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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Maplewood, NJ
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An amazing thread, and the only comment I'd care to make is regarding the person who recently posted a link to Mr. Skate's facebook page in case anyone wanted to "share [their] feelings" with Mr. Skates. Well I'd like to share my feelings, and it's to vent my annoyance with the warm-hearted person that suggested such a move. Every adult can appreciate that problems arise in life and were not handled in the appropriate way by the service manager, general manager, and presumably the dealership owner. That's what management's for, to handle problems. Mr. Skate's role is neither here nor there, it's what happened after the accident that counts. Want to make a statement? It's simple, don't buy a car from the dealership in question. Or, if you're the OP, pursue your remedies in court. But leave Mr. Skates alone, he had a bad day at work through something like 30 seconds of negligence and apparently paid for it with his job (a very hard price in this economy). Accidents happen all the time, and how many of us would want to be permanently judged by the dumbest thing we ever did at work? Certainly not me. Very likely Mr. Skates has learned a good hard lesson here and will be more diligent in the future. But suggesting that readers of this forum should "share their feelings" (i.e., harass) Mr. Skates on his facebook page or elsewhere is simply bad form. Thankfully, I'm sure that members of this forum are well above such behavior and you should be too.
The OP has received fair recompense for his car and won a very public victory in court. The dealership is still in business and presumably making money hand over fist as only a BMW dealership can. And Mr. Skates? As Churchill wrote in his memoirs of a much larger battle: "In Victory, Magnanimity." Good words to remember on a Sunday afternoon.