A Stranger In The Showroom: How An Old Man’s Visit To A Luxury Car Dealership Took An Unexpected Turn

By: Lilli Keeve | Published: Nov 10, 2023

It’s no secret that the gap between the wealthy and the poor is vast. The wealthy tend to surround themselves with others of the same social status, and exclusivity is a luxury they often enjoy.

However, one incident at a luxury car dealership showed just how far this exclusivity can go. When an older man, dressed in simple clothing, entered the dealership, it was clear he didn’t belong there. The owner of the dealership even asked an employee to kick him out.

Meet Benny

Benny has been lucky enough to work at a posh car dealership for the past five years. He’s learned everything there is to know about the business and takes great pride in his work. After all, not everyone gets to work with luxury vehicles.

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In addition to knowing his stuff, Benny needs to make sure that the dealership presents itself as high-class, just like their cars. Their wealthy clients are used to a certain level of opulence, so it’s crucial to make a good impression.

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The curious stranger

One day at the car dealership, a curious old man in casual attire caught the attention of everyone when he began peering into the windows. The other customers even noticed him and wondered what he was doing. Benny, however, wasn’t too concerned, figuring the man was just passing by and wouldn’t cause any trouble.

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However, the old man kept coming back, and Benny started to get a little more worried about the situation. Despite his reservations, Benny tried not to let it show and instead focused on making sure his customers had a great experience at the dealership.

Just looking around

The elderly gentleman returned to the car dealership the next day. This time, he spent more time browsing the premises. On the third day, the old man ventured inside to get a closer look at the vehicles on display. It was then that Benny decided to approach him.

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Unlike the other staff members who ignored the old man, Benny was polite and asked if there was anything he could do to assist him. However, the old man just shook his head and said he was just looking around.

Leaving him be

Benny was surprised when he saw the old man up close. He couldn’t believe the man was possibly over 80 years old. While he thought about trying to strike up a conversation with the man to get a sense of his personality, Benny ultimately decided to leave him alone.

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It seemed unlikely that the man would be interested in buying a car that day, and he seemed content just looking at the cars. So, Benny figured it was best to just let him enjoy his time at the dealership.

A familiar sight

The elderly gentleman had become a regular visitor at the dealership, showing up almost every day for the past week. Benny offered him a free cup of coffee or water several times, but the man always refused.

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Benny noticed that the man’s presence was causing a disruption for other customers, who frequently voiced their complaints about him. Despite this, the old man appeared to be satisfied simply sitting and observing the cars and the people at the dealership.

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More complaints

More and more customers started voicing their complaints about the old man as time wore on. Despite this, Benny couldn’t help but feel a bit of sympathy for the man. As long as he wasn’t causing any harm or damage, Benny didn’t mind having him around.

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Working in a car dealership meant having to deal with all sorts of difficult customers on a daily basis. It’s not always easy to please everyone, but in this case, Benny found himself making an exception for the old man.

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The boss takes notice

The owner of the luxury car dealership wasn’t a regular visitor, only stopping by every couple of weeks. But on one of his trips, he caught sight of the old man lurking around the back of the showroom, ogling the cars.

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The boss wasn’t pleased with this sight and ordered Benny to handle the situation. The boss believed that the old man couldn’t possibly afford any of the cars and therefore, shouldn’t be in the store. The old man’s presence was not welcome and the boss wanted Benny to take care of it.

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Carrying out the boss’s orders

Benny was in a tough spot. His boss had given him the task of telling the elderly man to leave the dealership because he didn’t seem like he could afford a car. Benny tried to reason with his boss but to no avail. So, with a sigh, he accepted his assignment.

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He had to do as he was told, even if it made him uncomfortable. He just hoped his boss would have a change of heart and speak with the man himself. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards – the boss had more important things to do.

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A genuine love for cars

As Benny approached the old man, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness. He had really grown to like the man over the past few days, with his cheerful disposition and genuine love for cars.

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It was such a refreshing change from their usual clients, who often treated cars as mere toys or status symbols, without any real understanding or appreciation for them. Benny couldn’t wait to sit down and have a proper chat with the old man, but unfortunately, he had some bad news to deliver.

