WE humans can be a forgetful lot, and when a mate in the rental car business told us of bizarre finds in vehicles on their return to his depots around Australia, we thought we’d ask others in the game of their discoveries too.
And from New Zealand to Norway, Singapore to South Africa, the responses flooded in. We’ve not the space to detail companies or countries, but finds have included a glass eye on the floor of one returned rental car, an artificial leg under the seat of another and a full-size replica human skeleton sitting up in the back seat of yet a third.
Live dogs, snakes, spiders and mice have been found in containers – or worse actually roaming free – and forgetful renters have turned-in the keys of their rental cars with urns of human ashes, and in one case a cemetery headstone, still inside.
A suit of armour was found in one car, and in another a hand-grenade, while handguns are regular discoveries (the most, unsurprisingly, in America) and in several returned vehicles the renters have left briefcases and boxes packed with thousands of dollars in cash.
Forgetful – or unsuccessful – Romeos have left engagement rings tucked into socks and even underwear in some rental cars, and in one a ring was melted into a fancy chocolate bar, while bizarrely a baby was left in a basket on the back seat of one car on return – and a dozing grandmother in the back of another.
And cleaners regularly find laundry loads of underwear in glove boxes, behind sun visors, under seats and in door pockets, while one renter forgot to take with him a half-consumed pint of beer and a CD titled “The Art of Speed Seduction.”
BRIEFCASES with thousands of dollars in cash have been left by customers when they’ve returned their rental cars.