Last year I decided to go look at some new Ford Mustangs and was particularly interested in a new Mustang GT. I wasn’t sure I wanted a convertible or not as I had one before (a 2000 Ford Mustang GT convertible) but it had some issues with the top and I wasn’t sure if they had improved upon this over the years. So I went to the local Krieger Ford here at 1800 Morse Rd. in Columbus Ohio.
When I got to the Ford store they had right out front of the main building several Mustangs all lined up including one or two Roush Mustangs. The fancier Ford mustangs (Roush) were definitely out of my budget. I was looking more for a GT with some nice racing stripes.
As soon as I got out of my car and started walking over to the Ford Mustangs a salesman came right out of the car dealership and headed straight for me. I told him that I was interested in possibly test driving a new Ford Mustang GT. And I wasn’t sure if I wanted a hardtop or a convertible.
The salesman’s name was Carl or Curl or something like that and he seemed fairly nice, but I had the feeling that he just wanted to make a quick deal and get this over and done with. Maybe he wanted to go to lunch or I somehow otherwise interrupted his day or daily routine.
We ended up test driving a V6 and a GT Ford Mustang. I definitely preferred the GT to the V6 – they just sound so much better and I know that a friend of mine installs custom exhaust systems and he couldv’e easily made it sound even better. After the test drive we went into the car dealership to go and talk about numbers and haggle on the car price.
On the way into the car dealership the salesman’s sat me at a chair and then went to go see his manager or something. On his way there I heard him mumble something about me being a queer to some other sales associates or other employees. While yes, it is true that I am gay and I just recently came out to my family about it (that was very hard and they weren’t fully accepting of my being gay and still aren’t), I don’t think I am or was outlandish or even mentioned my sexual preferences to the car salesman.
Besides, since when does my being gay affect my ability to purchase a new or used vehicle from a car dealership? I thought the law was that there were supposed be no discrimination from any business based on handicap or sexual preference. I did not like the fact that this salesperson was telling other people (the other sales staff) that I was gay and even worse that he used a very derogatory term in describing me – queer.
I disliked that and was very offended by it. As I sat there in that chair waiting for this salesperson another employee came over to talk to the other employees and they told him too that I was queer and they pointed at me and laughed. At this point I had had enough and I got up and left the car dealership.
I may be gay, but this is no way to be treated and I am a paying customer with good credit. I ended up buying a used Ford Mustang GT from another nearby car dealership here in Columbus Ohio and I will never return to a place like Krieger Ford where the sales staff treats gay people rudely by calling them queers.