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]

Comments

  1. Alex Parrish says

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

  2. Jay says

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

  3. JMC says

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

  4. ben in oakland says

    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,.

  5. Bernie says

    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!

  6. Gregory in Seattle says

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

  7. AdamTh says

    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…

  8. acorlando says

    @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.

  9. GameGenie says

    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…

  10. Enchantra says

    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.

  11. Anon says

    @”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.

  12. enchantra hagatha hearne says

    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.

  13. ben~andy says

    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.

  14. funinsnowfall says

    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.

  15. ben in oakland says

    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.

  16. Bernie says

    I normally don’t comment on other comments and I know that anything written on here is someone else’s free speech…However, after reading several comments by funinsnowfall and the other alias, he/she uses, as a Clinical Social Worker, I truly believe this person is severely mentally ill. The use of aliases and writing the same thing over and over that denigrates gay people on a gay website along with how and what he/she writes is indicative of a disturbed mind. I am trying to be somewhat respectful to this person, whose identity as a male or female is unknown.

  17. funinsnow says

    a personal attack that people sometimes make against those who are against gay/lesbian behaviors is to accuse people of being homosexuals. They say this hoping for a reaction. You talk of being homosexual/lesbian is a good thing, yet you call people gay as an insult.

    Even if orientation doesn’t change, it’s best for gays/lesbians to be celibate just as it’s best for a person with tobacco orientation not to smoke. Behavior including sexual behavior can be learned. Ted W. Lieu who sponsored the California law is against therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight as California law banned it for minors. Ted W. Lieu is apologist for sex changes and Ted W. Lieu sees nothing wrong with giving a kid hormones to make them fake opposite sex members. Transexuals (mutilated gays and lesbians) have antisocial personalities because the hormone shots and hormone pills damage mind.

    Childhood sexual abuse is linked to this as it is linked to homosexuality and lesbianism.Never have I heard straights blame childhood sex abuse for reasons a man has sex with a woman and fathers children with her. Yet sometimes have heard gays and lesbians say childhood sex abuse is reason they do same sex behaviors.Those denying link between childhood sex abuse and adult gay/lesbian behaviors are usually gay, lesbian or a sympathizer. Sex abuse in youth can cause people to behave in ways. It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

    Gerald (Jerry) A. Sandusky is a gay pedophile because he did homosexual relations with young boys though he was also married to a woman. But homosexual groups say that he is not gay when his conduct defines him as such. A person who has same sex relations with a young boy would be a homosexual pedofile because of his sexual conduct.The priests who molest young boys are gay pedophiles. If a man has sex with little girls only, then he is a straight pedophile. Rush H. Limbaugh’s right when he said Jerry A. Sandusky is gay and columnist Patrick J. Buchanan condemns who he calls gay priests. Sexual behavior is what defines. With homosexuality, lesbianism /tobacco use, it’s best for people to not do gay/lesbian conduct just as it’s best for people to not use tobacco.You didn’t say anything I haven’t already thought about. I guess I must be a bigot against tobacco users because I see something wrong with tobacco use.

    I am not a Christian but I agree with Christians is on the dangers of gay/lesbian agenda and there are many non-Christians and even some atheists who agree with Evangelical Christians. People distrust mainstream psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ on homosexuality is because-1. They arrogantly say they’re mental health professionals as though what they say is infallible. 2. They have pro-homosexual biases and are dishonest. Psychology since 1973 in the USA usually has a pro-homosexual bias and not trustworthy. If a psychologist says truth which offends homosexual groups, then it gets condemned by homosexual groups.

    If you are going to condemn therapy for homosexuals and lesbians who want to change to heterosexuality then you may as well condemn therapy for drug/drinking problems because such therapy often fails and high relapses. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know. Saying 1 does not know and that they will not conclude until they are convinced is Okay. The right thing to do is to hope they are right in their belief and that they did change to heterosexuality. However, It is arrogant for psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ to think they know and condemn by saying they did not change to heterosexuality. It would be rude for a psychologist to condemn an alcoholic who thinks he or she sincerely recovered, yet here people are condemned for saying they believes they recovered from homosexuality. Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean.

    Homofobia is telling truths, theories and speculations which offend homosexual groups. While they have not conclusively proven homosexuality/lesbianism is inborn genes, homosexual groups often use this theory as definite by saying how they are born this way-which possibly can be the case for some but more studies are needed. But when facts are raised about the link between childhood sex abuse and a kid doing homosexual and lesbian activities in adutlhood, homosexual groups often get offended, condemn it as homofobia, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Any facts which show homosexuality/lesbianism to be bad and put negative views on this is condemned. Yes, the theory between a woman smoking during pregnancy and the unborn baby doing homosexual/lesbian conduct in adulthood is not proven and replicated or repeat studies must be done. But the main reason homosexual and lesbian groups are offended by this is theory is because it puts homosexuality negatively by suggesting it is the result of something bad-smoking.

  18. funinsnow says

    see the angry reply I got from a psychologist after I commented here http://aattp.org/tx-ex-gay-activist-says-he-knows-500-dudes-who-went-straight/ Since this psychologist got offended by what I wrote using profanities it makes me believe that the psychologist has copathologies of his or her own. I say this because psychologists & psychiatrists often have disorders of their own because they deal with people’s problems such as paranonia, schizophrenia and the stress of that job can mess up mind. Of course, they have found that people who work in stressful jobs such as paramedics, fire dept, police & war veterans are more likely to have problems such as insomnia, Adult Onset ADD, PTSD because when you see dead bodies (crime scenes), people killed in car wrecks, war deaths and woundings (if you’re a war veteran) those events can stress the mind.

    Psychologists and psychiatrists deal with other people’s problems and that can stress the mind. That psychologist sounds like he or she has disorders of their own and I think it’s because of stress of their job because what that psychologist said is not convincing but got offended because some of us do not trust what mainstream pscyhologists say on homosexuality/lesbianism. People distrust mainstream psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ on homosexuality because-

    1. They arrogantly say they’re mental health professionals as though what they say is infallible.

    2. They have pro-homosexual biases and are dishonest. Psychology since 1973 in the USA usually has a pro-homosexual bias and not trustworthy. If a psychologist says truth which offends homosexual groups, then it gets condemned by homosexual groups.

    If you are going to condemn therapy for homosexuals and lesbians who want to change to heterosexuality then you may as well condemn therapy for drug/drinking problems because such therapy often fails. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know. Saying 1 does not know and that they will not conclude until they are convinced is Okay. The right thing to do is to hope they are right in their belief and that they did change to heterosexuality.

    However, It is arrogant for psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ to think they know and condemn by saying they did not change to heterosexuality. It would be rude for a psychologist to condemn an alcoholic who thinks he or she sincerely recovered. Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean.

    Can sexual orientation for some gays and lesbians change? We know that sexual behavior can. In 2001 Dr. Spitzer said that change was possible for highly motivated individuals and that happened after long journey and he got condemned by gay/lesbian groups. In 2007, he said that while gays and lesbians should not be forced into therapy, he believed it was the hubris of psychologists to deny this for those who want it.

    In 2012, Dr. RL Spitzer retracted, apologized to gay/lesbian groups, saying therapy doesn’t work and condemned it. What I must wonder is did Dr. Spitzer in 2012 say what he believed, or did he say it to pacify gay/lesbian groups ? People have a right to doubt Dr. Spitzer’s sincerity.

    Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism.