Would-Be Carjackers Should Have Learned to Drive Stick
70-year-old's devious 5-speed wins the day when kids can't drive it
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2014 12:34 PM CDT
"I got a five speed in there," said Nancy Fredrickson, 70. "They couldn't figure out how to get it going!"   (©)

(Newser) – Kids these days can't even jack an old lady's car correctly: KIRO brings us the tale of three teenage would-be carjackers in Seattle who were thwarted by a lowly manual transmission. Nancy Fredrickson, 70, was getting something out of the trunk of her Kia Saturday when three kids waved a gun in her face, demanded her keys, and hopped in the car. But their getaway turned less than glorious when none of them could drive the stick shift—causing no small amount of glee for Fredrickson and her neighbors.

"I got a five speed in there," she laughs. "They couldn't figure out how to get it going!" The teens fled, albeit on foot; cops have pulled DNA evidence from the car and are looking for them. And while Fredrickson admits the incident was scary at the time, now she says, "It was quite an interesting day. Let’s put it that way."

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Jun 27, 2014 9:00 AM CDT
I still think it is strange that you aren't required to learn how to drive a stick when you get your license here. In Germany if you don't learn manual, you get a restricted license.
Jun 26, 2014 11:47 PM CDT
This is funny and depressing at the same time. It should be a requirement to pass a driving test.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 26, 2014 3:48 PM CDT
Dad let us drive his 58 bug all the time as kids. It had a very forgiving manual tranny. He was less liberal with his MG midget. I tried to drive it a few times and it was tough. He sold it prior to my licensing. Then we got our turn at the F150 x pattern column shift. It had a rear end overdrive and a lever on the dash. You got it up to highway speed and leveled out in 3rd gear then you pulled the lever, released the clutch and back in and you were in 3-high and it purred down the highway. The only problem with that F150 was linkage lock. You had to climb under it and jiggle the linkages.