By on October 8, 2008

Most car salesmen that I have encountered are miserable wretches, predators that stalk car buyers in between cigarette breaks. Despite their [well-earned] scum-sucking reputation, they don’t deserve to be killed. Do they? Apparently one man in Texas thought so. During a test drive yesterday, Dodge salesman Jack Phinney was ejected from a black 2006 Ram pickup on Dallas’ Central Expressway. Whether by force or recklessness, police don’t know. The Dallas Morning News reports that one James Thorp, fled the scene and did not return the truck to the dealership. Police later arrested him at Thorp’s former place of employment. He’s being held on $3m bond. Asked about Thorp, his former boss made an asinine statement, as people are wont to do in such situations, “I know James and James is a good guy.” Yeah, a good guy who harbors homicidal hatred of car salesmen.

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15 Comments on “Death of a Car Salesman...”


  • avatar
    Stephan Wilkinson

    Did he actually kill the guy or just bounce him off the concrete?

  • avatar
    autoemployeefornow

    Ejected ….. no seatbelt I guess. Sounds like a moron will spend some time in jail.

  • avatar
    bumpy

    About a year or two ago, this one guy’s wife left him for a car salesman. The guy got to drinking one day, drove up to the dealership to talk to the salesman, and ended up shooting him point-blank in the parking lot.

  • avatar
    Orangutan

    I know that dealership and stretch of highway. He must’ve tossed the guy out right after accelerating onto Central.

  • avatar

    Unfortunately, the salesperson was killed. The news report states that the truck was traveling about 50mph when he exited the vehicle.

    The guy is now in jail and will stay there for a long time.

  • avatar

    Here’s an
    interview with this guy

    “you can’t f with me. I’m untouchable, b”

    I can’t tell if he is acting or just the world’s biggest ahole.

  • avatar

    Q: “What’s it going to take for you to buy this car today sir?”

    A: “Somebody else closing the deal. OUT YOU GO!”

    So, this must be the 4th place prize in Glengarry Glen Ross?

    –chuck
    (yes… I’m tasteless)

  • avatar
    Deepsouth

    Bottom line. A human being was killed. Someone who valued his life just as much as you value your own.It’s not the time to stereotype people in the profession.Save it for another time. Furthermore, to a tasteless prior poster…I fail to see the humor in Murder.

  • avatar
    morbo

    Then you’re not paying attention to the world around you DeepSouth. Our entire society is constructed on the premise that the value of human life is essentially 0.

  • avatar
    JuniorMint

    A tragedy, any way you look at it.

    On a semi-related note, I am not even remotely surprised that the vehicle involved was a Dodge Ram. Their owners occasionally surprise me, but overwhelmingly…well, if there ever was a quintessential Asshole Mobile, it’s that car. I really can’t concieve of any other vehicle being involved in this sort of insanity.

    Sucks for the salesman’s family.

  • avatar
    Airhen

    JuniorMint :
    October 9th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    A tragedy, any way you look at it.

    On a semi-related note, I am not even remotely surprised that the vehicle involved was a Dodge Ram. Their owners occasionally surprise me, but overwhelmingly…well, if there ever was a quintessential Asshole Mobile, it’s that car. I really can’t concieve of any other vehicle being involved in this sort of insanity.

    Now that’s a snob of a comment… Must be those rednecks with their gun racks and NASCAR stickers that you are talking about?! Personally I’d start with a driver in a BMW, Audi, Acura, and Lexus. Their wallet makes up for other limitations. ;)

    Back on topic… I’m very sorry for the victim and his family that he will never come home to again. Sadly our society has little respect for victims these days.

  • avatar
    Jordan Tenenbaum

    I know car salesmen are annoying, but they’re only trying to put food on the table.

    No one deserves this.

  • avatar
    FunkyD

    Geez, the worst thing I ever did to a salesman was about make him wet himself hooning a 300C Hemi.

  • avatar
    JuniorMint

    Now that’s a snob of a comment… Must be those rednecks with their gun racks and NASCAR stickers that you are talking about?! Personally I’d start with a driver in a BMW, Audi, Acura, and Lexus. Their wallet makes up for other limitations. ;)

    Exactly! Certain incidents require certain cars. Pushing a salesman out on the highway? Dodge Ram! Cutting off a Special Ed bus? BMW! Standing on the wrong pedal and driving 25 feet into a Starbucks? Lexus!

    Now you’re getting it! :D

  • avatar
    carsyikes

    I have been a car salesman for a long time and, believe it or not, the industry demands customer satisfaction like I have never seen before. It has always been frustrating for me to have to pay the price for the sterotypes.
    I would prefer a clean “win-win” experience with my customers.
    It almost hurts my feelings that most customers want first class service and at the same time hope that you don’t make a dime to take home.
    Oh well, I could get into banking instead I suppose.LOL


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