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Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:40 AM

Birther Thrifty Car: Buffalo Rental Cars Sport 'Vote For The American' Bumper Stickers

Two women are saying that cars they rented from a Thrifty car rental franchise at the Buffalo, N.Y., airport had birther movement bumper stickers placed on them.

The two women, Barbara Wingate of San Diego and Stephanie DiBiase of Chicago, said bumper stickers that read "Vote for the American" were placed on the bumpers of cars they rented from the franchise. Wingate and DiBiase -- both of whom provided photos of the bumper stickers -- said they were told by employees that the stickers were placed there by the franchise owner.

The franchise is owned by Westover Car Rental, a subsidiary of Ellicott Development, a Buffalo holding company controlled by Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-affiliated businessman who lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

"We noticed a bumper sticker on the car and in the dark lot we thought it was a promotion to "buy American" -- but didn't think about it until the next morning when we went to the car for additional luggage," Wingate, who rented the car the weekend of Oct. 13-14 to attend her daughter's wedding, told The Huffington Post in an email. "After reading it, we realized what it said/meant and were horrified."

Wingate said she was "embarrassed" to drive the car and that she complained to an employee when she returned the car. She said the employee said the franchise owner wanted the stickers kept in place and that he had asked the staff to vote for Romney. Wingate also said she noticed other cars with the stickers at the Thrifty franchise.

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Reply Birther Thrifty Car: Buffalo Rental Cars Sport 'Vote For The American' Bumper Stickers (Original post)
silvershadow Oct 2012 OP
silvershadow Oct 2012 #1
Cha Oct 2012 #7
silvershadow Oct 2012 #10
Politicalboi Oct 2012 #2
silvershadow Oct 2012 #5
Cha Oct 2012 #3
Angry Dragon Oct 2012 #4
1620rock Oct 2012 #6
Cha Oct 2012 #9
silvershadow Oct 2012 #11
Skittles Oct 2012 #16
karmaqueen Oct 2012 #8
nobunnyclue Oct 2012 #12
Cha Oct 2012 #13
Freddie Oct 2012 #14
luv_mykatz Oct 2012 #15
silvershadow Oct 2012 #17
Heywood J Oct 2012 #18
RomneyLies Oct 2012 #19
TeamPooka Oct 2012 #20
silvershadow Oct 2012 #21
Fawke Em Oct 2012 #22

Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:41 AM

1. Bonus points for the story being linked to Carl Palladino. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:52 AM

7. Thanks for the OP, silvershadow.. It needs to be on The Greatest so

more Peeps can see it!

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:02 AM

10. yw ...Comcast booted me right after

I posted...won't be able to respond from my phone to everyone. Have at it, you all know what to do.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:46 AM

2. This place sounds like

They need a lot of false reservations online, and over the phone. As long as you don't give a credit card number, what can they do?

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:51 AM

5. I can't believe that Thrifty allows this...they probably don't. I think we should all call Thrifty

corporate to express our opinions and to get a statement.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:50 AM

3. Please KNR this thing! This is HORRIBLE! MFs have

gone STARK RAVING MOUTH FROTHING RABID DAWG MAD!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:51 AM

4. I would send the owner a bill for being hired to be a billboard driver

would charge $200/hr for everyhour I had the car ...............
You know that free enterprise they keep talking about

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:51 AM

6. I would have stopped at the first hardware store..a little spray pant would fix that ptoblem.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:54 AM

9. I know..when I read it ..my first thought was ..

I would WANT THAT OFF of There. But, then I thought..they would charge for destruction of their Stupid Car.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:09 AM

11. What happens when they return the car to

a different location? Wouldn't they be charged? There is much me to be learned about this.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 03:48 AM

16. I was thinking big ass black magic marker

yes INDEED

no fucking WAY would I be seen in a car sporting something that sick

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:54 AM

8. That is horrible! n/t

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:12 AM

12. There is a whole bin of loonies in upstate NY...

and I can't tell you how many emails I get from them (I grew up there) retelling this or that sob story of someone whose small business has failed in the past four years, and how Obama is responsible.

Well, guess what, if you run your business like a moron who thinks God is going to send you customers, and don't give a SH*T about alienating people, mostly customers, then guess where your business is going... right down the tubes.

What if you these women noticed the sticker before they left the lot? Do you think the owner would have taken it off? Perhaps politely agreed to give them sa refund? Or said "too bad, you signed, so pay for today and then go rent from our competition if you have a problem with the sticker!" Now which one do you think is more likely?

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Response to nobunnyclue (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:19 AM

13. I know! I bet they wish so much they would have noticed it! That's

why I want to spread this story and get it to The Greatest! Please Rec if you haven't, nobunnyclue

I'm just really glad that these women are who they are and appalled by this idiot in charge.

It reminds me of when my sister and I went to Niagra Falls in Canada and stopped in Buffalo in 2004.. We had a Kerry Sticker in our window but it was her car!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:42 AM

14. Businesses with political signs...idiots

Do you really enjoy pissing off your potential customers?
There's a bar/restaurant nearby where loads of Republican signs have just appeared on the property. Known locally as a redneck place, but still...I hear their food is good but now I will *never* try the place.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 03:12 AM

15. Sounds like some stragegically applied duct tape could help.

Me, to rental folks: "Gee...I have no idea how that tape got there. Must've happened while the car was parked overnight in the hotel lot?".

A friend of mine always did refer to Thrifty as Shifty.

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Response to luv_mykatz (Reply #15)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 05:11 AM

17. I have always used Alamo or Enterprise. I'm pretty sure Paladino doesn't own the whole company, so

I still can't understand why they would allow this. I can't imagine taking a car back to a different location with that on there and not being charged. Great idea about the duct tape.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 10:34 AM

18. Ah, Carl. Where would WNY be without you?

I don't know a single person who has even ambivalent feelings about him.

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/11/03/pondering-paladinos-next-move
As he brandished the baseball bat he had said was a metaphor “for the people who want to take their government back,” Paladino on Tuesday issued both an offer and a threat to the Democrat who defeated him, Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo: “You can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany, or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you.”

“Because make no mistake,” the tea party-backed candidate added, “you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino.”
<...>
Paladino has made it clear that he has no intention of seeking office again, calling his campaign for governor “very treacherous.”

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 10:35 AM

19. I travel a lot for business and rent a lot of cars

 

Thrifty Rental has had a lot of my business in the past.

I will never again rent any Thrifty car when I travel. I don't care if it's a franchise doing this. Thrifty must suffer nationally for this idiocy.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 01:12 PM

20. complain to Thrifty about the franchise owner and he will pay....

Thrifty won't like this.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #20)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 02:05 PM

21. I'm thinking they will yank his contract. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 02:34 PM

22. And I bet they're placed on non-American cars, too.

Idiot (Carl Paladino).

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