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(Seacoastonline.com)   What are the odds that two people going to the same high school would be driving white Volvos and would hide the keys in the same spot? Pretty good, actually   (seacoastonline.com ) divider line
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2010-01-16 06:07:13 AM  
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2010-01-16 10:34:17 AM  
I worked with a girl who had a car identical to mine. That dumbass broke her key off in my door trying to get into the wrong car.
 
2010-01-16 12:28:20 PM  
I worked in the parts department at a Chevy dealership, and we used to make keys for the salesmen. One day, we got a list of keys to punch out; there seemed to be a duplicate white Celebrity, so I only made one set with those codes.
The sales guy asked where the keys to the other Celebrity were... it turns out that two almost identical white Celebrity wagons, with the same ignition and door keys, were shipped to and sold by the same dealership.

I hope they never ended up in the same parking lot.
 
2010-01-16 12:30:01 PM  
I'm just here to point out that just because it happened, doesn't mean that the odds are "good"
 
2010-01-16 12:30:32 PM  
One the part of the theft "victim", he was a dumbass.
 
2010-01-16 12:35:31 PM  
Visiting a small town in rural Kansas I borrowed a buddy's car to do some errands. Left the grocery store and couldn't start the car. I was in the wrong car and didn't notice until I saw the floorboards were messy. That and the key didn't start the car. We both left our cars unlocked.

/loves the small town
 
2010-01-16 12:35:32 PM  

KatjaMouse: One the part of the theft "victim", he was a dumbass.


Seriously. Who willfully leaves their keys in their car anymore? This isn't Sunny Valley in 1950. That's just asking for trouble.
 
2010-01-16 12:39:52 PM  
People sit around listening to scanners?
 
2010-01-16 12:40:44 PM  

TripSixes: People sit around listening to scanners?


Old people. My grandparents for one.
 
2010-01-16 12:41:25 PM  
In California, he'd still be arrested for grand theft auto.
 
2010-01-16 12:43:11 PM  

TripSixes: People sit around listening to scanners?


I worked with two people who would listen to their scanners all the time then go to where the big problems were(wrecks, fires, standoffs)

I also have a friend whos dad has one in his kitchen. he just sits in there, watches tv, and listens to his scanner
 
2010-01-16 12:44:27 PM  
I'm going to sell a white Volvo on Craig's list. Real cheap.
All you gotta do is pick it up...
 
2010-01-16 12:46:39 PM  
That's nothing. In 1971 my family got into our car and headed home from grocery shopping. We were half a mile from the store when my mom realized we were in the wrong car. Yes, it was a tan 1963 Ford Bronco, and yes our key worked in the ignition, but no, it wasn't our car. We went back to the store, moved ourselves and our groceries to our car and drove home. Two cars, same year, same color. same model, in teh same tiny town of 16,000 people.
 
2010-01-16 12:47:22 PM  
Apparently between the visor and the headliner is unique, now.
 
2010-01-16 12:47:30 PM  
Yes! My hometown!

I knew it was Kennebunkport before I even clicked on the link--I don't know what it is about that town and Volvos.
 
2010-01-16 12:50:11 PM  
What are the chances that the man's wife would also be listening in on the police scanner?!

This sounds like a not particularly well written piece of fiction to me.
 
2010-01-16 12:50:47 PM  
I hate it when you go to open the door of a vehicle which you believe to be yours and a car alarm goes off. To others it just looks like you were trying to do something illegal and just gave up when the alarm went off.
 
2010-01-16 12:51:40 PM  
This one time.......I unlocked the car door, got in and thought;

"hey, what's that folder on the passenger seat? I didn't leave that there. And why is my seat pushed back so far? Hay.......wait a minute........this isn't my car!"

I jumped out, looked around to see if anyone saw me and quickly walked away. Found my car a few spaces over.

I may or may not have been tha high when this happened.
 
2010-01-16 12:52:10 PM  
Another key story:

I used to have a 15-year old Honda with about 250k miles on it. It had been driven so many times that the key was completely smooth on the edges. All the plating was off and the copper/zinc/whatever underneath looked like a popsicle stick. I'm fairly sure that my locks could have been opened by anything resembling a Honda key.
 
