There’s a German word rapidly making inroads in the English language. The word: schadenfreude. It basically means taking joy in someone else’s misfortune. It’s just a guess here, but I’d probably be safe in betting that some New York state fast lube operators are experiencing just a little bit of that this week.
Back when Eliot Spitzer, the (as of yesterday) ex-governor of New York, was the state’s attorney general, coming down hard on fast lubes (mostly in relation to the charging of environmental fees) was one of his favorite pastimes. No need to touch on Mr. Spitzer’s current misfortune in this space, but it’s certainly ironic that a man who based his political career on making sure others abide by our nation’s laws didn’t see fit to abide by them himself.