Call it what you will – entitlement, privilege, money, an abusive nature.
In many parts of Latin America, some rich people are physically abusive of those of lower status – their maids, police officers who stop their cars, office workers and others.
You don’t have to speak Spanish to understand the gist of the video above taken by a closed circuit camera July 8, 2011, at a condo high-rise in the swank Paseo de las Lomas area of Mexico City.
In it, you see businessman Miguel Sacal Smeke, owner of the Nino Sacalli textile group, physically abuse an attendant who declined to leave his counter job to help change a tire on Sacal’s Porsche. Sacal slaps him around and pushes him down to the ground, apparently breaking two of his teeth. Sacal then starts threatening another employee. The injured employee apparently lost his job after not bending to the bullying.
The video has gone viral in Mexico, putting Sacal on the spot. According to one report, he has described the incident as only a “spat.”
The YouTube video is titled “Gentleman de Las Lomas” – a play on the title of an earlier video gone viral titled “Ladies of Polanco.” I blogged about that video in which upper-class ladies (with little class) berate a police officer for giving them a ticket.
Oh, and it’s not impossible you might encounter this behavior stateside. Property records indicate the Mexican tycoon owns (or has owned) several condos in Aventura, Florida.
Update: This case has taken many new twists. Sacal has offered a public apology to the valet and agreed to pay him an undisclosed sum of money. YouTube is also taking down the video almost as fast as people are reposting it. I'll have more on this when I have more time.