When vulnerable consumers enter the m...

When vulnerable consumers enter the marketplace

There are 4 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 29, 2008, titled When vulnerable consumers enter the marketplace. In it, Newsday reports that:

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

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Amityville, NY

#1 Mar 2, 2008
Ugh...car salesmen! How awful for them to take advantage of a handicapped person. They have no morals.

I hope NO one goes to that dealer and gives them any business!

Apparently they've screwed a lot of other people, too, judging by the number of complaints to the BBB.

San Jose, CA

#2 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.
Loyal Hustedt Customer

San Jose, CA

#3 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.
aspergers Parallel Planet

Christchurch, New Zealand

#4 Mar 13, 2008
With a condition like Asperger it is exceptionally hard because no 2 people are the same. We may have some of the same traits, but we are all individuals in our selves, different personalities, different circumstances and each effected differently. So generalizing about people with Aspergers is difficult, as if you know one person on the autism spectrum disorder, you just know one! We are unique individuals and share traits which has been behind some of the greatest human achievements to date.
I have found I have a better sense of knowing than a lot of other people and maybe thats because my social skills are not so good. I often hear how other asperger people use there sense ie. to relate to animals etc.. just a thought.
Its a bit like if your blind, your other senses are heighten.. www.asplanet.info

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