Note to budding carjackers: Learn to drive a stick shift before heading out to boost a car.

Note to potential carjacking victims: If the thief can't drive a stick, run away and call the cops.

Unfortunately our advice is a little too late for a couple of guys in St. Louis. According to the Associated Press, on Sunday, a motorist was approached in his vehicle by an armed man, who ordered him to move to the passenger seat and demanded his money. The victim handed over $24, at which point the would-be carjacker tried to drive off in the car. Unfortunately for the miscreant (who is obviously not an Autoblog reader), he was totally stymied by the manual transmission.

Either not wanting to get shot or in an effort to save his clutch, the victim reportedly offered to drive the bad guy to his destination. It was either a genius move or there's more to the story than we know.

Either way, when the robber exited the car, he was at least polite enough to thank the guy for a ride. Who says you can't point guns at folks, take their money and still be nice?


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      m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Save the Manuals !
      Capt. Slo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if he got his money back
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the carjacker? Right over there officer, dead.
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol, sure I'll drive you there for $48, so that'll be the $24 you took plus a $24 fare.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      I consider the manual transmission on my Cadillac a security feature. Can I get an insurance discount ffor that?
      emceenuggets
      • 2 Years Ago
      My favorite scene in Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66 by far is when Billy Brown abducts Layla and they get to her car. He complains, "Is this a shifter car? I cannot drive a shifter car, alright, so we got a little situation here. I can't drive these kinda cars! What the f*ck is goin' on! You think that's funny? Would you like to know, smartass? Would you like to know why I can't drive this kinda car? I'll tell you why, I'm used to *luxury* cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury car? You know what luxury means? Ever heard of Cadillac, Cadillac Eldorado? That's what I drive. I drive cars that *shift* themselves. "
        Esteban Rápido
        • 2 Years Ago
        @emceenuggets
        I can't believe they didnt mention this movie in the post. I have seen at least a few references to this movie on autoblog
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @emceenuggets
        I'd forgotten all about that movie. What a strange little film that was.
      SPG1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Stuart
      • 2 Years Ago
      ridiculous and funny
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Unfortunately for the miscreant (who is obviously not an Autoblog reader), he was totally stymied by the manual transmission." I'm pretty sure this needs to be corrected to "Jalopnik reader."
        Coopwrx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Yeah. But, you cannot figure out the commenting system on Jalop now
      Stuart
      • 2 Years Ago
      ridiculou but funny
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Hajime Saitou
        • 2 Years Ago
        After reading the above post, allow me to translate to English: Waah, waah, waah. Driving stick requires actual driving, and I don't like driving. I'd much rather be doing things other than driving, so I got a car with an automatic that allows me to get the benefits of driving without having to put in the work. In fact, I dislike driving so much that I don't even drive when I'm driving.
        superfortress.fifi
        • 2 Years Ago
        And, If you were the victim in the article and had an automatic, there goes your car.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Third, automatics are much safer. You can safely multitask while you drive if you drive an automaitc, eg text, call, eat a burger. With a manual, you can't do any of these." You can't be serious. That's the reason why manuals ARE safer. Autos are only more efficient in certain cases. The new CX-5 gets much better mileage with the manual. And having a manual isn't about the fastest lap time. And you're a fool.
        Pookie64
        • 2 Years Ago
        And another thing, those of us truly from San Francisco never call it 'Ciso, or Frico... please!
          Carlos Cruz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pookie64
          @ Charles Ummm.... Cisco is called Cisco because the founders of Cisco were from 'cisco. Look at the Cisco logo and look at the 'cisco bridge. WTH!
          Charles Cooper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pookie64
          What, you think someone from the city wouldn't call it a name of a tech company? This guy is a joke. but he does have an STI and gt-r, so he must think he's cool
        da.kid1
        • 2 Years Ago
        Changing gears takes attention off the road, yet texting and eating while driving won't?Now I know you are just trolling, and I don't care if a computer is slightly faster, it doesn't give me the pure feeling of actually controlling my car!
        mkenjalo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just take the bus instead of pretending you have an informed opinion.
