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by Brett Davis

Two carjackers in St. Petersburg, Florida, attempted to steal a 2007 Nissan fitted with a manual transmission early last Friday, but had to abandon the theft after they could not work the car’s manual shift.

According to the police report, a 45-year-old driver was dropping off a truck at work at around 1am on Friday in an industrial area. His 23-year-old girlfriend followed him and picked him up in her manual Nissan. Upon leaving work, the two were confronted by two men, one of which pulled out a gun and ordered the couple to hand over their money and phones.

The two thieves then ordered the couple out of their car, threatening to shoot them. The thieves hopped in to make a quick getaway, but were bamboozled by the manual gear stick. The two men gave up and fled on foot.

It’s an interesting one, as most manufacturers sell more automatic versions of their cars than manuals these days. It’s no wonder some motorists, and criminals, simply never learn to drive manual.

How many people do you know that cannot drive a manual? Let us know in the comments section below.