By on April 15, 2016

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A pissed-off motorist wants the world to know that a service technician working at a dealership that might take rolled-up bills as a downpayment took his car on an alleged powder-fueled joyride. And he has dashcam video of the whole thing.

A revealing video posted to Youtube yesterday by user “Carrera Chris” documents the April 12 point-of-view journey of his vehicle as it leaves a Palo Alto Audi dealership with the technician behind the wheel.

Apparently speeding around town at double the speed limit wasn’t enough of a rush for the driver, so he makes a pit stop that sounds to the viewer like a bathroom break at Studio 54. The dashcam stays pointed where it should, but during a stop in a deserted parking lot, there are unmistakable sounds, followed by what seems to be a credit card tapping a hard surface.

The technician’s driving — and giggling — grows more intense as he takes the long, fast way back to the dealership while listening to “Cake by the Ocean.”

When he picked up his vehicle, the owner said he noticed “white powder was left in the seams of my seats.”

Not surprisingly, the video has inspired a lot of commentary. No one condones operating a motor vehicle under the influence, but some point out that Chris’ car might have been too tempting.

As one reddit user opined, this behavior “is highly dependent on how interesting your car is. You could leave your Camry at a shop for a year and it would be fine.”

There’s no word on whether the technician who made it snow in SoCal still has his job, but the vehicle’s owner seems determined to feel the exhilarating rush … of justice.

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  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    The Jalopnik-ification of TTAC marches forward aggressively in calendar year 2016.

    And now, watch this video of drunken Russian motorist driving Lavda off bridge!

    • 0 avatar

      Oddly enough, I have more access to new cars than TTAC does.

      If I hold out here long enough I’ll get to be Editor-in-Chief.

      We’re going 90% video and 10% writeups.

      MOAR PROFITS.

      #MAKETTACGREATAGAIN.

    • 0 avatar
      4LiterLexus

      This “article” is to TTAC what the ATS’ base engine and gauge cluster are to the Cadillac brand.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        And it gets better:

        Gauge cluster in base XT5 (SRX replacement):

        http://www.xt5forum.com/forum/members/842-caddy-albums-cadillac-xt5-picture113-cadillac-xt5-gauge-cluster.jpg

        Cadillac new motto:

        “Because we’re run by morons dumber than dog $hit! That’s why”

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/omfgroar/web/get-a-brain-morans_zps459d01dc.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            http://gmauthority.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Johan-de-Nysschen-Update-On-Cadillac-V-Series.jpg

            http://images.hgmsites.net/lrg/cadillac-chief-johan-de-nysschen-checking-out-the-competition_100497857_l.jpg

            http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-09-25/what-i-wear-to-work-cadillacs-melody-lee#media-2

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Someone please give Johan an explanation of hyphens and how to use them.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            If only these were video, then I could add a laugh track.

          • 0 avatar

            It wss sold as very open and graphically clear. Everyone ignored the “looks cheap”. If you are going to do a screen, do a screen, like Mercedes, BMW and the CT6 do at top. I can only imagine how cheap a screen is now.

            You work for Caddy. Where’s my bling ? My CTS may act like a 5 series but it’s got chrome, dammit !!

            A 40k plus vehicle has to remind you of it. How it does so depends on the class, but you look at the dash all the time…all the time. You don’t even see the outside of your car, save the mirrors.

            The XT5 isn’t there. It doesn’t suck, but it isn’t there.

      • 0 avatar
        trollson

        “white powder was left in the seams of my seat”

        Yeah right. More like his bag was gone, so he reviewed the dash cam.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    “The Snort Heard All the Way to Ingolstadt”

  • avatar
    JimZ

    As one reddit user opined, this behavior “is highly dependent on how interesting your car is. You could leave your Camry at a shop for a year and it would be fine.”

    ah yes, nothing is ever the fault of the perpetrator. it’s either “it’s your fault for making me want it so much” or “it’s your fault because you should have stopped me.”

    • 0 avatar

      THIS.

