An Idaho family dropped their car off for repairs at an Oregon BMW dealerships (Spokane-Review). Just as they had done for past car repairs, they received a service car from the dealership; to drive while their car was being repaired.

That night, Casey and Sheree Bryntesen were driving the BMW loaner to a Bible study with their 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Soon, a sheriff’s car pulled up next to them, flashed its lights and pulled them over. The deputy got out of the car and pointed a gun at Casey’s head. Then, another sheriff’s car pulled up and came up the other side of the loaner, and that deputy pointed an assault rifle at the family including the children.

According to the report, the deputies began “screaming and acting extremely agitated”. More officers also arrived at the scene. The car had been reported as stolen from the dealership. Next, the family members were out of the car, all crying, trying to explain that the car was a loaner.  From the scene, the deputies called the dealership but were unable to get anyone to answer to confirm the loan status, because it was now after hours at the dealership. After about another half hour, the family was released and the car was impounded.

The next day, it was determined that a clerk at the dealership had failed to properly file the rental paperwork. When the lot inventory showed that the car was missing, it was then reported as stolen. Once it was reported as stolen, the BMW tracking system was activated, which led deputies to the family headed to the Bible study. The deputies treated the vehicle as stolen which then qualified as a high-risk stop.

According to the sheriff’s department, “the deputies did an excellent job of locating the vehicle, stopping it, securing it and investigating to the point that they were reasonably sure that the Bryntesens did not steal the car.”

The Bryntesens have now filed suit against the dealership with claims of false arrest, breach of contract, negligence, defamation, infliction of emotional distress and violation of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act.

When I read that story, I was reminded of the rhyme “For Want of a Nail“.  The small detail of not filing the paperwork ended in a major consequence.

DID YOU KNOW that the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems (Washington, D.C.) has determined that dogs and cats are either right-handed or left-handed. Well, actually right paw or left paw dominant. Maybe your dog is really a “left-hander”.

And for pic o’ day

black cat


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