In Reply to: What a dick! posted by buboy on July 09, 2000 at 00:00:30:
That is precisely what raises an eyebrow--you don't expect most U of C students to be so lacking in the verbal skills department, even if they ARE foreign. (FYI, most international students who are prospects for prestigious American schools have been taught English from an early age.)
Anyhow, calm down: I agree with you, it's being a poor sport to use that type of cheap criticism in lieu of real discussion. I misbehaved.
What I should have said is that this guy was trying to use economic jargon (which, it seems, he does not understand--I am an economics major) to evade the previous poster's argument.
I agree with the previous poster--if you pay a "premium" price for an automobile, you expect to get a premium automobile. Indeed the market value of a BMW is influenced by the desirability of a BMW (performance, looks, reliability)--if the buyer pays the market price but receives a car of abnormal quality, that buyer has been shortchanged. (In effect, he paid for a BMW but received something else--perhaps comparable to paying for a genuine Rolex YachtMaster but receiving a Thai knockoff instead.)
Also, I think Stepan's "let the lawyers handle it" philosophy is positively horrendous. The civil tort system exists (or should exist) as a last means of resolving disputes--in other words, it should supplant a duel at high noon. Any respectable company (let alone one who prides itself on customer service, as BMW does) should be willing to handle a defective product claim in a civil and courteous manner.
Ideas like those Stepan proposes are the reason we have such a litigious situation in this country. Instead of dealing with disputes in a responsible manner, parties on both sides now jump into legal imbroglios at the drop of a hat -- that should be the LAST resort.
FYI, this is coming from a lawyer-to-be, who hopes/intends to get his J.D. at Harvard Law School.