Repo Work

So I don’t know if anyone has told you this little secret, but a lot of TV is actually fake. Even “reality TV”. There’s very little actual reality involved; in fact, it’s mostly reenactments with actors playing out a story, either loosely based on a real interaction the “stars” had or by a writing team.

A few years back, reality TV ushered in a surprisingly popular genre of reality TV involving tow truck drivers, specifically repo men. Each and every single interaction involved the driver encountering an insanely volatile and angry car owner who would just erupt in rage over getting their car towed. Now, truthfully, yes, this does happen on occasion. However, a good repo driver will scope out the car and pick it up when it’s obvious no one is around.

Repo drivers know how hard this line of work is. They don’t want the crazy interactions. This is real life; no one needs “ratings”. There isn’t a sweeps week happening. Just a car missing a few month’s worth of payments, and someone who may or may not try to blow your head off.

There’s very little that’s actually glamorous about repossessing cars. There aren’t camera crews, you aren’t going to be recognized by fans, at the end of the day, you’re going to have your fair share of people angry with you.

I’ve heard it all about repo guys: their tires getting slashed, cops giving them grief over getting called on them death threats, the gamut. But you don’t see that on TV shows; you see a colorful cast of characters who get into it in amusing, albeit stressful ways, and the driver comes out on top each time and then rolls around in a pile of money. As a result, the average Joe sitting at home watching his show goes “Hey! I can do that!” No. No you can’t.

It’s not that repoing cars is rocket science. I’m not saying you can’t do it. It’s just that, like anything, you can’t just wake up one day and do it. It takes time. It takes experience. It takes having a hard shell, and honestly, most people can’t stomach it.

If you’re legitimately interested in doing it, then by all means, please don’t let me stop you. But get some time under your belt. Work for someone else doing first before trying to start your own company. It’ll open your eyes.

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