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[August Thread] Here's a strange story!

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Daughter Manda and her BF Ben are vacationing in San Fransisco. Rented a car, went to hotel. No parking at the hotel, you sign up for a valet service, who parks the car blocks away in a lot and brings it when you want it. Cost of $35 per day.

First morning they pick it up, seats are moved a little, and there is 60 miles on the trip computer more than there should be!

Notify valet co and hotel mgr, incident report written. Valet mgr wants to know which employee picked up car- Manda tells him that since he doesn't have his employees wear badges, she has no idea. Hotel mgr is so upset that he makes valet company not charge them for the 4 nights of parking.

Police called, advise that they can write report if desired, not that they should. After consulting with both sets of parents, they decide to leave that part up to Hertz.

How strange a story is that?

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It's an interesting story...but not super strange if you remember the '80s movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". :)

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Sure the car was blocks away - at someone else apartment. Get the police report as there could be parking tickets and/or red light camera tickets.

A little surprise in mail next month or Hertz charge to their credit card would be more than a little upsetting.
 

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Was it a fancy rental car? The kind someone would like to go joyriding in? Any damage to it?

What gives me pause, is that would be a great setup if someone wanted to commit a crime - use somebody's rental car, so anything on surveillance cameras is of someone else's car. Sneaky... :eek:

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I would have documented the incident in writing with signatures of the Hotel and Valet manager in case tickets show up. Rental companies have been known to go to extreme lengths to recover speeding or other tickets. Don't ask me how I know :annoyed: . I would not have filed a police report unless it was easy to do.

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Some insurance doesn't cover Valet Drivers since they are not listed on the rental car drivers and/or insurance.
 

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Some insurance doesn't cover Valet Drivers since they are not listed on the rental car drivers and/or insurance.
Good point! I remember reading this before. Perhaps that is why the company was upset. It does seem like a bigger reaction than I would have expected.

Yes... I too immediately thought of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. :)

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It was a Mazda 5- described to me as a mini-mini van. Nothing exciting.

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I'm agitating for 1 of those as replacement for our semi-aging PT Cruiser -- will need to work on The Chief Of Staff a bit more, because she's not ready to bid farewell to the little Chrysler.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

Looks like a toaster on wheels to me.:D

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Someone had a joyride...I hope there are no repercussions for the young couple.
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They have a copy of the incident report with valet co and hotel mgr signatures. Before letting the valet drive off with the car, Manda checked with Hertz, and valets are covered under the rental.

It's cute- thanks for posting the pic!

An episode of the Closer had a shooting done from a car left with a valet at a resturant!

They're back in Houston now, she called me when they landed at 7 a.m. this morning. They went from 70's in SF to 95 in Houston!

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Heh, I guess you're not used to west coast weather. I can go from 60s to 90s by driving 20 miles.

Or just waiting a few hours. :D
 

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I Got Your Toaster On Wheels Right Here.

Looks like a toaster on wheels to me.

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Not only that, we used to drive around in a car that looks like a DustBuster on wheels . . .


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Alan, that is a Scion, is it not? I love those cars, but buying them in Canada is very difficult. No one seems to seel them here!

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Scion xB

Alan, that is a Scion, is it not?
Scion xB, original model.

The 2nd iteration (current model) is slightly less squared off, but still very much of a toaster on wheels -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

The DustBuster on wheels is a Chevrolet Lumina APV.

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Our dear friends and neighbours still drive their 1992 Lumina "DustBuster" and love it.

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I'm agitating for 1 of those as replacement for our semi-aging PT Cruiser -- will need to work on The Chief Of Staff a bit more, because she's not ready to bid farewell to the little Chrysler.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

I totally understand her position. I listed my 2001 PT today with only 58K miles on it.. Hate giving up my baby but I have too many darn vehicles.
 

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Alan, that is a Scion, is it not? I love those cars, but buying them in Canada is very difficult. No one seems to seel them here!

Dori
The Scion. The only car uglier than my Element.

When the kids ask what we're driving and the response is "the ugly car" they always get in the right one. :)

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I totally understand her position. I listed my 2001 PT today with only 58K miles on it.. Hate giving up my baby but I have too many darn vehicles.
"PT Cruiser? More like PT Barnum." -- Car & Driver (not me). :)
 

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Ugggggg-Leeeeeee !

The Scion. The only car uglier than my Element.
I got your Ugly Car right here.


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