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(Foobies)   Family's 'parked' car used as airport shuttle, clocked up 400 kilometres   (thelocal.de ) divider line
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2012-09-07 04:09:06 AM  
Yeah, I wouldn't call driving a family's parked vehicle roughly 248 miles a one-off mistake.
 
2012-09-07 05:17:04 AM  
sliceofpink.typepad.com
 
2012-09-07 05:20:22 AM  

batcookie: [sliceofpink.typepad.com image 400x210]


And we're done here. :-D
 
2012-09-07 05:26:29 AM  
Distance. Kilometres are a unit of distance.
 
2012-09-07 05:30:57 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: batcookie: [sliceofpink.typepad.com image 400x210]

And we're done here. :-D


Actually no - we need the pic of the two parking attendants racing around in the car. THEN we'll be done.
 
2012-09-07 05:34:35 AM  
I liked the Weeners: "OK... one (potentially) silly question... how did the family know that 400 kilometers were driven while they were away? (I don't check my odometer when I park my car...though now, I might consider it!!) ;-)"

My first thought: German family. Of course they'd have the miles noted down... Then again, maybe they simply just got their oil changed or something and it's an estimate. Thus 400 km, not 438 or something.
 
2012-09-07 05:39:00 AM  
I find the insinuation that one could have a chauffer license without having a proper driving license.
 
2012-09-07 05:41:50 AM  

Terrified Asexual Forcemeat: Distance. Kilometres are a unit of distance.


So are parsecs.
 
2012-09-07 05:53:07 AM  
FTA: ...but then the family checked the milometer in the car - which showed it had been driven 400 kilometres while they were away.

Wait...so the Europeans bash us Dumb Americans over the head for using the Imperial system they invented, then they go on to call an odometer a mil(e)ometer?

/Trolls, the lot of them
 
2012-09-07 05:57:53 AM  

Okoboji: Bathia_Mapes: batcookie: [sliceofpink.typepad.com image 400x210]

And we're done here. :-D

Actually no - we need the pic of the two parking attendants racing around in the car. THEN we'll be done.


www.tallahasseegrapevine.com 

Now, we're done. :-D
 
2012-09-07 06:00:21 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Okoboji: Bathia_Mapes: batcookie: [sliceofpink.typepad.com image 400x210]

And we're done here. :-D

Actually no - we need the pic of the two parking attendants racing around in the car. THEN we'll be done.

[www.tallahasseegrapevine.com image 688x288] 

Now, we're done. :-D


Excellent. That was actually the one I was gonna go for, but I was too tired (pronounced \ˈlā-zē\) to exercise my google-fu any farther than the one I posted.
 
2012-09-07 06:14:13 AM  
Gotta admire that German efficiency. Watch over traveler's cars and increase their pool of shuttle vehicles at the same time!

/Thank goodness the car they annexed for their own use wasn't an FSO
//Couldn't resist
 
2012-09-07 06:20:27 AM  

batcookie: Bathia_Mapes: Okoboji: Bathia_Mapes: batcookie: [sliceofpink.typepad.com image 400x210]

And we're done here. :-D

Actually no - we need the pic of the two parking attendants racing around in the car. THEN we'll be done.

[www.tallahasseegrapevine.com image 688x288] 

Now, we're done. :-D

Excellent. That was actually the one I was gonna go for, but I was too tired (pronounced \ˈlā-zē\) to exercise my google-fu any farther than the one I posted.


It's all good.
 
2012-09-07 06:23:48 AM  
the 21-year-old driver had neither a driving nor a chauffeur's license.

No wonder he didn't have a license. He's a dog.

www.thelocal.de

Isn't 21 awfully OLD for a dog?
 
2012-09-07 07:11:25 AM  

Cthulhain: FTA: ...but then the family checked the milometer in the car - which showed it had been driven 400 kilometres while they were away.

