Rental Agency Recovers Stolen SUV With Facebook

October 3, 2011
Jennifer Marshall Hansen seemed like any other Affordable Rent-A-Car customer when the 42 year old woman rented a 2009 Ford Explorer from the Salt Lake City company. When Hansen failed to deliver the vehicle on its September 1 return date, the Utah-based rental car company went through the normal motions to contact the customer.

Phone calls were ignored and e-mails went unanswered. Then, according to AutoGuide, an enterprising (no pun intended) Affordable Rent-A-Car employee came up with an ingenious and semi-diabolical plan to catch Hansen. He friended her on Facebook.

Chalk it up to stupidity or vanity, but Hansen accepted the friend request from the unknown (and presumably younger) stranger. She even agreed to meet the Affordable employee for a date, driving the stolen Explorer to meet her potential suitor.

The police arrived shortly thereafter, arresting Hansen for theft of a rental vehicle. As The Washington Post points out, her Facebook faux pas now has Hansen facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

The moral to the story? It’s a bad idea to friend anyone you don’t really know on Facebook, especially if you’ve just committed a felony theft.

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