Guy left car running at Convenience store

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    McALLEN — A man is hospitalized with "very serious" leg injuries after he clung onto the front of his car during an alleged theft that ended with a smoky crash early Monday morning, police said.

    The theft occurred outside a Stripes convenience store about 5 a.m. Monday, said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.

    A man and a boy took the vehicle, which was left running outside the store at Maple Avenue and N. 23rd Street, police said.

    The vehicle's owner exited the store and apparently tried to stop the alleged thieves by clinging onto the hood as they drove off, police said.

    The man drove the vehicle several blocks before crashing it into a fence, police said. The impact caused the vehicle to burst into flames. The vehicle's owner suffered severe leg injuries and was rushed to an area hospital, Rodriguez said.

    Happened in Tx,I personally think the vehicle owner should be charged,with the amount of crime and stolen vehicles down here and the fact most Illegal drug shipments are transported in stolen vehicles.This guy is stupid for leaving his car running and really stupid for risking his life by jumping on the hood thinking the perps would just stop
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    [QUOTE=dukalmighty;1476330]Happened in Tx,I personally think the vehicle owner should be charged,with the amount of crime and stolen vehicles down here and the fact most Illegal drug shipments are transported in stolen vehicles./QUOTE]

    More and more places are staring to hand out stiff fines for leaving a running vehicle unattended. In my area I think it's $100 for leaving your vehicle running unattended in your driveway!
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    I live in "The Sticks" here in Texas, and it is a common practice to leave the engine running at the local quick stop around here.

    But, since I used to work in the Metromess, I can't bring myself to follow that practice.
    It was colder than a witches hinney in a water well here yesterday and I observed 2 cars parked outside my local convenience store with the engines running and no one in them.

    My truck was cold and I thought about leaving it running to get the heater going while I went inside, but since my Truck looked better than both of those old cars I decided it would be my luck a thief would take mine before those nasty junkers.

    But still, MCALLEN? It's like what, spitting distance from Mexico????
    Sounds like the guy wanted to be a Darwin Winner to me.
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    I have an old Police Interceptor that has the switch that lets you take your keys out but keep your car running. I use it all the time. When I get another car I'll probably rig up the same kind of system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    I have an old Police Interceptor that has the switch that lets you take your keys out but keep your car running. I use it all the time. When I get another car I'll probably rig up the same kind of system.
    Thats not a bad idea... could they still ticket you for it? If your area does that kind of thing...
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    Ticketing somebody for leaving his car running makes as much sense as outlawing plastic baggies because dealers use them to package drugs. The criminal is the person who stole the car, period. Leaving your house door unlocked, likewise, does not constitute "burglary" if your house gets broken into.

    Outlawing normal behavior because it in some way "facilitates" criminals is the same thinking behind almost all gun control.

    And I, too, can lock my car without a key in it while it's running. Very convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt58 View Post
    I live in "The Sticks" here in Texas, and it is a common practice to leave the engine running at the local quick stop around here.
    yah? but most folks are smart enough not to try and wrestle a moving car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFreeman View Post
    Thats not a bad idea... could they still ticket you for it? If your area does that kind of thing...
    I imagine it is possible but I don't think so. Because the doors are locked and when I remove the key the steering column is locked. It's the same principle as Remote Start.

    It is a law in my area but I haven't read the Law. I imagine there's a provision for remote start.
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    Actually in this part of Texas (I am from Penitas/Palmview/La Joya) even if your doors are locked and you have a spare you will still catch a ticket, car jackings in this area are actually real common. A few friends have had their cars (mostly trucks) stolen and someone tried it once on my truck (01 Supercrew 4x4 V8) a popular truck to steal because its more common in this area as well.
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    The days of leaving your car running and unlocked have long passed.
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    The only place you ever see my truck running without me in it, is in my driveway, locked, behind a locked gate, guarded by 130 pounds of fur-covered bad attitude and usually a police cruiser parked blocking the bottom of the driveway. A buddy of mine usually gets a coffee break about the same time I warm the truck up in the morning and if he's not busy he drinks the coffee parked out front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzaerexys View Post
    Ticketing somebody for leaving his car running makes as much sense as outlawing plastic baggies because dealers use them to package drugs. The criminal is the person who stole the car, period. Leaving your house door unlocked, likewise, does not constitute "burglary" if your house gets broken into.

    Outlawing normal behavior because it in some way "facilitates" criminals is the same thinking behind almost all gun control.

    And I, too, can lock my car without a key in it while it's running. Very convenient.
    Can't argue with that.
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    A remote start allow one to start his/her car without the key in the ignition...cannot be driven away.

    Jumping on the hood of a moving car, yours or someone else's is not real bright...

    I'm not excusing the dirtbag who took the car.
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    Extra remote entry control allows the car to run in the driveway to warm up and stay locked. She never leaves it running anywhere else though and I can't get anyone to steal my truck, they leave me money to get it fixed
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    Why would a person leave the engine running toward a stop at a Quick Mart, which implies they are going to run in and run out...Which means the cars heater core and engine coolant (which provides the heat) will be well hot enough to maintain heating capability once they re-enter and restart the vehicle.

    Also why do people go leaping on car hoods and grabbing hold of vehicle doors and such anyway?
    Do they seriously think they'll stop the vehicle that way?
    When have you ever heard in life that method actually working for some person...Outside of TV & movies?

    Stupid.

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