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Another Corvette Thief Foiled by Inability to Drive Stick
Chevy Hardcore ^ | 1/31/14 | Jason Reiss

Posted on 02/03/2014 12:07:35 AM PST by Impala64ssa

used to be that learning how to drive a manual-transmission-equipped car was a rite of passage for all - either you had an uncle with an old car that taught you how to do it when you were 14, or you were lucky enough to have a parent that wasn’t afraid to row gears, and you went into the driving test feeling like a badass.

Not so for this idiot – one Annas Abdel-Khaliq of Marion County, Florida. According to the report, Abdel-Khaliq attempted to steal a 2012 Corvette from Ocala Ford Motors in the Sunshine State, but didn’t get very far – only about 100 feet from its previous position, before the hare-brained scheme hatched in his pea-sized mind began to unravel.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Bloom ordered him to get out of the car, which he refused to do. So what was his next step? Why, to grab a steel bar and bash the deputy with it a few times in his haste to get away.

Deputy Bloom got him out of the car, whereupon he started to run away. His mad dash was short-lived as Deputy Batts – who had just arrived – unleashed the pepper spray and the two deputies caught Abdel-Khaliq and subsequently placed him under arrest.

We have a couple of questions. First, if you’re going to be dumb enough to try to steal a car with no tags off a well-lit dealer lot, wouldn’t you check first to see if you could drive it?

Secondly, people still smoke Pall Malls? We thought those were reserved for the retired longshoreman that sits on the porch in his rocker at that house on the end of the block.

As our good friend Forrest Gump says, “stupid is as stupid does”, and in this case, it’s 100% true. So now Mr. Abdel-Khaliq has a sweet charge of “aggravated burglary on a law enforcement officer” on his record to go with the Grand Theft Auto tag. That’s a great way to enter your twenties.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: automotive; ocala; stoopidcrooks

It seems we have some of the dumbest criminals here in FL. Damned Amish. Well someone's gotta say it ;)/s
1 posted on 02/03/2014 12:07:37 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

bet the clown has over stayed his visa too........


2 posted on 02/03/2014 12:10:38 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Impala64ssa

He should ‘stick’ to Camels.
Stealing them is easier to drive and smoke at the same time for a sand Rat.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 12:27:55 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Impala64ssa

I have never owned an automatic. Of course, I haven’t owned a car in 25 years either, but still...


4 posted on 02/03/2014 12:35:32 AM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Doogle
bet the clown has over stayed his visa too...

Which according to the DHS Secretary, means that he has earned the right to U.S. citizenship.

5 posted on 02/03/2014 12:39:59 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I have a brother in law, 48 years old and he has never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission. I tried jumping his car once and he didn’t even know that there is are positive and negative battery terminals. As hard as I found it to believe, he had never encountered either experience.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 12:42:07 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: Ronin

“I haven’t owned a car in 25 years either”

...and you may have as a result saved a ton of money depending on how you get around.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 12:55:32 AM PST by wita
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To: Impala64ssa

In days to come, a car will drive you to where you want to be. Remote starters, heated seats, heated windows and mirrors, GPS, voice activated cellular phones in vehicle, crash avoidance, rear and forward mounted cameras, on and on.

Where did the “FUN” in driving go??????

Had it not been for forcing myself to learn a stick shift, I’d have never done so.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 1:07:19 AM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: South40
I have a brother in law, 48 years old and he has never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission.

Burt Reynolds never learned to drive a standard either.

9 posted on 02/03/2014 1:36:41 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Impala64ssa
aggravated burglary on a law enforcement officer

I guess that's where you attempt theft with a bad attatude, or leave without a sarcasm tag.

10 posted on 02/03/2014 1:39:28 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Impala64ssa

DOJ candidate under comrade Holder.


11 posted on 02/03/2014 2:09:32 AM PST by maddog55
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To: South40
I have a brother in law, 48 years old and he has never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission.

My first few cars had manual transmission. I even rebuilt a gearbox or two, I think; manual ones are easy. Helped my uncle to work on many parts of his cars.

However I haven't owned a car with manual transmission in years. They are just not as practical in a city. On a freeway a manual gearbox will save you some gas; however in a city it will be just a [dangerous] distraction. I'm more focused on getting from A to B, rather than on performance. The car can take care of the torque conversion ratio just fine on its own. There are transmissions today that are the next step past the slushbox. The electric torque converter that is used in Prius is likely more efficient than a manual gearbox, and it has no switchable gears. Quite an ingenious piece of mechanics, actually.

