SUMMERVILLE, CHATTOOGA COUNTY (WRCB) -- Gary Rape of Gary's Towing has a bumper sticker on his truck that reads, "Does this ass make my truck look big?" Next to the caption is a picture of Chattooga County Sheriff Steve Everett.
"I can say what I want," says Rape. "It doesn't say vote for someone or not. It's my opinion."
It's an opinion that doesn't sit well with Sheriff Steve Everett and you can see why.
Gary Rape tows cars for both the county and Georgia State Patrol.
A trooper paid a visit to express his concern over the sticker. It was a conversation Gary recorded and shared with Channel 3.
In the recorded message, the trooper says, "My boss man told me to come here and tell you this is inappropriate."
The insult is stuck to Gary's personal truck, not his tow truck.
After the sheriff accused him of over-pricing, he took him off the sheriff's list for recommended companies.
Gary blames the sticker.
"This is in response to some things the sheriff said, like he wouldn't let me tow his son's bike."
Sheriff Everett shows Channel 3 where his office was charged $270 last April for two towing jobs from Gary's Towing.
The sheriff says someone volunteered to do it for $30 and that's why Gary was dropped.
Everett admits he does not like the sticker, but he claims this is about saving taxpayers money.
"It is just a matter of opinion for different people," says Everett. "In law enforcement, we feel like it is unprofessional."
In the recorded message, the trooper says, "You're basically employed by us to tow vehicles and we run a professional operation."
Gary hired a lawyer after the trooper visited to see if his Civil Rights were violated.
He also wants the towing companies in town to be handed fair deals, which he feels is not happening.
"My reason is all towing services should be used," says Rape. "I spoke up from the start about this."
Gary's is still towing for the State and has denied all claims of over pricing.
Rape has not filed a lawsuit, but is talking with his attorney.
The sheriff says he will use the company he claims saves the taxpayer money.
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:06:28 GMT
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