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post #1871 of 1905 Old 21st July 2012, 01:09 AM
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This post has receive a million views. An M5board first.

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Wow - just came across this and spend the entire day going through every page - stunning. Time for a drink!
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Amazing. I have to get in on this historic thread. I hope it has caused that sh*t-bag dealership to lose a huge amount of business.
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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.
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post #1875 of 1905 Old 23rd July 2012, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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I would agree with you if it wasn't for the fact Skates lied about what he did. It's one thing to make a bad decision, we have all done it. But when he did not own up to what he did and fabricated a ridiculous story...I have zero tolerance. It comes down to a man's character and ultimately doing the right thing in the end. Integrity. He had his opportunity to do the right thing and he choose not to.

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This was a good read and happy to hear that you got some justice in this matter. I remember reading this in jalopnik and went through it in here today. So what car did you end up getting?

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I am so sorry and I can only say if I were in your shoes ... hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned. And I would be ballistic! This should remind us all to be sure to find trusted places for work and service.
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Why didn't the triple indemnity rule apply in this case?
The judge ruled against it right before the case started. Basically, he said he didn't think what happened was bad enough to warrant it. He could have ruled either way.


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Read thru the majority of this and after it's all said and done, glad to see it appears over with. Going thru something like that is awful.
What car did you end up getting? We know where you didn't get it from and where it won't be serviced.......

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