Does the price of ones car and ones empathy have an inverse relationship?

Yesterday when I was unloading the little one in the family parking area at the grocery store, I came into an argument with the young guy parked next to me. He was the owner of a two-seat Maserati, clearly not a family car which I pointed out to him. Why he did park there? Because he didn’t want to get his car scratched. Okay, valid reason, except there were a lot of space where there weren’t any cars parked at all, and where I almost never seen any car being parked over the years I been shopping at that store.

When I asked him why he didn’t park there instead, he replied that families with their children could park there instead. Unfortunately I missed the obvious reply to ask him if he rather have small children running all over the parking lot, and risk hitting them himself, than walk 50 meters extra?

It’s not the first time I’ve seen owners of expensive cars show a complete disregard of others, leading to the conclusion in the title: The more your car cost, the less empathy for others you seem to have. It also seems to be such a correlation with owners of big cars, the bigger the car is, the less they seem to care about others. And by caring about others, I also include such things as obeying laws and regulations, especially on the road.

Anyway, now I’ve blown off some steam, time to go back to work.