Auto industry Smashed Tesla Windshield

Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Steve Hanley


Angry Chinese Customer Smashes Tesla Model S In Protest

Smashed Tesla Windshield

The Wall Street Journal reports that an angry Chinese customer named Yu Xinquan took a wrench and smashed the windshield of his brand new Tesla Model S just minutes after taking delivery of the car. Why? To protest how long it took him to get his Tesla.

Tesla has been experiencing delays as it begins sales in China, and Mr. Yu wanted to be one of the first people in his country to take delivery. But when that didn’t happen, he became enraged and started publicly calling out Tesla. Even a personal meeting with Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not calm his concerns.

His reasoning is sound in a sense, as only one person will ever be able to claim that he was the first ever Tesla customer in China. Mr. Yu’s chance to be that person is gone for all eternity. What could possibly assuage such an insult?

The answer, apparently, is to become the first person to drive a Tesla in China with a smashed windshield. Mr. Yu had just paid the equivalent of $173,600 for his Tesla Model S when he decided to take a wrench to the windshield, proving once again that there is no correlation between money and brains.


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  • J_JamesM

    What an immature nitwit. Things like this, rhino poaching and $20 million diamond-encrusted iphones makes me almost wish that the ostensibly Communist government would confiscate the Chinese elites’ wealth.

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