The Cabral Chrysler dealership in Manteca, Calif., was so desperate for a sale that one of its employees picked up potential customer Donald Davis, 67, at his nursing home, brought the pajamas-and-slippers-clad, dementia-suffering resident in to sign papers.
They handed him the keys to his new pickup truck — with the requested chrome wheels! — and sent him on his way, even tossing Davis’ wheelchair into the truck’s bed as Davis sped away.
Shortly afterward, Davis led police on a high-speed chase 50 miles from Manteca.
He was stopped and detained, but at a hospital the next morning, he passed away from heart failure.
The Cabral salesman said Davis had called him twice the day before, insisting on buying a new truck.
No one knows
It sounds like a “demonstration” sport showcased from time to time at international games, but “kabaddi” is highly competitive.
It was featured at the recent Asian Games and usually dominated by south Asian teams.
According to an Agence France-Presse dispatch, teams “join hands, holding their breath and raiding opponents, chanting ‘kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi’ as they do so.”
Players tout the sport’s benefits to health and happiness — the breath-holding, under stress — claiming it will add years to one’s life.
India and Iran played for the championship at the Asian Games this year but the result seems not to have been widely reported.
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