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Old 07-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Recently I was at a car show that had the C7 on display and also someone signing posters.

There was a line of about 10 people when I got there and it was moving rather slow. The reason it was moving slow is because the gentleman signing the posters would ask the persons name, what kind of car they own and just general Corvette conversation. I thought it was cool that be was taking time with each person like that. Keep in mind that it was a predominately older crowd. I would say easily 15-20 years older than me.

As I am waiting my turn, I ask my wife how we should have the poster made out because he is asking everyone before he signs. We decided that just my name would be fine.

When I approached him, I said "Hi. How are you today?"

About 5-10 seconds later I was handed a poster with his name on it. I took it and walked away.

The first words out of my wife's mouth were "That was rude. He didn't even acknowledge you."

I honestly felt the same way that she did. We immediately felt that it was because our age. I am early 30's and she is mid 20's.

Her feelings were that this guys didn't give us the time of day because he didn't think we would be able to buy one.

I purchased my C6 brand new and my C7 is on order but it did irritate the both of us.

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Old 07-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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No that's not age discrimination. Who was the guy that was signing posters?
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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Dont sweat it. They'll be dead before you know it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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Yes! You've been profiled.

Laugh and know that you will be the first to a million $.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #6
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Recently I was at a car show that had the C7 on display and also someone signing posters.

There was a line of about 10 people when I got there and it was moving rather slow. The reason it was moving slow is because the gentleman signing the posters would ask the persons name, what kind of car they own and just general Corvette conversation. I thought it was cool that be was taking time with each person like that. Keep in mind that it was a predominately older crowd. I would say easily 15-20 years older than me.

As I am waiting my turn, I ask my wife how we should have the poster made out because he is asking everyone before he signs. We decided that just my name would be fine.

When I approached him, I said "Hi. How are you today?"

About 5-10 seconds later I was handed a poster with his name on it. I took it and walked away.

The first words out of my wife's mouth were "That was rude. He didn't even acknowledge you."

I honestly felt the same way that she did. We immediately felt that it was because our age. I am early 30's and she is mid 20's.

Her feelings were that this guys didn't give us the time of day because he didn't think we would be able to buy one.

I purchased my C6 brand new and my C7 is on order but it did irritate the both of us.

Age discrimination? No

Brag post about having a 20 something wife? Yes
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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maybe the signer was just checking out your spouse and forgot what he was doing
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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It's market research and you are not the target demographic.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Why did you want an autograph from someone you didn't recognize?
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #10
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Actually, imo, you ARE the TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC. Because w/o you, there aren't enuff old folks to last long enuff to keep the model line going.

Was he dissing you due to your age? Maybe. Or maybe he just forgot what he was doing because of ...oh forget it. Yeah, he probably did. His bad. His judgment error because you, at your age, ensure his retirement plan.

Suffice to say, there are probably more "enlightened" GM folks. This may not have been one of them---or maybe he wasn't with GM at all. Regardless, it was one incident. Let's hope someone reads this, and it doesn't happen again. Bet you can hardly wait for the new C7!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
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Corvette forum is slacking right now. No pics of the wife?!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #12
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Why did you want an autograph from someone you didn't recognize?

I do know who he is but I didn't want to use his name in the post.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #13
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Age discrimination? No

Brag post about having a 20 something wife? Yes

Lol.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #14
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Corvette forum is slacking right now. No pics of the wife?!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #15
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It could be that some of those in line before you engaged him in conversation? Or it could be coincidence. Or it could be age discrimination.. You'll never know...but I wouldn't waste my time on it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:59 PM   #16
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Why did I even click to come into this ridiculous thread..............lesson learned.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:03 PM   #17
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Why did I even click to come into this ridiculous thread..............lesson learned.

Same here... Racer's avatar was the best part of the thread!

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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Age discrimination? No

Brag post about having a 20 something wife? Yes


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Why did you want an autograph from someone you didn't recognize?
This!

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Corvette forum is slacking right now. No pics of the wife?!
Maybe she was so hot that the guy signing the posters was jealous. OP should post pics of his wife to prove my theory.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:06 PM   #19
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Pics of wife or it didn't happen
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Don't worry about the age issues. I had two new Corvettes as a teenager back in the 70s. I'm sure everyone then though it was an older person's car as well. #4 is on the way and I'm very glad that Corvettes have been a small part of my life for so many years. I haven't seen a teenager who didn't drool over the corvettes at parades and car shows.
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