I had a great bike ride today in 106° heat, all except for one part. I sent the following email to Doug Perry Towing when I got home from my ride:
"I was riding my bike on Forum Blvd. today around 5:10pm, doing 35mph (in a 35mph zone) downhill around the curve that heads away from the Missouri Country Club. A car was holding up traffic behind me, even though I was on the edge of the lane, until I got to the bridge just past Wilson’s Fitness Center. The car finally passed me when I was able to get over about a foot more into a bike lane, and right behind that car was one of your employees driving one of your white trucks. When he got beside me, he revved his engine up to get my attention, then waved his fist and yelled something at me through the window, all while taking his eyes off the road. He then proceeded to flip me off through the rear window as he passed the entrance to the MKT parking lot and on up the hill.
I didn’t get a great look at him, but he was a stocky guy, maybe 25 to mid-30s wearing dark sunglasses and a ball cap. I’m sure you know we have laws in Columbia about acting threatening toward cyclists, and whether you agree with them or not, you will be held accountable if one of your employees–while on the job–does something to cause an accident, or even a potential accident with one of us. If I’d twitched my bar to the right when he came up beside me and revved his engine, I would have hit the side of the bridge and wrecked in front of the traffic that immediately followed him. Let your guys know that not only will I find out who is responsible should something like that ever happen, I’ll hold them criminally liable, and I’ll also hold Doug Perry Towing Inc. civilly liable. If you’d like to spend countless hours dealing with court and put your business assets at risk, then continue to hire people who act irresponsibly and dangerously toward others. Otherwise, I suggest you have a long talk with your people.
I’ll be sure to pass this encounter on to local online cycling forums, and write up an accurate review of my experience with your business on Yelp.com so potential customers will know who they’ll be dealing with should they ever have to do business with you.
Have a nice day."
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