Wait...so the Europeans bash us Dumb Americans over the head for using the Imperial system they invented, then they go on to call an odometer a mil(e)ometer?

/Trolls, the lot of them


Nope, we call it a "Kilometerzähler". Blame the english for milometer (which I haven't heard before today either)

How they knew how much it had been driven, I have no clue. True, we are anal as a people and writing down how many kilometers you drove on your gas station receipt and then calculating the mpg to have something to talk about when meeting with people is pretty common. But the total mileage of the car I could only look up on inspection notices. Don't know anyone who would write that down. So maybe it had just been at the 2 year governmental mandated inspection or maybe they just clocked a full 10k on it or something.
 
2012-09-07 07:15:37 AM  
Only a German would either know the odometer reading or have the meter set at 0 every time they park.

/shiat like this us why I dont use valet patking.
 
2012-09-07 07:22:50 AM  
i know a few people who if leaving their car/truck at a parking lot while on a trip will write down/take a picture of their current mileage so that they can see if their car was taking for a spin while gone cause of crap like this.
 
2012-09-07 07:26:16 AM  
Or you could have a job where you get reimbursed for using your own car.
I reset my odometer quite often out of habit as well.
 
2012-09-07 07:33:42 AM  

kokomo61: the 21-year-old driver had neither a driving nor a chauffeur's license.

No wonder he didn't have a license. He's a dog.

[www.thelocal.de image 468x278]

Isn't 21 awfully OLD for a dog?


Just 3 years old in human years... so not really.

Also, I am going to bet that the tick, knock, pull to the right that might be in the car SURE WASN'T THERE when they parked the car!
 
2012-09-07 07:35:15 AM  

kokomo61: Isn't 21 awfully OLD for a dog?


He's 21 in dog years. So probably about 3.
 
2012-09-07 07:38:25 AM  

TheMega: Just 3 years old in human years... so not really.


dammit.

I wonder how much they are going to charge the company for rental of their car? I'm thinking something like 30 bucks a kilometer. You know how like the rental companies charge you 9 bucks a gallon (when gas was 2 dollars) for not returning it with a full tank.
 
2012-09-07 07:38:30 AM  

Firethorn: I liked the Weeners:


But enough about your plans from last night.

Seriously though, you should always snap a pic with your phone and timestamp it when you're dropping the keys off with a service.
 
2012-09-07 07:42:35 AM  

bel4sucks: Firethorn: I liked the Weeners:

But enough about your plans from last night.

Seriously though, you should always snap a pic with your phone and timestamp it when you're dropping the keys off with a service.


;)

Looks like they changed the initial post changer, and I forgot about it. Oh well. Yeah, taking a picture and timestamping it is good.
 
2012-09-07 07:45:16 AM  

Firethorn: I liked the Weeners: "OK... one (potentially) silly question... how did the family know that 400 kilometers were driven while they were away? (I don't check my odometer when I park my car...though now, I might consider it!!) ;-)"

My first thought: German family. Of course they'd have the miles noted down... Then again, maybe they simply just got their oil changed or something and it's an estimate. Thus 400 km, not 438 or something.


I have a travel odometer on mine that I set every time I get gas. When I hit about 250 miles on the travel odometer, I know I should plan on stopping by a gas station soon. If they had something similar, it's pretty easy to tell approximately how far it has went.
 
2012-09-07 07:47:37 AM  
I punch the trip odometer to zero if I valet park. Never had a problem yet. Still waiting for the day that those bastards want to show off a 2010 Civic to their girlfriends.
 
2012-09-07 07:56:48 AM  
I took my car to a shop to get it fixed. They told me it would be ready at 3. Around 2:30, I'm heading there and guess what passes me at around 50mph (in the city)? My car. I get there to see the mechanic getting out with a bunch of parts for the other cars.
 
2012-09-07 08:02:08 AM  
How many hectares is that?
 
