I know I write about sexism and gender bias more than some of you want to read, but I have to tell you this story, because I still can’t believe it’s true. And yet, I know it is, because it happened to me earlier today.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been mulling over whether to trade in my car. I’ve been looking around both online and in person to feel out what my options are.
Today while looking online I saw a used Prius with low mileage available at a local dealer, so I drove over to the dealership to take a look.
I knew the experience wasn’t going to be pleasant when I was met on the lot by two grungy looking men, one of whom called me darlin’. And that was the high point of the experience.
The fella that wasn’t dumb enough to call me darlin’ is the one I talked with about the car. He had fresh mouthwash on his breath. To cover up a lunch of alcohol perhaps?
Anyway, we took the Prius for a run. I drove, of course. Mouthwash Man couldn’t tell me much of anything about the car and had no idea what the USB port was for. But he did like the dashboard-it’s designed to not crack.
After the test drive, I should have left it at that, but no, I went ahead into the office to see what kind of deal they’d be willing to make me. The place was dingy, filled with “men” decor (gas station signs, old, worn chairs, and liquor). But wait, it gets worse! Much worse!
While Mouthwash Man goes to talk to his boss about my offer, the other salesmen are talking about drinking liquor in the office (see! told ya!) and then one talks about a salesman that used to have sex with his female clients- onsite- in return for car service. I KID YOU NOT!!! That dumb son-of-a-bitch was laughing about that while I was sitting within earshot!
All I could think of was I don’t care how good a deal they offer me, I have GOT to get the hell out of here NOW!
About that time ole’ Mouthwash Man came back, and I politely said good-bye and left.
Who knew this kind of thing happens in 2016 at a GMC car dealership? I cringe and want to take a shower every time I think about that place.