Death of a Car Salesman

William C Montgomery
by William C Montgomery

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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  • Jordan Tenenbaum Jordan Tenenbaum on Oct 09, 2008

    I know car salesmen are annoying, but they're only trying to put food on the table. No one deserves this.

  • FunkyD FunkyD on Oct 09, 2008

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

  • JuniorMint JuniorMint on Oct 10, 2008
    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
  • Carsyikes Carsyikes on Feb 13, 2009

    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