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2014-04-16 01:04:06 PM
Ahahahahahahaha!!!!! That's awesome!
 
2014-04-16 01:18:02 PM
it happened to an ex of mine.

she was a waitress and I was sitting at the bar waiting for her shift to end. we walked out together and saw her car gone. she drove (I think it was a '97... somewhere between a '94-'97) Honda Civic, 4-door, green.

the only thing that looked strange was that there was an identical car parked about 4-5 spaces from where my ex-gf parked.

we called the police.

while the police were present, the other driver came pulling back in to the parking lot in my ex-gf's car.

it was a lady, probably early 30s. she was embarrassed and scared.

once it was determined that it was an honest mistake, we all had a good chuckle.

and then, with the officer still present, we decided to conduct an experiment. my ex-gf walked over to the other car and used her key to unlock the door and start the engine.

thought it was weird, worth a little quasi-concerned worrying.

moral: if you're the 2nd vehicle, don't park so close next to a similar car.

/surprised it doesn't happen more
//can also happen with the lockset on your front door.
 
2014-04-16 01:26:02 PM
That happened at my grandparent's church, with two identical Mustangs.
 
2014-04-16 01:27:11 PM
Ford keys used to be the same way, I almost drove off in someone else's truck one time until I noticed it was much to clean inside to be mine. Scary though
 
2014-04-16 01:39:08 PM
You should always be careful when sticking things into a daughter's car, or anything else belonging to the daughter.
 
2014-04-16 01:43:06 PM
I did this with a late 90s tTaurus. Same make model color etc so I unlock the door with my key and start the engine. That's about when I noticed the seat was moved and there was a bunch of shiat in the car that wasn't mine. I just relocked it and found mine a few spaces down.
 
2014-04-16 01:53:38 PM
This happened with me and a friend. He had a 1985 convertible Mustang and parked near another one what was very similar. When we left the mall we walked to the wrong car, he opened the door and we sat down inside of it... that is when we realized it was a different car. Very odd. He even stuck the key in the ignition to see if it worked and it did.
 
2014-04-16 02:00:52 PM
Woman sticks her daughter's car key into a random Honda

I'm not sure if this is a euphemism but my pants are off just in case.
 
2014-04-16 02:01:59 PM
My father did this once w/2 Chevy Novas.  He was coming out of some store at the mall, opened up the trunk of what he thought was his Nova, and started loading in packages.  Guy came up and started yelling at him and my stubborn father started yelling back.  (And, to be fair, they were the same color and my father's key did work on the trunk).  Finally, the other guy's wife pointed out my father's Nova in the next aisle--same color, 2-door, same year.  They both calmed down and went to my father's car.  Sure enough, the other guy's key worked on my father's car.  They had a big, "Well, whattayaknow" moment, laughed about it, and went their merry ways.

/Another trick w/the early to mid-70s Novas.  You could start them without the key.  The key came out without pulling the ignition all the way back.  Next time you need to start it, just turn the ignition w/o the key.
 
2014-04-16 02:23:37 PM
So, ignoring the 40 year old Nova, looks like this is mainly a problem with Hondas and Fords, judging from responses here (and the farking article).
 
2014-04-16 02:30:39 PM
My old reliant keyhole was so worn, I could start it with a Popsicle stick.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:36 PM

brigid_fitch: /Another trick w/the early to mid-70s Novas. You could start them


note this trick does not apply to other Chevy's of that era such as the Vega
 
2014-04-16 02:51:26 PM

calbert: it happened to an ex of mine.

she was a waitress and I was sitting at the bar waiting for her shift to end. we walked out together and saw her car gone. she drove (I think it was a '97... somewhere between a '94-'97) Honda Civic, 4-door, green.

the only thing that looked strange was that there was an identical car parked about 4-5 spaces from where my ex-gf parked.

we called the police.

while the police were present, the other driver came pulling back in to the parking lot in my ex-gf's car.

it was a lady, probably early 30s. she was embarrassed and scared.

once it was determined that it was an honest mistake, we all had a good chuckle.

and then, with the officer still present, we decided to conduct an experiment. my ex-gf walked over to the other car and used her key to unlock the door and start the engine.

thought it was weird, worth a little quasi-concerned worrying.

moral: if you're the 2nd vehicle, don't park so close next to a similar car.

/surprised it doesn't happen more
//can also happen with the lockset on your front door.


