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 |  Apr 22 2012, 5:05 PM

20 year old Michael Baker probably thought he was pretty clever and funny, siphoning gas from a police car while flicking off the camera for a photo. The same photo that he posted up on Facebook that lead to his arrest.

The theft didn’t even come to the Jenkins City Police Department’s attention until the photo was posted on Facebook and started circulating around the small town of Jenkins that has barely more than 2,000 residents.

Of course Baker, being the mature human being that he is, is still getting a good laugh about it all. The photo has been removed, but he’s already commented on his page, “yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook.” And when a friend inquired about the photo (since he hadn’t seen it), Baker responded with, “yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.”

We guess if you live in a small town like Jenkins, this sort of excitement could be seen as humorous. It’s a good thing Baker didn’t siphon the gas during summer, when prices are expected to hit an all-time high, he’d be hit with grand theft!

[Source: The Smoking Gun]

 |  Jan 26 2012, 5:00 PM


If you’ve seen the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off you should know that nothing good ever comes of keeping a car still while revving the engine.

In the movie’s case, Ferris tries to take miles off the odometer of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California by jacking the rear wheels up on blocks and running the car in reverse. Pretty dumb. No miles come off the car and it rockets backwards out a display window to its doom.

You would think that people in charge of running an auto show would have enough sense to avoid such calamity, but you would be wrong. A privately-owned Lamborghini Gallardo got sacrificed to the car god of fire at this year’s Portland International Auto Show after someone gave an idiot the keys.

According to fire regulation, no car may enter the show with more than a quarter-tank of gas. When the Gallardo tried to go in with more than that, the fire marshal refused. A reasonable person might siphon the gas or better yet just cruise it off. After all, Lambos aren’t known for their fuel economy.

Nope! Enter Ferris Bueller’s real life double, someone stupid enough to pop the car in neutral and stick a wooden block on the gas pedal to burn off excess fuel. Well, as you might imagine, the car caught fire. We’re not sure whether to laugh or cry, but at least the otherwise nondescript Portland show got some unusual publicity.

Chalk this one up to ignorance.

[Source: Motor Authority]