The old “Kitten in the Grill” ruse.
The following was in our local news:
Police received a call of suspicious activity in the drive through lane at McDonald’s Restaurant Tuesday morning at 7:04 a.m. A woman called police that a man walked up to her vehicle and told her there was a kitten stuck in her grill. He had a tiny tuft of hair that he produced. When calling police later, the woman said she did not look in the grill for a kitten, or get out of her vehicle, but instead drove away to her place of employment so someone there could check. The woman said she did not know if there was a kitten there or not.
1) She did exactly the right thing! Even though she was in a low crime area and despite that this is a very public place, this could have been a setup for some sort of criminal action. (I would place my bet on car theft) By getting out of the car and looking intently at the grill, she would have given a would-be attacker a variety of opportunities.
2) A kitten in the grill?!?! Really? And how would it have gotten there exactly? So you are driving down the road at 50+ MPH and a winged kitten flies across the road…
This was almost certainly a prank, but in a more isolated location it could have been the setup for something more sinister.
Be Safe. Trust your instincts.