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Driving a manual shift automobile is a bit like riding a bike in that most people only have to learn once. For two young men, learning how to drive a car the old-fashioned way never happened at all. As a result, when they tried to carjack a ride with a manual tranny, they didn't know what to do with the mysterious third pedal or the wiggly stick. When faced with this situation, most people would throw in the towel and find a victim with an automatic, but the mother of 18 year-old Joshua Johnson didn't raise a quitter. Johnson and his juvenile cohort tried in vain for several minutes to start the car before deciding to run. By then, however, the police were within arm's reach, and the two boneheads were caught. Since a firearm was involved in the crime, Johnson is facing a lengthy stay behind bars. We don't think they have driver's training in most jails, so that lesson will have to wait a long time.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't learn to drive stick until I was over 30. Good thing I never got a taste for stealing cars as a teenager. It was a common pasttime in my neighborhood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This happened about 15 yrs ago here in N. Michigan where I live. Some dumbass robs the Old Kent Bank and demands the keys from some employee only to find out the car is a stick (which he couldn't drive) so he gets out and walks back into the bank, only to find the doors have already locked once he walked out. The cops got him before he could get away.

      Moral of the story? If you plan on robbing any facility and plan on taking someone else's car, make sure you can drive a stick just to make sure. Dumbasses
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey wait... where is "D" ?
      Billy Ray
      • 7 Years Ago

      Are they gay?

      Or are their parents simply brother and sister?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Billy Ray
        Let me set you straight (ba da bing!) on that stereotype. In 40 years of driving, this gay bear has never owned a vehicle with an automatic (but then again, my hubby doesn't know how to drive a stick).
      • 7 Years Ago
      20 years ago, when I was a pizza delivery dude, I came out to find some drunk bastard trying to steal my car (which I had left running). He was too drunk (or stupid) to get it in gear.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a bunch of retards
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know that bumper sticker that says- "Stupidity should hurt!"? Hearing things like this proves that it DOES hurt!

      I read a similar story a few years back about carjackers in L.A. not being able to drive a manual shift. At least two attempted carjackings were aborted once the degenerate behind the wheel realized he wasn't going anywhere. I remember one of the cars was a BMW 3-series.

      I'm thinking my auto insurance company needs to give me a discount for having a manual in my Mazda3.....hmmm....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now I know why my car's insurance is lower than other Auto people, not just because their car's price is higher than mine...hehe
      • 7 Years Ago
      Candidate(s) for a Darwin Award?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Only if they accidently drove off a cliff.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Is the concept of the Darwin Awards so damn difficult?

        Common people, it only applies when someone dies due to their own stupidity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this mean that if we drive a manual, we can get an insurance deduction just like if we had an auto alarm or LoJack?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Word has it Jeff Gordon's first vehicle he drove had a column lever and Jeff was wondering why an automatic would have a clutch pedal on the floor. He was informed it was a "Three on the tree". In Jeff's defense I don't know how old he was at the time.
      • 7 Years Ago

      This is great!!!!!!
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