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post #71 of 94 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 01:31 AM
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same thing happend to me but it was my Pastor! We were sitting there after Church and he said can I drive your Challenger ..... "sure Preacher take her for a spin" !!!

An hour and a half later he returned with a smile on his face and 2 cases of Holy Water in the back seat!!!

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This could of been a lot worse, just looks like he was flying through a dip and pushed up the bumper. Back in high school a friend of mine let another buddy drive his Orbit Orange Judge as school was ending for the day, and he did this massive burnout and lost it and smashed into a telephone pole caving in the entire right side of the car, front fender, door, and the quarter took the most damage.

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Originally Posted by JakeInFla View Post
(Re-Clarifying the details due to people jumping down my damn throat)

Had dinner with a girl friend. Consumed 3 beers, a full meal, coffee, and ice water over a 2.5 hour period. After leaving and headed home, but decided at the last minute to stop by my local watering hole given it was still early.

Stopped at a local bar. Had a few beers and 2 shots. Struck up a conversation with the off-duty line cook, former Army Iraq Veteran. He used to own a Challenger, but had to give it back due to financial issues with child support.

I felt bad for him. Went out for a smoke. Let my kindness and the alcohol get the best of me and in a split second made the horrible decision to let him drive it "once around the parking lot" for old time's sake. Beyond Foolish of me.

He instead went on a 30 minute joyride through a vacant parking lot, cutting over to his house behind the strip mall and returned. Upon returning the skid pad was dragging and the bumper was visibly off kilter, bent by what appears to be getting caught on a curb/parking brick of some kind.

I confronted him and he denied any issue ownership. He then went inside, paid for my bar tab, and slipped out the side door while I was checking the car again. I then called and spoke to the helpful local police to document the details just in case. They arrived, I explained and apologized for wasting their time. They offered some sound advice and gave me a case number.

I called my cousin who arrived 2.5 hours later with duct tape and zip ties to get her road worthy, during this waiting period I ate, drank Pepsi, and contemplated this horrible night.

Yes I made a very stupid mistake. Yes I let my generosity get the best of me. Yes alcohol was a factor in my decision process. No I don't drink often. No I seldom go out anymore. Yes I learned a valuable lesson.

Banging my head against the wall for it. Paying for it three fold.

Live and learn.

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Just heard back from my paint & body guy. Parts & Labor: $416.00. No serious damage. Should have her back Thursday or Friday. I thanked him profusely for going easy on the total. He replied with..."No problem. I gave her a kiss last night before bed." She's in good hands being the theme. Glad she'll be ok.

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Well that escalated Quickly... Sorry to hear about your ride. Glad it was nothing major, and even better. Glad your OKAY too! Thats the important part.

We live, we F up, and we learn. im NOT going to rip into you, because your human. We make mistakes. That and i dont have a stick shoved up my @SS so i dont feel the need to rip into you about your life and choices. lol


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Glad the repair is working out so cheap, the second or third week after I bought my Challenger I popped the chin spoiler loose on the drivers side pulling out of a steep driveway, I took it to the a local body shop and they were able to pop the clips back in with just a few minutes work, surprisingly they did not even charge me, although they did joke about me needing to leave it there over night so they could test drive it to make sure nothing else was wrong

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Glad it looks like it is going to work out for you Jake. God knows I have made numerous decisions in my life I wish I could take has everyone on here.

But, if I may offer one little piece of unsolicited advice.... after reading a lot of the replies posted in this thread, it might be good to not tell on yourself like this in the future....just sayin'

Hoope she's good as new when you get it back!

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Yeah, the overt honesty and self incrimination by way of admission to factual truth and my obvious idiocy sure did lead to a few holier than thou, accusatory, judgmental accusations and nasty declarations from people who proverbially walk on water, seemingly under the assumption that they've never made a mistake. There were also a lot of positive comments too. I appreciate them all. It's a life lesson in humility and common sense kinda thing.

I'd hazard a guess that everyone has done things they regret at one point or another. (some may even be illegal in nature. Who knows?) They simply don't document and post threads about their indiscretions. People usually hide their dirty little secrets. It's a given. I however, wear my heart on my sleeve and have an openly honest streak that likes to vent. It's always been my Achilles heal. I'll have to work on that. Lesson learned.

It's definitely a game changer. I finally touched base with the cook. He remains adamant he didn't hit any curb, speed bump, or anything in between, but my texts wore him down and he agreed to pay half the bill to end the drama...and my soul crushing text messages. So looks like it's all come full circle. The birds are singing once again. I'll have her back in a day or two, and a lesson in common sense saturated in humility ended up costing me $208. I got off cheap.

Thanks guys. I'll post pics to close out the thread. Feel free to continue the Jake bashing. I'm enlightened and back on track. Halle-bleeping-lujah!


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Good luck to ya man. I really hope it turns out well.
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