      The “she shouldn’t have dressed so provocatively if she didn’t want it” defense, applied to cars.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      You guys are making a big leap here.

      In all fairness, making that statement is not nearly the same thing as laying blame upon the owner of the vehicle for having such an interesting car. All it means, taken at its base form, is that a GT-R is more *likely* to be hooned by a serviceperson than an Altima. But that does not mean that it’s any more excusable when it’s a fun car than when it’s not. In either case, the serviceperson has no business driving someone else’s car beyond the scope of his job.

      Similarly, as someone else mentioned, a woman who dresses in a “sexy” manner—which a very broad definition; some people think Hillary Clinton in a pantsuit is sexy—is more likely to be sexually assaulted. Simply pointing this out, though, does not mean that you side with the perpetrator; it is not the woman’s fault because she should be able to dress however she likes without being assaulted.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        It’s not even about “siding with the perpetrator,” it’s that “you have an interesting car/she shouldn’t have worn that” is not even worth discussing.

        AT ALL.

        seriously. you don’t f*** with another person. you don’t f*** with another person’s stuff. there’s no reason to even discuss what said person was wearing, or how “interesting” their stuff is. It doesn’t mitigate abuse. and even bringing it up is mealy-mouthed equivocating.

  • avatar
    carguy

    This is unfortunately more common that most would suspect. I recently picked up my M235 from an oil change at the dealership and there were 2.5 gallons of gas missing and 21 more miles on the odometer.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Oh my. What were they doing that got only 8MPG in such a small car?

    • 0 avatar
      Funky

      Yes, I have suspected this sort of thing, as well, with a few of my vehicles. Once, more than 20 miles were driven in one of my vehicles that was in for an oil change and “routine” 15k maintenance, and I have noticed unusual tire wear sometimes as well (after a service appointment). Frankly, there is no reason for the technicians (or salespeople, or whoever does this) to steal their customer’s cars in order to go for joyrides. Not all dealerships with which I have dealt have this problem (but it it is very annoying, when it is suspected to be a problem, to be put into a position, as the customer, of suspecting such shenanigans).

  • avatar
    Paul Alexander

    Palo Alto is, in my estimation, more NorCal than SoCal.

    • 0 avatar
      motoridersd

      My thoughts exactly

    • 0 avatar
      CarnotCycle

      No way. Palo Alto is more LA than likes of Eureka, Crescent City, or Redding are Palo Alto.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        You all are too Cal right now, and should quit it.

      • 0 avatar
        Paul Alexander

        I was being tongue in cheek, the Bay Area is most certainly Northern California. Sure, those towns you mentioned are quite bit a farther north, but you’d get a lot of baffled looks if you started saying how much you like SoCal while walking around San Jose.

        • 0 avatar
          CarnotCycle

          “…baffled looks if you started saying how much you like SoCal while walking around San Jose.”

          In the horseshoes-and-hand grenade accuracy of geographical approximations (‘midwest,’ ‘far east’), one could say Bay Area is MidCal. I think people in Bay Area think they’re in ‘NoCal’ because that’s what it is relative to LA. But if someone from San Jose wandered around Ferndale saying they were from NoCal, people would just laugh.

          And for what its worth, the guy from San Jose in Ferndale wouldn’t think he was in Cal-anywhere, he’d think he’d gone through time-warp or was on Mars.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      Palo Alto is part of the greater Silicon Valley so for sure it is in NoCal….

  • avatar
    wtaf

    Outside of the coke use this video is pretty underwhelming (granted that a pretty big exclusion).
    I mean he accelerated hard a few times. Its not like he did burn outs, drifted around corners and hit triple digits in a school zone. Inappropriate? Yes.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    Anyone ID the Audi model abused? Service tech seemed quiet excited to drive it; not sure if that’s because the car was cool or the coke was working.

  • avatar
    qfrog

    Palo Alto their CSI* is high as can be.

    *Cocaine Satisfaction Index

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    His giggle before he did the 0-60 run was creepy.

