BERNICE: Miami’s REAL Baddest B*tch Talks South Beach Tow, Female Drivers, and Crazy Sh*t She Can’t Live Without
Each week, thousands of viewers are glued to the tube watching the crazy shenanigans of Miami’s truck drivers. As one of Tru TV’s top-rated reality shows, South Beach Tow dives into the daily operations of an established family-owned tow trucking business. Based on the work lives of the Ashenoff’s, Tremont Towing’s main goals are to catch drivers who park their cars illegally, track down repossessions, and make money.
Now in its second season, South Beach Tow (SBT) has gained great momentum from fans across the U.S. Who would’ve ever thought a show about towing cars would be exciting to watch??!! Many can attest that the day-to-day operations of the Ashenoff’s, and the crazy sh*t the employees go through, make tuning in every Wednesday night well worth the 30-minutes. And amongst SBT’s most memorable situations (i.e. Season 1’s man gets slapped for calling employee a b***h) there’s one truck driver that stands out from the crew. Her name is Bernice.
After being expelled in SBT’s Season 1, Bernice’s down for the cause attitude, infectious personality, and no holds-barred state of mind were keys to her reappearance in Season 2. The Ashenoff’s and the fans just couldn’t get enough of the Miami-native and her “I Don’t Take No Sh-t” ways. But, what most don’t know is that this tough sista can be a softy at times. She’s not as hard as the television projects. She’s actually very down-to-earth and intellectual (despite her excessive use of profanity on the show…lol).
STACKS Magazine recently sat down with Bernice to discuss the show, her new found fame, and female recognition in the towing industry. Also, there are a few unknowns that the general public will find surprisingly revealing. Check out our interview below:
- What is South Beach Tow about?
Bernice: Basically, the show is about a family owned business which is the Ashenoff’s. They own Tremont towing. We out there doing work. They show the crazy stuff that happens doing tows on a day-to-day basis. How people don’t like to get their cars towed and the drama we go through.
- What’s your job?
Bernice: That’s like a gig I do. Who don’t watch the show, I don’t play. Really I don’t play that sh*t with them. I want my money. That’s first thing first. No, really I want my money by any means necessary. If I get you on a hook, it ain’t no coming down unless I really got to feel sorry for you. But, other than that, that’s how I eat.
- What can towers make $$ on a good day?
Bernice: On a good day, its unlimited depending on your hours. If it’s a holiday, you can make up to 5,000 maybe. On a slow day, it’s no less than $100 – $200. But on holidays and good days, when you’re moving and towing, you can get as much as you can possibly get within your hours of work.
- What is one of the craziest situations you’ve ever been in?
Bernice: A lot of stuff. It’s just been crazy. Nobody really wants to pay. I had a guy basically come out from a spa. He was really big and his towel fell off. I saw all his business. I mean, it’s throwing the lady in the trash. I mean, you can’t really touch them unless they touch you. So, it’s delicate. But once they do that, we go hood on them. Because you got to protect yourself and you’re not armed, so you got to think fast.
- What set’s Bernice off?
Bernice: Disrespecting me or putting your hands on me. That’s number one. I’m there for one thing only…tow the cars and get the money. It would be a walk in the park if people just do what they supposed to do. But, it’s not.
- Do drivers have words for you when they see you out and about?
B – All the time. But, they already know as long as you don’t touch me, we good. You can say whatever you want to say. It’s not too much that get to me. Just don’t call me out my name. You can call me too much, but my momma ain’t raise no bitch. Bitch, that’s something totally different.
-What is it about you that you believe caused people to fall in love with Bernice?
Bernice: Well, it’s not too many women tow truck drivers that actually get highlighted. Being that we got the show, when you meet the other ones, it’s a lot of women tow truck drivers out there. You always see men and men doing it. You never really see the woman aspect of it. So, I think everybody seeing my point of view of what I have to go through (same thing the guys go through). And I can handle my own. Everybody wants a down as bitch who can handle their own. Somebody who can do what they got to do just like the guys. It helps the fan base. And plus, me getting my ass fired last season and getting rehired helped too. I guess the fans like to see what I go through.
- Being an openly gay woman, do you think this give you more edge?
Bernice: My sexuality isn’t really broadcasted on the show. People may assume and anything like that. I’m just a person. I do what I do. It doesn’t matter what I like or however. But hey, if I have to be the person to help the gay society rise or whatever, then that’s what it be. But, I’m just out there trying to do my job.
- How does it feel to be recognized on the street by fans? [ I was a witness of that on Saturday night as we hung on South Beach]
B – It’s great. Without the fans, there would not be a South Beach Tow. No me no nothing. It shows that a lot of people are watching. For that, I’m happy. So keep watching. I’m easy. [laughs]
- Will you be participating on any future seasons of the show?
Bernice: Most of the times, with shows or reality shows, you play it by ear. We’re just finishing…in the middle of season 2 right now. So, it’s the people voice. If the people love it, Tru TV hear them speak.
ME – We need a spin-off Tru TV!!!
Bernice: We will just keep on making it happen. If the numbers are right, nine times out of ten, we’ll be in it for the long run.
- Jennifer Lopez is the executive producer of the show, have you ever met her?
Bernice: And I can’t wait ‘til I do! No. We be on the street. When she comes in or however, you know execs you really don’t see them. That’s just like the CEOs or whatever. We are the down and dirty people. I cannot wait. When I do, you guys will probably know. I might faint or something. [laughs]
- What advice can you give to drivers?
Bernice: Keep your head on a swivel. No body likes to come out and their car is missing. It’s a tough game out there. Its dirty.
- Would you like to say something to your fans?
Bernice: As far as my fans, keep watching. Keep representing. I love y’all. That’s it.
For all of Bernice’s fans out there, we wanted to also dig a little deeper into her pschye. So, here’s 5 Things You Should Know About Bernice that you might find quite interesting:
1. Favorite pair of shades? Ray Bans or Marc Jacobs. Depending on what color I got on and the shade I want to wear.
2. “Softy” for what? Kids…like’em…hate’em. Puppies. I’m pretty much laid back. Just don’t get me wrong.
3. Dream car? Old school vintage…Chevy. A “donk” with the rag off. Right now, I’ll take a Cadillac CTS coupe. I’m simple.
4. Dating? Ideal mate? I’m not dating. My ideal mate is somebody that doesn’t fuss at all. Who’s laid back like me, smart, sense of humor, and has to have their thing going. Everybody got to get it…can’t just sit back and relax. I will continue to say funny because I like to crack jokes. If you don’t have a sense of humor, that’s it for us.
5. If stranded on an island, what 3 things you couldn’t live without? iPad. Vibrator. I drink a lot of water. I drink maybe 10 bottles of water a day. So that would be my next thing.
Catch Bernice on Tru TV’s South Beach Tow every Wednesday at 10PM EST. Also, you can follow her on Twitter @Bernice_SBTow!
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