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Asking him to leave

Benny walked up to the old man and was greeted warmly by name. He decided to ease into the tough conversation by saying something nice. He told the old man that he had really enjoyed his presence over the past few days.

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But then it was time to get down to business. Benny regretfully informed the old man that their boss didn’t want him hanging around unless he had the intention of buying a car. So, unless the old man was actually planning to make a purchase, Benny had to ask him to leave.

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A touching moment

The old man seemed to be taking a moment to digest the information. It was clear that he wasn’t sure how to react. But then, he looked down at the ground and nodded to himself before turning to leave the building.

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As he reached for the door handle, he stopped and turned back to Benny. With heartfelt gratitude, he thanked Benny for allowing him to spend time in the store in the past few days. He emphasized that he would not forget it, and the sincerity in his words nearly brought Benny to tears.

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Feeling guilty

Benny went back to his boss and told him that the old man had left, but his boss was preoccupied with something else and dismissed him. Benny felt terrible for sending the old man away. He knew it was unlikely that he would see him again, but he couldn’t stop thinking about the old man’s last words: “I will not forget that.”

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Despite his guilt, Benny tried to put the encounter out of his mind and focus on his work. But the old man’s words kept creeping back into his thoughts, and he couldn’t shake the feeling that he had made a terrible mistake.

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Empty dealership woes

Benny noticed that the dealership had been unusually empty for a few days. It was strange, as it was usually their busiest month. The boss then tasked Benny and the other employees with finding more customers. They spent the day making calls to potential buyers.

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Despite the lack of foot traffic, the team remained positive and kept working hard. They knew that if they could just find that next buyer, it could turn things around for the dealership. They remained hopeful and continued to put in the effort to find new clients.

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No takers

Selling an expensive car isn’t always a walk in the park, especially if the potential buyer isn’t interested in owning one. Even wealthy individuals don’t always have a large sum of cash on hand for a big purchase like a car.

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Benny and his colleagues have been trying to drum up business by calling clients, but they haven’t had any luck. It’s the first time in a while that none of them have made a sale in a month. It’s a crisis for the company and no one knows exactly what’s going on.

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Facing unemployment

It had been a few days since any customers had walked through the doors of the dealership. Benny was starting to worry. If this trend continued, the store could end up closing down, which would mean he would lose his job.

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Even if the dealership managed to stay open without any sales, it wouldn’t be a good situation. Without commissions from car sales, Benny wouldn’t be making enough money to cover his expenses. He was hoping for some business to come through soon.

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The bad news

It had been a month since the last sale at the company, and the boss called everyone in for a meeting. Benny couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off, and his fear of losing his job seemed to be coming true.

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The meeting was brief – the boss announced that the company was closing its doors due to a lack of sales. Everyone would be laid off. To make matters worse, the boss had filed for bankruptcy as well. The news came as a surprise to everyone.

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The loophole

Benny and his coworkers were well aware that their boss still had some money left. However, with the help of his lawyer, he was able to find a loophole that allowed him to declare bankruptcy. Unfortunately, this was not good news for the employees.

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When a business declares bankruptcy, the owner is not required to pay their employees their final wages. Without this separation pay, the workers would be left without financial support while searching for their next job. This added an extra layer of stress for Benny and his coworkers.

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Feeling lost and overwhelmed

After his meeting, Benny headed home feeling overwhelmed. He had a family to support and wasn’t sure how long it would take to find a new job. However, he decided to keep his unemployment a secret for a bit to give himself time to come up with a Plan B.

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Benny was disappointed by this turn of events. He had been working so hard at his job and was hopeful for a promotion in the future. His consistent good performance made this outcome feel especially unfair. All his hard work had seemingly gone to waste.

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More upsetting news

Benny received some unsettling news that evening that left him feeling angry. His boss still managed to sell an expensive car after their meeting. Meanwhile, Benny and the other workers were left with nothing. It seemed like the rich just kept getting richer, while the rest of them were left to deal with life’s unfairness.

