Would-Be Crooks Stymied by Door, Stick Shift
Manual transmission and push-not-pull doors are difficult concepts
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2014 12:19 PM CST

(Newser) – Two stories this week of would-be criminals thwarted by ... themselves:

  • In Massachusetts, a delivery driver was delivering a food order when three men, one with a knife, approached him. They took the food and his keys, but when they got into his car ... "not one of them knew how to drive a stick-shift car," an aide to the police commissioner tells the Springfield Republican. They argued, then ran off; the incident is still under investigation.

  • In Chicago, a man managed to pry the lock off the front door of The Shambles bar in Wicker Park early Friday. But he failed to open the door ... because he was pulling it, despite the fact that there is a sticker on the door clearly marked "PUSH," DNAinfo reports. He gave up; the incident, which was caught on surveillance video, is under review.

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Jan 23, 2014 1:05 PM CST
My 5 speed stick ...only way to go, save a fortune on gas and tranny repair!
Jan 19, 2014 5:59 PM CST
Point of info, commercial doors are supposed to open out from inside in case of fire or panic, even auto doors require inside push out. I learned on neighbors farm truck-old Dodge stake body, never had an auto trans till I was 20. Drove lots of sticks car, truck,fire truck with 5 forw and 3 on the side (lo, reg, over), 5 + 2speed rear. Love them all.
Jan 16, 2014 5:42 PM CST
I love my classic car with a 3 speed column shift transmission. That's as sure an antitheft measure as any alarm system nowadays.