Car Salesman Denies Service To CNBC’s Becky Quick, Makes Mistake Of A Lifetime
1:00 pm, February 29th | by Amy Tennery
So a seven-months pregnant woman walks into a Toyota dealership. And she asks to see a Toyota Sienna, because she’s pregnant and those are massive cars and massive cars make sense for some families. But wait — the saleman won’t show her the Sienna. Instead, he asks her where her husband is.
What’s a ticked off pregnant lady to do in this situation? Grasp for a barbed comeback, turn on her heels and storm out of that place? Well, yea. And then maybe sit at home and stew about it.
That is, unless you’re a high-profile reporter for CNBC. Then you write about it. And you put the whole encounter in print (Fortune) and online. And you make that car salesman feel very, very stupid.
That’s exactly what “Squawk Box” host Becky Quick did, when she relayed this doozy of a story in a report titled “Car Salesman: Still Sexist, Still Stupid”:
I walked to the front desk and asked to have someone show me the Sienna. A salesman came right out and introduced himself to the man who happened to be standing behind me. After the bystander made clear that he wasn’t my husband, the salesman asked me where my husband was — still without introducing himself or asking my name. The sales rep then went on to respond to questions I asked about the Sienna by looking at my husband and talking to him, until my husband told him to talk to me. When the guy took me to his desk to take down my information, he asked me for my home phone number and followed up with: “Obviously you don’t have a work phone.”
Note to car salesmen: maybe try not to insult one of the country’s most visible financial T.V. news reporters. Or, you know, try not being a total jackass.