Local News


World War II Veteran penalized for giving leased car back

Posted at 11:32 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 02:32:55-04

A World War II veteran's doctor says he can no longer drive. In an attempt to return his hardly touched leased vehicle, he was slapped with a nearly $9,000 penalty.

92-year-old Norman Gold's wife got him the car for Father's Day last year. He has put 9,000 miles on it since. Recently, Gold was diagnosed with neuropathy after realizing his feet and legs were numb.

"I can't feel the brake and the gas pedal," he said. "The last time I drove, I came home and I said, I don't think I should drive anymore. If I can't stop, or I don't know how fast I'm going, I could kill somebody and myself."

"If he said he can't drive, I believe him," said Gold's son Michael. "Because he's the first one that doesn't want to not drive."

Michael and his brother made phone calls to figure out what to do to return the leased vehicle. They were told to provide doctors notes that Gold and his wife who has stage four cancer cannot drive and there would be no issues.

Turns out, that wasn't the case.

Gold was told he would have to pay a $8,7000 penalty when he dropped the car off.

"We're going to return the car because my parents are ill and can't drive and you're going to penalize my parents $8,700?!" asked Gold's son Michael. "I mean you hear such stories about people just abusing leases and taking off with the car, and here is two good people that want to do the right thing. That's what upsets me the most, that you're going to go after my father."

13 Action News is not revealing which car dealership the Gold's are having their issue with because we haven't gotten their side of the story yet. We learned of this story after business hours Wednesday.