So it's been a while since I wrote a blog entry but this past week some hilarious nonsense happened that inspired me to bang out an entry. So I have a car, an Infiniti G37, I love it. Great car although I cant drive it in the winter here in Southern Ontario, Canada. It's just too powerful, too light and it's rear wheel drive so it would just be dangerous on slick and snowy roads. Anyways so I needed to get a car for the winter, somewhat of a hassle but w/e. So last week I found a lease take over opportunity for 5 months, perfect to last me the winter. Quick and easy, 5 months and I'm done with the car at $900 a month. The car is a 2006 Lexus IS 350, solid car. Great fit for what I need it for. Seems simple. Anyways, so I arrange things with the dealership and the current lease holder and we are good to go, that is until they realize that I play poker for a living. This is where things get hilarious. They need to do a credit check, standard protocol which should not be a problem. So I get a respone after they do that credit check, which I am fairly certain they didn't even do because my credit rating is immaculate. The conversation between me and the fat fuckwit sales person goes like this,
"Well we can't go ahead and give you the lease, you are a poker player and we can't trust you to make these huge $900/month payments remaining on the car. You could easily lose your shirt tomorrow, chuckle chuckle, laugh, laugh"
My respone: "Well sir I can assure you that the finances aren't a problem, I'm sure if I can show you a statement of my assets and net worth, you will realize this is an extremely safe deal for your side. I have an investment portfolio and assets totaling almost 1M, and I was recently pre-approved for a mortage. I can't see this being a problem."
"Well you see it's more of a security issue, what is stopping you from driving off with the car at the end of the 5 months"
My response: WOA, wtf. You are essentially calling me a criminal. What is stopping anyone who is leasing a car from your dealership to drive off with the car after the lease ends"
Respone from the fat fucking waste of life salesman: " Well it's just a fact of life. You are a gambler. What is stopping you from throwing the car keys in the middle of the table in a poker game?
"Woa, wtf. Are you serious. This is absolutely hilarious. I don't have a gambling problem, I play poker for a living.
Anyways, I kept things civil and ended up just buying the car. Decent price and it's fairly easy and hassle free. I didn't feel great about giving these guys my business but the car was a great fit and I just didn't want to have to keep looking. I will most likely sell it in the spring for what I just paid for it so it will probably work out better this way anyways. But the way I was treated was just ridiculous. I'm certainly not a sensitive person, the stuff that was said doesn't really bother me but I just find it so ridiculous that I cannot obtain 5 months of a car lease while I can be approved for a 300K mortgage. When I scoop the car this weekend I likely won't be able to hold back and will probably have some words to say to some people at the dealership, but that will be fun. Honestly, it's a little hard to hold back some comments when a 350 LB car salesman who is making 60K a year at MOST is chirping you.
BTW all of the comments are bang on word for word, I'm not trying to throw in an extra drama.
I'm sure people have similar stories of being treated differently due to being a poker player, figured I'd share this one.