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Posted on 03/27/2013 7:04:45 PM PDT by marktwain
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
When a Tampa woman rented a car from Enterprise, she got a hidden extra: A fully loaded snub-nosed revolver. The gun was under the driver's seat, within reaching distance of where her granddaughter had been sitting.
"It could have slid out from under my seat and into the back seat, and she could have picked it up and either one of us could have got shot," Linda Ashmore exclaimed.
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Lucky lady! When I rent a car I never get a loaded gun with it!
She should have kept it, but instead she had to shoot her mouth off (in a manner of speaking) ....
Why can't I ever find anything cool like that?
I got a free pocket knife and a half a pack of Pall Malls last time I rented a car.
Maybe I’m just paranoid but I always check rental car trunks for human bodies or any other contraband before I leave the lot.
Well, sheet! STFU, Lady, LOL!
I always check the box for the extra insurance and the snub nosed 38 when I rent a car.
Shouldn’t her granddaughter have been restrained in a child safety seat, and unable to reach down and pick up a gun?
Also, shouldn’t she teach her daughter that if she finds dangerous things, she should NOT PICK THEM UP AND PLAY WITH THEM?
I trained my kids about that before they were 3. You can’t watch them every second, and there are many dangerous things people leave lying around (like that woman who let her kids eat condoms someone left at a mcdonalds playyard).
Be sure to reload it before you return it or else they charge you $20/round.
Many moons and years ago I worked afternoons and nights for National Car Rental @ TIA (Tampa). I was a driver....
I never bought one beer or bottle of wine the entire time I worked there. The vehicle returns were always rife with goodies.
I did turn in cameras and such....no guns though - you can bet those would have disappeared.
Maybe she didn’t think she would pass the background check.
Something similar happened several months ago. Sounds suspicious. Do they rent cars to FBI, DEA or DHS agents?
***Looks like an RG-14 to me.***
RG pistols are junk. This looks like one of those $12.00 .22s they used to sell back about 40 years ago.
Back in 1969, HP WHITE did government mandated tests to “prove” this was a “Saturday Night Special”. They found this to be one of the most accurate .22s they ever tested.
A super accurate piece of junk.
What about trace evidence? Do you examine the car that closely, or are you suspicious if the car looks like it has been cleaned too well? ...LOL ...Sorry, I guess I've been watching too many forensic detective shows...
RG stands for “rotten gun”. They are among the worst ever made.
Always check for drugs. It’s hell to get arrested for somebody else’s dope.
I only look for ‘macro’ evidence. Anything not obvious I can always blame on my inattentiveness and the previous renter.
I found a whistle in my Corn Flakes once...
Worse thing that ever happened to me in a rental car is I got a ticket for having an expired license tab. Took about a year to get that straightened out.
Maybe they just give you the gun with the car, since Florida is NOT a very safe place to be a tourist.
Florida is safe for tourists now. You are thinking of a number of years ago.
I got a ticket in the mail once from the City of Chicago for a parking violation on a rental car. I looked at the date on the ticket and checked my travel records and it was from 2 days after I left Chicago.
I ripped it up and threw it away and assume that Hertz ended up paying the ticket.
Yea, I know.
Back then you had liberal Democrat Lawton Chiles.
But when International Tourists started turning up in body bags, he made Giuliani look like a wimp - basically EVERY black in the state was assumed guilty and frisked, the moment they were seen in public. Pretty much ended the crime wave...but few took notice.
I remember a political cartoon from back then. It showed a crime scene with a couple of feet sticking out of the blanket (i.e., a body). One cop then says to another: “don’t worry, it’s a local”.
I wonder how the Chicago police got your address. I wondered how the L.A. police got my address. How do you go from a license plate to an home address in another state? Obviously the rental company ratted us out out.
Did the rental company actually think I was going to pay a ticket for their expired license tab?
Lady, the gun comes WITH THE CAR.
In Miami the rental cars come with TEC-9s.
HA...reminds me...in about 1980-81 I was travelling a bit, and needed a bigger bag...my boyfriend at the time offered to lend me one...so, I took my business trip to Alaska and back. When home, I cleaned the bag out and found a stash of marijuana that he'd had in there...I was SOOOOO pissed. I never smoked the stuff, and didn't know he was...he claimed he wasn't, and that it was old. Shortly thereafter, I dumped him.
Neither do I and my grandchildren would have either known not to touch it or how to handle it if they’d found it.
Or you could have been driving your rental car in the outback, had a flat tire and a dingo could have eaten your baby.
Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry, if a tree don't fall on me I'll live 'til I die.
You are very lucky.
“That’s a feature.”
Around here they auction off cars that have been seized because of drugs and one guy bought a truck and found a huge stash of marijuana that they missed.
Who rented it before her, Jodi Arias?
I just today, took my two kids out in the drive way, one at a time, locked them in the trunk of the car, one at a time - after showing them the escape latch. They were outta there in nothing flat.
A good thing for kids to know about too.
Older cars however, may not have one.
They didn't. Hertz sent it to me. I just blew it off.
But years ago, I did get a parking ticket in the mail from the city of Philadelphia ( I live in Western PA), and neither me or any of my cars had been in Philly for years.
It turned out the corrupt bastards in that corrupt city just sent out parking tickets at random to anyone with a licensed vehicle in the State of Pennsylvania.
I never paid that ticket either, and eventually the state smacked them down for their scam after they hit a couple of politically connected folks.
I got mine from the city of San Diego (now that I think about it, not L.A.)
They kept sending me threatening letters and I just forward them to the rental company. After about a year they stopped.
Maybe I shouldn’t to to California anymore. I might owe then a $billion by now.
“I wonder how the Chicago police got your address. I wondered how the L.A. police got my address.”
The very first organized surveillance of American citizens started with driver’s licenses.
Now there is a national database.
The ticket was under the windshield wiper. I gave it to the clerk when I turned the car in. The first letter appeared at my house the next week.
the national database nabbed you. Any authorized state employee in any state can access the national database to find you.
I’m just trying to underhand. How did they link the license number to my address>?
“A super accurate piece of junk.”
It wasn’t *that* accurate. But, revolvers tend to be inherently accurate, if they function how they are supposed to. I think it is the fixed barrel and forcing cone combination.
The sights and trigger made it hard to shoot.
Damn, the only thing I ever found in a rental car was a palm pilot.
CRAP! That reminds me! I gotta let my kid out of the truck of the Chevelle!!!
Why is this news?
I have some real problems in believing that this was not a staged “gun violence” fiasco.
First of all, how many of you out there immediately check under the seat for something before you drive a car...especially a rental car?
It was fired from a machine rest. That eliminated all the variables of a person holding it. That is why it was so accurate.
No matter what shape I return the rental car in, I let the counter person know there was some 'cosmetic damage'. They always tell me, "Don't worry about it"....
Thought that might be the case. Your posts always add to the total wisdom on a thread.