What gives with kids and driving in the news this week? First we get to hear about the five-year-old who ran off with $3 in his wallet and the family SUV to go drive to California to buy a Lamborghini, which was bad enough. Now there’s this: since March 17, 2020, a group of nineteen young’uns ranging in age from nine to sixteen years of age (and no, that’s no misprint) were stealing vehicles from dealerships around the Winston-Salem area. And they weren’t picky…Honda, Lexus, Ford, Chevrolet, Volvo, the cars on the lot at an Enterprise rental location, didn’t matter. Forty-six vehicles up and disappeared as the mini Memphis Raines did their dirty work.
Nineteen kids, forty-six cars, eleven dealerships and a rental location, over the course of a couple of weeks. All but six cars have been recovered and several of the thieves plus a 19-year-old connected to the thefts have been arrested and detained, with others facing penalties.
Kids…listen to me. There’s a time and there’s a place to get your driving practice in and this kind of stuff ain’t it. The five-year-old who tried to buy a Lamborghini is tip-toeing the line between youthful stunt gone way too far and the kind of thing that would’ve gotten an ass beat before the world went politically correct. These car thefts, on the other hand, have consequences, regardless of how much or little the prosecutors manage to make stick. Your record is marked, your name has been logged. If you are lucky, you’ll take a crowbar, put it between your buttcheek and shoulder, and work it until a very loud “POP” noise is heard and you’re able to take a breath of fresh air. Maybe your record will be expunged when you’re older. Keep it up, however, and it doesn’t get better from here.