The fight apparently took place between the Sales Manager and the General Sales Manager.
Update 4/14- Clearer witness video added
Update 4/17- Police statement added
A video of smartphone footage shared by Facebook user Ebereto Chan went viral showing a fight break out among the staff of Envision Toyota of Milpitas.
Since Chan’s video and this blog post being published, Bay Area resident Ange, who goes by @l0veleahh on Twitter, commented on my post that she has a much clearer video since she was ACTUALLY THERE when it all went down.
Ange’s video can be found on Twitter (Twitter link here.)
And Chan’s video is on Facebook (linked here.)
When I first reported about this incident, based on the footage alone, it was hard to make out what exactly happened.
Thanks to Ange’s video, we have a clearer picture.
We can clearly see the video start off with what looks like a chair being thrown at someone (tall, middle eastern-looking guy?) already fighting with another presumed salesperson.
The taller salesperson looks like he lands a punch and knocks the shorter salesperson to the ground. Already angry, he then begins to lay haymakers into his colleague.
He’s clearly seeing red.
Thankfully, the other salespeople separate the fighting parties from each other.
In the background, we can see and hear what looks like someone who is in charge of the floor actually calling 911.
“I’m telling you guys (get?) out of my office. I’m going to call 911 and you’re all going to jail.”
“I just called the police, if you want to go to jail (you can go?) or (you) can LEAVE the lot right now.”
As to what started the fight, your guess is as good as mine.
Seeing how the majority of the salespeople on the floor are men and how notoriously toxic the work environment at a large car dealership can be, honestly, it could be something trifling that could’ve set these men off.
“As someone that worked at a dealership back in the day, I can’t tell you how many times fights almost broke out!” commented Jeremy Gomez “Dealerships by their nature are toxic AF workplaces. Everyone is out to screw each other over just as much as they do their customers. Honestly surprised we don’t see more of these videos “
“At Toyota of Milpitas, we fight to get you the best deal,” William Shon hilariously replied.
Ange does say the salespeople and management that didn’t leave and were still there eventually held some sort of meeting.
After this fight the staff went their separate ways. Maybe half an hour later there was team meeting. I'm not sure what started the fight. I was far away when the fight happened. I wish I had the tea!— ange (@l0veleahh) April 16, 2023
And in a statement obtained by The Autopian, Milpitas police confirm an investigation is underway.
“There was a call about a fight. It was between some employees that work [at the dealership].” By the time police had arrived, some parties had already left, so officers are now “contacting people and conducting their investigation.”
If these two are really sales managers, they should never fight among themselves publically and should instead be setting an example for their team.
Regardless, conflict in the workplace, especially in a cut-throat environment like car sales, is unavoidable.
There’s a million pieces of advice on workplace conflict out there, and I’m sure none of them say to resort to throwing hands.
Hopefully, these salespeople work it out like gentlemen, don’t lose their jobs, and get back to selling cars.
They’re Toyotas, they practically sell themselves.