It happened to my neighbor too.

He was giving a ride to a coworker who also had an Accord.  The coworker instinctively puller out her key from her purse and opened the passenger door with it.  They they both went WAT???
 
2014-04-16 03:01:51 PM
This happened once to my mom and I in the early 1970's. She took me to some function at the elementary school (can't remember what it was). When we were leaving, she unlocked and started the red Ford Galaxy 500. Wasn't until after she started it, that I noticed it wasn't OUR red Ford Galaxy 500. I alerted her to the fact, she looked around, noticed I was right, we got out, and went to the correct red Ford Galaxy 500.
 
2014-04-16 03:03:10 PM
The wife and I both had Saturn's.  Same thing; our keys would work on either vehicle.  She had a friend whom also owned a Saturn.  Same deal.  Both of our keys worked on her car too.
 
2014-04-16 03:04:26 PM

calbert: it happened to an ex of mine.

she was a waitress and I was sitting at the bar waiting for her shift to end. we walked out together and saw her car gone. she drove (I think it was a '97... somewhere between a '94-'97) Honda Civic, 4-door, green.

the only thing that looked strange was that there was an identical car parked about 4-5 spaces from where my ex-gf parked.

we called the police.

while the police were present, the other driver came pulling back in to the parking lot in my ex-gf's car.

it was a lady, probably early 30s. she was embarrassed and scared.

once it was determined that it was an honest mistake, we all had a good chuckle.

and then, with the officer still present, we decided to conduct an experiment. my ex-gf walked over to the other car and used her key to unlock the door and start the engine.

thought it was weird, worth a little quasi-concerned worrying.

moral: if you're the 2nd vehicle, don't park so close next to a similar car.

/surprised it doesn't happen more
//can also happen with the lockset on your front door.


While working at Dish Network, I would often accidentally leave the work keys in the ignition of the Chevy vans we drove, and lock the door without realizing it. But no worries, as any GM vehicle key would unlock every door on those things.
 
2014-04-16 03:04:43 PM

Tr0mBoNe: My old reliant keyhole was so worn, I could start it with a Popsicle stick.


I think this is the euphemism we were looking for.
 
2014-04-16 03:04:53 PM

Flab: calbert: it happened to an ex of mine.

she was a waitress and I was sitting at the bar waiting for her shift to end. we walked out together and saw her car gone. she drove (I think it was a '97... somewhere between a '94-'97) Honda Civic, 4-door, green.

the only thing that looked strange was that there was an identical car parked about 4-5 spaces from where my ex-gf parked.

we called the police.

while the police were present, the other driver came pulling back in to the parking lot in my ex-gf's car.

it was a lady, probably early 30s. she was embarrassed and scared.

once it was determined that it was an honest mistake, we all had a good chuckle.

and then, with the officer still present, we decided to conduct an experiment. my ex-gf walked over to the other car and used her key to unlock the door and start the engine.

thought it was weird, worth a little quasi-concerned worrying.

moral: if you're the 2nd vehicle, don't park so close next to a similar car.

/surprised it doesn't happen more
//can also happen with the lockset on your front door.

It happened to my neighbor too.

He was giving a ride to a coworker who also had an Accord.  The coworker instinctively puller out her key from her purse and opened the passenger door with it.  They they both went WAT???


it's happened to me with house keys.

had keys to my in-laws beach house and i accidently used them to open a neighbor's door for whom I was dog sitting

the key was clearly marked, so I knew that the beachhouse key opened the neighbor's house.  And, next time I went to the beachhouse, the neighbor's key worked there.

/ no other keys worked on either door, and those keys did not work on any other doors, in case these were some kind of terrible door locks or magic keys
 
2014-04-16 03:05:19 PM
I didn't steal your car but I think my mom may have.

That is the funniest thing I've read all year.
 
2014-04-16 03:06:08 PM
I had this happen with an early 90s Plymouth Voyager.  Not sure if the key would work in the ignition.  As soon as I sat down and tossed my stuff on the back seat, I realized that the infant seat in the back was not mine.
 
2014-04-16 03:06:14 PM

Tr0mBoNe: My old reliant keyhole was so worn, I could start it with a Popsicle stick.


I could start my old Jeep CJ-7 without a key, screwdriver, or anything. Just turned the key lock thing and it would fire right up.
 
