John Button, father of the Formula One driver [Jenson Button], told police that he feared his Ferrari 550 had been swiped from where he parked it in the town of Alassio, on the Italian Riviera.[Previous TGIS]
For more than 48 hours, between Saturday and Monday, police scoured the area for the £50,000 supercar.
But it slowly dawned on Mr Button, 65, a former rally cross driver, that in fact he had confused Alassio with a neighbouring town, Laigueglia, which has an almost identical layout and lies less than a mile along the coast.
He retraced his steps and sure enough, the Ferrari was parked just where he left it.
"It's all a bit embarrassing, but the roads that lead into Alassio and Laigueglia are almost identical, even the railings look the same, and they both have a fork in them," Mr Button told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.
21 January 2011
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (304)
This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Thursday, January 20; link good at time of posting):