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Bumbling Teens Botch Carjacking Because They Can’t Drive a Stick

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It appears that so many people, especially kids have decided that they don’t want to work and be productive in favor of petty crimes. Sure, sometimes it is easy money, but if you have the technical skill to cut off a catalytic converter, why not just get a job as a mechanic and nix the risk of going to jail, or worse getting shot?

Two bumbling teen thieves in Maryland might want to consider vocational school, or at very least learning to drive a stick shift vehicle before they plan and execute their next master crime. Check this out.

Two teenaged wannabe carjackers were forced to flee on foot after they discovered that they didn’t know how to drive the car they were attempting to steal. The car had a manual transmission.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old executed their near perfect carjacking at a Maryland gas station. They waited for the owner of the vehicle to fill it up with gas, smart, then put their plan into motion. As the man was getting in his car to drive away they moved in.

Of course, it begs the question: what are they going to do with the car? Perhaps a chop shop? Maybe just a joy ride? It wasn’t too joyful when they bumbling duo realized they don’t know a clutch from a real job.

They prevent the man from closing his door, then grab him and pull him out while demanding the keys. This is where things start to fall apart for the duo. They hop in the car and then nothing.

The gas station’s surveillance video showed the car sitting in the same spot it was when the two teenagers got it. You would expect them to speed off having just scored a vehicle with a full tank of gas.

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Unfortunately, for them anyway, they didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. Realizing they couldn’t just sit in the car they had just attempted to steal the two get out, tails between their legs, and run off.

This would be more funny if it wasn’t sad. It is emblematic of the problem with the youth in our country that these enterprising young thieves didn’t know how to work a stick. My guess is they will learn in jail.

Perhaps we should blame the parents, or perhaps the system. Maybe even Donald Trump. The popular thing is to make excuses for kids when they fail us, and how could you fail harder than attempting to swipe a car and not know how it works?

They didn’t make it far on foot. Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department spotted them shortly after their failed carjacking and they were arrested.

According to the police, the two have been charged as adults. They’re facing one count of carjacking and one count of conspiracy carjacking.

Those are some heavy charges for the two knuckle-headed crooks. They will for sure learn how to work a stick in prison, and will undoubtedly come out as changed men. Will they be able to drive a standard shift car? Doubtful. Hopefully they will learn their lesson and stick to swiping bikes.