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A woman ran over an innerspring mattress on the highway,

And decided not to worry -- and kept on driving.

It caught on the undercarriage of her Ford.


The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough

To tear a hole in the fuel tank.


The subsequent lack of fuel is what finally

Brought her vehicle to its knees.


She had managed to drive 30 miles,

With a 60 pound tangle of stuff wrapped around her drive shaft.


She had it towed to her Ford dealership, and complained

That the vehicle had a 'sort of a noise'

When she was driving at high speeds.


Below are the photos of what they

Found at her Ford Dealership....................


The last photo is by far the best.


"Sort of a noise" -- I'll bet it did!


They Still Can't Believe Their Eyes.

And Still Wondering How To Remove It!



IM guessing she wanted goodwill as well…J






And the best





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