Risks of giving autistic adults financial freedom

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Sean Beaudoin, 25, has an autism spectrum disorder, but with help he has become fairly independent.
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Angela

Bronx, NY

#1 Mar 2, 2008
Boycott Hudstedt...what a bunch of idiots the management is.

They really want the negative publicity??? They have lost all good will. I hope they go out of business. They are immoral and don't deserve anybody's business...

Actually, with the way they treated this family and this disabled man...taking advantage of him like that...well, I would say that they must be hell to do business with.

STAY AWAY FROM THESE GOONS! BOYCOTT HUDSTEDT CHEVROLET!
Stop Your Whining

Lake Hopatcong, NJ

#2 Mar 2, 2008
Ths has nothing to do with the dealer. The buyer had a legal obligation to pay. The parents knew this happened before but they let him keep the credit card anyway. What are they supposed to do, lock him in a closet? He could have easily gone out and bought ANYTHING. It's not the world's business to watch out for this kid. Unless he was visibly incoherent or had no inability to speak, why wouldn't ANY car dealer sell him a car?
Marc Rosen

Oakdale, NY

#3 Mar 2, 2008
I've already written an article to Newsday not to use this terminology, but it seems my words are, as usual, ignored. As an autistic man in college, I understand that there are some people who are simply out of touch with reality. It is NOT because of autism, and the ones who claim it is are primarily parents and poorly informed pseudo-professional con-artists. The truth is that delusion is a mental illness, and anyone can get it just by being unrealistic. Autistic people are more likely to not receive proper education regarding budgeting of any sort. I know that I spent my entire life getting guilt trips for every penny I didn't put towards the greater glory of mom. While it did have a good deal to do with her psychological diseases, it still taught me not to spend money unless absolutely necessary, and to consider necessity as only those things I cannot survive without, and in quantities no greater than those needed for survival. It took quite an effort for others to help me break that neurotic refusal to spend money. Maybe all that's needed is proper education and instruction in how to budget and how to track expenditures.
Wendy H Sheinberg Esq

AOL

#4 Mar 2, 2008
Risks of giving autistic adults financial freedom
Thank you for writing such an important article. Your article highlights the dilemma faced by the loved ones and parents of developmentally delayed or disabled adults who are often characterized as "high functioning." Families struggle for years to arm their children with the tools needed for independent living, upon that child turning 18, they are emancipated. Emancipation carries with it many joys, fears, responsibilities, and risks. Occasionally, a family will delay or avoid commencing a guardianship proceeding for fear of curtailing their emerging independence. Often in our daily struggle, we forget that there are predators out there, who, for their own gain will exploit the developmental deficits of an individual.
When an individual has a guardian of their property appointed for them, the guardian holds their accounts as guardian, and the accounts will bear the title” as guardian for _____.” This designation puts the world on notice that a judicial determination has been made that a guardian was needed.
An unscrupulous merchant would have a hard time arguing that they did not know, or that they were not exploiting an individual with disabilities when put on that kind of notice.
Though the decision to commence a guardianship is complex and personal, it can go a long way to protecting our children from the vultures of society.
Jim

Bay Shore, NY

#5 Mar 2, 2008
You are so far out of touch with the true background for this story, I think you have to work for Hustedt!
Maybe you should have the experience of working with an individual with autism. Perhaps then you would easily realize that the parents here have put their heart into providing the proper training for their son. Read the article again ... maybe you missed the point!
Stop Your Whining wrote:
Ths has nothing to do with the dealer. The buyer had a legal obligation to pay. The parents knew this happened before but they let him keep the credit card anyway. What are they supposed to do, lock him in a closet? He could have easily gone out and bought ANYTHING. It's not the world's business to watch out for this kid. Unless he was visibly incoherent or had no inability to speak, why wouldn't ANY car dealer sell him a car?
not to me