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Despite his frustration, Benny couldn’t let this news get him down. He knew that he just had to keep working hard and eventually, he would see the fruits of his labor. After all, he had a lot of ambition and determination, and he was determined to succeed no matter what.

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Seeking vengeance

The following day, Benny received an email from the dealership informing him that the store had a new owner. This new owner wanted to invite all former employees to come in for a chat, as they had some questions about the store.

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When he arrived at the dealership, Benny was greeted by a secretary and directed to the office. As he walked through the glass doors, he noticed that the man sitting behind the desk was impeccably dressed, which made Benny assume that he was quite wealthy.

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Meeting the new boss

Benny wasn’t sure if he wanted to go, but he eventually decided that there might be a chance to get back at the old owner. He considered telling the new owner about the fraudulent bankruptcy filing. He hoped that the new owner would be sympathetic and willing to take action against the old owner’s wrongdoing.

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Benny decided to schedule an appointment with the new owner of the dealership to offer some assistance and answer any questions. They agreed to meet later that afternoon. Benny was excited to be the first former employee to meet the new owner.

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The new owner’s identity

Benny was shocked when he realized who the new owner was. It was the old man that their former boss had sent away! Upon seeing Benny, the man simply gave him a warm smile and told him that he had not forgotten about Benny.

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As it turns out, the old man was actually a very successful businessman who had been interested in buying the dealership for some time. To get a real sense of the business, he decided to visit the dealership incognito.

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Going undercover

For a week, the old man visited the dealership every day to get a sense of the place and to see how he was treated by the staff and other customers. He told Benny that he enjoyed the opportunity to look at the cars.

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Eventually, the old man decided he wanted to buy the dealership. However, on the day he made this decision, he was unceremoniously kicked out by the previous owner. As a result, the old man decided to change his approach. Rather than making a formal offer, he wanted to make the seller pay and lower the asking price.

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The new owner’s strategy

The old man used his connections to make sure that the dealership’s clients would wait until he bought the store before they purchased their cars. These clients were familiar with the man and agreed without hesitation.

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Due to a lack of sales and customers, the previous owner of the dealership had no choice but to sell it at a low price. The old man ensured that he would reopen the dealership within a week so that the clients who had to delay their purchases could return and complete their orders.

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A blessing in disguise

It didn’t take long for the new owner to reopen the dealership, inviting all the former employees back to work. It’s no surprise he chose them, as they already knew the ropes and were sure to do a great job.

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Benny was overjoyed when he found out that he not only still had a job but was even promoted to manager. It turns out the old man had not forgotten about Benny after all, and this crisis ended up being a blessing in disguise.

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The Dealership's Grand Reopening

Three days later, the store reopened again. Customers flooded into the dealership and it had never been so busy before! Big sales were being made and Benny felt truly happy.

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Everything seemed to be working out for everybody at the dealership, as well as for Benny. Due to Benny’s kindhearted nature and being nice to the old man, his karma ended up being positive. There’s a similar story to this one where somebody also learned a lesson in the process.

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This Man Didn't "Fit In"

His appearance wasn’t anything fancy (just a plain outfit with basic shoes), but the old man stepped into the nice showroom anyways. He took a look around and asked for assistance in a Southern accent. Upon first glance, there was nothing special or impressive about him. A security guard approached him,  escorting the man outside.

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Horrible and degrading comments were uttered about the man’s appearance as he was being escorted out of the showroom. Josh had no idea who the man was, but he would soon. And, he would ultimately regret his actions.

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The Old Man Was A War Hero

Robert Jack, a Vietnam veteran, was used to being treated poorly and disrespectfully. He sacrificed his life to protect his country and suffered from PTSD. Robert was faced with struggles on a daily basis. He settled down with his wife, Katie, and achieved some happiness and serenity.

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He was in the retirement phase of his life, meaning he would encounter a whole new set of obstacles. Even though he had gone through a lot, he still wondered if he had the resilience within him to overcome certain challenges.

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High School Sweethearts That Would Remain Together Forever

Robert and Katie have remained together ever since they met each other in high school. When Robert was deployed, they went through immense difficulties. Even decades later, the family still faced adversity and new obstacles. It had been recently that Robert had been experiencing a sense of deep despair.

