Skip to comments.Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, instead of being a stigma
Posted on 06/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by DallasBiff
I noticed that a co-worker had gotten a new car while seeing each other in the parking lot and congratulated the person. The co-worker said "thank you", but stated that I shouldn't tell anyone else.
The co-worker in my opinion felt they had a Scarlett Letter attached to them for buying not only a new car but an import model.
They shouldn’t feel that way. Many of the Japanese cars are built here and in that they’re built in non-union plants by Americans in Right-to-Work states, they’re a heck of a lot more American than the ‘American’ cars.
I remember back in the day it was a bad thing to do this if you worked at Mack Trucks or Bethlehem Steel here where I live. Import cars were a no no to the Union folks. I had no idea it was the same today. Why be scared to let people know you had a new ride? This seems odd to me. Whenever I get something new, I am sure to let people know about it just because.
In Socialist countries you do not celebrate success. You cannot be excited over acquiring anything new or expensive. You are to feel guilty that everyone cannot live as high as you. This is coming soon to the USSA.
Well, I suppose that your co-worker is aware enough to be sensitive to the horrible economic plight of their fellow Americans, and doesn’t want to flaunt their good fortune at a time such as this.
I can understand them feeling that way.
You say the car’s an import. Depending on the brand, it may have been built right here in America by non-union labor.
I can understand his situation. It’s obviously a big deal to afford anything more than 10 grand nowadays but remember that he is surrounded by co-workers who may have financial issues and didn;t want to rub it in their faces so it was the right move. Be humble and answer nicely only if asked upon it.
Reminded me of one of our acquaintances who just bought an Ipad 2 and made it such a big deal, one person simply just told him to “shut up” about it.
Just my analysis, but if the co-worker and the car were seeing each other in the parking lot, maybe they really didn't want you to tell anyone else.
Luckily, you put this in "News" so no one will know about their little tryst.
The problem is ignoramuses who think that a foreign nameplate means the vehicle had to have been manufactured overseas. Many American auto names are made in Mexico or Canada, with a straggling few still “imported from Detroit” as I’ve seen one ad put it.
Silly, nobody can trace them from Free Republic.
Conspicuous consumption is in bad taste, but congratulating the Joneses rather than condemning them (though it’s said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) is a very American tradition.
I have five imports sitting in my driveway and I’m not one bit ashamed!
I gave American car manufacturers a chance, they screwed me. Then they went belly up and screwed me again.
My BIL is looking at a new car. He’s driving a Toyota Highlander, and has looked at Ford. But Toyota’s built by a non-union plant and Ford isn’t. So he’s sticking with his current model.
Then your co-worker is an idiot. They were able to get a new car - fantastic!
My parents bought new cars every 3-4 years, but never talked about it. They considered talking about the acquisition of ‘things’ to be poor manners. I have followed their example. Funny thing is, people seem more impressed to learn you have a new car when you haven’t said anything about it.
We only buy vehicles assembled by US non union labor.
Preaching to the choir. I haven’t bought a new car in 15 years, and I never will again. I look for a 4 or 5 year old car with 45-50000 miles on it, preferably a Toyota (although the last one was a Lincoln Navigator for my wife and turned out to be one of the best cars I ever bought.)
Apply that logic to the POTUS.
My G_D, what a barbarian.
Half the country is unemployed, no problem, I will take 150 C-130’s to france. Let them eat union cake!
Your parents must be wealthy - my newest car is a 2005. 6 yrs old.