Vancouver Riots: BMW M5 Owner Tells Her Story

BMW M5 | September 11th, 2011 by 47
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During the August Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, Canada, a BMW owner saw her E60 M5 being vandalized and torched by rioters. Jazmin Perez says …

During the August Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, Canada, a BMW owner saw her E60 M5 being vandalized and torched by rioters. Jazmin Perez says she parked her BMW outside the Bay store in downtown Vancouver and by the time she finished shopping her car was burnt to silver metal.

Perez had insurance on the leased car, but it covered only the market value and not the replacement cost, therefore she still owes thousands of dollars in monthly lease payments.

To tell her story in more details, Perez joined M5board and shared with the world more details on her M5 saga.

Vancouver Riots: BMW M5 Owner Tells Her Story

My name is Jazmin Perez. At approximately 4:30pm on June 16th, I purchased an iPhone 4 to replace the malfunctioning iPhone I previously owned. It was urgent that I replace my phone, both because of important and timely work related matters and the growing number of people downtown, so I parked my 2006 M5 BMW on the corner of Georgia and Seymour. When I exited Pacific Centre, I was surprised to see the extent of how vast the crowd had become. Individual people more closely resembled a synced body of water, and to drive my car home would have been like swimming against the current. I assumed it would be reasonable to wait till it was safer to remove my vehicle. In fact, I have had such positive experiences with the people of Vancouver that I don’t think twice on whether or not I can place my trust in fellow citizens when it comes to respect over private property (I have never been faced with an event even somewhat similar to a riot so I did not expect this situation to require any different of me). Never in my life have I had an object of mine so grossly vandalized.

As the hours passed I became more and more worried for the safety of my car but I was more concerned for my own safety if I were to leave my apartment. The few minutes I did see outside, beyond the remaining pieces of my lobby window were the horrors of alcohol combined with juvenile testosterone. There were drops of blood staggered among the cement, billows of smoke emanating from all possible directions, and the only gaps in the crowd were given to those who felt the need for violent puffery. My house guests and I collectively agreed to stay put.

It wasn’t until the crowd began to disperse that we apprehensively went to check on the state of my vehicle. The street was blocked off by several police however, we asked one of the officers to compare the licence plate and make of the cars parked on Seymour to my vehicle information. Then the officer returned only to ask questions about the tires my stomach churned. My mouth went dry and I could feel the back of my throat slowly constrict. I knew that my tires were the only identifiable part of my vehicle. I don’t remember much of the walk back to my building. My brain was like a long exposure photograph – racing. Within thirty minutes of returning home I called ICBC (insurance company)

Since the riots, it has been overwhelming to account for all the ways in which I was affected because all aspects of my life have been disturbed. Mentally, I have been hit the worst. For days following the event I did not leave the confinements of my 560 square ft. apartment. My younger sister’s University graduation was the afternoon of June 16th where she specifically requested all immediate family to be present. Unfortunately I missed that milestone in her life because I had no means of transportation. Two weeks after my sisters graduation was her wedding which I spent most of my time helping put together (again having to take time off work). This has been one of my major stress catalysts.

Financially, I have fallen backwards from my debt free lifestyle. Talking to and trying to reason with ICBC and my leasing company has been futile. According to them, not only do I not get a replacement car but I still have to pay $10,000 on a car I no longer have. There is no way I can continue to pay off my car. Morally, I cannot put $10,000 towards something that was taken from me.

I am asking for help because I cannot possibly sort this mess out on my own.”

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  • pimeto

    WTF ? So, we have to pay for the car ?
    What is wrong with the lady… She has money to pay for M5 and doesnt want to pay a lawyer ???
    C’mon now…. seriously!

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  • M6SD

    is this a joke? you have the money to lease an M5… and now you can’t get out of this mess? maybe she was living above her means… in which case I don’t feel sorry for her… hey lady if you live in a 500sq apt… don’t lease an M5… get yourself a nice little Honda.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    Ok,  a little sympathy guys, it’s not like she torched the car herself or destroyed it on purpose. It’s sad that things like these happen in 2011.

    • Bmwfan

      get a clue.

      • Giom

        Gees dude. You’re really rude. Do you get a kick out of being nasty to other ppl… like those rioters destroying that M5? So unnecessary. Hope you find some happyness and joy in your life soon…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQGGLQXRGKICDKMS4OLEMPSPII David

          You too.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQGGLQXRGKICDKMS4OLEMPSPII David

      Get laid.

  • Giom

    Hard to imagine that these things still happen in first world countries. I don’t know… the whole world is just upside down at the moment. I feel sorry for this lady, but I’m more angry at the low lifes that did it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3Y7W7MMMU3JKSDVK7YUV4ASSCI Alex

       Since when is Canada first world country?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQGGLQXRGKICDKMS4OLEMPSPII David

      On second thought, don’t. We can’t take the chance you might reproduce.

  • Peter

    I’ve seen this also on Facebook and I post the same comment here: sad to see someone’s M5 like this but if you get an M5 get it insured properly.

  • wazon

    Isn’t it the M5 that was so brevely defended by the woman against riots? 

