A Maserati smashed by a bitter customer's hired goons to protest poor service? It happened, and we have the hilarious video evidence linked below. According to various reports in Asian media, an angry Chinese businessman in Qingdao, China -- identified only as Wang -- decided he'd had enough hassles with the $420,000 Maserati Quattroporte supercar that he bought in 2011.
Wang's story is that he took the car back to the dealer for various repairs, as you normally do during that pesky break-in period when you first acquire a new performance vehicle. The dealer did the repair with used parts but billed him for new ones.
And, to add insult to injury, the so-called mechanics also scratched the paint.
Really. Talk about your first world problems.
According to the South China Post, the dissatisfied customer tired of debating the matter with the dealership. Instead, he parked the car outside the Qingdao Exhibition Center Tuesday and hired sledgehammer-wielding muscle to beat the living you-know-what out of his erstwhile vehicle.
It was a high-priced piece of performance art, but the Maserati smash-up got a lot of attention from people attending the show. You can see from the video posted on Live Leak and YouTube that the men actually had a bit of trouble putting a dent in the Maserati Quattroporte.
I mean, it looks like a pretty tough vehicle to me. But eventually, with determination, the men did manage to thoroughly trash it.
The dealership hasn't commented.
Apparently, the expensive protest was a copycat performance. In 2011, in the same city, a car owner unhappy with his Lamborghini Gallardo had his sports car trashed on World Consumer Rights Day.
Are you starting to get the idea that maybe Chinese billionaires are just a little too well-compensated?
If the Live Leak video is overloaded, then try it here:
I'm not sure I would even smash a Ford Pinto that got on my nerves. I'd just quietly sell it for scrap and blow my hundred bucks on beer.
If you were really, really mad, would you smash a Maserati Quattroporte?