According to the CBC, this saga began in late June when a woman went to an Enterprise car rental office in Cornwall and rented a black Nissan Sentra (similar to the car pictured above), a largely forgettable compact sedan.
From there, she drove to a nearby WalMart store to do some shopping. When she came out, she hopped in what she thought was her car and drove away. Problem was, the car she left with was not her rented Sentra, but a 2015 Infiniti QX50 crossover.
This adventure was made possible because both cars used passive keyless systems that allow the car to start with the push of a button as long as the key is in the car. In this case, the Infiniti’s owner, an elderly gentleman, had mistakenly left his key fob in the unlocked car.
Yes, we called the Sentra forgettable, but we’re mystified how someone could mistake it for the relatively sleek QX50, pictured below. And then there’s the fact that the Infiniti drives with a much different feel than the Sentra.
But drive the Infiniti she did for two weeks before attempting to return it to the people at Enterprise, complaining that the ashtray was full and there was a set of golf clubs in the trunk.
That was when the Enterprise manager did the math and figured out whose car the woman had ended up with: the Infiniti’s owner rented a car from that same location shortly after he discovered his car “stolen” from the WalMart parking lot.
The manager drove with the woman to the WalMart lot and – lo and behold – there was the Sentra she had actually rented.
She was not charged, and the Infiniti owner apparently got a good chuckle out of the situation.