    Most likely, this is the record from what happened there and what she had to pass trough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hId9LM9FtJA&feature=related

    • wazon

      BTW, although I feel sorry for her car being destroyed, I am with all of you who also think that we shouldn’t pay for this car. 

    • Giom

      Wow, after seeing that video, I’m even more outraged at the rioters. Mindless hooligans with nothing good in them. I tell you, I can not believe that humans can be this inhumane.

    • Giom

      Wow, after seeing that video, I’m even more outraged at the rioters. Mindless hooligans with nothing good in them. I tell you, I can not believe that humans can be this inhumane.

  • Tom

    It stinks and the rioters and people responsible for torching her car should go to hell. But she’s still owed the difference. Perhaps had she put a little more money on the down payment or better insurance, she wouldn’t have this problem.

  • Tom

    BTW, for everyone else please look into “replacement cost” insurance to avoid these kinds of financial mishaps.

  • MR BONE

    buy new one.stupid u dumb ass!!

  • MR BONE

    buy new one.stupid u dumb ass!!

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  • Adnan790

    I understand her pain for the torched car and i feel sorry for her, but to ask ppl to pay for it?! there are ppl who are much more in need of money than a BMW M5 owner. She should be ashamed of herself and feel lucky to have a chance to drive an M5 in her lifetime, some people never will.

  • moeali

    I feel bad for her and all but honestly I don’t think she needs the help. I’m 19, my situation is 10 times worse but I don’t whine. I felt bad for her until i saw the paypal thing.

  • moeali

    On second thoughts, after watching the video, I do feel bad for her :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    this is crazy. leasing an M5 without a cap insurance ? take a hike lady.
    1st living in a 500sq-ft apartment and driving an M5 ? Seriously ? Most guys would not do anything like this. I feel your passion but, I would NOT leave my car on the street. I would rent/buy an apartment with garage and never buy a piece of crap iPhone which needs constant replacement :-)
    overall, asking money to pay for an M5 is absolutely rude and stupid. You had no means of transportation to go to a sisters graduation ? Have you ever heard of a Bus, train and cab ? or how about buying a decent BMW for about 10k usd and calling it a temporary car until my BMW M5 gets filled again ?

    ps.
    This story is better be fake.  I hope nobody gives a penny to this idiot…  millions die of hunger, sickness and we need to bail out a stupid rich lady who had an M5 but not enough brain and money to insure it properly ?
    come on… this is a worst story on BMWBLOG by far…

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  • Kanoyes

    How can she say she had “debt free lifestyle” when she was leasing an M5?  Debt free to me would mean she owned it outright. 

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  • Manny Antunes

    Guys, please be careful. There seems to be some doubt as to the accounts from Jasmin Perez. She states she is the owner of the M5(yet to prove so) However, she is NOT the girl in the video defending the car. The girl in the video is Tory Pearson. What’s odd is why Tory would be defending a random person’s M5. To the point of putting herself in grave danger. So the saga is still unfolding over at the M5 board where I have been a member for over a decade. Some of us feel bad for Jasmin but feel the donation should go to Tory. Jasmin has yet to prove who she really is.

  • Socal

    no sympathy. there are people dying of thirst in other countries…help my pay for my M5? so you can buy a new one? ridiculous

  • Socal

    also what a stupid story. give me a fake rumor about the new 3 series anytime instead…

    • Manny Antunes

      This account from Jasmin may be fake as well, read my comment.

  • Lekkousa

    In US gap insurance comes standard with a BMW lease, not so in Canada? or maybe this wasn’t a BMW Finance lease?
    regardless, you MUST READ THE FINE PRINT!
    NO SOUP FOR YOU!

  • Mfrando31231

    Please be careful of a phishing scam, as this seems to be.  Any proper insurance would cover the entire cost of the car in the case of vandalism, provided you have the coverage- which when you lease a vehicle, the bank actually REQUIRES you to.

    Do not fall victims of scam.

  • Manny Antunes

    Seems we were right. This is a scam and most of us on the M5Board are calling her out on her BS story right now!

  • Roadkillrobert

    Last couple cars I leased had gap insurance included, last one I made payments on, I added it to my insurance policy.  If I totalled it and it was worth less than I owed, it would have been my problem to make up the difference.  If she isn’t smart enough to know that, she just learned the hard way!

  • Bmwfan

    phishing scam? really did your home work horatiu…

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Homework? How? Being a detective? We tried to be sympathetic and help.

  • http://www.china-casting.org Tonychane

    I understand her pain for the torched car and i feel sorry for her, but
    to ask ppl to pay for it?! there are ppl who are much more in need of
    money than a BMW M5 owner. She should be ashamed of herself and feel
    lucky to have a chance to drive an M5 in her lifetime, some people never
    will.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQGGLQXRGKICDKMS4OLEMPSPII David

    ROFLMAO! Fucking clueless twat!

  • sheepytime

    Another Sheltered Canadian comes face to face with reality.

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  • Dave R

    Every cloud has a silver lining. At least some good came of the riot. One less twat mobile on the roads.

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