Clarksville, TN – June 20, 2016 – Almost 100 people spent at least part of their day Saturday watching a woman sit in her car on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard trying to prevent her vehicle from being repossessed while many more watched it all unfold online.
The situation started about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the UPS Store after a repossession agent arrived with a tow truck to repossess a black Mercedes. The driver of the truck assumed the woman had gone into the store to pick up a package when he hooked up the car to the tow truck.
The unidentified woman, however, was still inside the vehicle, beginning a 13-hour standoff between the owner and repossession agent.
A post in a local Facebook group called Clarksville Chat drew people to the store to witness the events unfold for themselves. The initial post drew more than 500 comments, and more threads popped up once the attention grew.
Posts in the group drew more people to the scene, like Ed Dixson and his girlfriend, Becky Danielson. The several posts about the event had over 1,500 comments collectively. Dixson did a live Facebook video from the scene, and a handful of others shared their own videos or photos of the woman and the tow truck.
“Feeds were just blowing up so much that people had to create new posts to keep up,” Danielson told The Leaf-Chronicle. “This (was) some free entertainment.”
A man, said to be the woman’s husband, was seen bringing her McDonald’s during the standoff. She also was seen urinating in a cup and pouring it out the window of her car.
The man also brought her cans of gas so she could leave the car running to use the air conditioning.
Dixson and Danielson arrived at the store about 10:45 p.m. and said there were about 50 people there as well. Others claimed there to be almost 100 bystanders at one point.
Dixson’s recording of his live stream of the event had over 2,000 views as of Sunday morning.
The standoff ended about midnight when people were asked to leave so the woman could clean out her car and her belongings without people photographing and recording her.
Threaded comments said police were at the scene at one point but did not conduct any action because the conflict was a civil matter.
Source: The Leaf Chronicle