Rental car with .22 upgrade

Rental car with .22 upgrade

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    Rental car with .22 upgrade

    The company car went into the dealership today for maintenance so I had to get a rental. Doing a walk around my first thought was "someone didn't spend too much time cleaning it up." (Note to self...next time inspect inside of vehicle as well.)

    A couple of hours later I noticed a piece of paper sticking out of a small closed tray. I open it and find a .22 magnum North American Arms revolver, one of those tiny things that holds five shots. And yes, it was loaded.

    The rental car company wasn't going to get it back from me (I'm not handing over a handgun to some 22 yr. old clerk who's not even qualified to clean a car) so I removed the cylinder, dropped it into a baggie and took it to my local police dept. I then called the rental company's national number to let them know what I had done in case someone came looking for it.

    Turns out the owner called the rental company an hour later and blamed the clerk for stealing his gun. The clerk calls me and says " I have a crazy question for you..." The clerk said this guy didn't sound quite sane.

    Not to be judgmental, but what the hell. How careless do you have to be to leave a loaded weapon in a rental car, and then blame somebody else? This guy is going to have to explain himself to the cops before he gets his crappy little peashooter back. And I'm not using this rental company anymore.
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    People leave weapons all the time, including the police, feds, and other LE agencies. It happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    People leave weapons all the time, including the police, feds, and other LE agencies. It happens
    The story goes... a criminal robbed a c-store with a pistol-gripped shotgun, and put it down on the counter to get the money the clerk was trying to hand to him. He forgot his gun on the counter. I heard this many years ago and have no idea if its true or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proliance View Post
    The company car went into the dealership today for maintenance so I had to get a rental. Doing a walk around my first thought was "someone didn't spend too much time cleaning it up." (Note to self...next time inspect inside of vehicle as well.)

    A couple of hours later I noticed a piece of paper sticking out of a small closed tray. I open it and find a .22 magnum North American Arms revolver, one of those tiny things that holds five shots. And yes, it was loaded.

    The rental car company wasn't going to get it back from me (I'm not handing over a handgun to some 22 yr. old clerk who's not even qualified to clean a car) so I removed the cylinder, dropped it into a baggie and took it to my local police dept. I then called the rental company's national number to let them know what I had done in case someone came looking for it.

    Turns out the owner called the rental company an hour later and blamed the clerk for stealing his gun. The clerk calls me and says " I have a crazy question for you..." The clerk said this guy didn't sound quite sane.

    Not to be judgmental, but what the hell. How careless do you have to be to leave a loaded weapon in a rental car, and then blame somebody else? This guy is going to have to explain himself to the cops before he gets his crappy little peashooter back. And I'm not using this rental company anymore.
    "Crappy little pea shooter"? Shows what you know.
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    Good argument for maintaining on-body carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deafdave3 View Post
    The story goes... a criminal robbed a c-store with a pistol-gripped shotgun, and put it down on the counter to get the money the clerk was trying to hand to him. He forgot his gun on the counter. I heard this many years ago and have no idea if its true or not.
    This one is close, only funnier. Don't put your gun on the counter to grab the money.

    http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-stor...,0,99904.story
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    This one is close, only funnier. Don't put your gun on the counter to grab the money.

    http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-stor...,0,99904.story
    "As soon as I noticed that's when I picked it up," she said. "He ran fast. He ran out of his shoe." Police later found the suspect's tennis shoe near the store's front door.
    I wonder if this will play out like Cinderella as they try the shoe on suspects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I wonder if this will play out like Cinderella as they try the shoe on suspects.
    Hopefully the shoe fit experience will take place in the morgue.
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    Good thing no children were involved. My two love to search cars.
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    So the guy was relying on a .22 for his carry-around gun?

    You're right, he was a dummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21bubba View Post
    "Crappy little pea shooter"? Shows what you know.
    I agree with 21bubba... I see no reason to insult pea shooter owners.

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    Years ago a friend of mine bought a Ford Mustang during a good cleaning and going over the back seat was removed and we found a very illeagal cut down 12 gauge double barrel. We turned it in to the county and gave them full info regarding where,what and when. Just a few years ago a co-worker was in the Seatle area and rented a car, during the two weeks he had the car he found a small bag of pot in the car. It scared the hell outta him as he'd already crossed the border once into and out of Canada with the car, it was apparantly there the whole time. I tend to go over the rentals before I go far in them.
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    I OWN a car rental companyhere in NY. I could tell you stories for years. We have had Feds,Leos leave their guns and shields or Creds under the seat of a rental van. People rent for alot of diffrent reasons. Some legal mostly not. Will post some stories over next few days.

    We had a customer rental van to move "household" items. Customer gets pulled over and had 30 full size pot plants in the van with 100 paper cup with soil (no plants). Customer get arrested, Van impounded, Plants photographed and destroyed.It takes 3 weeks to get DA release over the 3 weeks there was alot of rain and hign humidity. I go myself to pick up van from tow yard all the paper cups now have plants growing in them. Told the lot to dumps and threw out all the cups.

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