An onboard computer failure gave Thailand’s Finance Minister a whole new perspective on total cost of ownership when he became trapped in his luxury car.
Suchart Jaovisidha was on his way to a meeting of central bank officials from 17 nations, where he was due to give a speech, but had not travelled far from his home when his government-allocated BMW came to a standstill, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The smart car’s malfunction left the engine stalled, shut down the air conditioning system, locked the doors and prevented the windows from opening.
An increasingly frantic Suchart and his driver were stuck in the car for around 10 minutes before managing to draw the attention of a guard at a nearby building, who smashed a window with a sledgehammer to allow the minister to crawl out.
A clearly traumatised Suchart told reporters it was getting difficult to breath in the vehicle and the window had taken some time to shatter because it was very resistant.
Bulletproof glass tends to be like that.
He eventually arrived at his official engagement an hour late.