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Family's 'parked' car used as airport shuttle

The Local · 7 Sep 2012, 09:03

Published: 07 Sep 2012 09:03 GMT+02:00

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There was no mistaking their car – the registration plates proved it was theirs. But it was bearing magnetic signs for the shuttle service and being driven by a stranger to drive people to and from Düsseldorf airport.

The family called the police, who confirmed on Thursday that the car had been left with a parking service – which also operated a shuttle service. And, Die Welt newspaper reported on Friday, the 21-year-old driver had neither a driving nor a chauffeur’s license.

The company initially said the incident was a one-off mistake by a temporary worker – but then the family checked the milometer in the car – which showed it had been driven 400 kilometres while they were away.

The police are now investigating the matter.

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09:54 September 7, 2012 by IchBinKönig
You didn't build that car.
11:22 September 7, 2012 by JenDigs
OK... one (potentially) silly question... how did the family know that 400 kilometers were driven while they were away? (I don't check my odometer when I park my car...though now, I might consider it!!) ;-)
11:59 September 7, 2012 by zeddriver
To be honest. That's the first valet parking service i've heard of at a German airport. As how else would the car park have had the keys? After watching the movie Ferris beuhlers day off i've never trusted a valet car park.
13:27 September 7, 2012 by Landmine
"milometer"????? Where do you guys come up with these words???? Might it perhaps be time to throw out that old, old dictionary you keep referring to?

A much more common word for that would be an "odometer"....
13:46 September 7, 2012 by trevor999
Parking your car at a valet lot: 250 Euros

Vacation: 2000 Euros

Coming home and finding your car being used as a shuttle car and driven by an unlicensed driver: Priceless
16:48 September 7, 2012 by iseedaftpeople

yeah... sometimes their words here are off just by a smidgeon...

No offense, but it would perhaps pay to have a native English speaker proof-read articles once in a while before they go online. And for everything else, when in doubt, dict.cc and dict.leo.org are your friends. :-)
17:21 September 7, 2012 by zeddriver

I think someone at the local is hot for Miley Cyrus. And saw there milometer above their desk as they were "banging" out this article.
17:43 September 7, 2012 by Bigbobswinden
Absolutely disgraceful, the parking service owners should go to jail. Also you will find the word milometer in the Oxford English dictionary, it is a perfectly good word. People who try are ten times as good as those who carp. Get a life.
18:26 September 7, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
Apart from agreeing with most of the comments about the risk of leaving car and keys with car service firms, I must admit that some expressions used here are new to me. Does - get a life - mean the opposite of - drop dead?

As for a proof reader, the idea is not bad. Not all the posts from my computer arrive at the comment section in the same condition as they were sent. Inverted commas and some other punctuation marks are often replaced by signs completely unknown. No doubt this is due to systems or programmes not being compatible, but it can be quite frustrating..
18:27 September 7, 2012 by coffeelover
You are correct, there is odometer, pedometer, never heard ANYONE use mileometer, except maybe Bigbob who has no life unless it is looking up words in a dictionary Landmine. Not sure why Europeans would even think of mileometer since they use kilometers.
18:59 September 7, 2012 by zeddriver
@Kennneth Ingle

Here you go.

What does "get a life" mean?

Acquire some interests or relationships of one's own. For example, Stop sitting around and complaining-get a life. [Slang; late 1900s]

It was meant as a "light" insult. As in. You shouldn't have brought up the milometer subject before researching that word. As opposed to. F**K you your a moron. That is a very serious insult :)
00:15 September 8, 2012 by Quatsch
Besser vorgesorht vie nachgesorht

(Better to worry before it happens, than after it happens)

Er das nicht hort mus vielen

(He who doesn't listen must feel)

Komm ich heut nicht, komm ich morgen.

(If I don't do it today, I'll do it tomorrow)

And that ancient German Army expression, "Never trust a thin chef"
04:41 September 8, 2012 by vonSchwerin

And in metric countries, a "milometer" is a "kilometermeter."
08:34 September 8, 2012 by Hell low Kitty

You mean "Besser vorgesorgt ,als nachgesorgt"

But macht nix,(makes nix),Immer Head up (Kopf hoch/Chin up),

aber nach fest kommt ab,what sometimes happens if you try loosening a screw.

Wer einen dicken Haufen scheißen will,muss große Buxen haben.

Next time i knock you down the Kellertrepp and you never see the Tageslicht again,

you have my Sister vermasselt (vermuzzled).
08:59 September 8, 2012 by The-ex-pat
I have used these type of services quite often. They are way cheaper than airport parking. The one thing I have always done though, is take a photo of the dash. Mileage and fuel tank. Does anyone not have a camera with them right now, except those who a complete mobile phone antis/muffel. To date I have never had any problems. I also do it when the car goes into the Werkstatt. Now there on one occasion I found out that my car had been used as a delivery/parts pick up wagon after it came back with over a 100 miles on the clock. That turned into the service costing nothing...............
11:47 September 8, 2012 by nemo999
At the very least the owner of car should get half of the revenues that this vehicle generated for the company, or their parking should be free.
16:35 September 8, 2012 by sally#
The company is too abominable. Not only did it deny to admit the infringement act but also it quibbled that the incident was a one-off mistake by a temporary worker in order to pass the buck. However, the milometer debucked the lie. The company should receive the legal sanction. And others should also be warned by the incident because this is absolutely not a one-off mistake.
11:02 September 9, 2012 by raandy
That is totally unconscionable.

The police should charge the company with theft, and fine the driver and company for operating with out a licence.

Thanks for the tipp EXPat, I will be taking a picture and buying the "club" to put on my steering wheel.
16:17 September 9, 2012 by zeddriver

Or just park it yourself and not have to go through a pedantic ceremony. As per the mechanic. Every place I have ever used writes down the mileage on the work order. Depending on the problem. I would expect a shop to do a test drive. So a few miles is a non issue. but the 100 Ex-Pat saw is way to much.
14:18 September 11, 2012 by raandy
Zeddriver, they didn't write it down on this particular persons auto. I have never left my auto in a airport parking lot for more than a few hours and doubt that i ever will in the future.

Thanks, if I do I will park it myself and retain the keys.
00:35 September 13, 2012 by transferprivate
people have to more care about their vehicle

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