Man Who Let Couple 'Borrow' His BMW At A Hooters Gets His Car Back

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Earlier this month, a man lent his BMW to a pair of strangers he met at a Hooters on the promise they'd return it in a day. Eleven days later, it was found untouched with all of his valuables inside.

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The car, a 2000 740iL, was reported stolen on July 13th, six days after the 46-year-old owner let a couple he'd only just met at the Fairfax City Hooters borrow it believing they were going to a wedding. Inside were his laptop and an engagement ring, both of which were still in the car when a Fairfax County police officer found the car less than seven miles down the road in a shopping center parking lot.

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The BMW was completely undamaged, unlocked, and the keys sat on the driver's seat. Fairfax City police Sgt. Joe Johnson told the Washington Post that the owner was both genuine, and someone who could stand to learn a lesson about sharing.

Hopefully he won't be so generous with his vehicle in the future. But it wasn't a false police report, and it wasn't an insurance scam, so he's good to go.

It is unlikely any charges will be pressed or that Fairfax City police will pursue a stolen auto investigation.

(Hat tip to georgek52!)

Photo Credit: autobidmaster.com

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Xander, Proud of BOXER

This is a story I tell a lot, mostly because it's weird.

used to be a valet.

was working grand opening of a hot, new club

super busy, two lines of cars out the parking lot and up the street

everyone leaves at same time, around 2 am

bring up BMW 3 series with seat pulled all the way forward

wait for owner to claim vehicle

seemingly buzzed gentleman comes, gives me a few bucks tips

gets in, drives off

[15-20 minutes later]

guys comes up to me

where's my car

what do you drive

BMW 330i

... what do your keys look like

guy throws a fit, calls the cops

I wait for the cops, tell them how it went down

guy wasn't paying attention but also my mistake

here's the twist, earlier that day someone had offered me a job translating stuff after hearing about my college prospects and I wrote the number down on a ticket, which I lost in the shopping center parking lot across the street

as I'm looking for the ticket I see a car that has the door slightly ajar and the parking lights are on

go to car, it's the guy's 330i

drive over to other lot and give the guy his car before he and the police have left

the only thing that got stolen was his pipe (for drugs)