I don't know how long this car actually sat where I found it, on 27th Ave. N. between Morgan and Newton, on the south side of the street, but I first saw it Saturday evening, which would have been March 16. By today, March 18, its presence was getting tiresome...
A friend suggested calling 911, thinking the car might have been stolen, but I was adamantly opposed. Any car that's been sitting for three days is not an "emergency," unless I can see a body in the front seat.
But, all the same, there were certain indications the car was involved in some kind of dreadful misadventure. First, look at the front end damage. I can't even figure out how some of that happened. The car is not just smashed, but the front bumper appears to have been twisted around like the windup dial on a watch.
The airbags inside the car deployed. Here's a picture, taken through the driver's side window.
Below, a picture from the front. Note how you have to read the license plate up and down instead of sideways.
So I called 311 about the car, making a point of reporting the license plate. If the car was stolen, the system could respond that much quicker.
I expected a relatively quick and satisfactory response, but I was amazed by how quick and how satisfactory it was. Within an hour and a half, the car was gone. Nothing of its presence remained except a bare patch on the snowy road.
That's what I call instant 311 gratification.