Saturday, August 27, 2016

Prize cars and what to do with them

Russians are currently engaged in heated discussions about the fact that one of the synchro swimmers immediately put her new BMW car up for sale.
People are apparently outraged as they expected the Olympians to drive these cars forever, or, at least, for some time.
Most don't take into accounts that having a car like this costs A LOT of money - insurance, taxes, service etc. Most medalists come from modest background and can't really afford driving an expensive car. Some of them also can't drive - either because they don't want to, or because they're still minors (Melnikova's just turned 16, while legal driving age in Russia is 18). Probably, some would rather get money for a down payment for an apartment than a new BMW.
Overall, people should just accept that others are allowed to do whatever they want with their property.

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