Corvette carjackers can't figure out stick

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by ScruffyS, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2013
    Vermont, Usa
    (Oh God Fox news... funny anyway)
    A Florida Corvette owner said he was almost carjacked at gunpoint, but the would-be thieves ran away because they couldn't figure out how to drive his car.

    Randolph Bean was sitting in his bright yellow Corvette when two men took him by surprise, reports. It was parked outside Orlando Regional Medical Center in downtown Orlando.

    Bean said the two came from behind, and he "barely caught them in the mirror."

    According to the police report, one of the men had a gun.

    "He started yanking on the door and made me open the door. He kind of flung it open and dragged me out and demanded that I get on the ground... face down, so I couldn't look at him, of course," Bean told

    Bean, 51, said one of the thieves pointed a gun at him while asking how to use the car.

    "They apparently couldn't start it," Bean said. "I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission."

    The suspects reportedly gave up and ran away, leaving Bean on the ground. Police tried searching for the suspects, but they took off.

    "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," Bean said. "And my second thing was, don't shoot me because you can't start the car. I'm trying to help you out here."

    Though the thieves left the Corvette, they still made off with Bean's phone, keys and wallet

  2. macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    Bright yellow vette, I would've let them take it. Get a new one in a different color..
  5. quagmire, Jan 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Let him take it and then buy the new Stingray..... Let the thief keep the trashy C6. :p ;)
  6. macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2009
    Midwest USA
    New Stingray is definitely smooth looking, but I can't say I would turn down a C6 either. Yellow or not.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Very Funny (well apart from the criminal bit.)

    Mind you, it works both ways - I once did the classic 'emergency stop by mistake' in an borrowed automatic as I approached a bend and my left foot instinctively groped out for the clutch to change down.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2002
    Sarasota FL
    Wow, those guys were really unlucky. 90% of Corvettes sold are automatics.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    This isn't really new--even twenty or thirty years ago having a stick was something of a theft deterrent. A lot of people I know can't drive them. When I went to drivers' ed 35 years ago I was asked if I was going to be driving "manual" or "standard".
  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
  11. macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    When I learned to drive, it was on a standard, "three on the tree" - i.e. the stick shift was on the steering column. Now that is a deterrent....

    However, once I was in a automatic - a rental thankfully - that had the shifter on the steering column. It also had a steering wheel angle adjustment - also on the steering column. Lets just say I got the two confused, and "parked" the car - at 60kmh. Talk about an 'emergency stop'. Thankfully there was no (visible) damage... perhaps it had a safety over-ride?

    I once got great summer job at a camp because I could drive their old van - with the 'three on the tree' shifter. I got to spend the summer driving the new automatic van into the city, and out and about picking up and dropping off people and supplies instead of mowing the lawn and weeding. Drove the old van just once....
  12. macrumors member

    May 1, 2007
    Orlando FL
    Scary! I actually live close to ORMC, but I don't drive a Corvette thankfully!

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