1967 Chevrolet Camaro: IMO, Racist car owner canceled sale to Hispanic
Dwayne and Stephanie Harrison, DPT of Florida Inc, refused to sell car to buyer for racist reasons in my opinion.
I asked before I bid if the he would show his drivers license and a picture of the title to prove ownership. He said he would have no problem with that.
I bought the car and asked the seller for the drivers license picture and title picture. I received a picture of a title with the owners name whited out and no drivers license picture. The seller said he was fearful of scammers. He sounded like a nice guy and we were getting along.
In an effort to allay his fears by demonstrating how harmless it was to exchange drivers license pictures, and as a gesture of friendship, I sent my drivers license to him unasked for.
The response from the seller contained no pictures but it did change the terms of the sale. The auction page said personal check, cashiers check, or money order. The email said he now wanted to use an escrow service.
I said I was uncomfortable with an escrow service because I did not know anything about them. I asked why he did not send his drivers license picture and prove the title had the same name on it as he had promised before the auction was finalized?
The seller responded by saying, Are you refusing to use the escrow service?. I am sorry. That is all I feel comfortable with. He did not respond to the question about the pictures.
The only thing reason I could think of for his sudden change of character was he saw in the drivers license picture he was sent that the buyer was Hispanic. The seller was trusting and friendly before the picture. Immediately after seeing a picture of a Hispanic buyer, the seller changed the payment terms, and he was refusing to answer direct questions about why he would not send pictures he agreed to send.
I confronted him. I said, I think you changed the auction terms and won't send the pictures because you found out the buyer is Hispanic.
In the next email the seller did not deny the accusations. He did not try to dissuade me I was wrong. He made no attempt to explain why he would not send the pictures he promised to send. He did not try to allay my concerns about using an escrow service.
The seller said he wanted to cancel the auction. Period. That was it.
I thought, Oh well. He is angry and he will get over it. I went ahead and paid the deposit for the car. After I paid the deposit on the car the seller filed an unpaid item case against me. I wanted to pay for the car but he refused to talk to me. He was filing the case for malicious reasons only.
Before finding out the buyer was Hispanic, the seller was friendly and even extended his condolences about my dog that died the day I won the auction.
After seeing a picture showing a Hispanic buyer, the seller became distant and uncommunicative, he changed the terms of the auction, he became demanding, he canceled the completed sale of the car, he filed a malicious unpaid item case, and he refused to deny he canceled the car sale because the buyer was Hispanic.
I could be wrong about the sellers motivations but I do not think so. Why would he change from an animal loving, kind, consoling man before he found out the buyer was Hispanic, into a cold, demanding, intransigent, hostile, suspicious, and malicious man after he found out the buyer was Hispanic?
Why wouldnt he abide by his word to show his drivers license picture and the title?
In my opinion it is because they are racist.
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