2014-04-16 03:06:16 PM
I tried to stick the key to a Miata into a Z3. Glad I realized it wasn't my husband's car before I set the alarm off. Doh.
 
2014-04-16 03:06:44 PM
Which part is asinine?  I fully expected to see mom was arrested, bad subby.
 
2014-04-16 03:07:41 PM
This has happened to me 3 times....
First my friend and I were going some place and he just walked up and hot in the passenger side of my Toyota Carolla. he had a Carolla too and just used his key to unlock my car.

I was at work with a 1996 blue Saturn and I walked outside of my building and then got in my car and realized that the interior stuff wasn't mine. Got out and found my car 5 spaces away and then realized a co-worker had the same car.
Also in the same building and a few years later...a 2006 Impala...same thing...I opened up the car and plopped down in the drivers seat and realized that I didn't smoke and didn't have change and food wrappers in *MY* car....again, was a co-workers almost exact Chevy Impala.

/almost kicked some old jewish lady's ass for breaking in to my Silver 2009 Buick when I saw her in the trunk the other day. My car was two spaces away.
 
2014-04-16 03:07:42 PM
Kind of similar thing happened to me. All these modern cars look almost identical. I was grocery shopping and only had one bag. My husband was waiting for me in the car. I jumped in a car with the bag and said "done honey bun lets go!" There was this big hairy dude with a cigar who just looked at me with his eyes wider than saucers.  I was so embarrassed . I apologized, got out and said "opps wrong car."
 
2014-04-16 03:08:09 PM
Almost did the age thing. Identical make model and color car parked right next to mine at takeout , in a snowstorm. Key didn't work, and there wasn't enough crap in it. Took me a minute to it out.
 
2014-04-16 03:08:35 PM
Borrowed a friends Mazda few years ago, opened a car I thought was his and started it, realised wasn't buddys and jumped out before being shot.
 
2014-04-16 03:08:51 PM
Not my CSB but still a CSB:


My boss said at his previous job (worked for the city), they had old police vehicles that they used and after lunch him and some of his coworkers got in the vehicle and started to drive off.  Then after a block or so they noticed that it wasn't their car....it was an actual police car.  A couple things gave it away like the loaded gun (I think he said it was a shotgun) and laptop/police radio.  They had no clue it was an actual police car and thought it was there.

Of course they took it back and got into their car; don't think the police person knew that it had happened so no trouble.
 
2014-04-16 03:09:31 PM
This is actually the origin of "key parties".
 
2014-04-16 03:10:08 PM
Okay, it's story thread.

Back in high school, a friend of mine threw a party at his house in the High Desert. A few Samoans were there, and they were driving a tiny (lol) car of some kind... maybe a Dodge or perhaps a Honda. It turns out that another kid had a similar car. So, all of a sudden the Samoans were going apeshiat because someone stole their car. Not to worry, because the police showed up with the keys, because the kid who took the car got a DUI not far down the road.

Yup, the key fit. Meanwhile, the Samoans get their car back, but then someone slashes all of their tires. Soon after, the kid (who got the DUI) had a Marine dad who showed-up ready to brawl with the homeowner because they "let" his kid drive away. To make a long story short, it was nearly a Samoan high school and Marine brawl.

As least I boinked my friend's sister that night.

True Story.
 
2014-04-16 03:10:38 PM
Dodge Neons late '90s, while renting cars. Boss came in with the keys I had just handed him looking for a red four door. Only one on the lot was the red two door I had just brought up. Which, we figured out, meant someone was out driving around with 1) the wrong car for the keys, and 2) rental paperwork that didn't match the vehicle they were driving.
 
2014-04-16 03:10:59 PM
So, I guess I've almost done this... Either A: I didn't win the key lottery or B: Mazda and Nissans don't have this problem.

I'm betting on A. I suck at gambling.
 
2014-04-16 03:11:53 PM
brigid_fitch:

/Another trick w/the early to mid-70s Novas.  You could start them without the key.  The key came out without pulling the ignition all the way back.  Next time you need to start it, just turn the ignition w/o the key.

Wait...wait....you're telling me a Nova could actually start??

\used to drive one of those POS.
 
2014-04-16 03:12:03 PM
I got into a toyota corolla that wasn't mine and started it up, realized it wasn't mine before I started driving it and quickly got out.
 
