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#1594093 - 08/19/11 01:37 PM And the idiot award goes to...
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011...ft=1&f=1001

Wednesday evening in Roseville, Mich., a 24-year-old man who apparently knew his pickup truck's brakes weren't working got behind the wheel anyway and tried to drive home.

He attempted, Fred Flintstone-style, to use his feet as brakes.

As you can imagine, things didn't work out very well. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Vehicles were damaged, however. And the police got much of the mayhem on video.
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#1594096 - 08/19/11 01:39 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Mrs. Rizzo
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#1594097 - 08/19/11 01:41 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Snow Bunny
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Was it a mazda pickup? smile
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#1594143 - 08/19/11 02:59 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... edAudit
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OK, I expected that he would maybe be in some rural type area, country roads, wide open......nah.
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#1594149 - 08/19/11 03:04 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... bOaty
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I once went to look at a used car and the owner used a tree on his property to stop it. I passed on the test drive.
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#1594150 - 08/19/11 03:06 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... bOaty
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My elderly neighbor did that when the brakes went out on her '73 Maverick....fortunately she didn't get hurt badly.

Another elderly neighbor lost her brakes too, and she thought she'd just pull in her garage and stop....which she did, except it was the far garage wall that stopped her after she mashed everything that was in her way. Again, fortunately she didn't get hurt either.
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#1594155 - 08/19/11 03:11 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... MB Guy
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I lost the brakes on my 66 ford truck loaded with firewood (When I was 18). (A brake line broke). It was a 3 speed on the column. I drove it home (Back roads) and used the hand brake and down shifting to get me there.
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#1594158 - 08/19/11 03:14 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... DD Regs
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My grandmother mistook the gas pedal for the brake and took her car through the DMV.
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#1594176 - 08/19/11 03:36 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... #Just Jay
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Originally Posted By: Just Jay
My grandmother mistook the gas pedal for the brake and took her car through the DMV.

probably still got her license renewed...
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#1594187 - 08/19/11 03:47 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... doobydoobydoo
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Unfortunately, it happens more than we think.

I came up to a stop sign behind a car with an older women and three kids. The oldest of the kids came out and told me to go ahead because she was waiting for a larger gap in traffic. She had no brakes and did not want to go too fast! crazy eek
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#1594221 - 08/19/11 04:22 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... doobydoobydoo
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Originally Posted By: Just Jay
My grandmother mistook the gas pedal for the brake and took her car through the DMV.

probably still got her license renewed...


Actually, this was about two weeks before before she got her license, at age 68, for the first time.

It was the summer after my freshman year of college. I taught her how to drive that summer. I was in the car with her. eek

It makes fro great photos and stories now though! laugh
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#1594222 - 08/19/11 04:23 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Rie A
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Originally Posted By: Rie A
Unfortunately, it happens more than we think.

I came up to a stop sign behind a car with an older women and three kids. The oldest of the kids came out and told me to go ahead because she was waiting for a larger gap in traffic. She had no brakes and did not want to go too fast! crazy eek


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#1594266 - 08/19/11 05:08 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... #Just Jay
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Originally Posted By: Just Jay
My grandmother mistook the gas pedal for the brake and took her car through the DMV.


I know it's bad but this made me giggle. It's just the irony of it.
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#1594276 - 08/19/11 05:17 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Mrs. Rizzo
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right?? laugh

I mean of all places... It even made the paper... the story has become a family gem. grin
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#1594280 - 08/19/11 05:23 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... #Just Jay
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LOL! That is awesome. Poor Grammy. frown
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#1594318 - 08/19/11 05:55 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Mrs. Rizzo
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Poor Grammy?? More like poor Buick! laugh
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#1594594 - 08/22/11 12:45 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... edAudit
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Originally Posted By: EdAudit
Was it a mazda pickup? smile


I do not drive a pick up. smile
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#1595920 - 08/24/11 06:09 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... DeeQ
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no need to get all hateful about it. smile

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#1595924 - 08/24/11 06:10 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Bailey.
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Originally Posted By: Bailey.
no need to get all hateful about it. smile


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#1595927 - 08/24/11 06:11 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... DeeQ
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#1595975 - 08/24/11 06:52 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Bailey.
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There were two instances of people crashing into the last bank I worked at. First a man drove through the branch managers office. At another branch a lady almost took out the entire lobby but just missed because she hit one of the support poles with her monster truck...this woman was in her 70's!

My Mom actually had someone drive through the front of her business because the lady hit the gas instead of the break. She did some major damage, luckily no one was hurt.
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#1596030 - 08/24/11 07:49 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Sing A Little
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Maybe they heard that you offered drive-through banking.

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#1596038 - 08/24/11 08:00 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... Ted Dreyer
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I was half a block away and heard what sounded like our alarm. I walked over and an older man had hit the gas so hard, thinking he was in reverse, that he jumped the curb and went through a cinder block wall, right into a co-workers desk. shocked

Luckily it was evening and she was not there.

He hit the gas so hard that if even if he had been in reverse he would have hit the building behind him. crazy
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#1596673 - 08/25/11 07:12 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... MB Guy
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Originally Posted By: MB Guy
My elderly neighbor did that when the brakes went out on her '73 Maverick....fortunately she didn't get hurt badly.

Another elderly neighbor lost her brakes too, and she thought she'd just pull in her garage and stop....which she did, except it was the far garage wall that stopped her after she mashed everything that was in her way. Again, fortunately she didn't get hurt either.

Sheesh, where do you live, Florida?

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#1596684 - 08/25/11 07:28 PM Re: And the idiot award goes to... DD Regs
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Originally Posted By: DD Reds
I lost the brakes on my 66 ford truck loaded with firewood (When I was 18). (A brake line broke). It was a 3 speed on the column. I drove it home (Back roads) and used the hand brake and down shifting to get me there.


Oddly familiar scene.

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