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Re: Harassed today because I own a Porsche

Two teenage girls pulled up beside me while I was getting into my car in a parking lot. They said nice car. I replied thanks. They then asked me how much it cost. I said a fair amount. They asked if it was over a $100,000. Which I replied, no do even close. They then asked how I could spend such a large amount of money on a car when we have people living on the streets with nothing to eat. They then drove off. Has something like this happened to you while driving your Porsche?
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I’ve definitely experienced this. Anger, jealousy, and disgust over my car. But, let’s put it in perspective. I know so, so, so many people that are struggling financially.

I drive a Porsche. I have a nice home, and we can generally go on vacation when we want. I’m not the victim if someone that has less feels like they haven’t been dealt a fair hand. Odds are, they haven’t.

It does suck to have bought a new car today and to be unable to tell anyone about it.



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Ah, the "how dare you spend $XYZ on the car when there are ZXY hungry people around" argument? Well, the same way you spent $100,000+ on your college education while there are hungry people around. What's wrong with working at McDonald's without a degree?!?

Anyhow, there are two valid arguments that shut them up. First one someone mentioned just a few posts above : nobody makes a better car. Can't argue with that.

Second one (that I use) is "I bought a hammer, screwdriver and voltmeter". At the sheepish WTF glance back, I usually explain that, if I were hobbyist (serious hobbyist) electrician who went through so many trade schools on my own dime that I could apply for a license to be an electrician tomorrow if I wanted to, nobody - and I mean NOBODY - would ever ask me what tools did I buy to do my hobby. Since my hobby is driving in general and high performance driving on racetracks in particular, that is the hammer I bought. If they still insist, I will say "Porsche", but by then they are already vaccinated and the vaccine started working.
 

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Two teenage girls pulled up beside me while I was getting into my car in a parking lot … They then asked how I could spend such a large amount of money on a car when we have people living on the streets with nothing to eat.
This is an attack on you, on the person. They made a judgment, disagreed with your life choices, sounded like SJWs, and made the conscious effort to go out of their way to make you feel uncomfortable. How nice of them to attack you. It worked so well you came here for solace. They believe your life choices don’t fit in with their worldview, you’re bad, and wanted you to feel bad. How you respond, probably depends upon both your personality and age/experience, assuming they are adults (if children, IMO say nothing). They wanted to get a reaction from you. They wanted you shocked. And it worked. Otherwise you wouldn’t have posted. Maybe it gave them some power over you and they liked the idea of having power over you. Maybe they know they will never have an expensive car so its better to hurt you. Misery loves company.

If you’re older, perhaps you’ve learned decades ago to act like a gentleman who never attacks, in any way, a female, just smile, and leave. That also leaves them frustrated because they WANT to get a response. If you say nothing, they can't laugh at you afterwards and discuss among themselves what you said. They might snicker and think that old man stupid, but they'd know they didn't get the reaction they wanted.

Maybe you could counter attack, tearing into their life choices. They attacked you and would never expect you to counter attack THEIR life choices because they know they are always right. Their clothes (designer?), their makeup (expensive), what do they do for a living? Who pays for their housing? Who pays for their education? Etc. But that won’t end well. Indignation. How dare you? :mad: They are out to save the world. You’re mean to young ladies, never a good thing to do. And that is the dilemma. They know they are unlikely to be truly counter attacked. It takes effort and some people do not want to hurt other's feelings (although they had no problem hurting yours).

There is no need to seek solace, you did nothing wrong. You have what you have. You earned it. You did whatever it is you did to earn the money to enjoy your car. Smile. They are the ones probably in pain. Why? Because they NEVER will find social justice. It doesn’t exist. We are a capitalistic society, founded and based on capitalism. The harder you work, the better off you will be making something of yourself. There will always be someone richer and someone poorer than you. Always. It’s how the system works. If it didn’t work that way, it wouldn’t be capitalism but socialism or communism, something we fought a Cold War to win against.

And worse, they have NO idea what you do in your time (e.g., volunteer, tithe, give to the poor). You can have peace in knowing they will never solve the world’s problems because they are unsolvable. If they have a passion for solving homelessness or hunger, then they will probably be always miserable because great minds are constantly trying to solve this and can’t. That's a miserable way to live and misery loves company.

Meanwhile, smile and peace. It is what it is. Forget about them. They will always be miserable until they grow up and figure out how the world really works. (IMO of course). We all learn through experience. One day, maybe they will too. I wouldn't be mad at them. IMO, I feel sorry for them. I remember being a teenager once and thinking about all the stupid old people ruining the world. Then one day, you get old too, open your eyes, and think ... WOW.
 

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To answer the original question "Do you tell people you have a Porsche?" The answer would be "it depends who it is.

That said, this is the FIRST car purchase where I didn't tell extended family straight away because it did feel kind of indulgent and embarrassing, and I know some family members "may" be judgmental.

And keep in mind, I purchased mine for a fraction of the new cost as it's an 07 CS, but it's all relative (no pun intended but I'll take it).

What irks me is people at work judging and thinking it's a big spend, but I could have spend the same money on a brand new 4x4 and no one would care. And that's what THEY do.
 

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I fall into the category of, "it depends on who." I keep my 981S to myself, especially at work. I work for a German company with many German colleagues who are big car enthusiasts so I told me but besides that I keep it to myself. I have told my closest friends and family who I know would not care one way or the other but generally I withhold that information and let ppl figure out on their own. I didnt buy the car to impress ppl...I bought the car for my personal preference but I would never want to be "that guy" who drives a Porsche.... plus I live in Orange County, CA where a Porsche Boxster is kind of whatever around here when you pull into the parking lot at Mother's and see a Bentley Bentayga parked next to an R8 parked next Huracan etc.. but to most, a Porsche is a Porsche.
 

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And keep in mind, I purchased mine for a fraction of the new cost as it's an 07 CS, but it's all relative (no pun intended but I'll take it).
What irks me is people at work judging and thinking it's a big spend, but I could have spend the same money on a brand new 4x4 and no one would care. And that's what THEY do.
That's how some not smart people think. And smart people should use that knowledge, with really getting offended or spending much time being touchy-feely about it. If it's gonna rain - you take umbrella. If your dad likes burbon - you give him burbon for BD. If your uncle will judge you for the car your drive - don't tell him.
 

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Re: Harassed today because I own a Porsche

It’s interesting to read about instances of harassment.

I think many people are oblivious to the fact that their cars are as expensive or more than mine. It also shows the power and scope of the Porsche brand.

Also, how many critical people have boats, snowmobiles, toys/hobbies, etc. that represent a similar investment.

It’s silly, but people often are.
 
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