In boom times a car dealership scuffle would be mere tawdry spectacle. But with the auto industry playing a starring role in an epic recession, the video of an employee fracas at a dealership in Wayland, Mich. acquires some poignancy.
Employees at the Wayland Chevrolet dealership fought last Friday after learning in the morning that the dealership would be closing. They had drinks at lunch, according to local police, and then "one thing led to another." One man may be charged with disorderly conduct, according to the Grand Rapids News.
A local TV station caught the fight on camera. The news team was at the dealership to do a story on the dealership's closing, which will cost the local economy 30 jobs.
The reporter followed up with one of the men involved in the fight:
"Does it really matter how hard that you work because there's always somebody a little above you that has the right to control every decision, every ounce of energy that you put forth?" the man said. "Don't you have the right to be a little bit mad when somebody says, 'Hey, we're all done'?"