Re: Bin (Dumpster) Diving
Or even the car itself.
Or, in my case, a motorbike. Picture if you will, two English motorcyclists riding down into France to meet their Dutch friends at Chartres, in preparation for a week of zooming round the South of France on ridiculously fast motorbikes.
The nice man at reception tells our two English heroes that 'their bikes will be fine in the front carpark' so they duly leave them there, albeit locked together (and to a nearby pole) with proper sucurity-grade bike locks and chains.
Our two Dutch friends arrive some hours later and (unbeknownst to us) are told that their bikes shouldn't be left out the front but should go into the rear, locked and secure, carpark. Beers are had and a good evening is had by all.
Imagine our surprise when, in the morning, the two bikes in the front carpark are conspicuous by their absence and the only sign that they were there is some bits of heavyweight security chain which show signs of being professionally cut. Imagine also our surprise when the recenptionist from yesterday isn't in, having gone on holiday somewhat early.
Also imagine our surprise when the French police just give a Gallic shrug. They do, however, give us a crime number that we can use in our insurance claim.
That put an end to that bike holiday as we couldn't hire bikes in France (being English and all, they would only hire bikes to people with French residency and licences) so had to make do with riding round southern England instead. Which made our progress a tad slower as we could lose our licences this side of the Channel..
Still, on the plus side, I got to ride a Honda PanEuropean for a week. Which was nice, even though it had the same rev-range as yer typical tractor. But it could corner ridulously fast for such a big bike..
 A fairly new Honda VFR750 - the nicest bike I ever rode. Fast, nimble and comfortable. Replaced with a Honda VFR800 which was none of those things (apart from maybe fast - although the linked brakes made it pretty dangerous in the wet). And a new Suzuki Bindit^W Bandit.