12 posted on 02/03/2014 2:17:07 AM PST by Greysard
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To: Impala64ssa

In many cases I prefer a manual to an automatic because with a manual my mind does not wander so much. A manual focuses one’s attention.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 2:23:34 AM PST by Stepan12
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To: Impala64ssa

I do know how to drive a stick, but I’ve never owned a manual transmission vehicle.

To be honest, the thought of dealing with all that shifting while fighting NYC/Long Island traffic made my head hurt. It just never seemed appropriate to have one. Now, if I lived in the country (please God, let it be one day soon) I might reconsider. Until then...it’s automatics for me.

Regards,

PS: I am confident I would have been able to drive the stolen car out of the lot. If I were the criminal type (which I am not).


14 posted on 02/03/2014 3:15:22 AM PST by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Thumper1960
After my 1982 SAAB 990 Turbo 5 speed had 7 years and 100,000+ miles..I used it to teach my then-teenage girls to drive, and gave it to them for their first car..because it was exceptionally solid, and had lots of safety features that were ahead of its time. ( SAAB back then built GREAT cars..)They were thrilled to be getting a car, obviously, but not that excited at having to learn to drive a stick, especially since none of their frends have to do so. However, teenagers will do whatever's in their best interests, albeit sometimes grudgingly (g)

Fast forward about 10 years. My youngest is now on her honeymoon, some island in the Caribbean. I get a call from her at my office one morning..about 2 days after they left. I'm semi-nervous..wondering what the heck's going on?

She just had to call and tell me. The honeymoon package included a car for the week..something Jeep-like to drive around the island..When the went to pick up the car, seems there were only standard transmissions left. Her husband was upset, he never learned to drive a stick..Of course my daughter was able to step in and take charge. I was grinning for days..and even more so when they returned home and she told me that it took her about 1 hour to teach him how to drive it.. Smart girl, in so many ways..

15 posted on 02/03/2014 3:47:47 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Impala64ssa

I love the 5 speeds but they are harder and harder to find.
My last 4 cars were 5 speeds and they last.

Americans seem to love expensive toys in their cars that break and cost a lot to fix.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 3:53:34 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Greysard

My Hyundai elantra has a 6 automatic speed/hybrid manual transmission. No clutch but all six gears are available. Highly useful when torque is needed quickly in on ramp or passing situations or to escape multiple car/truck traffic box scenarios when you know one distracted glance or cell phone tweet will cause a multiple accident. The car in eco mode pads the transmission a bit when in automatic mode to save gas...but switches out in manual mode. Third gear in manual takes one to 75 from 25 in a bout 3 seconds and the red line on the tachometer hasn’t been close to being reached. Very useful in getting past liberal chicks who won’t let you into the lane(even if there was room for them to get over).

As for traffic box scenarios...I remember one where at 70 miles an hour and downshifted just to 5th gear and shot out of there at 90mph as a truck was coming over into the left.

I hadn’t meant to go that fast...one could hardly even feel it. The car seems more sure on the road the faster it goes; one can feel the suspension speed adjusting itself.

Then again...I read of a driver who got ticketed going 154 miles per hour in a 2012 elantra,,, who got caught because the engine shuts down electronically when that speed is breached.(apparently American law). Those clever Koreans...


17 posted on 02/03/2014 3:58:55 AM PST by mdmathis6 (American Christians can help America best by remembering that we are Heaven's citizens first!)
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To: Greysard

Yeah definitely rough in traffic. Drove a delivery truck a few years with a HEAVY clutch pedal, girlfriend at the time noticed my left leg was much more “developed” than the right.. Manual cars were a dream.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 4:06:57 AM PST by jughandle
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To: Impala64ssa

Whenever I rent a car on business I’m always glad to get home to my stick shift.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 4:10:00 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Impala64ssa

“... unleashed the pepper spray ...” ???

Why not “... unleash 4-6 rounds of .40 caliber FMJ ...” and save the taxpayers a bunch of cash?


20 posted on 02/03/2014 4:12:10 AM PST by ByteMercenary (Healthcare Insurance is *NOT* a Constitutional right.)
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To: sickoflibs
I love the 5 speeds but they are harder and harder to find.

Not only that: A few years ago my tranny went out in my Jeep. None of the repair shops would touch a manual transmission. I had to find a shade-tree backyard mechanic to rebuild it.

Also, our Driver's Ed cars were brand new '65 Chevys with 3 speed on the column.

