Ill jump in here because for quite some time now this topic has been on my mind. I own a couple of business's. And one does considerably better than the other .. I personally struggled with the purchase of our first MB .. because i felt driving it to work (at the lessor profitable business) would be " in bad taste" because I cannot afford to pay those employees "top scale".
I treat my employees very well .. we are more like family than boss/workers. I feel that the "family" environment is better for all involved. I take time with my employees .. care about there lives .. and go above and beyond what I often should .. because we all are in this together. Here comes the issue tho .. driving a car that I know most of them would never be able to afford .. bothers me. It has bothered me to the point that I have just recently come to terms with driving an MB to work. Im not a "showy" person .. and would never want anyone to feel inferior to me .. thats just rude...and not very Christian IMO.
It occurred to me tho .. I put up with a ton o' crap in life. I work hard ... and treat people fairly .. like I said more fairly than I should at times. It does bother me to drive a CL500 to work .. given that most of my people cant afford one. Heres the part that occurred to me tho .. is it my fault that my situation (both economic and social) is different than there's? No its not .. I chose to educate myself .. to work hard .. and to be a fair and honest employer.
I dont control the decisions others make .. nor do I control the path they chose in their life. I feel I do have a responsibility to be fair and moral to the people who work for me ...
I dont feel that the statement of .. "Isn't it kind of rude to drive a car like that and park it in front of your employees whose entire paycheck is less than your car payment?"
.. is a fair one.
Now that certainly does not give him the right to be or feel "better than anyone" nor does it give a right to be an ass to his emps either. But it that kind of thinking that has plagued me for years now. It seems to be a statement based in judgment. MB vehicles are not .. at least not to me .. a status symbol. I am amazed at how many people "know" what I am about .. by looking at my car. Thats just wrong .. and just plain sad. We live in a society that loves to judge other people .. so what do you do?
I have come to the decision that I am too da** old to care what anyone thinks anymore. If others will make statements .. like yours .. about me, well then thats just the way they will have to feel. I know, and the people who know me, know the truth. It just makes me sad to see the kind of judgment that people pass on one another .. when they know little or nothing about each other.
I am just too old to care anymore .. people can think and do as they feel they need to. I have worked and waited a very long time to drive this car, and I am going to do just that. Let the chips fall where they may.
So be it.
Just my 02 cents .. your mileage may vary