Stuart Wragg asks whether companies such as BMW, (whose products have been looted from beaches following the grounding of cargo ship MSC Napoli) have any public responsibility – especially if their goods are consequently sold on via Ebay or otherwise.
I’m sure the corporate legal guys have been on the case, since there are issues over registration and warranties (not least because the bikes and car parts were bound for South Africa).
But no response yet via public relations? Motorcyclist reports the story – but no quotes or reflection on the legal and other implications. Guido Alexander near Stuttgart states BMW “has appointed a recovery agency to track down missing goods” and cites a spokeswoman (presumably at Munich HQ): “we will have to wait until we can start salvaging to see what has gone overboard.”
I presume a decision was made not to make a public statement – although “nicking” a BMW motorbike has become the iconic meme of the story. As Stuart says, maybe publicly supporting the police on this occasion would have been useful.