21 posted on 02/03/2014 4:17:51 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Stick shifts are racist.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 4:21:52 AM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Ronin

Right on, Ronin. I remember killing my pop’s tranny for at least four weekends straight while getting down the clutch-shift-clutch-accelerator. Thanks for the fun memories, dad. Manual is always the way to go for real driving.


23 posted on 02/03/2014 4:25:14 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
RE :”Not only that: A few years ago my tranny went out in my Jeep. None of the repair shops would touch a manual transmission. I had to find a shade-tree backyard mechanic to rebuild it.”

I tend to get them in economy cars but never had a problem with one.

24 posted on 02/03/2014 4:34:47 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Impala64ssa

soeotro’s cousin?...


25 posted on 02/03/2014 4:39:55 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Impala64ssa


26 posted on 02/03/2014 4:47:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: VermiciousKnid
"To be honest, the thought of dealing with all that shifting while fighting NYC/Long Island traffic made my head hurt. "

I love manual transmissions for that feeling of being involved with the total driving experience. My last one, however, gave me a left leg three times the size of my right, as hitting that clutch in stop/go long distance commuter traffic three hours per day was just too much.
27 posted on 02/03/2014 5:08:18 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: sickoflibs

My Shelby GT500 has a 6 speed and is a joy to drive.


28 posted on 02/03/2014 5:14:58 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: sickoflibs
I love the 5 speeds but they are harder and harder to find.

My recent experience has been that they generally need to be ordered. The larger manufacturers all still offer manuals -- Honda, Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW -- even Ford and GM do.

Manufacturers seem to be trending towards offering 6-speeds as the standard manual transmission, often making it a "no cost option" vs. an automatic. Buyers who want manual transmissions generally know what they want -- including colors, options, etc. and aren't likely to find exactly what they want on a dealer's lot. Easier for everyone to just order the car. Even my "Ultimate Driving Machine" BMW dealer had only one manual transmission demonstrator for me to try. But I had absolutely no trouble ordering one.

My "winter beater" is a Volvo with >200k miles, the original transmission, and still the original clutch. I've commuted in Washington DC and NYC with cars with stick shifts. True, the traffic was miserable -- but that would be the case with or without a manual transmission.

Manuals are more fun to drive, get better gas mileage, and are cheaper to buy and maintain... I'll give up my stick shift when they pry it out of my cold, dead hand!

Increased safety because of immunity from carjackers who never learned how to drive one is just icing on the cake.

-->"Save the Manuals"

-->Consumer Reports on manual transmissions "A stick-shift can save you gas and money, if you can get one"

29 posted on 02/03/2014 5:28:53 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’ve owned many manual trans pickups. There’s nothing like getting in a new pickup with an automatic transmission and going to the first stop sign. Your left foot raises up, slams into the floor hard, and you wonder why the clutch is so soft.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 5:42:38 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet

You can no longer get a manual transmission in a new Ford pickup. There’s none to be had under the F-450 size of truck.

And so, my long association with Ford comes to an end...


31 posted on 02/03/2014 7:31:14 AM PST by NVDave
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To: Impala64ssa
I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!


32 posted on 02/03/2014 8:03:33 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Thumper1960
Where did the “FUN” in driving go??????

Some people see driving as fun. But most see it as a way to go from point A to point B.

If there are enough people who enjoy cranking up their car in the morning there will still be someone who makes front cranks.

33 posted on 02/03/2014 8:08:21 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: South40

“I tried jumping his car once and he didn’t even know that there is are positive and negative battery terminals.”

Some years ago, I went on a call where two women tried to jump start a minvan with a dead battery.

One admitted the conversation went something like:

“Which one do you put on which?”

“I don’t know, just put it one way and if that’s not right change it. What’s the worst that could happen?”

One fried electrical system and the other vehicle on fire...


34 posted on 02/03/2014 8:27:42 AM PST by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Impala64ssa

He’s gonna love it at Raiford. :-)


35 posted on 02/03/2014 8:36:25 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ken5050

Excellent!

My first stick was actually a friend’s Beetle. Weird shifter but it gave me a taste. I got the hang of it. The next summer I took a summer trip with my stepfather who was an over the road trucker. He let me “play” in the yard with his old Freightliner. So many gears! My next stick was an old Subaru wagon 5 speed that kept me busy in around town driving. I never had anyone ask to borrow it but I did have a couple friends ask if I could teach them to drive stick.

I should have charged an hourly rate.


36 posted on 02/03/2014 6:15:44 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Another victim of the plea bargain.


37 posted on 02/10/2014 8:02:10 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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