For Today In “Huh, That’s Weird” – we go to Portland Oregon. That’s where Erin Hatzi woke up Tuesday to the stunned realization that her car had been stolen. The red Subaru was missing from where she parked it and she quickly posted surveillance video of a stranger taking her car out of her driveway. It’s like she had a key right to it.
It turns out she sort of did have a key for the car. The surveillance video was very strange as the alleged thief did not smash a window or appear to do things the way you would expect a car thief to. For one she sat in the driveway for a few moments before taking off and did not peel out, “driving it like she stole it.”
Like many grand theft auto victims, Hatzi filed a police report but didn’t have much hope of ever seeing her red Subaru again.
However the next day, on Wednesday Hatzi’s husband went outside and found the car parked right in front of the street. Left inside was a note and thirty dollars cash. The note said:
“Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, ‘that is not my car.’ There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am ******* and my number is ……….
So so sorry for this mistake.”
It’s like an accidental Uber. Apparently older Subaru keys are sometimes interchangeable and can work on different cars. The car wasn’t even that far away, but around the block the whole time (not sure why she gave the $30 bucks in gas then but maybe just to smooth things over.)
Of the incident Hatzi says;
“It’s insane. It’s like a bad sitcom that nobody would ever buy the story because it’s stupid and it makes no sense. But it happened.”
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