Traveling abroad can be life changing, or at the very least, provide an inspiring experience to reflect on, but the logistics of traveling to and from your chosen destination can pose an immense set of distractions from your vacation ecstasy. Jumping through the obligatory and monotonous travel hoops can be tiring, and in that distracted state, possessions are often misplaced or forgotten, especially when travelers are in a rush to return their rental car before a long flight home. Every car rental location has a lost and found department, and most of the time the possessions that end up there are returned to their owners promptly. In some cases, though, a variety of bizarre and alarming items end up misplaced and unaccounted for.
Our friends over at Europcar once compiled a list of strange items they had discovered in recently returned rental cars. The list included a grenade, a snake, a prosthetic limb and a set of furry handcuffs. How items such as these are forgotten or left behind may forever be a mystery, but none of these oddities rival last Januaries headline shocker, where a famed NFL Quarterbacks' wife accidentally left her AR-15 assault rifle in the trunk of a rental car, only to be found days later by a pair of unsuspecting customers. After a mildly embarrassing media fury, the situation was resolved, and the firearm was returned to its owner.
It's safe to assume that for as long as humans are traveling via rental car, we will, on occasion, forget some of our belongings in said cars with little consequence. But a recent trend at Denver International Airport brings to light a new set of circumstances, never before encountered by rental car suppliers picking up after forgetful travelers. Absentmindedness doesn't seem to be the issue here. It turns out that many travelers are intentionally ditching excess marijuana which they have legally purchased in Colorado, before flying back to their respective home states or countries. Since the inception of state-laws permitting recreational marijuana use, tourism in Colorado has been increasing exponentially. Vacationers from around the world have been visiting Colorado in droves to partake in the now legally regulated recreational cannabis festivities - leading to the regular discovery of weed, ditched in rental cars at Denver International Airport from "marijuana tourists."
Even though it's legal to possess marijuana in the state of Colorado, airports still ban traveling with it, and will be forced to contact local law enforcement if a traveler is discovered to be in possession of marijuana. Fortunately, only a handful of people have been caught attempting to pass through security with weed on their person, and no one has faced any criminal charges. Instead these individuals have all complied with the TSA's request to throw it away.
As your next vacation comes to a close, be sure to thoroughly check for all your possessions before dropping off your rental car. Whether you travel with grenades, bondage equipment, prosthetic limbs, or anything else, Auto Europe recommends that you double check your vehicle before dropping off the keys. The forgetful traveler risks the life-changing travel experience of explaining to the rental desk how you forgot your anaconda in the car.