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."