An 8-year-old Ohio boy wanted a burger so badly, he got behind the wheel of his dad’s van and drove his little sister successfully to the McDonald’s drive-through!
The Ohio McDonalds’ employees thought it was a joke and assumed the parents were hiding in the back seat.
It is hard to get angry at ingenuity. The boy looked up how to drive on ‘Youtube’ before driving a mile and a half, through 4 major intersections.
Fox News reports:
The boy said it was simple: He just watched some YouTube videos on how to drive a car, according to investigators. Before long, they said he chauffeured his sister effortlessly to the McDonald’s half a mile from his East Palestine home while his parents were sleeping.
Witnesses said the 8-year-old obeyed all traffic laws like making sure to stop properly at red lights, waiting for traffic to pass before taking a left turn, and staying within the speed limits, Fox 5 reported.
When the two siblings pulled up to the drive-through window with piggy bank money in tow, the McDonald’s workers were convinced this was all a prank.
“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” responding patrolman Jacob Koehler told WFMJ.
When confronted by the police, the boy realized he had done something wrong and told Koehler through tears that he just really wanted a burger, according to the Weirton Daily Times.
The children did get to eat a burger at McDonald’s while they waited for their grandparents to pick them up. No charges are being filed.
It seems it is almost an American past-time for children to hijack the keys to their parents’ car. I know I did a couple of times. What is rare is for the car to go much further than the drive-way!
This kid actually successfully accomplished his journey after learning to drive on the internet! While discipline in this situation is obviously a must, one cannot help but smile at his ingenuity and talent! In the end, they even got to eat their burger while waiting for family to come retrieve them!
They were much more successful than the 9-year-old who tried to take his 4-year-old little brother to grandma’s house in 2014.
Police said the children took the car from the parking lot of a boat dealership and drove four miles before they were forced to stop, but they did not reach their destination.
Two teenagers were responsible for stopping the vehicle after noticing the erratic driving.
“Every time I tell it, it’s like, did this really happen? How?” Andrew Gonring said.
18-year-old Gonring and 18-year-old Kaiden Duck were driving in separate vehicles on Saturday when they thought they had spotted a drunk driver.
“There was multiple times when I thought they were gonna flip that car or hit another person,” Gonring said.
“They were all over the road, going side to side,” Kaiden Duck said.
When the vehicle turned onto State Highway 144, Kaiden Duck was able to get a good look at it’s driver.
“He had the steering wheel right by his face and could barely see over the steering wheel,” Duck said.
“He was using his blinkers, he was using gas, brakes. I was shocked!” Gonring said.
“I knew I had to do something, because I knew he wasn’t the age of driving,” Duck said.
Kaiden Duck dropped his truck into third gear, and passed the nine-year-old driver.
“I came around him and then came in front of him and slowed him down,” Duck said.
“He went in front and I was in back, just kinda pinned him, so they couldn’t go in reverse or drive anywhere else,” Gonring said.
Did you ever take your parent’s car? LOL. Keep your keys safe parents! These two stories ended safely… but they might not have.
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