About a week ago the story of a Canadian woman who “stole” a stranger’s car (she didn’t realise she’d done so) made headlines. She got into the car which had one of those key fobs (rather than a key) so the car started with no problems. She drove around for two weeks before discovering the mistake. You can read the story here.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, because it happened to me a lot of years ago. I was at university and a friend and I wanted to go to the shopping centre (we lived on campus) and another friend offered the lend of his car. We took the car keys (the old fashioned kind) and headed to the car park he said he’d parked in. Yep, there was the yellow(!) hatchback. We unlocked the doors, got in and drove to the shops. We changed the radio station to what we wanted to listen to, adjusted mirrors and seat positions and were gone for a few hours.
When we returned we couldn’t get a park in the same car park so ended up leaving it parked in a different location. Of course, we told our friend, thanked him, gave him the keys and thought nothing of it. Until the next day when our friend said his car was exactly where he’d left it…
Yes, we’d taken a complete strangers car!
I can only imagine what the owner thought when they reported the car stolen only to have the guards track it down, still on campus, in the next car park along. I bet they were embarrassed about “forgetting” where they parked. But then when they got into the locked car and found all the adjustments they’d have been so confused.