HIGHTOWER: Purple Lamborghini Syndrome

Time to take another peek into the "Lifestyles of the Rich ... and Cranky."Today we travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where we meet John Martin. Thirty-one years old, John enjoyed flashing around town in his 1997 red Ferrari, but still ... he was unfulfilled.According to an Associated Press story, John craved something flashier, something that could draw more attention to himself. So, he got a Lamborghini Diablo Roadster. And, just to gild the lily a bit, he chose the color purple. Price tag: $262,000. No sweat for John, though, his mom and dad bought it for him, putting up $145,000 in cash, plus the $117,000 they got for his Ferrari on trade-in. What a great world John Martin lives in!But then, storm clouds rolled into his life. AP writer Karen Testa reports that the roof on John's new Lamborghini Diablo "leaks so badly he can't drive when it rains. The battery quits without notice. The sunroof latches detach when he drives over a bump, bonking him on the head ... and most galling, the doors and windows jam, and he has to bang on the windows until a stranger helps him get out.John says, "It's very embarrassing. You want to get the Lamborghini to get to be the center of attention. But now you're the center of attention because you're some fool locked in a purple car."Gee, it's tough being rich.So, John has filed suit, claiming he was sold a Lamborghini lemon, and that the company knew the car was defective when they sold it to him. The company offered him a '98 model to replace his purple Diablo, but John spurned them -- apparently having been soured on Lamborghinis for life.This is Jim Hightower saying ... Hey John, maybe you can collect for "mental anguish" too, having suffered from "Purple Lamborghini Syndrome."

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