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01-30-2013, 09:33 PM #1
Would-be carjackers foiled by mysteries of the stick shift
An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission.
Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but they ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car.
"They apparently couldn't start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission."
After several failed attempts, the thieves eventually fled the scene.
“My first thought was I guess we don't have driver's ed. in school anymore, because no one knows how to drive a stick. And my second thing was, don't shoot me because you can't start the car,” Bean said. “I'm trying to help you out here, you know. Thankfully they didn't."
However, the foiled carjackers did not leave entirely empty-handed. "They got away with my phone, they got my keys, they got my wallet," Randolph told the Fox affiliate.
01-31-2013, 07:25 AM #2
Always love a stupid criminal story!
Such a shame though in todays day and age the amount of people that can't drive a manual, I know Automatics have cornered the modern car industry but still everybody should at least be taught to drive a manual. And now with more and more manuals going the way of paddle shifting I wonder how much longer until true stick shift manuals are a thing of the past completely.
01-31-2013, 12:47 PM #3
Just arrest them and take their Man-Cards forever. Any adult male that does not know how to drive a car that has a Manual Transmission should be forced to wear Granny Panties in public.