(photo by Joeff Davis)
Donât get mad at Durante Franklin for towing your car from the courthouse parking lot. Heâs just doing his job. Franklin has been a driver with A Tow Inc. for five years and is actually a pretty friendly guy.
âWe tow from city, state and federal government properties. Also private and commercial towing; if you break down and you have services through your insurance company, then we come get you and bill your insurance.â
As an occupational hazard, Franklin has gotten on-the-job threats. âMaybe âbout four times. And I also got âjacked at the courthouse in 2005 by Brian Nichols.â
On the being carjacked by Brian Nichols: "I was at Five Points. A guy walked around the truck with a gun telling me to get out. I said you can have the truck, just donât shoot me. So he took off with my cell phone, radio and everything down Peachtree."
âI went to an accident scene where a young lady was killed. Another car had flipped up and came through the windshield. But her two kids were still alive in her SUV.â
On karma: âIf you're doing wrong, it is going to come back and bite you in the butt.â
Occasionally, Franklin is offered bribes by desperate car-owners. âThey'll be like, âUh, man, I give you $300 to let it down,â and I'll be like âNo, you going to jail and Iâm going to jail â¦ I donât think so.ââ
On how man can achieve salvation: "First of all he's got to get himself together with the Lord. If he donât believe, then he needs to believe."
On people he admires: "I like a lot of people. I love me some Tupac because he always speaks the truth."
On what he wouldn't do for money: "There is stuff you put guidelines on, like that show where they used to have to eat pig guts for money. It's Fear Factor. How are you just going to eat a hog head, and they just killed it, and they say they will give you $20,000? I will pass."
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