NUDE PHOTOS? DEAD GRANDMAS? G-STRINGS? SURVEY FINDS STRANGE STUFF IN AMERICANS' CARSDETROIT, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Question: What do a stuffed armadillo armadillo (är'mədĭl`ō), New World armored mammal of the order Edentata, a group that also includes the sloth and the anteater, characterized by peglike teeth without roots or enamel. , nude photographs, a Tarzan-style G-String and a dead grandmother have in common?
Answer: Nothing ... unless you are a Ziebart TidyCar dealer.
After one Japanese automotive supplier blamed Americans' messy car habits as the cause of seat belt problems, Ziebart surveyed its 300 dealers nationwide to find out the most unusual items found in a customer's car while cleaning it. Here are some highlights:
A "Cat"astrophic Odor
Convenience for the kitty? While cleaning an AMC Gremlin, a Ziebart technician discovered the entire hatchback area was being used as a kitty litter pan. There was no box, just kitty litter about three inches deep and very, ah, dirty. Wonder what had been "hatched back" there?
secreting poison; poisonous. Protection
A customer came in for an interior cleaning and warned the technician not to open the trunk -- Under Any Circumstances. When asked why not, the customer replied, "It's no big deal. I keep a snake in there that I put on the front seat when I park in unsafe neighborhoods." Talk about a Viper system.
"Urning" to go Home
Another Ziebart technician was surprised to discover a dead grandmother lodged behind the spare tire. Actually, she had been cremated, and the box containing the urn was left in the trunk. It appears she passed away in California and her family was transporting her back home to Indiana.
Other dealers found items such as: a stuffed armadillo propped on the dashboard, a man's leopard-print G-string stuffed under the seat, and nude photos of the customer's wife in the glove box glove box
An enclosed workspace equipped with gloved openings that allow manipulation in the interior, designed to prevent contamination of the product, the environment, or the worker. . Hard to believe? Then imagine one technician's surprise while vacuuming under the driver's seat to have sucked up a loaded .25 caliber automatic pistol.
So take heart. If your car's interior isn't quite up to the Japanese standards of spotlessness, it's more than likely you do not carry your dead grandmother in the trunk, or prop an armadillo on the dashboard. As far as the G-string and the nude photos -- we won't ask, and you don't have to tell.
Ziebart has more than 700 locations in 44 markets around the world, including more than 320 stores in North America.
/EDITORS' ADVISORY: To talk to a local Ziebart dealer to hear the strange things found in your area, CONTACT: Laura Muma of Franco Public Relations Group, 313-567-5023/
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