Bearded Man Uses 77 Pounds of Old Cheese to Land New (Used) Car

Steph Willems
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bearded man uses 77 pounds of old cheese to land new used car

One supermarket’s loss was Ehren Thompson’s gain.

The Sydney, Australia man was able to use a 77-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese he found at a local grocery store to get himself into a used Peugeot hatchback, according to BuzzFeed News.

Thompson, who has a history of trading used goods for better things, saw the large cheese displayed in a grocery store that was about to close down. Realizing it possessed some value, he made an offer. The bearded Australian walked away with the wheel after paying a “very low” price.

“I have a theory that cheese doesn’t go off though, it just turns into a different cheese,” Thompson told BuzzFeed.

Even though it was sizable enough to top his spaghetti for years, Thompson had bigger plans for the cheese. He wanted to turn the wheel into wheels, so off he went to a local swap-and-trade Facebook group.

Estimating the cheese’s net worth at $2,100 (deli counter price), he made his pitch:

Now I dont really need 35 kilograms of Italian cheese. I’m posting here on the off chance that I might be able to arrange a trade for something I do need. A laptop or ideally a (manual) car.

It may be unlikely, but I won’t know if I don’t try!

P.S. I got it legally.

Thompson said he got four “legitimate” offers, including a 2001 Ford Falcon and a Focus, but he ended up taking ownership of a cousin’s Peugeot. The cousin wasn’t interested in 77 pounds of parmigiano, meaning Thompson can pay for needed repairs and licensing fees by selling off portions of the cheese online.

The rest of the wheel will go to charity, meaning everyone gets to share in the joy that only a hefty block of cheese can provide.

“It’s done a lot for me, this cheese,” said Thompson, who once traded a Volvo for two cases of beer.

[Image: fourthandfifteen/ Flickr]

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  • -Nate -Nate on Jun 07, 2016

    Mmmmmmmm , CHEESE ! . =8-) . . I have 5 Siblings all of whom can cook really well , I'da never sold that cheese wheel off , woulda shared it 'round . . Good he was able to find a nice Pug for free though . . Sounds like some here need to wear looser undies =8-^ . . -Nate

  • Hoon Goon Hoon Goon on Jun 07, 2016

    I have nothing to do with the upcoming cheese heists.

  • FreedMike I suppose that in some crowded city like Rome or Tokyo, there's a market for a luxurious pint-size car. I don't think they'll be able to give them away here in the U.S.
  • TMA1 How much did exchange rates affect this decision? The Renegade is imported from Italy. I'm wondering if that's what caused the price to reach within a few hundred of the much bigger Compass. Kind of a no-brainer to pick the larger, more modern vehicle.
  • CEastwood Everytime I see one of these I think there's a dummie who could have bought a real car , but has to say look at me driving this cool thing I can't drive in the rain like an actual motorcycle that I should have bought in the first place ! It's not Batman I see driving these - it's middle age Fatman .
  • SilverCoupe I should be the potential audience for this (current A5 owner, considering an S5 in the future), but I can't say it excites me. I have never liked the vertical bars in the grilles of sporting Mercedes models, for one thing. The interior doesn't speak to me either.I would be more likely to consider a BMW 4 Series, though not the current version with the double Edsel grille. Still, I suppose it would be worth a look when the time comes to replace my current vehicle.
  • Verbal Can we expect this model to help M-B improve on finishing 29th out of 30 brands in CR's recent reliability survey?