2012-09-07 08:11:05 AM  

Ozarkhawk: I punch the trip odometer to zero if I valet park. Never had a problem yet. Still waiting for the day that those bastards want to show off a 2010 Civic to their girlfriends.


Clever! Why has no one else ever thought of this? I was thinking... "What's to stop the valet driver from punching it back to zero after doing a few donuts in it?"
 
2012-09-07 08:15:33 AM  
if they ask for your keys park somewhere else
 
2012-09-07 08:34:11 AM  

boarch: Clever! Why has no one else ever thought of this? I was thinking... "What's to stop the valet driver from punching it back to zero after doing a few donuts in it?"


I figure that people like Valets who go for joyrides in cars transferred to their custody are both stupid and lazy, unlikely to try to cover their tracks to the extent of resetting the trip.

Then there's that the trip being suspiciously low can cause MORE suspicion, unless the valet remembers to reset it at a point to get it a couple miles above where they received it.
 
2012-09-07 08:54:55 AM  
C'mon it's not like they were using it. This is german efficiency at work
 
2012-09-07 09:18:01 AM  
My car key is a copy of a copy. The last time I had my car valet parked, I forgot to tell him not to lock the door. They had to call me up to the garage and use my special mojo on the lock. Then I had to start it for him because the steering wheel locks when you look at it funny or sneeze too hard.
 
2012-09-07 09:20:10 AM  
Rent of the car should cover the outrageous parking fees. As long as they fill the tank at the end.
 
2012-09-07 09:26:04 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I find the insinuation that one could have a chauffer license without having a proper driving license.


You find it what?
 
2012-09-07 09:27:17 AM  
Wir wollen din Auto mieten.

Oh, I see. You're volunteering to go out and get some meat. No bother, we have meat here. We have meat IN ZE BUILDING! Mooooo!
 
2012-09-07 09:32:01 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I took my car to a shop to get it fixed. They told me it would be ready at 3. Around 2:30, I'm heading there and guess what passes me at around 50mph (in the city)? My car. I get there to see the mechanic getting out with a bunch of parts for the other cars.


Maybe the speed was excessive. But depending on what the mechanic was doing to my car I might like to have it tested out to ensure the problem was fixed.
 
2012-09-07 09:40:57 AM  

sgleason818: Wir wollen din Auto mieten.

Oh, I see. You're volunteering to go out and get some meat. No bother, we have meat here. We have meat IN ZE BUILDING! Mooooo!


lh3.ggpht.com
 
2012-09-07 09:42:22 AM  

smadge1: Rent of the car should cover the outrageous parking fees. As long as they fill the tank at the end.


Germany and a long term lot outside of the airport area. Probably not incredibly expensive. Given that it's Germany and illegal stuff was discovered(unlicensed driver is HUGE there), I'm guessing a refund of their parking fees, a full tank, and something like $100/day 'rental' of their vehicle.
 
2012-09-07 09:45:49 AM  
Firethorn
I liked the Weeners: "OK... one (potentially) silly question... how did the family know that 400 kilometers were driven while they were away? (I don't check my odometer when I park my car...though now, I might consider it!!) ;-)"


A few things come to mind:
a) They simply remembered the approximate number because they don't drive great distances (what's that saying..something like: in the US people think 100 years is a very long time and in Europe people think 100 kilometers is a very long distance).
If you use your car mainly to get to work and back, it can easily take two weeks for the digit counting the hundreds to change and it isn't unlikely that you remember the count showing "five hundred and something" during the last week you were driving it.

b) They might keep track of the numbers for tax purposes:
Germany has a law that gives people a tax break for the money they have to spend to get to work and back. That's usually a fixed amount depending on how many kilometers you live from your place of work, but if your work requires you to be on the road a lot instead of sitting in the same office all day, it might be profitable to keep a log of the actual distances.

c) Related to b):
if one of the family members is self-employed and the car is used for business reasons most of the time, it might be considered a company car with occasional private use and again it can be useful (or might even be required) to keep track of the amount of private use vs professional use.
 
