You know, people, getting through this life from one end to the other in one piece really does require just one rule: don't be a prick. If you ever find yourself in a situation of dubious moral standing, take a step back and ask yourself, "Am I being a prick to any person or thing?" If the answer is "yes," then stop what you're doing, apologize and go home. One dealership in Wisconsin could possibly have benefitted from that course of action when it reportedly helped David McMurray con his elderly and disabled parents into buying a brand-new $42,000 GMC Terrain for his use.

According to local news reports, a representative from Palmen Motors visited Harold and Christen Thomsen's home to collect signatures for a loan agreement three weeks before the 89-year-old, legally blind Harold passed away. The World War II veteran was on morphine and in hospice when he signed for the GMC, and his 90-year-old wife suffers from dementia. Even so, upon being discovered, the dealer initially said everything was done "legally." According to Barb Tinkler, McMurray's sister, the sale was a scam that remained hidden until he was busted for an unrelated criminal charge.

An attorney for Palmen Motors has now said they regret the way the transaction went down and the dealership will buy the car back and pay off the loan. State police have opened their own investigation after the local news station brought the issue to light. You can watch the video report below.





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      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the whole spiel about being a prick.
      British_Rover
      • 1 Year Ago
      w/o getting too specific something similar happened at our dealership not long ago with an adult child trying to trade in a car his mother owned. The mother had dementia and couldn't sign any documents nor sign over the title to her son. We told him no go. Get the title signed over to you legally by the executor of her estate or her power of attorney or there is nothing we can do.
      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      "You know, people, getting through this life from one end to the other in one piece really does require just one rule: don't be a prick." This should probably be on a T-shirt. Or a bumpersticker. Or a Facebook wall post. Or on the wall of every law school and business college in the country.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Egon
        That's simply Biblical philosophy dumbed down to current vernacular Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. Matthew 22 The Greatest Commandment 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” I'm sure to get downvoted for turning this to religion. That's OK. I don't really care.
      karman876
      • 1 Year Ago
      The son sounds like a loser too.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I re-read the article carefully. It's clearly the son's fault. The headline should be retitled in a way to reflect this "Son scams elderly dying parents into buying a new GMC"
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's right up there with selling a blind kid a dead bird!! There's a lot of sick people out there I tell ya.
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        @Chris
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      The Cory Jihad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Being a sales consultant myself, it sounds like the son coerced the parents into buying the car for him, not the other way around. Yes, the dealership shouldn't have done what they did, if they did it knowingly, but they are doing the right thing in buying the car back. If they were an immoral dealer, they'd tell those people that they signed a binding contract and they're S.O.L. The son will hopefully be brought up on charges for it.
      Jarett Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dealer should by the car back, clear the loan, and sue the Son. My two pennies.
      kwa
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the son's fault! He's the one who wanted the car, couldn't afford it, so used his ailing parents for every dime they were worth. Parents buy expensive things for their children (of any age) all the time, especially man-child POS's like that guy. I can see why the dealer didn't want to get involved in asking how they've raised their spoiled son for the last 40+ years. While they certainly could have been more ethical in this situation, I think at worst they were aiding and abetting. The only thing overtly criminal I see is charging $42k for a GMC Terrain
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who would try to scam their own dying father? That just seems so sick, and just plain wrong on so many levels. It's probably a good thing that the guy didn't live long enough to find out what his son was up to. That would be a bad way to go out, in my opinion.
        lordedardstark1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        The son was going to get the money anyway. There was probably conversation between the son and the father prior to this, but the news sites are making it seem "back room."
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      $42K for a 2wd, cloth seat Terrain?! really? The son, who bought this vehicle using his parents, got busted for an "unrelated" criminal case. Sounds like a real winner.
      TM
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is sad on multiple levels... As someone who works within the automotive industry, it's sad that dealers are always blamed regardless of the actions of others. If a customers walk into a store to purchase a vehicle, and the dealership questions their ability to purchase the vehicle, the dealership is rude and insensitive to the customers wishes. If the customer presents the situation as a mother and father helping to purchase a vehicle for their son to a degree dealers must take it at face value, short of potential money laundering, identity theft, or social security fraud. Parents young and old purchase vehicles for their children every single day. So before everyone blames the dealership as the perpetrator in the indecent remember, it was the son of the victims who planned and executed the scam. When the sales consultant went to the home of the victims he should have noticed the fathers condition and immediately called a manager. However the son is obviously a corrupt individual as the reason this was brought to light was due to his other criminal activity. There is blame to be had on both ends but the weight of the scam rests on the son, not the dealership.
        Kip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TM
        I agree. The weight of the scam rests on the son. However, the sales consultant was a willing participant. You've got to believe he knew what was going on when he showed up for a signature and the guy was blind and in a hospice. A decent person would have, at a minimum, called his boss to ask for direction and at a maximum, walked away. But again, you're right. There's fault all over the place here. The son is a prick for creating the scam. The sales consultant is a prick for following through with it. And assuming the management of the dealership knew about the details of the deal, they're pricks for not cancelling the deal and firing the prick they hired.
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