2010-01-16 12:54:08 PM  
My brother left his car running at 7-11, when he came out got into someone else's similar car that they had left running. He drove away, then noticed the radio station was different and then realized he was in the wrong car. Before he was able to turn around a cop stopped him and made him do the whole "get out of your car, kneel down, hands behind your back" thing. After explaining to the cop, he called back to the 7-11 where his similar car was still sitting there running and he returned the car.

/i know cool story...
 
2010-01-16 12:55:54 PM  
I'm not sure - let me check with my cousin, Vinnie.
 
2010-01-16 12:56:34 PM  
I once starting loading groceries into the back seat, when the woman in the driver's seat turned around and informed me I must have the wrong car.
 
2010-01-16 12:57:58 PM  
Good thing we have elite force of policemen that are be instructed to BOLO.
 
2010-01-16 12:59:38 PM  
This is why I have my license plate memorized...
 
2010-01-16 01:02:08 PM  
I was dropping someone off at a train station at 3am one morning in the middle of a nasty run-down place just outside town (she was catching the overnight from DC to Chicago, and we're right in the middle of the route). The train arrives, a few people get off, she gets on, I go back to my car and realize some guy is putting his luggage in my trunk. I ask him to please go to his car (same make, model, color, and year) which is parked right next to mine. He yells at me and tells me to back away from his car (which he thought was mine). So, I stood back and watched for about 5 minutes as he cussed at the thing and beat the steering wheel not being able to figure out why it wouldn't start. When he gets out I just nonchalantly point at his car. His jaw dropped, he silently opened my trunk, took his things, and left.

Epic night.
 
2010-01-16 01:02:15 PM  
96' corolla's, for the junk that they are, are pretty popular where I live.

I was outside a car repair shop and got into my corolla. The keys worked fine but the gear shifter seemed to be stuck. I opened the glove, took out the manual, looked for the emergency gear release button (on automatic cars right near the gear shift), removed the plastic cover from the button, pushed it down with a pen, put it in reverse, and when I turned around to look behind me there was a child seat with very young sleeping infant inside.

Never been happier to get out and pretend it wasnt my car.
 
2010-01-16 01:02:41 PM  

Bacchus-ette: This one time.......I unlocked the car door, got in and thought;

"hey, what's that folder on the passenger seat? I didn't leave that there. And why is my seat pushed back so far? Hay.......wait a minute........this isn't my car!"

I jumped out, looked around to see if anyone saw me and quickly walked away. Found my car a few spaces over.

I may or may not have been tha high when this happened.


That happened to me too, argh... It was at Swiss Chalet with my boyfriend's family and had forgotten something outside. I go out and into this K car which decidedly wasn't theirs... and rummaged around for like 5 minutes. Like fark if I could remember what it looked like, I've seen the thing once in my life!

As an aside, I saw a woman locked out of her (running) car at the beer store today... her remote starter wouldn't unlock it and the keys were in the ignition.
 
2010-01-16 01:03:59 PM  

Lance Armstrong's Left Nut: 96' corolla's, for the junk that they are, are pretty popular where I live.

I was outside a car repair shop and got into my corolla. The keys worked fine but the gear shifter seemed to be stuck. I opened the glove, took out the manual, looked for the emergency gear release button (on automatic cars right near the gear shift), removed the plastic cover from the button, pushed it down with a pen, put it in reverse, and when I turned around to look behind me there was a child seat with very young sleeping infant inside.

Never been happier to get out and pretend it wasnt my car.


This owner of a 98 corolla salutes you.
 
2010-01-16 01:04:35 PM  
I drive a Volvo, so kicks, etc.
 
2010-01-16 01:07:01 PM  
To the people in this thread - how the hell are you not able to tell your car from another in a parking lot? Even if it's the same year/make/model/color, how do you not notice that "huh, my car's in a different spot, looks cleaner, and oh look! Someone hung an air freshener for me!"
 
2010-01-16 01:07:21 PM  

luckystar112: Yes! My hometown!

I knew it was Kennebunkport before I even clicked on the link--I don't know what it is about that town and Volvos.


Answer: Preppies.
 
2010-01-16 01:08:12 PM  
In the apartment complex I lived in, there was a guy that had a car identical to mine: same make, same model, same color, same window tint, same add-ons; we're talking mirror image cars. There were only two differences, the plate number and the expiration dates on the registration stickers.

