caught up yesterday with Mike Christopher
as the 45-year-old entrepreneur from suburban St. Louis was headed to meet his attorney to discuss ways to trademark his new tow-truck company, Camel Towing
. Daily RFT
: How did you come up with the name Camel Towing? Christopher
: A buddy of mine from high school and I have been talking about this for ten years. Finally, we were sitting around drinking one night and I said, 'What the hell, I'm going to do it!' Now, in thirteen weeks, I've gone from not having a penny to my name to having one tow truck and now three trucks. I'm just a dumb ass who worked as a teamster truck driver for 25 years until I got hurt on the job three years ago. I don't know why other people haven't come up with this idea. They're just too ball-less to do it, I guess. So it takes balls to be a Camel Tow?
You got that right. People love it. We've got our own Facebook page. The other day I'm driving down the highway and this guy sees my truck and he whips a U-turn and follows me all the way to my shop. It's Tony Twist
(former St. Louis Blues player). He shook my hand and said it was the greatest name he ever heard of.Do you offer any discounts?
We already offer the cheapest rates in town -- $45 hookup fee and $3 a mile. But I'm thinking of running a promotion for ladies where I give them a ten percent discount if they show me their camel toe. But be careful ladies. If you've got a moose-knuckle, I charge a 25 percent surcharge. Moose-knuckle?
That's a fat girl with a camel toe. No one wants to see that! And you'll make the call?
My god, yes. The worst thing that could happen is I drive around town and have pretty ladies show me their cooch. What the hell? Hey, dude, I'm a sick fuck. I don't care. If you want to be a bear, be a grizzly. Fuck it. Go for it. We also offer another special. Uhm, what's that?