Manual car stumps would-be thieves
A witness says two Americans have failed to make their getaway in a car they had just stolen because they could not figure out how to use its manual transmission.
The teenagers, armed with a gun, approached a man outside a pizza restaurant in Marietta, Georgia, late on Monday (local time).
Restaurant employee John Williamson says they stole the man’s wallet and the keys to his Honda Accord, got into the car but could not make it start because it had a manual transmission.
“The kid was just sitting in the car trying to start it but he had no idea what to do,” the 18-year-old said.
“He looked dumbfounded. The only thing he had going was the radio.”
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 US are automatic and many drivers are unused to driving “stick shift” vehicles.