Pay It Forward Fail: Man Lends Out BMW To Strangers, Never Sees It Again

Dusten Carlson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 10:01 p.m. ET

An excessively kind and trusting man lent out his BMW to a down-on-their-luck couple on the condition they bring it back the next day. Guess what? They didn’t.

The 46-year-old Burke, Virginia man was at a Hooter’s restaurant in Fairfax City when a couple came in saying that their car had broken down on their way to a wedding, reports Newser. The man was deeply moved by the couple’s tale, and allowed them to borrow his car – a cushy 2000 BMW 740iL – so that they could make the wedding on time. One condition: they had to return the vehicle the very next day to the same Hooter’s restaurant and leave the keys with an employee. Apparently, the man is a regular there, and everyone knows him quite well.

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The couple left, only to return a bit later to ask how to open the gas tank. The man kindly showed them how, and off they went again. And that was the last time he would see his car.

He came back the next day to ask about his car, but unsurprisingly, it hadn’t been returned. He checked other Hooter’s restaurants in the area and waited eight whole days before reporting the case to Fairfax police, notes the Washington Post.

The saddest part is he didn’t even bother to clear out his car before turning it over to the con-artists. In addition to being out a sweet ride, he’s missing a laptop computer, some DVDs, clothing, and the real kicker – an engagement ring.

The suspects remain at large, but they have been described as a white male with brown hair, average build and average height, and a white woman with brown hair, average build and average height. That only narrows it down to one in 40 million. Great odds.

There are no words. I was trying to think of a snarky way to wrap up this article as I was writing it, but I got nothing. Leave me your best jokes/puns about this story in the comments below!


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