So, I added a Mickey Mouse Halloween antenna ball to mine. Not because I didn't recognize my plate number, but so I could see which was mine as I exited my apartment to go to the office in the morning.

/easier to tell which car is mine in my own driveway
 
2010-01-16 01:08:12 PM  

Doc Loliday: Good thing we have elite force of policemen that are be instructed to BOLO.


Don't badmouth a Bolo.
www.trilobite.org
 
2010-01-16 01:08:31 PM  
Years ago, I had a gf who asked me to move her car at least once while she was on a 2 wk vacation to avoid abandoned vehicle violations - from her apartment complex, and local muni. She got both when she left for that long previously even though she alerted the complex prior to her departure. So she left me with a key.
I diligently went there after work one day and moved what I thought was her car from one side of the parking drive to the other. I did battle with the key a bit, both in the door and the ignition. It was a Honda of some sort. But I noticed a tassell hanging from the mirror that would've been odd in her car, and then some bills on the floorboard that weren't hers either.
I scanned the lot and found another Honda that looked like hers and moved that one too.
I thought there were better efforts in place as to avoid keys working in multiple cars. Guess not.
 
2010-01-16 01:11:34 PM  

otterrr: To the people in this thread - how the hell are you not able to tell your car from another in a parking lot? Even if it's the same year/make/model/color, how do you not notice that "huh, my car's in a different spot, looks cleaner, and oh look! Someone hung an air freshener for me!"


Well, in our case, when you've been shopping all day with a six-year-old and a cranky 4-year-old, it's not all that hard to grab the wrong car. Especially when the key works in it.
 
2010-01-16 01:13:05 PM  

Ed Grubermann: otterrr: To the people in this thread - how the hell are you not able to tell your car from another in a parking lot? Even if it's the same year/make/model/color, how do you not notice that "huh, my car's in a different spot, looks cleaner, and oh look! Someone hung an air freshener for me!"

Well, in our case, when you've been shopping all day with a six-year-old and a cranky 4-year-old, it's not all that hard to grab the wrong car. Especially when the key works in it.


I'll add this to the list of reasons why I shouldn't reproduce.
 
2010-01-16 01:13:19 PM  

Ed Grubermann: That's nothing. In 1971 my family got into our car and headed home from grocery shopping. We were half a mile from the store when my mom realized we were in the wrong car. Yes, it was a tan 1963 Ford Bronco, and yes our key worked in the ignition, but no, it wasn't our car. We went back to the store, moved ourselves and our groceries to our car and drove home. Two cars, same year, same color. same model, in teh same tiny town of 16,000 people.


I worked at the mall one hellish holiday season in high school. Left work, got in a red early 90s Sundance. Keys worked in the door, had to fiddle a bit with the ignition. And then I looked up and realized the ribbon I usually had hanging from the rearview wasn't there.

Slowly exited the car, walked away from it, and finally noticed my Sundance parked two spaces from the one I jumped in, a huge delivery truck in between us. I was wondering what the hell I'd do if someone actually did drive off in my car. Just take theirs? Figure it out in the morning?

The housekey to my parents' house also worked on the front door of a rental I had in college. I mean, I'm all for less keys on the keyring, but.........
 
2010-01-16 01:14:23 PM  

tuna fingers: It was a Honda of some sort.


This is exactly what I was talking about earlier. Those old Honda locks are not finicky.
 
2010-01-16 01:14:58 PM  
"The man got in the car and drive away." That's some fine journalism there, Lou.
 
2010-01-16 01:21:21 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Who willfully leaves their keys in their car anymore?


A coworker's son did. He'd go to the mall, leave the keys in it. At school he left the keys on the dash. He did until someone walked by and saw his ipod and powerbook sitting on the seat and made off with them. Kid still didn't understand why anyone would take his stuff.
 
2010-01-16 01:21:31 PM  

otterrr: To the people in this thread - how the hell are you not able to tell your car from another in a parking lot? Even if it's the same year/make/model/color, how do you not notice that "huh, my car's in a different spot, looks cleaner, and oh look! Someone hung an air freshener for me!"


