A 52-year-old Monroe County woman who allegedly kept a rental car for more than a year was arrested Wednesday, according to court records.
Leslie Lindsay, of Stroudsburg, had rented the car on Dec. 30, 2011 from Budget Rent-a-Car, 2443 Lehigh St., and was expected to return it three days later, according to court records. The car was never returned to the Lehigh Street location or any other Budget Rent-a-Car locations.
On Feb. 13, 2012, the rental car company sent Lindsay a certified letter demanding the car be returned, but it came back undeliverable, according to court records.
Charged with ‘keeping’ a rental car? She had the vehicle nearly 8 months before it was reported stolen, and that’s six months after the rental company’s demand letter was returned undeliverable.
The ubiquity of rental cars are one of the great advances of human civilization. Think about it for a moment: you sign your name (and if you’re a member of a rental car company’s membership program, not even that) and you are given the keys to a vehicle that costs usually $20,000 or more. No questions asked. That’s a real hallmark of trust in markets and highly developed institutions.
Of course it only works when you bring the car back…
(HT: sobore on Milepoint)