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http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews....-STICKSHIFT.xml

 

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two U.S. car thieves failed to make their getaway in a car they had just stolen because they couldn't figure out how to use its manual transmission, a witness said on Wednesday.

 

The teenagers armed with a gun approached a man outside a pizza restaurant in Marietta, Georgia, late on Monday. They stole his wallet and the keys to his Honda Accord, got into the car but couldn't make it start because it had stick shift, according to John Williamson, 18, a restaurant employee.

 

"The kid was just sitting in the car trying to start it but he had no idea what to do. He looked dumbfounded. The only thing he had going was the radio," said Williamson who witnessed the scene.

 

While the thief was trying to start the car, restaurant employees called the police who arrived and caught the teenagers as they tried to escape into nearby woods.

 

Unlike many parts of the world, the majority of cars in the United States are automatic and many drivers are unused to driving "stick shift" vehicles, in which a clutch pedal must be depressed to change gear.

 

 

Can anyone say kerpwnt? :lol: If you're going to steal cars, make sure you know how to drive Standard.

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true but even with car racing games you still have to at least know how to start the car, remember kids! push the clutch down all the way and then turn the ignition key. i used to be a valet and really loved learning from the other valets about how to start and drive ifferent cars such as the BMW's and crap where there isn't an ignition key, only a button to start but the fact that the key has to be in the car for the sensor to detect it and the break has to be down before you can start it. also really expensive cars that use the paddle shifters instead of a stick, those are nice to drive. i love it when people try to park big boat cars like the grand marquie (or however you spell it) and they can't get the car to turn off because the shift stick for the automatic isn't completely in the spot where it needs to be, i love watching the looks on their faces when i come over and turn the car off and they look dumbfounded, haha

 

i really want to learn how to drive a semi though!!!

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Well, sure it's not brain surgery, but even if you got it started and moving by trial and error, you wouldn't get away fast and it could be a bumpy ride. Took me a few good hours to get it down myself.

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lol im just starting to get the hand of standard. thats pretty funny though what losers :-P

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