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Mar 3, 2008
Edward Reyer manager of Hustedt chevy is a crook. Their mission seens to be that its alright to take advantage of any one that they can.I would like to see dealers that act this way closed down.by cunser affairs,but that wont happen. Dealers like that give all a bad name.Show them how you feel,take your money to any other dealer but Hustedt.
THE WRITERS A CON ARTIST

Bronx, NY

#7 Mar 3, 2008
THOUGHT THE STORY IS SAD AND A DILEMA IN LIFE, WHATS ALSO SAD IS THE REPORTER WRITES WHAT HE WANTS TO MAKE A STORY, THE DEALER DID REFUND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND THE PARENTS WERE INVOLVED AT THAT POINT ACCEPTING THE OFFER, AS WELL HE FAILS TO MENTION HOW MR REYER TRIED TO BE COMPASSIONATE AND HELP WHILE RUNNING A BUSINESS AT THE SAME TIME.
JEFF MATTERS

Bronx, NY

#9 Mar 3, 2008
i've met SEAN through the kennel he works at and i'm quite supprised after reading the article that he has any mental disabilty whatsoever on countless occasions i've had discussions with him on many topics he is quite intelligent and rather whitty. i hope that his family is not trying to use his unnoticeable condition to go after the dealership for fear of the affect using this "crutch" may have on sean in the future. so until you've met sean please take off the white wig get off your high horse and stop judging.
HUSTEDT CUSTOMER

Bronx, NY

#10 Mar 3, 2008
I have purchased several cars from hustedt chevrolet over the past few years, and i have never been nothing but completely satisfied. I was actually purchasing a new trailblazer,the day that sean was picking up his new car, and its a big supprise to me that he has a mental disability, he seemed thrilled to get a new car, and he seemed happy with the people that were helping him. Even his friend that was with him was excited for him to get the car. After reading the article, i feel like the reporter made it a one sided story, from what i saw, i didnt see anyone taking advantage of anyone, whether it be someone with or without a mental disablilty. I feel like if the situation was reversed and they did not sell him a car, there would be an article in the paper about discrimination also. So how is a business that is in sales to blame for selling someone a car.
JIMMY JOHNSON

Bronx, NY

#11 Mar 3, 2008
forgive me if i sound naive but how can you tell if someone is mentally ill or incapable when they act normal? the author wrote a very one-sided article which does nothing to help people understand Autism and seems to have a "dealer-bashing" adjenda. i'd be very curious to know if the author knows the family of this boy personally. although if he did maybe he would have added something constructive to help others from running into this type of problem. like putting an alert on your credit report so any bank must call home before extending credit.
I smell a SCAM

Bronx, NY

#12 Mar 3, 2008
Obviously this is an on going issue with this man, going in and out of dealerships and buying cars, I think you should control where your son is going. If he has a HABIT of buying cars....There is a way to to put blocks on credit cards and alerts on credit reports. Hustedt Chevrolet has been around for many many years and to bash this dealer is rediculous, and I agree with the person above....
"I feel like if the situation was reversed and they did not sell him a car, there would be an article in the paper about discrimination"
angela west islip

Bronx, NY

#13 Mar 4, 2008
i think this is the beggesst scam i have ever seen. and what a coincedence that this has happend a few times already at other dealerships. i do not see why he is suppose to be treated any different than us. if his parents wanted to be more responsible they should have put a red flag on his credit. therefor he pays what we pay it is not the dealerships job to raise other children its his parents job. they should have better tabs on there son so he does not make this mistake for a 4th time. this is very unfair to the dealership for such a faulse report.
Kim

Bronx, NY

#14 Mar 4, 2008
what would make people think that its the dealerships responsibility to make sure that disabled people dont get themselves in trouble? if he was acting normally what would make the dealership even question his mental state? and what reason do people feel justified in calling edward ryer a crook? hes doing his job.. if this is the case then all salesmen are crooks.... if hes as crook then whos to say that anyone who does their job isnt? i think that this is blown out of proportion and that this guy and his parents need to stop trying to scam dealerships out of their cars.. and as far as im conserned good for you ed!! he signed that contract so you deserve your money
Marie Stonybrook