  • avatar
    JustPassinThru

    Granted, it’s web-tabloid lowbrow. I still wanna high-five the owner for having the prescience to keep his dash-cam on; and then go public with this.

    A dealership which would abuse the customer’s high-value purchase, and with an unauthorized operator driving under the influence of drugs, exposing the business and owner to legal liability…this is something the public, AND the management, both need to know.

    Sadly, it being California, the managers probably won’t be able to fire the entire service department; but that’s what’s needed. Since he can’t, I hope either VW+Audi pull his franchise or the business withers to where he can’t afford his taxes on his thousand-dollar-a-square-inch lot.

    I left California the same day I was discharged from the Navy. One of the best moves I ever made.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      “Sadly, it being California, the managers probably won’t be able to fire the entire service department; but that’s what’s needed.”

      Hmmm…. well rather than leave some snarky remark I’ll just ask what would firing the whole service department accomplish (okay I couldn’t resist the snark, I apologize in advance) other than sending one or more of the employees (that had nothing to do with the coke snorting joy riding tech other than by association)on a bullet fueled rampage at some nearby fast food joints?

      • 0 avatar
        JustPassinThru

        It would remove the offender.

        For certain – since the odds are, they’ll lie each other up.

        It would ALSO make it plain, in no uncertain terms, that the customer’s trust and property are SO valuable that it’s more important to stop colleagues’ misbehavior, and to report it if necessary, than is workplace trust and friendship.

        In a case like this, you have a number of offenders. You have the bad actor, damaging property and using drugs; and you have a handful of others, who know of it but who choose to say nothing.

        This makes it plain, that looking the other way is not tolerable. It enables it to continue and escalate.

        Harsh? Sure. Losing a business is harsh, too. And that’s what happens when a business reputation is destroyed; destroyed on real, factual evidence and proof.

        And the post earlier, where someone said someone else said that the offender was outed and let go; and oh-by-the-way YouTube took the video down, we don’t know why, but probably a threat of pulled advertising MIGHT have had something to do with it…

        …those sort of cover-up measures won’t wash.

        Good mechanics can find work elsewhere. The coke-nose will do what he will do and will probably die of it soon. But a blanket firing cleans the house.

  • avatar
    hf_auto

    My Audi dealer abuse story:

    About a year ago I was considering an S3 and visited my local Audi dealer. Waited ~30 minutes in their high school gym-sized showroom with no one in sight.

    Eventually a couple guys, late 20s, smug, in suits walk in laughing and hop into an RS7 at the front of the showroom. They start it up and FLOOR the gas. They spend 5 minutes bouncing off the rev limiter. Needless to say, I wasn’t buying a car from them.

    This pales in comparison to the bait & switch crap another local Audi dealer pulled on my dad when he bought his Allroad. I visited a third dealer a few weeks later where my wife and I were largely ignored, left waiting around for no reason, and finally accused of being “an old man” for considering an E-class (I was 29). I bought the E-class a few days later after a delightful dealer experience at MB.

    Don’t know what it is about Audi, but there isn’t a single halfway decent dealer in the Seattle area.

    • 0 avatar
      JustPassinThru

      A lot of very-young techno-geek customers with more money than knowledge. The sales people are just after the low-hanging fruit; and maybe they look for someone they can inwardly mock and deride, instead of someone they can identify with and maybe feel guilty over ripping off.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I’d have a tiny touch of respect for this moron he’d cranked up something truly decent for his little joyride…

    Maybe this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WFLUhSym80

    Full disclosure – when I worked for a Chevy dealer in the mid-’90s I had more than my share of joyrides in Z28s, plus whatever was on the used lot that was hot, but NEVER in a customer’s car, and certainly never tuned up.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    Am I the only one who just didn’t give a damn? If I had that Audi and they had fun with it, great….Is it scratched or damaged? Is the suspension in a state of issue? Basically if we listen I assume (I had my audio off) we hear him do some substance. Then he uses the vehicle further. None of it looked anymore risky than what a perfectly normal jackass owner does every day.

