January 29, 2013
Confounded Old-Fangled Gadgets

How could I not pass this one along?

Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car.

“They apparently couldn’t start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it’s a standard transmission.”

After several failed attempts, the thieves eventually fled the scene.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 29, 2013 06:01 PM
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Many years ago some Droogs tried to steal my 1965 VW-Beetle (the real thing). They jimmied the small side window (dead easy), got in and tried to break the steering lock.
Now that was a massive thing. I don't think anyone ever managed to break one, except maybe Muhammad Ali or Arnold Schwarzenegger, and why should they have gone to the trouble. These cars were junk at the time, cheapest thing on the used cars market.
Well, the stubborn Droogs wouldn't give up - until they stomped on the brake pedal so hard they busted a brake pipe. Thus refined were the anti-theft devices in 1965 ...
I still own this car for sentimental reasons - honouring mind over matter, so to say.
The real damage was done later by the police looking for fingerprints. They used soot at the time. Found any number of my prints, too.
Well, what I wanted to say: Droogs are Droogs, and any half intelligent car can outwit them, even a 2002 Corvette.

Posted by: Peter on February 5, 2013 7:26 AM
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