After an argument with his adoptive parents that resulted in them taking away his mobile phone, an angry 13-year-old boy ran away from his home in Italy and headed straight to Poland to meet his biological sister. But instead of taking the train or hitching a ride, like most on the run, the young man (an accomplished go-kart racer and car enthusiast) grabbed the keys to his father's Mercedes-Benz and jumped behind the wheel for an impromptu road trip.

With less than 200 euros (about $270) in his wallet and a passport in his pocket, the youngster managed to put more than 500 miles between himself and his distraught parents, crossing two international borders in the process, before German police nabbed him just shy of the Polish border. According to reports, the vehicle was tracked – it wasn't his driving that alerted authorities to his location.

Reunited with his mother and father, who traveled to Germany to retrieve both their son and the vehicle, the young man apologized and acknowledged his error. As a result of his actions, social workers will increase checks on the family and we can be sure his parents are now hiding the keys.


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      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn 270 in his wallet at 13....I shudder at the thought of having that much coin when I was that age......
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crossing two international borders in Europe is, in practical terms, the easiest thing on Earth. There are no border checks - in the past ten years I was stopped twice - always when a manhunt was in place.
        CSM101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        The european union is exactly about removing international borders. You get checked only if you cross the border with a country which is not part of the european union (like switzerland)
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      "13-year-old boy swipes dad's Mercedes, drives across Europe" I thought they were talking about the Karlie Kloss video.
      Cain Gray
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you don't spank your kids. They feel that they have to right to jump into your $70,000 car and drive cross-country without you.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cain Gray
        This is what happens when you DO spank your children. They become violent menaces to society who are rebellious. I'm against hurting children at all costs. This child probably doesn't get enough attention from his adoptive parents which is why he felt entitled to take his foster father's Mercedes-Benz.
          Rick C.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Greg
          Correct. Lack of discipline and correct of wrong-doings leads to them becoming 'monsters'.
          Rieku Ame
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Greg
          Greg, you need to learn the difference between spankings and abuse. There is a BIG difference. The only thing hurting kids today is parents who don't allow their kids to get hurt. Parents today are so concerned about their child's feelings that they forget that they are suppose to be raising them to successfully live in a world that doesn't care about their feelings. You are not your child's friend, you are their parent; their mom or dad. Looking at this kid, the parents should have lit his bottom up long ago and this wouldn't have happened; a 13 year old boy stealing.
      jz78817
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will never figure out what's so appealing about having kids.
        AndyMidd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        If your parents had thought the same thing, you wouldn't be here posting this comment. You decide if that is appealing or not ;)
          jz78817
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AndyMidd
          I wouldn't care. Y'know why? 'cos I *couldn't* care. it would be physically impossible for me to care.
        FoxJ30
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        It's my understanding (as a single guy) that it's not the kids themselves that are appealing as much as it's what leads up to the having of kids that's appealing.
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lad. Surely make you proud to be German.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only in the EU.....social workers for pinching the old man's car? More to the point, the EU kind of encouraged the kid since there's no passport required between EU countries. Nevertheless, for those without an EU passport, isn't there some kind of check that would have noticed a 13 year old? Like, how about "let's see yer license, yeh wee laddie!"
        johnnythemoney
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        There are usually no controls at borders, or just random checks. Like in the States. You don't get to be pulled over at every border between each State, right?
        DooMMasteR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        there are only checks at borders to non-EU countries… within the EU passport controls are very rare and just random on private travelers as on commercial vehicles since there are no tax borders or other trade limitations (at least not for private travelers)
          Mr.Roadrage
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DooMMasteR
          The UK is most certainly part of the EU and has been since 1973. It isn't a member of the Schengen treaty, which means that border controls are maintained wih other EU countries, except Ireland. Being an island has a lot to do with this. Switzerland and Norway (both non EU countries) have signed up to Schengen, hence the open borders.
          johnnythemoney
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DooMMasteR
          UK is a not part of the European Union, and yes, they check all documents as if it was on the other side of the world. On the other hand Switzerland, another country which is not part of the European Union: Swiss borders are always open and they couldn't care less about checking you, your documents or the boot of your car. First hand experience.
        João Pavão
        @SloopJohnB
        Here's why they check passports in the UK, while the Swiss couldn't care less (when crossing a land border): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area
      Armchair Economist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ungrateful twerp. Next time he puts his parents on notice by running away to Poland, they should let him be reunited with his Polish sister. And then the Polish orphanage.
        Ben Mathis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Armchair Economist
        Then he should eat a Polish sausage and use some nail polish then....
      Audi Love
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well o.0 that's pretty crazy. It's not hard to believe the young driver didn't drive like an idiot. It's not hard to learn how to operate a car, especially if you're a car enthusiast.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bueller? Bueller? ...... Buuuueller?
      Rieku Ame
      • 2 Years Ago
      The boy stole his parents car because his cell phone was taken from him. And he's got $270 in his pocket at age 13. Either this kid works and pays his own cell phone bill (having you stuff taken doesn't mean you can take AKA steal someone else's stuff, let alone $70K car), or this is a case of poor parenting. I'm thinking the latter.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the cut of the kid's jib. Shows initiative.
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