207. Car Shopping in California
Bert, 25, went car shopping in Corona. After
to a salesman inside the Chevrolet showroom, Bert
outside with him to look at some cars
the lot. After half an hour, Bert found
blue Camaro that he really liked. He went
the salesman for a test drive. He liked
the car as much as he liked looking
it. When they returned, the salesman went inside
start the paperwork.
Bert lingered outside to enjoy
cigarette. He turned on his iPod and lit
a Marlboro. Five minutes later he finished his
, turned off the music, and started back inside.
then, he heard two loud sounds—one right after
other. Both sounds were caused by falling human
. Two small Cessna airplanes had just crashed 1,000
overhead. One body made a loud cracking sound
it went through the roof of a new
. The other body landed on the back end
Bert’s Camaro. At about the same time, an
from one of the planes crashed through the
of the showroom. It killed the district manager
the dealership, who was on the phone ordering
Thinking it was an earthquake, the salesman
out of the building. When he saw Bert,
asked him for a cigarette. “I quit smoking
month,” he said to Bert. Bert told him
the fallen bodies. They both walked over to
at the corpses. Bert told the salesman how
he felt for the dead people and their
After a short pause, the salesman said, “You
, we can fix this Camaro for you. It’ll
“Really? For how much?” Bert asked.
much, not much at all,” the salesman replied.
then, a police car, a fire truck, and
ambulance pulled up. A police officer told Bert
the salesman to move away from the wreckage,
to stick around for questioning.