“I Don’t Get No Respect”

May 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

If you’ve seen the movie Caddyshack you know who Rodney Dangerfield is. In his comedy act he was known for his opening liner of “I don’t get no respect. No respect — no respect at all — that’s the story of my life.”

In the day-to-day challenges of being a woman in the towing industry, I sometimes feel the same way – and it’s no joking matter.

I was reminded of this the other day when a customer didn’t want to speak to me about setting up a tow for his truck. He wanted to talk to “one of the guys.”

I’ve also gotten the “sweetie, sugar and hon” routine, which really grates on my nerves. When I get phone calls and the person asks to speak to the owner and I tell them I can help them, I often get a short pause on the other end. I think I catch them off guard because they don’t expect to hear that the owner of a towing business is a woman.

A friend of mine and her husband started their towing business with both of them doing the towing and service calls. She once told me that all the mechanics and salesmen in one of the dealerships they towed for would come and watch as she backed the vehicle she was towing into one of the service bays – like this was the weirdest thing in the world.

We have come a long way in regard to the employment of women in the towing industry and guys, you know how hard it is to get the respect of the public for our profession. A lot of the public still thinks towers have junkyard tow trucks and dirty, grimy drivers. Let’s not add to that by not respecting those women.

Unlike Rodney, Aretha Franklin had it right in her song, women want “R E S P E C T … just a little bit…