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Strange, but True

These "Strange, but True" stories were sent to Automotive Fleet by fleet managers, drivers, and fleet management companies. Have a strange, but true story? Something so incredible it couldn't have been made up? Share your stories with Automotive Fleet.

August 2010, by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Disgruntled 'Cat Woman'
One West Coast fleet manager tells of a disgruntled employee who left her three cats locked in her fleet car for several days. Needless to say, the cats performed heavy damage to the carpets and seats, and left a smell too odorous to remove. In an effort to clear the air, the fleet manager had an estimate on a cleaning overhaul - $5,000 to replace the seats and have the car disinfected. In the end, the car was salvaged.

Not Built for 'Mr. Ed'

After an argument with his wife, an employee of a large, fast-food restaurant chain decided to pack everything he owned into his company car and leave - including his horse. Not surprisingly, the employee's vehicle was not built to accommodate Mr. Ed. After several attempts to fit the animal in the car, the horse became nervous and had a large accident in the back seat.

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