2012-09-07 09:53:13 AM  
I hate valet parking but I don't think they are going to go cruise around in an 01 Tundra to show off. If I do have to valet park it reminds me of this:

Axel Foley: Can you put this in a good spot? 'Cause all of this sh*t happened the last time I parked here.
 
2012-09-07 10:06:46 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: AverageAmericanGuy: I find the insinuation that one could have a chauffer license without having a proper driving license.

You find it what?


Oh, I find it.
 
TWX
2012-09-07 10:08:50 AM  

MythDragon: TheMega: Just 3 years old in human years... so not really.

dammit.

I wonder how much they are going to charge the company for rental of their car? I'm thinking something like 30 bucks a kilometer. You know how like the rental companies charge you 9 bucks a gallon (when gas was 2 dollars) for not returning it with a full tank.


I can see a lawsuit, where the valet/shuttle company is now financially responsible for future maintenance and repairs due to the "abuse" it received in their custody, especially if driven by someone unlicensed and being used as an illegal public conveyance. If the family keeps the car for many years, that could be thousands of Euros' worth of repair bills.
 
2012-09-07 10:33:14 AM  

TWX: I can see a lawsuit, where the valet/shuttle company is now financially responsible for future maintenance and repairs due to the "abuse" it received in their custody, especially if driven by someone unlicensed and being used as an illegal public conveyance. If the family keeps the car for many years, that could be thousands of Euros' worth of repair bills.


It being Germany, I expect common sense to win out before a lawsuit: All fees refunded, $100/day rent or so, full tank of gas. Now that damage has been mentioned, I can see a thorough inspection by qualified mechanics as well. Any settlement won't exceed the cost of a new car though. That will be in the form of penalties.
 
2012-09-07 10:49:29 AM  
What's a kilo met tree?
 
2012-09-07 11:05:26 AM  
Don't worry, Mr Durden. Airport parking. Long term.
 
2012-09-07 11:09:08 AM  

Cthulhain: FTA: ...but then the family checked the milometer in the car - which showed it had been driven 400 kilometres while they were away.

Wait...so the Europeans bash us Dumb Americans over the head for using the Imperial system they invented, then they go on to call an odometer a mil(e)ometer?

/Trolls, the lot of them


Kilometermeter would be much more appropriate.
 
2012-09-07 11:56:32 AM  

BizarreMan: Harry Freakstorm: I took my car to a shop to get it fixed. They told me it would be ready at 3. Around 2:30, I'm heading there and guess what passes me at around 50mph (in the city)? My car. I get there to see the mechanic getting out with a bunch of parts for the other cars.

Maybe the speed was excessive. But depending on what the mechanic was doing to my car I might like to have it tested out to ensure the problem was fixed.


I had an overheating issue at one point that wouldn't manifest itself until the car had been driven for a while. Had the mechanic actually take it home overnight so he could get some miles on it to help diagnose. Sometimes an extended test drive is a good thing, and I would have no problem with the mechanic running some errands in the process.

I'm kind of anal in the sense that I watch the mileage on the cars close enough that I would notice a couple hundred extra miles on the car when I came back from vacation.
 
2012-09-07 11:57:37 AM  

trappedspirit: What's a kilo met tree?


Something to do with drugs I think, those people need to be tased.
 
2012-09-07 12:01:02 PM  
Every time my oil is changed they post a sticker with the current odometer reading and the odometer reading it will be due for another change. Perhaps that is where he got the 400K from.

Then again, I'm not sure he should be too upset. Doesn't 400K work out to almost a mile?


/Forty rods to the hogs head and that's the way I likes it.
 
2012-09-07 02:09:04 PM  
Why wouldn't you know how many miles are on your car? Don't you ever use the speedometer? (That's where the milomter(sic) is located).

/Oh yeah, I'm part German
 
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