Friday, March 1, 2019
A certain young man I know was pursuing a new profession. It paid well and he got to sit down most of the time.
Another thing that recommends this profession was that it is counter-cyclical. Business becomes brisk when the economy went into the septic tank.
He was repo-ing cars and trucks.
His family wasn't too keen on the idea.
The young man was not known for his attention to detail. The person doing the "collection" was supposed to ensure mistakes were not made by matching Vehicle Identification Numbers before driving away with the property. The temptation was to make the snatch and boogie before the owner became aware.
The job is easier now than it used to be due to technology. The bank that commissions the repo sends the key-codes and GPS tracking information. Finding the general location of the vehicle is not hard, nor is there any need to hot-wire the job.
The last collection the young man did had the team tracking the property to a large city ninety miles away. The property was being driven and the team followed car into the parking lot of a grocery store.
The driver of the property-to-be-collected left the job running as he went into the store.
Our hero jumped into the running car. What could be easier?
He dumped it in gear and started driving it away when....
he heard children's voices from the back seat.
The dad came out of the store as our hero was attempting to repark the vehicle.
Things got loud.
The young man is no longer in the car repo business. It no longer seems like safe and easy money.