Court Orders Volvo Dealer to Compensate German With Big Feet

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

It might change later, but as of this specific moment in human history, it is, officially, a slow automotive news day. While I'm sure this German court order will trigger a class-action lawsuit– call D'Olivera and Sons on the Hurtline now— I can't help but think there's a bigger car story out there, somewhere. So to speak. Anyway, meanwhile, here's the guitas [via, get this, The Earth Times]: "A German judge has ordered a Volvo dealer to compensate a man with big feet because there was not enough space around his new car's accelerator pedal, a court spokesman said Monday. The man, a travelling salesman, sought and won a 5-per-cent reduction in the price of his Volvo C70 coupe by arguing that his leather shoes, European size 47 for a foot 29.4 centimetres long, did not fit beneath the dashboard." Beneath the dashboard? Either that's a very small dashboard or my European shoe size converter is on the fritz. So… "Under a court-supervised settlement, the buyer obtained a 1,700- euro (2,650-dollar) refund to pay for a snug pair of sneakers that just fitted into the space, as well as his time changing back into street shoes each time he got out of the car to meet clients." Jesus! Is that what a pair of sneakers costs in Germany? And what's this guy's billing rate, anyway? And doesn't the clock start when you meet the client? "A judge in the court at Wiesloch in Baden-Wuerttemberg state said size 47 was not abnormally large and the Swedish-made car should have catered for big feet." Would you like your foot massage now, Mein Herr?

Robert Farago
Robert Farago

More by Robert Farago

Join the conversation
4 of 19 comments
  • 1996MEdition 1996MEdition on May 06, 2008

    I always thought big shoes meant you had a big this case it means you are a big one.

  • 50merc 50merc on May 06, 2008

    I'm not without sympathy for the big-footed German. I'm left-handed; have you ever seen a classroom deskchair oriented for southpaws? But if Volvo has blundered, correcting their mistake is a function of the marketplace. Actually, Volvo has lots of company in the too-small-footspace department. For those riding up front, wheelwells, transmission humps, emergency brake pedals, and a/c and heating components intrude. Chrysler even bragged about their "cab forward" design, which should have been called "wheelwell in the cabin" design. No problem, though, for a driver who'd lost their left leg. I suspect a significant portion of pickup truck purchases are made to those who like a spacious under-dash expanse.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on May 06, 2008
    Fats Waller: "Your Feets Too Big": Way up in Harlem at a table for two There was four of us, Me, your big feet, and you From your ankles up, you sure are neat But from there down there's just too much feet Yes, your feets too big Can't stand you cause your feets too big Say I can't tolerate you, cause your feets too big Your gal she loves you, she thinks you're nice She claims you got everything to take her to paradise She likes your loving She likes your grace But man oh man them things is too big Yes, your feets too big Can't stand you cause your feets too big Say I can't tolerate you, cause your feets too big Say your pedal extremities are colossal But, to me you ain't nothing but an old fossil Yes, you got me walking, talking and squawking Cause your feets too big Yes, your feets too big Can't stand you cause your feets too big Say I can't tolerate you, I really hate you, cause your feets too big Your pedal extremities are a bit obnoxious One never knows do one
  • Monsenor Monsenor on May 06, 2008

    The guy's on a roll. Now he should hop in that C70 (in those gold plated sneakers) and make a beeline to the nearest McDonalds drive thru and order some hot spill on himself, but hopefully not on the shoes. $$$$$$$$