February 1, 2013

Can’t Drive Stick? Carjacking FAIL

Technologies have their advantages in more ways than one. They make life simpler, easier, and can even help stop car thieves. Not by super-sensitive night vision cameras, laser operated sensing devices or motion detectors. But, because we live in such a high-tech world and everything now-a-days is technologically advanced, when it comes to old school, the majority of the younger generation are lost.

For instance, have a vehicle with a standard transmission, and you are considered being an old school driver. With less and less vehicles having standard transmissions today, many people do not know how to drive one. So, to elaborate on my point, technology, or lack thereof, could prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

Just ask Randolph Bean, a 51 year old man, from Orlando, Florida. He was sitting in his Millennium Yellow 2002 Z06 Corvette, waiting for his wife to finish work. It was a late evening around 11 pm outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Two would-be carjackers approached the car from behind, one holding a gun. Bean said he, “barely caught them in the mirror.”

The thief who was holding the gun yanked on the door and as Bean started to open it, the carjacker flung the door open forcefully, dragged Bean out of the car and told him to lay face down on the ground.

While he lay there, one of the thieves asked how to use the car pointing the gun at him, while the other sat in the driver’s seat trying to figure out how to start the Vette. Four different times, Bean told the thieves that it was a standard transmission and you had to push the clutch.

After several attempts at moving the vehicle without success, they decided it wasn’t worth the effort, so they fled. But not before taking Bean’s keys, phone, and wallet. Police searched the area but found no sign of a pair matching the description.

In an interview, Bean said, “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. I’m trying to help you out here.

“They got away with my phone, they got my keys, they got my wallet.” He also had a message for the thieves, “Guys turn your life around. You guys have got a lot going for you. Thank you for not taking my life for something as silly as a car.”

Over the years, there have been news articles, radio shows and television programs dedicated to the incompetence of crooks around the world.  This one has to rank toward the top of the list. I guess if you are going to steal a vehicle and you can’t drive a stick. Make sure the car you are trying to get has an automatic.


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