By on January 25, 2016

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If we were all judged solely by our mistakes, we couldn’t elect anyone president. Having said that, maybe it’s good to give a little time between jail terms and licensed professions — especially when you were convicted in a firebombing directly related to that same profession.

An Ontario Superior Court overturned a lower court’s ruling to grant a vehicle sales license to a man just four days after his release from a federal prison, according to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. The man was sentenced to jail for hiring another man to set fire to a New York State Department of Motor Vehicle office and a DMV inspector’s car while the applicant was a car dealer in Buffalo, New York.

According to the court, the man lied about his jail term and the circumstances regarding his case. Prior to the Superior Court ruling, the man was rejected by local authorities for a license, but successfully appealed the ruling in a lower court.

“This was an individual who’d been convicted and jailed for firebombing the offices and vehicle of a U.S. regulator and then tried to mislead OMVIC in order to gain registration here,” Mary Jane South, Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council registrar, said in a statement. “There was no way in hell we thought this man was entitled to registration.”

The Ontario Superior Court said it wouldn’t send back the decision to the lower court, adding that its ruling would be final.

That’s probably best for everyone.

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26 Comments on “Ontario Says No to ‘Fire’ Sales, Refuses to Give Convicted Arsonist Dealer License...”


  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “An Ontario Superior Court overturned a lower court’s ruling to grant a vehicle sales license to a man just four days after his release from a federal prison, according to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. The man was sentenced to jail for hiring another man to set fire to a New York State Department of Motor Vehicle office and a DMV inspector’s car while the applicant was a car dealer in Buffalo, New York.

    According to the court, the man lied about his jail term and the circumstances regarding his case. Prior to the Superior Court ruling, the man was rejected by local authorities for a license, but successfully appealed the ruling in a lower court.”

    Ahhhh, car salesmen. A rare breed of human….

    I think I’ll watch The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” or an old re-run of King of Cars, Nevada with Blue Genie in tow.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Wow ;

    This guy sounds like an asshole .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    At least you included them in the human race. Some wouldn’t.

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    Great picture. Where’s his dog Spot?

  • avatar
    daneli

    The story is interesting, but that picture! Could it be? Cal Worthington?! (“That’s TR on your dial 21880.”)I don’t think he ever did anything remotely comparable to firebombing a DMV!

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    That picture makes me instinctively put my hand on my wallet.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Yeah, I want a clean Datsun 620 too!

      Lol i.kid

      I know of a clean running/driving Diesel Escort wagon similar to that one (recessed headlamps) for sale localy. I just cant think of a reason to buy it when I really need a truck. A 4BT Cummins-converted Ranger would be a better little diesel 80s Ford for my needs (replacing a terrible 2.8L no doubt). I do like it though.

  • avatar
    olddavid

    My all-time favorite was Dick Balch in the Puget Sound area circa 1965. He would attack a car with a sledge hammer “reducing” the price. Truly a bizarre advert methodology.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    Quick, name all the cars from foreground to background!

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      All Fords, except for the Datsun, I believe. Someone mustve traded up to a Ford truck lol. Since all the Fords are apperantly not the same year as eachother (and the oddball Datsun), Im guessing a Ford dealer’s used lot, circa 1980s (early I believe). You mightve found my dads awful Turbo Monte Carlo if it was near Atlanta, being traded in on a new Escort and Ranger.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Anyone who DOESN’T want to set fire to the DMV has a psychological problem.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      My experience with the DMV has improved quite a bit in the last 30 years. Most things you can do online these days, and if you do have to go in person, wait times appear reduced. One trick I’ve learned is to go to the DMV in the fanciest neighborhood nearby. Typically much nicer and quicker.

  • avatar
    JimC2

    Reminds me of Crazy Ernie’s Used Car Emporium from the Weird Al Yankovic movie.

    https://youtu.be/063wANsIjmE

  • avatar
    johnny ro

    What is wrong with his watch? Loose on wrist and slapping around?

    I wonder if his suit has a zipper, all one piece.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Wearing a watch upside-down has occasionally been deemed cool by the working class which I’m sure was this character’s origin before he joined the sleazing class.

      It does have the advantage of protecting the crystal against banging into things and I used to do it for that reason until I started spending more time at a computer than in a shop. Not good for keyboarding.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Lol, I was like what – protecting the crystal? My wrists are on flat surfaces 85% of the day.

        Plus upside-down watch looks silly.

        • 0 avatar
          el scotto

          Gentlemen,
          WW II pilots had a control lever that slapped their wrist. Hence, the watch being worn turned around; Timexes cost a lot at the PX. Now wearing cowboy boots AND a flight jacket makes you look silly. The Chief’s mess also frowns on gold buttons on your peacoat

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Nah, it’s like those breakaway basketball pants. (Don’t ask what’s underneath.)

  • avatar

    I’m generally not a fan of regulatory licensing requirements, but this time I can’t really fault them.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Tobias: Oh, my God, we’re having a fire. Sale. Oh, the burning! It burns me! Evacuate all the schoolchildren!

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Mad Man Mooney: Jack, get rid of this heap. Come out here!
    Sweetums: What? What?
    Mad Man Mooney: That’s my jack.
    Kermit: Oh, hi Jack!
    Sweetums: Jack not name! Jack job!
    Mad Man Mooney: [whispering] How many times have I told you not to talk to the customers?

  • avatar
    TDIGuy

    The font in the sign behind the guy is very similar to what Ford used in that era.

  • avatar
    geo

    I recently found that I wasn’t the only one who thought the jingle contained the words “pussy cow”.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Back in the 1960’s in Houston there was a Dodge dealer named Art Grindle who would come on during the old Tarzan movies on a Saturday afternoon. He would line the used cars up and pound his fists on them and sometimes get on the hood and roof and jump up and down. “I’m Art Grindle and I want to sell you a car” “$50 dollars down will get you this beauty.” There was always someone in the background that if the car didn’t start or if it broke down would push it away and then the next bargain car would pull up and Art would work his magic. Eventually Art left for Florida.

    http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2012/06/art-grindle-1923-2012/

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