        Charles Cooper
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sti and a gt-r? Sounds fancy. And no one calls it 'Cisco. Literally no one has ever called it that until you just did. Manuals are engaging, that is why people drive them. Automatics are easier. Manuals give you control. I don't disagree that a nice dual clutch is good and can be faster, but it's just not as fun. For people who like them. Why argue your point at all. You're just talking to talk. Now go learn the real name of the city by the bay.
          evannever
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Charles Cooper
          "Sti and a gt-r? Sounds fancy. And no one calls it 'Cisco. Literally no one has ever called it that until you just did. " Seriously, I think this is a troll
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        -54 votes in 3 hours, I applaud you. Even if the manual transmission was obsolete, you would have been downvoted for the most idiotic and frankly dangerous reasoning. I don't think missing a shift could cause an accident. Does it stop you from steering? No. Does it stop you from hitting the brakes? No. Does it suddenly slow the car like you hit the brakes? No. Does it take your eyes and attention completely off the road? No. Missing a shift might cost you a second in a drag race, but during legal driving, the closest you would come to an accident would be a brief trip to higher/lower rpm than expected, and maybe uttering an expletive. To any manual driver with experience (ie not a learners permit first time shifter) shifting gears is as synonymous and natural as other subconscious driving processes, doesnt distract at all. If you take your eyes off the road, look at your feet and hand, and go through a step by step shifting instructions, you're doing it wrong. Now texting, calling, eating a burger: Does it stop you from steering away from an obstacle? Yes. Does it take your eyes or attention way off the road? Definitely. Does it prevent you from stopping? Your reaction time would. Might as well be drunk as a sailor. Texting takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, your mind captured completely onto a 3 inch screen and corn kernel sized buttons. Calling takes at least 1 hand off the wheel, your eyes off the road when dialling/answering, and your attention is at least split 50/50. Eating a burger takes 1-2 hands off the wheel, your eyes often off the road when taking a bite of the drippy, messy finger food, and you would end up paying more attention not getting ketchup on your shirt than seeing that the car 10 feet in front of you has their brakes on and you're still going in automatic and cruising mindlessly.
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't know what crack you've been smoking, but: 1)Yes you can get better straight line performance but you can't control engine/clutch braking w/o a clutch pedal 2)manual does not equal shorter ratios. It's a fanatastically ignorant thing to say. Period. 3)"Changing gears takes your attention off the road and may cause an accidnet" - ROFLMAO! That is something new. 4)That is actually true. But I normally take a bus or ride a bike in congested areas. I won't even go over what I think about your other absurd opinion. It will be a waste of my time. But I will give you one fact.You have more control with a stick shift IF you know what you are doing.
        R3TRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        First, please tell me that you're in 7th grade and were told to pick a side of a debate topic and write about it. Second, there is no way someone who has both a STi and a GT-R is this dumb?! Third, is hitting a tree while texting and eating a burger considered multi-tasking? Fourth, ever think of using an automatic for the commute and a manual for weekends? Looks like you can afford it... You are obviously from the PlayStation generation and unfortunately represent many of today's youth of celebrating laziness while embracing technology controlling your life. (Hey I just sounded like my dad 25yrs ago!) If you can’t understand the pleasure one gets from the connection and mechanical involvement in shifting gears, please stay to the right and try not to bump me when you doze off behind your automated pedestrian mover.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have no problem with automatic transmission. Some of my favorite muscle cars were only available in auto, but I don't think manuals are obsolete. In fact, if automakers were smart, they would offer more manuals in economy and midsize cars, as gas mileage is better than most regular automatics. Manuals also keep drivers attention on the car. Both hands are busy, and there's less time for texting and other nonsense. So you're up to 45 dow-nvotes. Is that enough attention?
        torqued
        • 2 Years Ago
        -76 and dropping! This is the best troll ever!
        m
        • 2 Years Ago
        Automatics are dangerous because idiots like you can drive and mistake the gas pedal for the brake pedal!!! or vice versa ... BOOM you've just squish you grandma to the wall while trying to stop your car in your garage! I have heard enough stories of people running over others while driving an automatic... or found cars in swimming pools, or demolishing building walls just because the driver wanted to park, but pushed the wrong Pedals ROTFLMAO!! would never happen in an manual!
        SuperSkyline89