2014-04-16 03:13:40 PM
No way would I call the cops. If the real owner is a jerk, that "oops I accidentally stole your car" excuse might not cut it. I would just park it as close as possible to where I found it and stay away. If it's within a few blocks I would just stay away period.
 
2014-04-16 03:14:14 PM

Tr0mBoNe: My old reliant keyhole was so worn, I could start it with a Popsicle stick.


That is a helluva thing to say about Subby's mom.
 
2014-04-16 03:14:26 PM
After locking the keys in, I unlocked my old '76 Malibu with the ignition key from a newer Chevy model, owned by a co-worker.

Inexplicable that it worked, but I was sure relieved.

CSB out.
 
2014-04-16 03:16:06 PM
My 1986 Nissan Pulsar key would unlock and start my brothers 1992 Plymouth Duster
 
2014-04-16 03:17:27 PM
Happened to my dad with his Ford Country Squire Station Wagon circa 1976.
 
2014-04-16 03:17:57 PM
My mom did this with our old Plymouth minivan in the 90s. Drove the wrong one all the way home from work before realizing the clock radio was working and those weren't her sunglasses on the dash. Luckily she was able to call back to work and bring it back before any big trouble happened...
 
2014-04-16 03:19:22 PM
This here song never seemed more appropriate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ydqOxPxto

The right key but the wrong keyhole - Lilian Boutte
 
2014-04-16 03:20:32 PM
For these newer cars, y u no just use keyfob to unlock? ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)
 
2014-04-16 03:20:33 PM

brigid_fitch: My father did this once w/2 Chevy Novas.  He was coming out of some store at the mall, opened up the trunk of what he thought was his Nova, and started loading in packages.  Guy came up and started yelling at him and my stubborn father started yelling back.  (And, to be fair, they were the same color and my father's key did work on the trunk).  Finally, the other guy's wife pointed out my father's Nova in the next aisle--same color, 2-door, same year.  They both calmed down and went to my father's car.  Sure enough, the other guy's key worked on my father's car.  They had a big, "Well, whattayaknow" moment, laughed about it, and went their merry ways.

/Another trick w/the early to mid-70s Novas.  You could start them without the key.  The key came out without pulling the ignition all the way back.  Next time you need to start it, just turn the ignition w/o the key.


My Malibu did that, too.  It's not a convenience feature - It means the ignition is broken.
 
2014-04-16 03:23:02 PM
The woman:
i.imgur.com

The owners:
i.imgur.com


/obscure?
 
2014-04-16 03:23:03 PM
The lesson learned here? Don't drive a common car...

blog.caranddriver.com
 
2014-04-16 03:24:09 PM
One day, when I came home from work, I accidentally put my car key in the door of my apartment building... I turned it... and the whole building started up.... So I drove it around.... A policeman stopped me for going too fast... He said, 'Where do you live?'... I said, 'Right here'... Then I drove my building onto the middle of a highway, and I ran outside, and told all of the cars to get the hell out of my driveway.

Stephen Wright
 
2014-04-16 03:25:50 PM

Geotpf: So, ignoring the 40 year old Nova, looks like this is mainly a problem with Hondas and Fords, judging from responses here (and the farking article).


Saturns too.


The key thing for old hondas didn't matter so much as far as thieveing goes.  You used to be able to crack the steering column and there was a convenient lever there that would start the car.
 
2014-04-16 03:26:23 PM
This happens all the time with older cars. Let's say a car key has 6 tumblers and 5 positions for each... that's only 7776 possible keys, and the manufacturer makes many more than that every year.

It's happening less and less with newer cars, though, since laser-cut keys have many more tumblers and positions, and RFID tech can have billions of possible unique keys.
 
2014-04-16 03:28:14 PM
Way back before I was born, one of my grandpas had just bought a brand new car.  He parked in front of the post office, went inside to conduct his business, came back out, and got in the car.  But the ignition must have jammed because the key didn't work.  Then he noticed a very annoyed woman standing next to his car.  Correction.  Her car.  Which was identical to his and parked right next to it.  Apparently nobody locked their doors back then.
 
2014-04-16 03:29:11 PM

Geotpf: So, ignoring the 40 year old Nova, looks like this is mainly a problem with Hondas and Fords, judging from responses here (and the farking article).


This surprises me about Fords, because the only one I ever owned wouldn't start with the correct key.
 
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