The owners of a San Diego company that impounds electric rideshare scooters parked on private property are suing a popular scooter operating company.
Legal action was taken against Lime Scooters after the owners of Scoot Scoop said they got into a violent confrontation with so-called “juicers” working on behalf of Lime. Juicers are people who collect motorized scooters and charge them for anywhere between $3 and $10 per device.
According to the lawsuit, the business owners found two unidentified men allegedly breaking into a storage facility near Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach where Scoot Scoop stores impounded scooters. When the owners confronted the men, a fight broke out.
“Punches were thrown. The gentleman was a large, big dirty beast and he picked up scooters and was throwing them like King Kong,” said Scoot Scoop owner John Heinkel.
Heinkel, who has been in the repo business for 25 years, started Scoot Scoop with business partner Dan Borelli.
“These guys from Lime have been told to go and get these scooters by any means necessary, whether it’s to break locks, whether it’s to jump a fence, whether it’s to confront somebody, push them to the ground and take the scooter,” said Borelli.
Borelli said he suffered a knee and ankle injury in the fight. Heinkel said he suffered a scratched cornea and still gets headaches from the incident.