There are few things more frustrating in life than forgetting where something is. Last month, I misplaced a bag. Although there was nothing particularly valuable inside, it took me over two weeks to accept that I’d most likely forgotten it on public transport.
I’m even worse with my car. Have you ever walked out of a supermarket and realized you have no idea where you parked? I spent 15 minutes walking around Walmart’s parking lot just randomly pointing my keys.
But a motorist in Frankfurt took forgetting the location of his car to a whole new level when he lost it in 1997.
After searching frantically for his car, the motorist eventually concluded that it had been stolen and reported the theft to the authorities. The car, however, was never located, and the motorist moved on with his life, assuming that it was long gone.
In the likely event that you’ve forgotten 1997, let me remind briefly remind you what the world was like back then. It was the year James Cameron’s Titanic was released, Bill Clinton was president, and mobile phones were nothing more than wireless landlines.
In 2017, technology dominates almost every aspect of our lives (many devices even have tracking features so we don’t forget them), and the man who was known in the late 90s as nothing more than an incredibly wealthy businessman is president.
But now, in a bizarre twist of fate, the Frankfurt motorist has been reunited with the car he lost 20 years ago.
The dramatic and unexpected reunion was reported in the German newspaper Augsberger Allgemein, where it was revealed that the car had not been moved an inch since it was parked by its forgetful owner all those years ago.
The missing car had been found inside a garage that was scheduled to be demolished.
The man discovered his car had been found after builders contacted the local authorities to explain that they could not demolish the building until the car was removed.
Little did they know that its owner had assumed his vehicle was long gone.
The Augsberger Allgemein reported that the now 76-year-old man was reunited with the car when the cops drove him and his daughter to its, erm, resting place. After 20 years in a garage, the car was no longer working, and it was subsequently scrapped.
However, the tragedy was not quite what it appeared to be, as the car’s 76-year-old owner said that he didn’t want it anymore.
“The car can no longer be driven and will be sent to the scrap heap,” Frankfurt authorities revealed.
This isn’t the first time that a motorist has been reunited with a long-lost car. In late 2016, a motorist was reunited with a car he lost at a Stone Roses concert in Manchester, England, having forgotten where he’d parked it for six months.
But it wasn’t just the car that he got back, he also received a $6,600 parking ticket.
“Officers have found a car in a multi-story [car park] lost since June, driver visiting city parked it but couldn’t remember where,” the local police revealed. “[The] driver apparently spent five days searching parking lots in the city before reporting as lost/stolen.”
However, as this unfortunate motorist learned, there are worse places to lose your car than a parking lot or a garage. His car was lost at sea:
We hope that no one else makes the blunder of losing their car for 20 years.