Happened to me recently at the worst possible moment.
I was only a couple yards away from a special crate drop, and no one was there, ripe for the taking.
Then the game decided to be an asshole and disconnect me, I immediately rejoin to re spawn at my apartment to see half the dang lobby fighting over it. By the time I got in my car again they already taken it.
That was the game basically flipping me a big middle finger.
I thought Rockstar fixed this crap months ago, does Rockstar get anything right?
this happened to me too.
firstly, i had one of those moments where everyone else suddenly exits your session, leaving you on your own. before i even had time to get annoyed however, the 'special crate drop' message appeared (I've never had a 'special' one before), so i decided that the gta gods were smiling upon me favourably.
i grabbed a helicopter, flew to the site, crash-landed, staggered out, killed the three enemies nearby and with only a fraction of life force remaining, limped to within two feet of the crate, took out my gun to shoot it open and...