Chintziness as babe magnet

At least for this guy, it’s not working:

A really beautiful chick at work was talking to me about her leased IS250, how fast and luxurious it was, etc… She asked which car I drove, and when I said “the banged up ’99 protege with the peeling clearcoat” her face suddenly looked like she had bad gas from an undercooked microwaveable burrito… I thought the recession was supposed to make tight wads like me fashionable!?

I think the only way this works is if you’d acquired that reputation as a cheapskate when times were flush.

And now that I think about it, almost every Nineties Protegé I’ve seen has had peeling clearcoat.


  1. McGehee »

    3 August 2011 · 8:39 pm

    When a woman is bragging about how luxurious her car is, she’s not likely to be impressed by a tightwad regardless of the state of the economy.

    Now, if he’d been able to brag that his car was equally luxurious but cost thousands less, then he might have gotten some traction.

    Assuming his tires weren’t bald.

  2. CGHill »

    3 August 2011 · 9:05 pm

    I am in the habit, generally, of undercutting the semi-fancy badge on my own car, which I have been known to refer to as “a Nissan Maxima in a prom dress,” often followed by “Besides, it’s eleven years old.”

  3. Andrea Harris »

    3 August 2011 · 10:32 pm

    Hmm. A “really beautiful chick” brags about her Richie-Rich mobile during what some people (well, me) are calling the New Depression, and… he still tries to pick her up. I’m not impressed.

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