    I guess it’s just the blue collar in me, I can’t get my heckles up because some tight-ass got upset the lowly tech had fun in his vehicle and left it in a state that was better than he started. I’ve had my xB used as a garage deliver vehicle a few times, I know…because they left parts in it before. I didn’t get upset because it’s life, you just suck it up and deal. I got a few bucks off that repair and unless it was 100s of miles I just don’t care.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      …so you’d have no problem with someone getting tuned up and joyriding in YOUR car?

      Of course you wouldn’t.

      • 0 avatar
        Xeranar

        Actually? No. See, the dealership is wholly responsible for my car no matter what ludicrous claims to the contrary they’ll make. So since they’re the responsible party for my car and if they destroy it….I get a new one. I also get a court battle for maybe a year but the statistical probability of that happening is low given the lack of press coverage to these incidents happening.

        Again, my car is insured for when I drive it and while my insurance would pay out upfront claims they would immediately go after the dealer for the damage. I totally get I wouldn’t want a guy joyriding but I’m not going to be a douchebag over it either. Also….Who’s letting that much bolivian marching powder in my car without atleast vacuuming it?

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      You consider a state where the cops would likely lock the owner up for possession if they pulled him over for speeding, given the white powder scattered around the interior, “better than he started?”

      And that’s beyond the underlying fact that he put a bunch of miles on the car (some abusive) without authorization, which probably would have resulted in a nasty insurance fight if someone had hit him.

      It’s basic respect for other people’s property. This guy doesn’t have it. He’s no better than the jacka$$ that left a giant door ding in my Subaru door a few weeks ago.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      Kind of assumes the only damage is colision. What if they roast off 10k miles worth of tires and glaze your clutch? Do a dozen launch control starts and take take years off your transmission lifespan? Still cavalier about the “harmless” joyride?

      • 0 avatar
        Xeranar

        I wouldn’t be driving a manual, so your example is faulty.

        • 0 avatar
          05lgt

          Ok, so your car is pretty safe, unless they get bored and start banging rockford turns … nope, you’re FWD… Umm xB… OK, you win.

          • 0 avatar
            Xeranar

            It’a also more like ‘why would I worry if I have that kind of money?”

            I mean, we can replace it with something truly interesting but again, if I can afford a Porsche Cayman or 911, am I going to take it to a place where I could risk having them damage it? I’m going to take it to a place that cares and again, that guy didn’t attempt to break or wear an item excessively.

  • avatar
    John

    This is America in the New Millenium. You just need to assume everything you do everywhere is recorded – both audio and video, and live streamed to the cloud, where it will be available to all til End Times.

  • avatar
    Steve Lynch

    Dealer is owned by the Kuni dealership group out of Portland – a truly crappy organization. They just announced they are selling out – good news for Portlandians.

  • avatar

    This happens. I had a law partner who had a new MX-6 Turbo. Took it to a stealer in Brooklyn for an oil change.

    Staff takes car on pizza run, and totals it. Sales staff try to cover up by getting my partner to authorize a dealer repair. Appears they used all their sales tactics….

    Sadly for them, Personal Injury attorneys are not cowed by a five figure sum of money, are good at debating liability, and eventually, he got a new car out of it. Watching the stealer try everything in their place to get him to go cheap was fun, if annoying for him.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    My own dealership joyride was a notch Mustang LX 5.0 5-speed. No coke involved, but the customer was the Highway Patrol. Redlined 3rd and at 130 mph, calibrated speedo btw. Back road, almost no one around.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    While I wouldn’t mind if a serviceperson had a little fun in my sports car—within the scope of its performance capabilities—the fact of the matter is that most people would. Service-people need to err on the side of caution and only drive customers’ vehicles as hard and for as long as they absolutely need to.

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      I kind of agree here. If you have a high performance car, it needs to have its neck wrung out every so often… the infamous italian tune-up.

      A car like that should be able to stand up to multiple full barrel rolling starts.

      Not condoning the coke usage.