        • 2 Years Ago
        How much faster a computer can shift is the most meaningless piece of information ever. Is a tenth of a second going to get you to work faster? No, you hear that stupid argument from so many people. I'd rather shift my own gears if it took a hundred times longer, and I have infinitely more respect for someone that does so than someone who thinks they're cool by getting a computer to do the driving for them. One requires skill, that other doesn't. Fuel economy only depends on one thing, how you drive. My MkV GTI is rated at 25MPG and I regularly exceed that. If you're not meeting your's then I suggest you find out where the torque is on your rev range and adjust your driving accordingly. Multi-tasking while driving? No. I do one thing when I drive, DRIVE! Let's see, what do I want my kids doing? Driving a car that makes it impossible to text? Or one that doesn't? Pretty bloody obvious choice there. Missing shifts don't cause accidents, idiots like you who think they have to right to do other crap while behind the wheel of a 2 ton hunk of metal cause accidents. You aren't down-voted because we're car guys, you're down-voted because you make an idiotic argument that makes no sense at all. I can understand that people driving in very congested areas would rather be in an auto. The fact that manuals can be a pain in bumper-to-bumper stop-and-go traffic is well known but that doesn't make them obsolete, it just means YOU shouldn't be driving one to and from work.
          mkenjalo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SuperSkyline89
          ^ Couldn't HAVE. Please.
          Hunter Adams
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SuperSkyline89
          Couldn't of said it better my self.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SuperSkyline89
          Coming from someone who owns a GTI this argument is surprising. My old MKV R32 went faster than cars with more power due to its fast shifting thanks to the DSG units. My new MKVI GTI also has the same DSG unit and its great. Actually the fact that the new Golf R lacks DSG is the sole reason why I downgraded. A computer is faster than any human will ever be at tasks like this.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        Hunter Adams
        • 2 Years Ago
        why would you be texting/eating a burger while you're driving? I think driving a Manual is a blast. I wish I had one in fact. It just depends on the person I guess.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wait what? negative 42? Wow freezinginferno you just may have set the record for the most hated comment ever! Congrats. Now get back to that cheeseburger.
          UN4GTBL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Keldon
          -80 now!!
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Keldon
          Fried_Rice once got a -65 on one article. Think it was either the Fiat 500 article or the Focus ST article. Dan Fredericksen also came close at a -61.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Keldon
          I pushed him to -45 so just doing my part. Lets try to set a new record.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Keldon
          LOL
        kyle
        • 2 Years Ago
        ......and here goes this troll again, honestly, you posted the same exact comment full of ranting bullshit on the article about the demise of the manual tranny m5. can you do us all a favor and get a life/stop spreading your dumbass reasons why you think slushboxes are better? and while your at it, text behind the wheel and get someone or yourself killed please.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kyle
          No kidding.. literally a copy-paste job. This guy is clearly just looking for attention, and since he has no redeeming qualities, he has to do it through negative attention. Mommie and daddy obviously never gave FreezingInferno the love and attention he so craved growing up, so now we have to deal with his stupidity now. Joy!
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        If changing gears takes your attention off the road, sonny, you're doing it wrong. Do you think stop & go traffic doesn't happen in Berlin? Paris? Rome? London? where the majority of vehicles are manual. And if you think you can multitask while driving just because you haven't had an accident, that's because you're forgetting the word "yet". A faulty understanding of probability doesn't alter brain chemistry. What's obsolete is the sorry excuse for driver training we have over here. The typical competence of a US driver matches that of third world countries.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          I'm actually curious how he thinks shifting takes your attention off the road, but taking a call or texting (!!!!!!!!) doesn't. When I shift it's basically muscle memory, I don't look at the shifter or clutch. When I text - which, like all sensible people, I do when I'm stationary - I have to look at the bloody phone.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        Shut the hell up.
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        LOL autoblog commenters....................
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        tl dr
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      another reason why I should keep my car with 6 speed manual!
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