A couple years ago, I was desperately trying to find a brick and mortar store that was selling a CPU cooler for a LGA 115x motherboard. I was finishing up a build for a customer, and had promised that it would be done and ready to go the next day. The cpu cooler than had come with with the CPU was defective and I didn’t feel like paying for overnight shipping, which in any event would probably end up showing in two days since it was already the afternoon. I tried two local independent shops and they had nothing next I tried Best Buy, they we’re sold out., I tried a 2nd BBY, and actually had one AIO water cooler, but I wasn’t spending $120, so then I decided to try Radio Shack, the first one I went to wasn’t even there, it had closed down. The 2nd one had nothing, but an employee there said the “big” radio shack across town would be more likely have what I was looking for. So I headed over there and of course they had nothing at all. I decided to head back home and order what I needed and just explain to the customer what the situation was and that it was going to be a day later than promised.
I head out to my car. I hit unlock button on the fob and nothing happens, great, the battery just died I thought. So I attempt to unlock the door with the key, the key goes into the lock, but will not turn. Hmm. I never use the key to unlock the door, maybe it’s gummed up or something from lack of use. I head back into the Radio Shack to get some new batteries for my fob. They do, and I replace them. On the way back out I notice a another car parked about 60 feet away from my car that looks just like mine 01-04 Mustang GT, silver, with a Mach 1 chin spoiler/grille delete, Cobra wheels, and about 1.5-2 inch drop. Then it hits me, I was trying to unlock someone else’s car. The cars were practically doppelgangers of each other, same color, exterior and interior, same wheels, same stance. I go up to the other car (which is my car) and hit the remote and it unlocks. Curiosity gets the better of me and go back over to the car I was originally trying to get into and look inside. We both had aftermarket head units, and both had short shifters, but the gear shifter knobs were different. That’s the only different I saw. I went back to my car and left.
Fortunately I was able to locate the unused still-in-the-box CPU cooler from my old Sandy Bridge i5, (which turns out is identical to the stock Ivy Bridge/Haswell CPU coolers), and was able to use that., the build was done on time, and the customer was happy. I know I could’ve called the various businesses rather than driving to them, but I have zero faith in retail employees of chain stores when it comes to specific computer parts, especially when the companies in question don’t specialize in computers.
TL/DR : I spent a few minutes trying to get into a car that wasn’t mine