James Parker, a 21-year old blogger from Toronto considers himself a true “petrolhead”. He has a steady job and a girlfriend. But his biggest love in life are cars. He started writing a blog post about a new supercar that just hit the market. Eager to see the masterpiece up close, he went to a local car dealership. “I occasionally visit car dealerships to see the cars I like up close. I just go and take a look at those magnificent machines”, James explains.
While looking at one particular car, he was approached by a salesman who asked him if he can afford the deposit on one of those cars. “I was surprised, not only by his question, but by his attitude as well”. James tried to explain that he only wanted to look at the cars, and that he was even going to mention the car dealership in his post. But, without a warning, the salesman called security and James was forced to leave the dealership, hearing the employee saying he’s “too poor to look at those cars”.
“Needless to say, I was furious. When I got home, I wrote a blog post describing my horrible experience and the most unprofessional car salesman I’ve ever met”.
He never expected it to have any significant impact. “It was an impulsive thing, a way to vent after such an unpleasant experience.” But the post got viral and spread over the web in just a couple of days. His blog became crowded with regular readers and his email inbox was full of letters of support. But among those emails were a couple of business proposals as well.
Apparently, a big media company noticed James’ writing talent and decided to hire him as an auto-industry writer and reporter. Offered a job he always dreamed of and an even better paycheck, he gladly accepted. He worked his way through the corporate ladder until he finally became the top figure in his department. “After a couple of months, I realized that I now have enough to buy myself a new car.” And he knew exactly where to find one.
James went back to the exact same dealership he got kicked out of. But this time, he looked and acted like a businessman, and brought his girlfriend with him. “As soon as we stepped inside, I noticed the guy who kicked me out last time. But I also noticed the manager.” They started looking around and soon enough, James got the manager’s attention. “I told him I wanted to buy a new car, the same one I looked at before”. As James followed the manager to the table, he was greeted by the same employee who kicked him out.
“He asked me if he can be of assistance. I told him that he had already said more than enough the last time, when he called me poor and kicked me, and that I already made a deal with his boss. Needless to say, he was speechless. His boss seemed furious. Soon enough, we finished the paperwork. As me and my girlfriend were leaving, we heard the manager telling the employee to come into his office.”
When James dropped by the next day, the rude employee was nowhere to be found, as James heard he had been fired. “I do feel sorry a bit, but when I think about it, he only got what was coming to him”. And in a most ironic manner ever.