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It had taken years for him to rediscover his purpose, something he had achieved with dedication and patience. Robert had his trusty bag in hand as he entered the dealership. Immediately, he noticed that the sales staff was rudely staring and whispering. They made it crystal clear that he didn’t belong there.

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It Was An Unusually Slow Morning

One particular morning, the car dealership was experiencing very slow business. The sales employees, however, had gotten acclimated to this and weren’t too concerned.

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A primary job of the staff was to identify if any of the people browsing could afford and purchase the cars staged in the showroom. Commonly, visitors came in to look at the most expensive vehicles, but most likely didn’t intend to buy one or even possess the means to purchase it. Of course, the staff raised their eyebrows at the old man who came in, labeling him as a visitor who didn’t belong there. Was that the right thing to do?

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He Was Simply A Confused Old Man

Experienced managers were trained to spot a potential buyer. Therefore, they can easily spot the perfect person when they see them. When the doors to the dealership opened and this old man with his small canvas bag in tow walked in, the manager lost interest right away.

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The manager knew he couldn’t possibly be there to purchase a car. Maybe the man got confused, thinking he was walking into a supermarket or another store.

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The Man Was Exhibiting Some Odd Behavior

The staff was surprised at the man’s strange behavior. He went to the front desk and asked if they could keep a watchful eye on his bag, which she put on the floor rather carefully.

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Then, he started to deliberately examine the cars parked in the exhibition hall. Dressed shabbily in a cowboy shirt, loose pants, and a worn hat, his appearance was quite concerning. One of the salesmen kept his eye on the old man, without even concealing his petty smile. He couldn’t wait much longer until he decided to approach the man.

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He Appeared To Be Out Of His Mind

The salesman was convinced that the old and confused man was probably poor and out of his mind. He also thought that the man only came into the dealership to admire the fancy cars.

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Meticulously, the old man examined every car in the showroom. He finally settled on the most expensive one and asked about the engine capacity. He also wanted to take it for a test drive, but, of course, the salesman was disgusted that he had the audacity to even ask.

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The Salesman Tried To Get Rid Of The Man

Already sick and tired of observing the old man, the salesman marched up to him. He affirmed in an angry tone of voice that the price of the car had gone up and someone else was going to purchase it.

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Despite his comment, there was still a price tag on the car. Technically, the car was for sale. The salesman suggested the man go to a used car rental service, but Robert refused to leave.

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Everybody At The Dealership Was Laughing At Robert

All of the staff began laughing as soon as the salesman suggested that Robert go to the rental car place. There was only one person who didn’t find it amusing, and his name was Richard.

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He sympathized with the old man who seemed like a poor animal that was being mocked and taunted. Richard couldn’t tolerate the salesman’s rudeness any longer and said that the man should be able to see the car.

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The Salesman Said The Man Was A "Waste Of Time"

Annoyed by both Richard and the old man, the salesman was over the whole thing. The man kept standing there and waited patiently to gain access to the inside of the car.

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The salesman scoffed and made a snarky remark. “Look, this car is $200,000. I don’t see how you’d be able to afford it,” he said looking disgustedly up and down at Robert.  He continued, “If I let you test drive it, it will just be a huge waste of my time!”

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Robert Responded Calmly To The Horrible Salesman

Even though Robert was shocked that he was being treated this awfully, he was also used to it. Calmly, Robert just stood there, and asked, “How do you know I can’t afford it?” Again, he asked to test drive the car.

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The salesman was visibly frustrated, growing more and more irritated. He pointed to the”Right of Admission Reserved” sign posted above the front desk, but that didn’t deter Robert at all.

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Robert Was Asked To Leave The Premises

By this point, the salesman was beyond frustrated and angry. He spat at the old man, “I have been in this business for a long time. I can spot a time-waster from a mile away. The way you’re dressed tells me that you could never afford this car. I’m going to ask you to leave now.”

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Instead, the impatient salesman called security to escort Robert out of the dealership. He was relieved that he had finally gotten rid of the strange man for good. Little did he know, that wouldn’t be the last he saw of Robert.

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