Dealing with the consequences of daddy’s stupidity

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Here is Izzy, marching up the road pulling a case behind her. Is she leaving home? Going on holiday? Playing a game perhaps? No; she is dealing with the consequences of her father’s stupidity.

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Is Izzy taking this case on holiday? Leaving home? Oh no, it’s much more mundane that that!

There’s a bit of a story to tell here, so hold tight. Last week I spent a day at Goodwood Festival of Speed so I could participate in the Shell V-Power Nitro+ 100 Years in 100 Minutes challenge. To attend the event, I hired a car.

At the end of the day I was dropped off back at my hotel where I’d left the vehicle in the car park. The key for my rental vehicle was nowhere to be found. My case was locked in the car but there was nothing else for me to do; I was forced to abandon the car and case and get a cab to the local train station so I could travel home that way, eventually getting to my front door around midnight.

Abandoning the car kicked off a procedural nightmare for the car rental company that was to last a week. The AA was dispatched to collect the vehicle, but it wasn’t collected for two days. The rental vehicle wasn’t taken back to the branch I hired it from, but to the one in Chichester, closest to where I left the car and 90 miles from home. A spare key was then dispatched from head office to Chichester to gain entry to the car. It was Friday before I could travel to Chichester and get my things back.

Izzy and I made a day trip out of it. She insisted on pulling my case along the road for me to show how strong she is. That, my friends, is what you see pictured here!

It’s not an award-winning picture by any stretch, but it does tell an amusing story. I also love the look on Izzy’s face. As is my usual habit on a Sunday, I have linked this to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog.

Have you got a good car rental story? Any similar tales of stupidity you would care to share? If so, please leave a comment below.



35 thoughts on “Dealing with the consequences of daddy’s stupidity”

  1. And for the want of a key a week was lost! The continuous consequences of one action onto another is very funny, what a hoot of a week although not sure the rental company would agree!
    Your photo shows a strong, resilient little girl determined to pull Daddy’s case. Gotta love it!

  2. I think your story beats mine! I hired a car when we were moving house and the next day I had a train to catch at 9.15am to London. The rental place was right next to the station so I thought I’d drop the car off and jump straight on the train….only I forgot my purse! The guys at the car rental were great though and drove me back home to get my purse and then back to the station where I just about caught my train. 🙂

    1. Sounds like exactly the kind of thing I would do. In fact, I have done similar! In addition to losing the key at Goodwood.

    1. Yes, slow hand clap indeed, As it happens I did consider chasing you up as you can’t live that far away.

  3. I read this morning and couldn’t help but laugh a bit OK a lot .if that had been me I would of been going off one in a big way. Your daughter though looks super cute. Just think in a few years time she will doing it for real to uni etc or just escaping the uk #mysundayphoto

    1. Oh yeah, she will be loosing her keys in a few years “dad, can you come and get me?” I am sure this is a refrain you’ve heard a few times.

    1. She does look very determined doesn’t she? And yes, it was a mad experience. My advice; look after your keys.

  4. BloggerMummyLauren

    Well that sounds like a bit of a carry on! Love her facial expression, something very determined about it! #MySundayPhoto

    1. You know what, I was so tired I was simply resigned to my fate! Was your husband the guy doing handstands on the outside of the car while the chap was pulling a mile-long wheelie?

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