In hotel parking lots it is very common to see open trunks and people adding or removing luggage. For the Brits I'm talking about the boot of the car.
A more unusual occurrence is seeing a car hood up. Again for the Brits, when I say car hood I'm talking about the car bonnet. I'll save my musings about the umbrella, otherwise known as a bumbershoot, for another post. Wow what's with the British slang today?? The next thing I'll be saying is I took the lift up to the office to avoid falling arse over tit down the stairs with my luggage.
Who lifts the car hood to check the oil or fill the washer fluid anymore? I bet not even mechanics do that with their own cars. By the way, you ever notice mechanics usually and ironically have the crappiest running cars?
Nowadays, when you see a car hood up you know there's a problem. In Arizona we are just about due for news stories referring to "car-b-que's" in which car engines burst into flames due to overheating. Another reason the car hood is up may be someone pretending to have a problem. This may attract curious onlookers or good samaritans who will stop to help, get ambushed, and be knocked unconscious with a sock full of pennies. I guess this became a different kind of problem.