Reddit user mfiasco posted an image of a note he left in his glove box that he claims resulted in the return of his car after it was stolen. Whether or not the car was actually stolen and returned is unknown, since the procedure would not have resulted in any actual police reports. However, the images of the letter and envelope certainly make them look like they spent time in a glove box or under a windshield wiper. And it would be nice to hear a story where leaving a nice note is more effective than leaving an absurdly mean one:
If you're reading this, you are probably stealing my car. I'm a nice person and likely would have given you a ride, but obviously we're past that.
I would love to afford a car that doesn't get stolen and burglarized all the time, but I'm broke and this is what I'm stuck with. So, you got me. Again.
You're not going to get into trouble for stealing my car. As long as you don't f**k around and kill a pedestrian, you'll just leave this somewhere and go about your business. Nobody investigates this tomfoolery.
One quick favor: please do not leave my car somewhere it will get towed. If I have to deal with one more f**king impound lot holding my stolen shi**y Honda for ransom, I am going to lose my mind. And my car, because I can't afford to keep bailing it out of car jail. If I had any money I would just go buy a goddamned car that wasn't constantly getting stolen in the first place.
Please just leave my old piece of sh*t car in a neighborhood or something. There's a note in this envelope; just stick it on the dash or under the wiper. A passerby will see it eventually and call me and then I can come get my car. No cops, no questions asked; I'm not even mad at you.
It's win-win: I don't have to deal with police reports, insurance claims, and tow trucks, and you don't have to feel like a jerk for ruining the month of a nice person.
There are countless safe places to leave this thing. Drive the car, take my first aid kit and emergency supplies in the trunk (my stereo is worthless) and just leave this motherf**ker in front of someone's house when you're done with it.
Thank you. Enjoy your ride.
PS if you don't mind committing another misdemeanor tonight, feel free to go throw a brick through the window of (redacted) Towing in Vancouver. They are literally the f**king worst. Thanks. Have a good night.
The author of the note apparently assumes that someone is just stealing the car to travel somewhere, which is certainly less expensive (but also more complicated) than requesting an Uber. Or perhaps the thieves are after those sweet, sweet first-aid kits. One day, this driver will hopefully own a car that does not inspire "tomfoolery" from misguided thieves.