What happens when you park your Volt in the parking lot of a home improvement store and — all of a sudden and without warning — you get made fun of for owning one? That’s exactly what happened to GM-Volt.com member landisj, whose story is as follows:
I was just at a Home Depot and when I first arrived at the store a guy asked how I liked my Volt, and we talked as we entered the store. Interestingly, his son is a Volt engineer at the Hamtramck plant. He was thrilled to see a Volt in the wild.
Upon returning to my Volt in the parking lot, a lady and her son parked next to me got out of their car, and she said to me, “I hope you like that car and your rebate that I helped pay for with my tax dollars.” She was angry. I was tongue-tied and only said, “I do really like it, thanks much.” She was long gone by the time I was angered by her statement. I looked at her car and the trunk was covered with anti-Obama and other right-wing stickers. It was a Toyota Camry, no less. This is in my winter home state of Florida, and I also live in Michigan where these wonderful cars are made. She obviously doesn’t like the GM bailout or the EV rebates.
Does anyone have some quick retorts when faced with such vitriol by the public? I would appreciate some help in case it happens again.
Unfortunately for landisj, the misinformed lady doing the dissing isn’t worth arguing with. For starters, she is most likely the epitome of an uneducated consumer who also happens to be the car enthusiast’s worst enemy (drives a Camry). Not only does she drive a vehicle that supports the economies and manufacturing operations of another country, she also doesn’t seem to understand sheer economics and the bailout (one that was put into place by President George W. Bush).
So instead of coming up with a retort or comeback of any kind, we’d answer with something just as ridiculous as her initial conversation-starter. We’d go with something like, “… Oh yeah? Well, you’re ugly”… at which point, we’d get into our Volt, flip it into reverse, and drive away, not only saving face, but also allowing her to do her home improvement shopping in deep thought about her appearance. Heck, she may even walk several times through the mirrors aisle. Take that, b**ch.