Well, in my case, both cars were pretty clean, oh - and in a parking lot of at least 500 cars, it was right where I thought I parked mine. And I was only two spots and a big obscuring van wrong on that.

Now I drive a really plain car bought from a relative that I barely recognize in my own driveway, much less a parking lot. I need to throw a bumper sticker on it or *something*. Although it would be really good for getaways, because there's absofreakinglutely nothing distinctive about it.
 
2010-01-16 01:23:05 PM  
I knew someone who had test drove an expensive car and when he left his Club got in the wrong car and drove off with what turned out to be a federal judges car. The dealer gave him a master key, and it didn't end good. Said judge got pissed off and gave him 18 months anyway.
 
2010-01-16 01:26:54 PM  

stainpouch: "The man got in the car and drive away." That's some fine journalism there, Lou.


Dang, I came to comment on the same ill writing skills.
 
2010-01-16 01:28:24 PM  
Once I tried to unlock two camries before I stuck my key in the right lock. Now I ride a burro, just to be sure.

May have been high at the time.
 
2010-01-16 01:29:00 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: otterrr: To the people in this thread - how the hell are you not able to tell your car from another in a parking lot? Even if it's the same year/make/model/color, how do you not notice that "huh, my car's in a different spot, looks cleaner, and oh look! Someone hung an air freshener for me!"

Well, in my case, both cars were pretty clean, oh - and in a parking lot of at least 500 cars, it was right where I thought I parked mine. And I was only two spots and a big obscuring van wrong on that.

Now I drive a really plain car bought from a relative that I barely recognize in my own driveway, much less a parking lot. I need to throw a bumper sticker on it or *something*. Although it would be really good for getaways, because there's absofreakinglutely nothing distinctive about it.


Throw a FSM badge on it, those are pretty distinctive.
www.darwinuk.com

/hotlinked
 
2010-01-16 01:34:48 PM  
Red 2004 Corollas are hella popular here in the DC area. Once I was waiting in the Kiss and Ride to pick up my niece when all of a sudden someone just started unloading his luggage and briefcase in my back seat. Before I could react he opens the passenger door and pauses "You're not my wife." He cleared his stuff out pretty quick after an awkward apology.

Another time I went to Tysons Corner and when I was leaving the mall I saw some teenagers freaking out that their car wouldn't start. I nonchalantly approached the girl in the driver's seat and politely told her "It's not starting because you're trying to start my car. Or did you not notice the VCU Alumni sticker on the rear window?" I stepped back and watched these girls, embarrassed, scurry away to the next row where they all piled into another Corolla and drove off w/out incident.

/Cool stories, I know
 
2010-01-16 01:36:19 PM  

MAAG: I knew someone who had test drove an expensive car and when he left his Club got in the wrong car and drove off with what turned out to be a federal judges car. The dealer gave him a master key, and it didn't end good. Said judge got pissed off and gave him 18 months anyway.


I don't know anyone who test drives w/out a dealer with them and I sure don't know people who would run errands with one either.
 
2010-01-16 01:39:18 PM  

MAAG: I knew someone who had test drove an expensive car and when he left his Club got in the wrong car and drove off with what turned out to be a federal judges car. The dealer gave him a master key, and it didn't end good. Said judge got pissed off and gave him 18 months anyway.


Tommy Williams:
I don't read so good.
Andy Dufresne: Well.
[pause]
Andy Dufresne: You don't read so well. Uh, we'll get to that.
 
2010-01-16 01:45:08 PM  
exempli gratis

Bacchus-ette: This one time.......I unlocked the car door, got in and thought;

"hey, what's that folder on the passenger seat? I didn't leave that there. And why is my seat pushed back so far? Hay.......wait a minute........this isn't my car!"

I jumped out, looked around to see if anyone saw me and quickly walked away. Found my car a few spaces over.

I may or may not have been tha high when this happened.


/how YOU doin?
 
2010-01-16 01:51:17 PM  

Enigmamf: This is why I have my license plate memorized...


I think it's a pretty common mistake. I, too, have tried to drive a car not mine. The key opened the door, but didn't start it. Ya don't *really* look until there's a problem. I know I would have drove off if'n it would have started up.

/license: WYCKED
//Loves the small town, too (pop 4K)
///I don't lock my Harley, but the concealed .45 solves that quickly
 
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