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    Michigan mom says she put presents in wrong car & driver left with them

    A Michigan mom says she lost $700 worth of Christmas gifts by unwittingly loading them into the trunk of the wrong car.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...ticle-1.994773
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Mom Who Put Gifts in Wrong Car Says Someone Tried to Cash In



    A Michigan mom who was hoping for a Christmas miracle after she placed $700 worth of gifts in the wrong car was heartbroken when a store informed her that someone had tried to cash in on her mistake.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-retur...ry?id=15208516
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Ford should pony up $700 for this family's lost gifts. Sure, it's a fluke that this person's trunk key also fit another Ford Focus of the same color in the same parking lot on the same day at the same time - but they can't really believe it is impossible, can they? And maybe, the trunk of the other car was left ajar and the key didn't really open it - but Ford would have been better off to volunteer to be Santa to this family than to be perceived as Scrooge in this situation.
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    I kind of have a hard time blaming the person who found his car trunk full of presents. It is not like he went out of his way to take them. He opens his trunk and there they are.LOL He may have thought God answered his prayers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aafromaa View Post
    Ford should pony up $700 for this family's lost gifts. Sure, it's a fluke that this person's trunk key also fit another Ford Focus of the same color in the same parking lot on the same day at the same time - but they can't really believe it is impossible, can they? And maybe, the trunk of the other car was left ajar and the key didn't really open it - but Ford would have been better off to volunteer to be Santa to this family than to be perceived as Scrooge in this situation.
    I agree, but I am also going to lay some responsibility on the woman's shoulders. She made the mistake. She put her presents in the WRONG car. It was her own fault, faulty key or not. imoo
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    but I am also going to lay some responsibility on the woman's shoulders. She made the mistake. She put her presents in the WRONG car. It was her own fault, faulty key or not. imoo


    i agree.

    i do not understand how or why FORD would, could, should be seen as "scrooge"... this is not their fault.

    the person who found the gifts should not have tried to cash in. they should have called police no doubt about it - the right thing to do imo.
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    So much of a fluke I'm not sure I trust that story. There was some reason when I saw it that I just said "oh heck nawww" sumpin' don't smell right about this. JMHO

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    IMO, the person who took the presents commited theft. They knew it too. They tried to return items for money and not to the person who bought them.

    I don't believe car keys opening other trunks is a fluke. I think car makers would like the public to believe it's a fluke. I've even heard of people inadvertently stealing other cars thinking it was theirs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    IMO, the person who took the presents commited theft. They knew it too. They tried to return items for money and not to the person who bought them.

    I don't believe car keys opening other trunks is a fluke. I think car makers would like the public to believe it's a fluke. I've even heard of people inadvertently stealing other cars thinking it was theirs.
    It's not a fluke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aafromaa View Post
    Ford should pony up $700 for this family's lost gifts. Sure, it's a fluke that this person's trunk key also fit another Ford Focus of the same color in the same parking lot on the same day at the same time - but they can't really believe it is impossible, can they? And maybe, the trunk of the other car was left ajar and the key didn't really open it - but Ford would have been better off to volunteer to be Santa to this family than to be perceived as Scrooge in this situation.
    I did this in the early 90's with a Nissan. Left the grocery store and loaded the groceries, hopped in, put my purse down and then was confused because the key wouldn't turn in the ignition. THEN I realized I was not in MY vehicle. Talk about embarrassed and scared! Same color, wheels, interior, etc...plus they kept their car pretty clean and sparse of personal items also. I was petrified the owner would come out and catch me before I could retreat to my own....totally embarrassed. LOL

    ETA: This was a 2003... Wonder why she didn't have a remote?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    IMO, the person who took the presents commited theft. They knew it too. They tried to return items for money and not to the person who bought them.

    I don't believe car keys opening other trunks is a fluke. I think car makers would like the public to believe it's a fluke. I've even heard of people inadvertently stealing other cars thinking it was theirs.
    I'm not so sure I'd call it theft Suzi, but it certainly wasn't ethical or compassionate. You'd hope the spirit of the season would overwhelm the urge to take advantage of someone's obvious mistake, but I guess some people just don't get it. Betcha Ms. Gipson keeps all her receipts in her purse from now on!


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    I used to drive a 1978 trans am ,and once a lady who I knew locked her keys in her 199? pontiac 6000, so before she called the lock smith I decided to try my pontiac key and it unlocked her doors.

    I also have heard of a woman who unlocked someone elses f 150 (2004) with her truck key ,they looked alike. In addition to that I believe there are only so many key combitions so ford is fibbing if that information came from ford (I doubt). It would be very costly to have to cut new locks and keys for every single car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollyblue View Post
    I did this in the early 90's with a Nissan. Left the grocery store and loaded the groceries, hopped in, put my purse down and then was confused because the key wouldn't turn in the ignition. THEN I realized I was not in MY vehicle. Talk about embarrassed and scared! Same color, wheels, interior, etc...plus they kept their car pretty clean and sparse of personal items also. I was petrified the owner would come out and catch me before I could retreat to my own....totally embarrassed. LOL

    ETA: This was a 2003... Wonder why she didn't have a remote?
    Same thing happened to me. Same make, model, color etc. Both cars were covered in snow. The key unlocked the door but wouldn't turn in the ignition. When I got out, frustrated, I noticed my car was parked in front of that one.

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    If you haven't followed the case of missing child, Bianca Jones (Detroit), you probably didn't see my post about a lost gift card:

    This is OT but worth sharing with those who are following this sad saga and finding it difficult to keep from thinking the worst about whoever is responsible for the (likely) harm that has come to little Bianca Jones.

    DH received a $$$ gift card from a customer a few days ago. I had the card in my purse when I went to the mall yesterday but wasn't necessarily planning to use it. I was in Macy's long enough to make one purchase before heading home. I didn't realize until several hours later that I no longer had the gift card and that I must have misplaced it when I took my wallet out of my purse along with Macy's discount cards. I had a good and felt for having been so careless and knew that I would have to tell DH when he got home.

    On the hunch that someone might have found the gift card and turned it in, DH called Macy's lost-and-found last night, but no one answered. DH did not want to contact his customer about stopping use of the card by someone else until he contacted Macy's which he did this morning. A good person did, indeed, turn the gift card in DH will pick it up on his way home this evening. In the words of Anne Frank, "... In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    So much of a fluke I'm not sure I trust that story. There was some reason when I saw it that I just said "oh heck nawww" sumpin' don't smell right about this. JMHO
    I would have to agree that it sounds unbelievable; however I have recently also mistaken another exact same vehicle as my own car. It didn't open, of which I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't until my daughter spoke up, lol.

    As well, my coworker's mom always makes a Starbucks run before going to work. Her husband drops her off & drives around the back to then pick her up as to get out of the hectic parking lot. Well, a few months ago she opened the door to the exact same car parked beside the curb putting her own coffee on top of the car, fussing with her purse & without looking into the car itself was trying to hand the driver his coffee. She then screamed "Jerry take your coffee!" Until the deep voice from inside the car said "Hey lady, I think you got the wrong car" LOL!

    It's funny to us now, but her husband failed to see the humor.

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