      I think its about degrees… would you want to the car to have a fine spray of rubber underneath the back wheel wells? No. Do I want 5 gallons gone and 8mpg on the clock? No.

      But I want to know that the car accelerates hard to the red and the transmission shifts like it should.

      • 0 avatar
        JustPassinThru

        So, then, you’re defending the choice of the shop to do that, without the owner’s knowledge or permission?

        WHAT IF…YOUR mechanic wants to see how the brakes work at low speed stops. You know, just to make sure. He’s checking them, in the Red Light district…as he picks up a street hooker.

        Off-the-wall example? Maybe. The penalty for patronizing a prostitute is less than possession of cocaine.

        The owner didn’t ask for or consent to this treatment or use.

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          In many areas where there have been problems around here there are signs posted that your car will be seized for getting caught picking up a prostitute. So depending on if you keep a $500 beater for picking up your companion it wouldn’t be bad but use your late model BMW you could be out a fair amount of money.

          • 0 avatar
            JustPassinThru

            As your car can be seized if drugs are found in it.

            Laws differ by region, but from what I’ve read…generally if the title is not clear or it’s owned by someone else, the car cannot be seized for picking up a hooker.

            Drug law forfeitures, being Federally sanctioned, are different – and more severe. The car is seized, or the house or whatever, if drugs are found – no matter the legal owner.

            Who in fact, as this proves, does not own it. He has control of it, so long as the government permits it.

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            Perhaps in that case, my lawyer and I don’t stop until we own the guilty stealership, and the dealer principal is living in a box under the Interstate!

            Bwhahahaha!!

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        If you want to know that the car accelerates hard to the red and the trans shifts like it should then do it yourself. Now if the “customer states” is “misses under acceleration” or “transmission shift concern” then it would be expected that the shop may road test to duplicate the issue or to see if the fix really fixed it. If the car was in for an oil change, tire rotation and brake inspection then the car should not leave the lot.

        Personally I’ve done a few extended test drives and some full throttle runs when the “customer states” indicated that it was appropriate. In a number of those cases the customer knew from the get go that figuring out the problem would require an extended or hard test drive to duplicate the issue. For those miss/hesitate under load there was a nice long steep hill that I’d use for those full throttle runs.

  • avatar
    hgrunt

    Confirmed by a friend who is a tech in the area where this was filmed, the tech in this video no longer has a job. He was a new hire, and not a very good one.

    As for the powder, someone on youtube suggested the white powder is evidence of a hastily crushed and snorted pill, rather than cocaine.

    Palo Alto is more Bay Area, and less SoCal, as it’s about 370 miles north of Los Angeles.

  • avatar
    Jagboi

    Interesting, now the video has been made private less than a day after hitting TTAC.

    • 0 avatar
      JustPassinThru

      Dealership complains; gets VW+Audi involved; advertising dollars are in the balance; Yoob Toob moderators find some TOS violation.

      Money talks; bullsh!t walks.

  • avatar
    Funky

    The best advice, I think: if you, as the customer suspect this type of thing is occurring, take your business to another dealership. If the manufacturer has no other local dealerships, buy your next car from a different manufacturer.

  • avatar
    Commando

    Nothing is worse than getting suckered by the click bait and then discover the video removed.
    Bad TTAC. Bad.

  • avatar
    SC5door

    Never really checked my dash cam after a service appointment…..I’ll have to look into that.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    I usually reset the tripmeter which isn’t tracking tank miles, along with turning the volume on the stereo down and shutting it off, as well as turning off the climate control. Just keeping them honest.

    Fortunately, I’ve only had one car damaged during service: lot puke bumped the wall backing the car into a space. After it took two inspections (and me calling the dealer’s body shop manager an “m-fer” to his face, then hauling a$$ out of the parking lot in the dealer loaner, jumping a curb in the process, after I still found dirt in the paint on the second repair attempt), the dealer principal comped me free details as long as I owned the vehicle.

  • avatar
    balreadysaid

    Actually I just put a motor in a 90’$ camry. Guy brought to dealer for alignment. After test the motor blew…..

    89k mi


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