It’s something many of us fear when dropping off a prized vehicle for service anywhere: an employee might feel emboldened to take the car for a quick joyride. Sometimes it’s necessary to make sure new components or parts are functioning properly. But there’s no excuse for this Chevrolet dealership employee to have taken off for a lunch break in a customer’s Chevrolet Camaro.
According to local news affiliate NBC 4 Los Angeles, Mari Agredano-Quirino brought her husband’s Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car edition to Montebello Chevrolet for a quick oil change, but that’s not what the employee had in mind. After dropping the car off, Agredano-Quirino and her husband went to lunch, and on the way, a flash of orange and white blasted by them.
“As we waited at a signal, we saw a car speeding passed us. My husband said, ‘babe I think that was our car.’ So we followed it. He was going so fast we couldn’t even catch up.”
When the couple did catch up to the car, it was indeed their Chevrolet Camaro and Agredano-Quirino confronted the employee while recording video at a restaurant’s drive-thru window. The employee tried to tell her it wasn’t her car before reversing and leaving the scene—he didn’t even wait for his food.
The couple then returned to the Chevrolet dealership and when asked where the Camaro was, the dealer was unable to locate it. Eventually, the Camaro and the employee did return and the general manager apologized for an incident he called “embarrassing.”
The dealership reportedly offered the couple monetary compensation for the incident, but they declined. Instead, Agredano-Quirino wanted to make an example of the incident for any other employee that may feel like joyriding a customer’s car.