Driver Finds Scratch on Car—with an Apology, $40 and Half a Joint

Driver Finds Scratch on Car—with an Apology, $40 and Half a Joint
Photo Courtesy of Mandi Shepard

Imagine leaving work only to find a scratch on your bumper and no note in sight. That’s not the best discovery to make before sitting in rush hour traffic with your own thoughts. Better keep that road rage to a minimum though. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has found that aggressive driving is responsible for more than half of car accidents in the United States. What would it take to chill you out? One person in Colorado hoped $40 and half a joint would do the trick.

Scratch & Stash

From the “Mad Pooper” to this, Colorado has had its fair share of strange news recently. Fortunately, the person being inconvenienced this time was compensated.

Mandi Shepard wondered what happened when she left work at 5 p.m. and found her back bumper scratched. To her dismay, there was no note left behind-so it looked like she would have to put up with the aesthetic flaw or come out of pocket for a buffing.

During her drive home, she noticed her left side mirror wasn’t adjusted correctly. That’s when she discovered a hidden stash behind her mirror. In it, there was an envelope with a note, two $20 bills and a baggie with a half-smoked joint in it.

Since it was half a joint, the person leaving the note may have been trying to park while high. Driving under the influence of cannabis in Colorado is still illegal. That may be why the person who left the note didn’t stick around or leave any personal information.

Mandi was smart enough not to smoke the joint on the way home. Instead, she laughed about the situation.

“I was laughing so hard on the way home that somebody took the time to leave me a note and leave me money and half a joint,” Shepard said.

The Note

The note was extremely apologetic.

Whoever made the mistake knew he or she fucked up. The envelope said, “Sorry 4 the scratch man” with a sad face emoji drawn on. Another folder up note read “Hey I am very sorry I am such a dumb ass please forgive me,” followed by a heart emoji.

Shepard is going to see if the $40 will be enough to buff out the scratch. But what are her plans for the half joint?

“I’m not a smoker. I’m a runner,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.”

Running While High

Little does Mandi know, there are plenty of people smoking weed to enhance the running experience. A runner’s high is like smoking weed, but there are some things only a weed high can provide. Both are capable of granting euphoria. However, cannabis has anti-inflammatory effects that make it easier to run.

In fact, ultra-marathoner Jenn Shelton said marijuana helps runners manage “pain, not puke and stay calm.”

Runner and writer Peter Sagal found his inability to focus on a single thought to be a blessing while running. The run is easier when you’re not focused on how long you’ve gone or how long you have left. Just pop in some headphones, focus on your breathing and keep it moving.

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