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Old 10-03-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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PWN3D Virginia Chevy dealer has buyer Arrested after giving too good of a deal

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/02/c...-after-having/

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A Virginia man spent four hours in jail after purchasing a Chevrolet Traverse from Priority Chevrolet in Chesapeake, VA. The dealer's sales staff accidentally sold the SUV to Danny Sawyer for $5,600 less than they should have, and when Sawyer refused to sign a new, more expensive contract for the correct amount, the dealership called the local police alleging the buyer had stolen the vehicle. Law enforcement then picked Sawyer up and held him for four hours before getting the situation straight.

Dennis Ellmer, president of Priority Chevrolet, says he owes Sawyer an apology on behalf of the dealership, and had intended to do right by the buyer by letting him have the vehicle at the agreed-upon price. But Sawyer's lawyer says it's a little too late for saying, 'sorry.' The briefly-incarcerated owner has filed two lawsuits against the dealer, accusing the business of malicious prosecution, slander, defamation and abuse of process. All told, the suits seek a total of $2.2 million in damages, plus attorney fees.

That $5,600 seems awfully cheap now.

The lawsuit says Sawyer originally purchased a blue Traverse on May 7, but took the SUV back the next day for a black one. The dealer's sales manager made the swap, allegedly without saying anything about a price differential between the two. Either way, Sawyer signed a final contract for around $34,000 when the vehicle he took home had an actual price of closer to $39,000. On June 15, Sawyer was taken into custody by police, but the Commonwealth dropped the charges after finding insufficient evidence to pursue the case.
if they had accidentally OVERcharged a customer (who had freely agreed to the wrong price), they would have happily refunded the difference or turned themselves in to the police. Right?

I wonder if Priority Chevrolet has any Legacy L in stock
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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2.2 mil frivolous, much?
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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2.2 mil frivolous, much?
No, not frivolous. That's a lesson for the dealership, that you can't lie to the police and have someone arrested because you're bad at your job.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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No, not frivolous. That's a lesson for the dealership, that you can't lie to the police and have someone arrested because you're bad at your job.
Well, yeah, the dealer sucks, etc. but 2.2 mil?
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Well, yeah, the dealer sucks, etc. but 2.2 mil?
Yes, he deserves every penny!

Look. It's a big number. We get it. It's not like this guy lost THAT much dealing with this nonsense for a day.

Knowing only a tiny bit about this case, I'd reserve full judgment until I'd heard from the buyer. I suspect he may be a tool bag.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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Yes, he deserves every penny!

Look. It's a big number. We get it. It's not like this guy lost THAT much dealing with this nonsense for a day.

Knowing only a tiny bit about this case, I'd reserve full judgment until I'd heard from the buyer. I suspect he may be a tool bag.
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It's one of the few times where an obscene amount of punitive damages are justified imo. Sorry, you, being a legitimate business, do not get to lie to the authorities and **** with someone's legal standing because you hired incompetent staff.
Doesn't it feed the anti-lawyer hysteria on the right? Certainly the guy was wronged, from what we know, but the figure mentioned seems outlandish. I'm sure his lawyer is 1-800-tv-ad, though.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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Well, yeah, the dealer sucks, etc. but 2.2 mil?
It's one of the few times where an obscene amount of punitive damages are justified imo. Sorry, you, being a legitimate business, do not get to lie to the authorities and **** with someone's legal standing because you hired incompetent staff.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:08 PM   #8
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It's one of the few times where an obscene amount of punitive damages are justified imo. Sorry, you, being a legitimate business, do not get to lie to the authorities and **** with someone's legal standing because you hired incompetent staff.
Word.

It's a punitive amount. Enough to make them feel it. Suing them for $10k doesn't send a message.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #9
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Well, yeah, the dealer sucks, etc. but 2.2 mil?
Yup. I hope it cripples his business.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:08 PM   #10
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Yup. I hope it cripples his business.
*shrug*

It'll probably get settled for a lot less. Doesn't cost anything to start with 2.2 million.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:49 PM   #11
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I don't think "frivolous" is the right word.

Punitive, yes.

He got arrested and humiliated, he's pissed. No one says he's gonna get that amount.
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Well, yeah, the dealer sucks, etc. but 2.2 mil?
You're missing Rogue's point, filing the suit period is justified action. Stop fixating on that amount of money because in reality he will be awarded nowhere near that amount. Most likely a few hundred thou at best, but still ahead of the game and teaching that dealership a harsh lesson. Whoever called the police probably already lost his job.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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MJ says he's a smooth criminal
MJ doesn't say anything these days.

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I was under the impression that the dealership had the dude falsely arrested for GTA, then offered to drop the charges in exchange for $5,600.

That's not a threat of a civil lawsuit to collect money owed to them, that's "pay us or we'll make sure you stay in jail" extortion.
The owner of the dealership supposedly found out about it and said they wouldn't go after the $5600 if the buyer would not sue.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #13
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No, not frivolous. That's a lesson for the dealership, that you can't lie to the police and have someone arrested because you're bad at your job.
Yup, the caller should at least get a filing a non existant 'false'? report (my mind just went blank as to the nomenclature of the offense )

The people saying no to 2.2 mil, have u ever been put in cuffs? Have u ever been put in cuffs for a crime u didn't commit? It was surely traumatic for the guy. 2.2mil is nothing these days, billion is the new million.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #14
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2.2 mil frivolous, much?
I don't think "frivolous" is the right word.

Punitive, yes.

He got arrested and humiliated, he's pissed. No one says he's gonna get that amount.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #15
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I don't think "frivolous" is the right word.

Punitive, yes.

He got arrested and humiliated, he's pissed. No one says he's gonna get that amount.
I'm sure they'll settle out of court and he'll still come out $50k ahead, but to have someone arrested because of a paperwork mistake?

That's a whole new low, even for a car dealership.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #16
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2.2 mil frivolous, much?
There isn't anything frivolous about it... that's a false accusation of a felony.

Also, even if you're not convicted... you will always, always have a record of being arrested for grand theft auto.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #17
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2.2 mil frivolous, much?
Falsely accusing someone of GTA for your screw up seems a bit excessive also though. He won't get 2.2, but the experience was likely pretty miserable for someone. I'd be fine with the dealership getting hit for about 1 mil.
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Legacy L!
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I figured at least one of you would remember.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:28 PM   #20
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I figured at least one of you would remember.
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I hope he gets every penny of that $2.2 million.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #22
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I hope he gets every penny of that $2.2 million.
AGREED.

I'd also sue the city for arresting him without cause.
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So this is the part where the guy sues the everloving balls off this dealership and bankrupts the owner's entire family, then kills his dog, right? Good.


also, Virginia - not even once
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #24
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So this is the part where the guy sues the everloving balls off this dealership and bankrupts the owner's entire family, then kills his dog, right? Good.
"...and burn his house down!"

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I hope he gets every penny of that 2.2 million... that is ****ed up and just saying "sorry" isn't going to fix it.


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