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Imagine Beauty, MV owner hit my car & then yelled and threatened me

Original post made by Paul, Mountain View, on Sep 18, 2006

I was getting a haircut in downtown Mountain View today (Imagine Beauty on Villa St.) When I walked out, I found a black Jaguar backed into my car with his bumper sitting on top of mine, overlapping by about 4 inches.

The driver happens to be the husband of the salon's manager and I was later told that he is the owner of the salon. When he came out of his car, he took one glance at my bumper and proceeded to preach to me that "it's nothing". I looked at my bumper more closely and found there were a horizontal line of vertical scuff marks. They were very hard to see from more than 3 or 4 feet away but clearly visilble when you inspect it closely. There were also a black scuff mark.

When he saw me inspecting the bumper and deduced that I wasn't just going to let it go. He started raising his voice and now there were people starting to surround us on the street. Instead of just arguing with him, I asked for his driver license and insurance card. He started cursing at me and behaving fairly aggressively. His wife (the hair shop manager) came out at this point, and I took down his insurnace info.

He was still yelling, saying I don't deserve to drive a Porsche if I cannot take such a small thing.

There is a puncture and lots of scratches all over the bumper of his fairly new car (obviously this guy is very wreckless in parallel parking).

At this time, his employees started coming out to support his. I guess he felt braver at this point, and actually started turning around and accused me that I am responsible for the those damages on his bumper. He threatened me that if I call the insurance company for a claim, he and his employees as witness, will say that I damaged his car.

For crying out loud, I was sitting in his salon getting a hair cut when he backed his car into mine!

I took the car the Mathew Carlsen (renowned body shop who does all my work) immediately. Tom at Mathew inspected it. I have some previous scheduled work to be done there, and Tom said he can take care of the front bumper while he is doing that job, at no charge.

So, while I am glad this didn't cause me any monetary damage. I am still mad as hell at that frigging jerk? What can I do? There is no monetary damage so it is useless to call his insurance company and file a claim.

I just filed a complaint on BBB on his hair shop business. But hair salon like this, I doubt that anyone would check BBB before going to a hair cut.

What else can I do? Is there a line to report bad driver? bad parker? aggressive off-car behavor?


Comments (3)

Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2006 at 9:42 pm

Do you have any witnesses that he was going to get the employees to lie for him? If he did, that would be insurance fraud and much worse than the original bumper issue. I doubt he faces any real issues for only saying he was going to do it.

If you know anyone that goes to the salon, you might tell them, so they can consider whether they want to risk spending their money there.

But mostly he just sounds like a hot head, since he did not act on any his plans, I doubt you really have much you can do to him. Had he acted, I think you had the potential to make him regret it, but since nothing happen except him being a jerk, just move on and be glad you are not him.

Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 19, 2006 at 7:02 am

I would definitely call your --and his- insurance agent to at least make them aware of this.

Posted by Carol
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 22, 2006 at 12:12 am

My empathy Paul. What an awful & infuriating experience.

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