If you leave your key in the door of your car, you can almost guarantee that the vehicle will be missing when you get back and that’s what happened to this man… kind of!
Cape Town, South Africa – Craig Barrowman owns a car that requires him to lock and unlock each door manually. He says he often accidentally forgets the key in the door after unlocking and locking more than one door at a time. The last time he did it, he thought his car had been stolen…
Craig went out to catch up with friends and parked his car outside the tavern. After a few hours, he reached into his pocket only to find his keys were not there. Panicked, he went outside to check on the car, and it was gone!
“It started with me being an idiot: Left my car key in my car door, across the road from Dias Tavern on a Friday night. Easy to do with an old school locking system with no central locking, requiring the key to be put in and out of each lock, especially when opening and closing more than one door, in a hurry. (I’ve done it at home before.)
Several hours later I realised no key in my pocket! Returned to the spot to find the car missing.”
Craig and his friends quickly set off to the police station to report his car stolen and got the surprise of a lifetime. Craig’s car was at the police station.
“Went to the nearest police station to report it, to find that these kind people (pictured above) had seen the key hanging in the door, driven my car to the police station and handed in the key, to save it from being stolen. It took me and my friends a few minutes to process, on hearing this!”
It turns out the guys had seen the keys hanging in the door and started asking around for help. Everyone they encountered was suspicious and ignored the guys. They grew desperate and decided the best thing to do would be to take the car to the police station where it wouldn’t be at risk of being stolen.
“The police were so baffled they didn’t know what to do and first threatened to arrest them for driving my car without my consent (!!!) … but relented.”
Craig eventually got to meet the two gents who cleverly protected the car so it would be safe.
“Finally, I got to meet them and thank them. Thank you, Lehlohonolo Sesedinyane, for restoring our faith in humanity. Ubuntu in action. Still can’t believe it. Lessons in mindfulness and gratitude!”