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A Bonus With Every Return

Courtney Pickering’s car was stolen in Calgary, Alta., Canada. A couple of days later, police told her they’d found her car and she could have it back — after forensics had finished with it. When she got her car from the impound lot, she was surprised to find a knife in the door. Well that and a lead pipe on the floor, four stolen I.D. cards in the glove box, a small bag of cocaine in the cup holder, and a crack pipe on the back seat. “And I went to the impound guy,” Pickering said, asking him “‘Is this normal? Like, what do I do with this?’ He was like ‘Just throw it on the ground, throw it on the ground!’” Pickering left the vehicle for another check, but the next time she collected it, she found a gun under the seat. “All I know is my hands have been on too many illegal things in the past 24 hours and I didn’t want anymore,” she said. So, she filed a complaint. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun, but police have launched an investigation, and are trying to track down the thieves. Pickering, meanwhile, is driving a rental car while her car gets a thorough cleaning by a professional. (MS/CTV) ...Better check the trunk.
Original Publication Date: 13 September 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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