“Some poor sap put his computer on the top of his car and drove off.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 23, 2016 at 1:45 pm 12 Comments

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“Some poor sap put his computer on the top of his car and drove off. It flew of his car at the intersection of Mass and 6th NW. I picked it up – if you lost your Macbook, let me know! It covered with stickers, in a black case, and had a land survey in the case as well.”

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  • bruno

    Seen folks do that with coffee once or twice.

    • Hill Denizen

      I did it with a cell phone once. Luckily it was before $500 smart phones. It surprisingly made it a good five blocks before falling off the car and into a very busy road.

      • Extremely lucky

        I did that with a cell phone too- but amazingly it stayed put! This was also pre-smart phone, but not pre-bluetooth. It was years ago I picked up a friend at Logan Airport in Boston and drove 25 miles back home (even got on the on the Mass Pike!) in the rain with my phone on the trunk. I even took a call and spoke on the hands free bluetooth not knowing my phone was on the trunk. When I was a block away from home a pedestrian knocked on my window and handed me the phone, he had seen it sitting on the trunk. And the phone still worked even though it was soaking wet from the rain. To this day I still can’t believe how lucky I was!

        • dcgator

          This is, like, I dunno, an amazing story, or total bullshit. Either way, amazing.

  • textdoc

    Props to the finder for trying to relocate the computer and its owner!

    • bruno

      I walk in DC often; always find stuff. Easier to find owner if an ID tag’s on the gadget, but there almost never is in my experience :^0 For what it’s worth.

    • LW

      The woman who found it is a member of the Women & Bicycles DC Facebook group and posted there as well – lots of comments and advice from others in the group. Always nice when community spaces such as these bring out the kindness in people! According to that thread, she’s also taken it to the Apple store for tracking help, but to no avail.

      • bruno

        A discreetly applied 20th C. address label would spare all that. I use them on my cameras, bike helmets — anything I might leave around. Got my bike helmet back from CVS once from that.

  • kittycatbob

    I did that last spring with my wallet. Luckily, I heard it slide off the roof and I was on a quite road where I could pull over and run into the middle of the road to grab it. I had a migraine at the time and my brain wasn’t thinking right.

    It happens to the best of us.

  • Anonymous

    My sister drove 30 miles with a full casserole on her roof, on the highway and everything. Must’ve been something heavy because it was still there when she arrived.

    • navyard

      Okay, that one wins. I love it. Thank you for sharing!

  • northeazy

    Steve-O from Jackass did a skit once where he left a car seat with a (fake) baby in it on the roof of his car as he drove away. The reactions from bystanders were insane. I miss Jackass.


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