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Freddie Woo tells us how he recently spent ages trying to open his front door with his Oyster Card before realising he actually needed things called "keys". Tell us of times you've done stupid things while on auto-pilot

(, Thu 21 Mar 2013, 12:20)
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About 15 years ago...
...my old man was driving down the A10 whilst enjoying a ciggie, when suddenly his brand new mobile phone started ringing. (Remember those Nokia's that you could get different colour fascias for and swap them around? It was one of them).

So, he takes the call and then struggles to navigate the triple-whammy of multi-tasking he has bestowed upon himself. Driving, smoking and chatting on the phone at the same time - tricky stuff.

Anyway, the call ends at the same time as the ciggie. He goes to lob the fag out of the window and dump the phone on the passenger seat...

...If anyone's driving around in a second hand, 1995 plate, Peugeot 406 in Burgundy, check your passenger seat for a nasty little burn will you? Cheers!
(, Fri 22 Mar 2013, 20:57, 3 replies)
This is one of those 'someone told me their colleague did this' stories. In this case, my dad told me it, about a salesman at his firm. It would have been the same sort of time period, when phones were new and novel and not everyone was used to them

This new salesman was driving down the M1 in his new diesel Cavalier with his new company Mobile in the glovebox - and it started ringing. He reached across carefully to get it out, keeping one eye on the road. Glovebox wouldnt open. Locked in fact.

So he pulled the key out of the ignition to unlock it. At typical salesman speeds, in the fast lane

Having a heavy 1990s diesel engine go unpowered, steering lock come on, power steering go off, and having one hand in the glovebox - isn't a recipe for crashing well. And he didnt crash well. Not at all. Ended up on his roof on the central reservation in fact.
(, Fri 22 Mar 2013, 22:20, closed)

(, Fri 22 Mar 2013, 22:28, closed)
Those early 406s had that problem.
(, Sat 23 Mar 2013, 12:32, closed)

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