Reason #536 to own a vehicle with a manual transmission: it’s a theft deterrent. As proof, a pair of Orlando, Florida-based thieves did their best to drive off with a yellow Chevrolet C5 Corvette, and would have done so if they knew how to operate a clutch pedal.
After holding 51-year-old owner Randolph Bean at gunpoint, the two crooks attempted to start the vehicle, and failed after several attempts, even with Bean’s instruction.
“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. And my second thing was, don’t shoot me because you can’t start the car. I’m trying to help you out here. You know. Thankfully they didn’t,” Bean told UPI. Still, the pair of run-of-the-mill thieves managed to make off with the man’s wallet, keys, and cell phone.