarily the same as targeting people because they are gay. It actually makes sense as a crime to tow people who probably have the cash on hand to pay the ransom. But if you need to get your vagina in a knot about something, go right ahead.

    Posted by: enchantra hagatha hearne | Jul 28, 2014 1:55:46 AM


  22. You know, he can HAVE "sincerely held religious beliefs", and he may or may not be charged with a hate crime, but being a tow truck company operator requires a HIGH level of public trust. Violating the public trust will nearly certainly LOSE him the right to operate a tow truck company.

    And, sadly for his ability to donate $$ to the church or religious organization of his choice, and rather unlike Donald T. Sterling who's "losing" the Los Angeles Clippers, this guy isn't going to get "top dollar" for his franchise, medallion, license or whatever they call it. It's going to be a fire sale. This amounts to grand theft auto, repeatedly or at least extortion [but since he didn't accept payments to bail out the cars, that means he basically "stole" them, perhaps for hate, but at the risk of everything he worked for his entire life up until now].

    Perhaps his wife can haul his bacon out of the fire as Shelly Sterling seems to hauling Donald's [by calling him "mentally incompetent, a severe blow to an old guy's ego], but they've got billions to play with. This poor smuck is, well, f*cked.

    I hope he is a millenialist and believes that the end times are upon us and that he's going to be raptured any day now. And for his sake, I hope he's right. I don't think he is right and thus this is deeply sad. Oh, and all the people who's cars he towed illegally have a claim against his company's assets, so even if it IS sold for any amount, gonna get a whole lot smaller pdq. It is just so pathetically sad and stupid. I can only hope he learns from it, but even more sadly, I doubt he will.

    Posted by: ben~andy | Jul 28, 2014 2:21:34 AM


  23. When I read about a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they should abolish sex change mutilations) case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems. I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim whether or not that is the case.

    Eg. in 2007, former MSNBC host Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (Tucker Carlson) was condemned by lesbian columnist Pamela F. Spaulding, Huffington Post & Daily Kos after Tucker Carlson talked of how as a teenager he had bashed a gay who was harassing him in a public restroom for sex. Though the homosexual committed criminal indecent exposure (public restroom is the place to use toilet and wash up not a place for sex) by harassing Tucker Carlson and though Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson defended himself by bashing the gay & after knocking the gay unconscious, he called the cops who arrested the homosexual for indecent exposure-Huffington Post, Daily Kos & lesbian columnist Pamela F. Spaulding all condemned him. That homosexual gets no sympathy because that homosexual committed a crime by harassing an underage teenage boy for sex in a public bathroom and the teenage boy defended himself. Since Daily Kos, Huffington Post and lesbian columnist Pamela F. Spaulding among others see nothing wrong with homosexuals committing crimes such as indecent exposure in public restrooms and condemn men who defend themselves against these crimes, I don’t trust media on the gay bashing topic, because too many make homosexuals look innocent victims no matter what wrong the gay does.

    If a defense lawyer in a gay bashing case wants to raise a crime the gay did such as harassment, indecent exposure, etc. before man reacted violently, then that must be regarded in deciding verdict. As known with murder cases, there is Murder 1, Murder 2 and Manslaughter which is a jury topic. A jury can acquit or if they convict, they can convict a person on lesser charge. Jury decides if it’s justified or excess force. A rebuttal people make is that gay bashers will sometimes say things to justify their deeds such as saying the homosexual committed indecent exposure, harassment, stalking and so on and that it’s the gay basher’s side of story. Yes-but just as gay basher’s have interest to justify their deeds, gay bashing victims have interest to make themselves look like innocent victims. We don’t always know the other side of story and that is usually different from what homosexual says happened. Again if it’s true homosexual committed indecent exposure, harassment, stalking, etc. before men reacted violently, then the fact the homosexual committed a crime before he was bashed must be decided by jury in deciding if gay basher(s) used reasonable or excess force. I would rather have a case where a jury decides if a man’s reaction to bashing or killing a homosexual is justified or excess vs. the man doesn’t do enough and the gay does something worse.

    Posted by: funinsnowfall | Jul 28, 2014 8:34:00 AM


  24. Seems like a set-up for a gay porn site.

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 28, 2014 8:43:11 AM


  25. More cut and paste from FuninSnowfall, AKA Buttacharya and a host of other fake names. You sure to hang around gay websites an awful lot, don't you.

    Just come out, honey. You'll have so much more time for something productive.

    Posted by: ben in oakland | Jul 28, 2014 10:48:57 AM


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