OPP- you know the drill; other people’s property. You’re supposed to respect the ownership of others- you don’t toss the dog’s business over the fence and onto your neighbor’s patio unless he had it coming, you don’t eat off of a neighbor’s plate at the Olive Garden. It’s what separates us from the animals. But that innate sensibility seems to go out the window whenever we get behind the skinny plastic wheel of a rental car. We’ve all heard the stories, and some of the older farts in the crowd may have actually seen it happen- a Hertz GT350H taken to the track, tires switched out, and a couple of races later returned to the agency with the brakes worn to the rivets and a nose sandblasted to a dull patina.
While many of us haven’t gone quite that far, it’s true that we tend, as a nation, to be a little hard on the beaver, as well as our rental cars. Typically low-end versions of cars we’d only normally drive under protest, these little Sebrings, Escorts, Calibers, Sentras and their ilk make for fodder for the outlet of aggression and driving gambling that we wouldn’t take with our own pride and joys.
So, knowing that we all tend to do it, the question today is; have you ever been caught having hooned a rental car that showed evidence of said hoonage? If so, what how’d it work out?
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