Halifax — “Buying a new car is a lifestyle choice,” proclaimed head salesperson Tammy Henderson of Mercedes-Benz HRM. “Why not pick a lifestyle wherein you are the greatest person you know?”
Bumper stickers have been a satellite fixture of the car community for years — whether drivers want to pretend that they have a large, happy family to justify owning an SUV, or simply want to convince themselves that they’re good people.
“I’m an amazing person,” stated Gerald Godfried, who had just completed the paperwork on a C class Cabriolet and had the sticker attached for an extra $2,000. “But sometimes I think other people just don’t realize it.”
Frances Reese has been driving a stickered Toyota 4-Runner for over a year. “The only work I’ve had done to my car is a paint touch up on the bumper sticker,” he said.
Reese disagrees with what he views as undeserved recognition being given to Mercedes-Benz drivers. “The unwritten rule is: after purchasing your car, you have a grace period of 6 months to rescue your best friend… I pushed my buddy Sam in front of a bus then pulled him back at the last second.”
Christina Farmer of the Nova Scotia SCPA reached out to The Manatee, insisting that she make a brief statement in regard to the stickers. “‘I rescued my best friend’ refers to the adoption of a pet,” Farmer explained. “They’re meant to promote awareness for uncared-for animals in the community.”
Reese offered the following rebuttal to Farmer’s statement: “Wait, so that means that their best friend is, like, a dog or a cat? That’s hilarious! Why would they admit to that?”