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Three talentless teenaged thieves were caught by their own collective inability to drive a stick shift car.

When the three thugs carjacked Jebelle Yaunk’s Honda CRX, they had no idea that they would not be able to make a get away due to not being able to drive a car with a manual transmission. Yaunk reported that she could only laugh, despite having just been pistol whipped in the jaw by one of the youth, as the car stalled with its alarm blasting open the darkness of the Nebraska evening.

Though the lads fled the motionless car on foot, they were soon apprehended after the parents of one of the boys called the police. Way to go Cornhusker parents!

Editor’s Note:  Seriously, in this day in age when you can’t hardly even get a Lambo with a manual transmission, perhaps the 5/6-speed is the new theft-deterrent device. Reminds me of the original logic behind the fixed-gear messenger bike:  if no one can ride it, no one can steal it!


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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