In 1920, Maharaja Jai Singh, the king of Alwar visited London and was walking in his casual appearance. The king came across the Rolls Royce showroom and decided to pay a visit to question about the price and specifications of the Rolls Royce car. Since he was dressed very casually and didn’t have his escorts around, the salesman ,who had no idea who the visitor was, took one look at the royal’s appearance and treated him just like any other poor Indian citizen and ignored his requests for a test drive. The Maharaja became very furious when he was shown out of the showroom.
The Maharaja went back to the hotel and asked one of his servants to arrange for an officially royal visit to Rolls Royce. The visit was arranged and a red carpet treatment was given to Maharaja. The red carpet were rolled out in the showroom and the all the salesmen in the showroom were lined up to honor the king’s visit. After a couple of hours the king visited the showroom with his royal manner and appearance. The king decided to purchase all the six cars which were present at that time and he paid in full including the delivery costs.
After all six Rolls Royce car reached India, the king ordered the Municipality to use all these six cars for the purpose of transporting and collecting the garbage in the city. Then world number one car manufacturer Rolls Royce were bewildered when the news of Indian king using their car as garbage van spread the world. Hence the reputation of Rolls Royce dropped rapidly all over the world.
People started humiliating “ Oh, the same car used in India for garbage collection?”. This was massive insult for the Rolls Royce.
Finally, they sent a telegram to the Indian King Jai Singh apologizing for their behavior whilst he visited the showroom in London and also they offered him six more Rolls Royce for free of cost. The king accepted their apologies and stopped using the cars for garbage collection.