The other night we responded to a traffic collision call in which a man was threatening another man with a knife.
When I got there, I saw two cars in a Jack in the Box parking lot. One car had a bent right front wheel. The other car had minor damage to the front bumper. Both were parked in their own spaces.
One of the cars was stuffed full of items that would make a hoarder jealous. Then there was this suitcase, along with other miscellaneous things all over the place in the parking lot. There was basically crap everywhere. It was a like transient yard sale.
I pulled one of the guys aside and asked him what happened. The driver, who we’ll call Frank, said he and the other vehicle had crashed in the parking lot. After the collision, they moved their cars because they were blocking the driveway.
Frank then said, “We already exchanged information.”
“Wait time did the crash happen?” I asked.
“That was ninety minutes ago. What have you been doing this whole time?”
Frank pointed to the other car and driver as he said, “My car isn’t drivable and his is. He lives in his car, so we decided to switch cars so I could go to work tomorrow.”
“You were going to let the homeless guy move into your car and sleep in it tonight?” I asked.
“Yes. I have to go to work tomorrow.”
I took a closer look at Frank’s car and it was stuffed with the homeless guy’s belongings. The homeless guy literally moved out of one car and into another. Well, he was almost moved in. The suitcase was still in the parking lot.
Most people call their insurance companies after a collision. These guys were taking traffic accident negotiations to an entirely new level. I bet Geico would love to help them save 15% on their car insurance.
We then found out Frank had taken the homeless guy’s car on a test drive to see how it ran. To top it off,Frank even had a suspended license. The entire call was just bizarre.
In the end, the homeless guy moved out of Frank’s car and back into his vehicle again. He drove off to find another place to sleep for tonight. Frank got to make arrangements for transportation on his own. It was the shortest rental agreement ever.
Officers never found the knife Frank called 911 about. Kind of makes you think he made the whole thing up.
The entire story was crazy. Who agrees to swap cars with a complete stranger?
You never know what’s going to happen at work. And of course, you just can’t make this stuff up.