Bronx, NY

#15 Mar 5, 2008
This is not the first time this young adult pulled this off. It is not the dealerships responsibilty for his actions. If the dealership would have refused the sale of the car that would have been discrimantion. If he is not suppose to be purchasing a vehicle on his own there should be sum sort of red flag on his identity. It is no one but his or his parent fault. Hustedt
Chevrolet did the write thing. Being that they gave money back after the mother made a seen I think that was very gererous of them. They did not have to do that. Especially that this is an on going thing. You would think after the first time this happened that his parents would either take responsability and have something done that he cant purchase without one of them present. I think the dealership is owed an apoligy from him and his family for causing agrivation on the dealerships part for no reason. This family seems crazy. Did you not think that newsday would not mention the few other times that this happened elsewhere. For all other dealerships I defenitly recomend not to ever sell either of them a car in the near future unless you want them to scam you as well.
Fran

AOL

#16 Mar 7, 2008
I read this story and I believe the news reporter was missing the true story. The mother admits this has happened before, in fact more than once. So why then would she make a claim to the Newsday ?? The only thing that sounds fraudulent is this letters story. I have purchased a car from Hustedt and they actually saved me money. So shame on the mother and shame on NEWDAY.
Realist

New York, NY

#17 Mar 7, 2008
HUSTEDT CUSTOMER wrote:
I have purchased several cars from hustedt chevrolet over the past few years, and i have never been nothing but completely satisfied. I was actually purchasing a new trailblazer,the day that sean was picking up his new car, and its a big supprise to me that he has a mental disability, he seemed thrilled to get a new car, and he seemed happy with the people that were helping him. Even his friend that was with him was excited for him to get the car. After reading the article, i feel like the reporter made it a one sided story, from what i saw, i didnt see anyone taking advantage of anyone, whether it be someone with or without a mental disablilty. I feel like if the situation was reversed and they did not sell him a car, there would be an article in the paper about discrimination also. So how is a business that is in sales to blame for selling someone a car.
Are you sure you are not a Hustedt employee? You write like one
Hustedt sucks

New York, NY

#18 Mar 7, 2008
ok, the dealer has a negative rating from the BBB,... and employees post fake post supporting the dealer,... they belong in jail
Corrie Elieff

Belleville, Canada

#19 Mar 7, 2008
Thats a pretty LEFT WING title you have going on. Giving rights to a disabled person a bad thing? Is that what this page is saying?
shh angela

Rocky Point, NY

#20 Mar 11, 2008
First of all its almost impossible to point out a mild mental disability and those with autism dont want to be pointed out as mentally disabled adults hence the reason this man entered into a legal purchase without his parents. maybe you should see that the mother came back in and resigned the contract so how is this family possibly a still a victim. How can you blame edward reyer when people who have even seen this man at work couldnt tell he was autistic. Angela im sorry but its uneducated people like you that make freedom of speech questionable. the fact that edward tried to make this mother feel more comfortable with the transaction by readjusting the contract is enough proof that he is a good guy, and realize that she did sign it. not everyone can walk in and say i wasnt really thinking yesterday can we just pretend i didnt sign that!!
PJM

Newark, NJ

#21 Mar 12, 2008
Did you people that are defending the dealership miss the part about charging $11,400 for a '02 malibu?! That was $4500 over the blue book price and nobody ever pays even that much! It doesn't even matter that the guy has PDD-NOS(which is another way of saying slightly autistic) the dealer was ripping him off. I thought there was a law that gives people 3 days to return a purchase. Hustedt should be ashamed of themselves for not letting them return the car and charging them $1610 over blue book. Scumbag used car dealers.
To Marc Rosen , you must remember not all autistic kids or adults are the same. My son has autism, he is not delusional. If anyone tries to take advantage of him now or when he is an adult will be sorry.

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