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Canadian Guy Climbs into Someone Else's Corvette and Tries to Claim It as His

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I think somebody may have misunderstood how squatter’s rights work. That somebody is a Vancouver man who climbed into a parked Corvette C7 with an open roof, sat in the driver’s seat, and claimed the car was his. The owner of the car, and later the Vancouver police, disagreed.

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The attempted theft-by-sitting happened this past Sunday in a parking lot by Sunset Beach in Vancouver. The owner of the Corvette (the Vancouver Sun story refers to it as a “supercar,” which is cute) came back to his car to find a 36-year-old guy sitting inside it, and the man refuse to leave when asked by the owner.

The owner called 911, the cops came and ordered the guy out of the car, but he refused, stating that “this was now his car.”

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Eventually, police shot the car-squatter in the legs with a bean bag shotgun, which apparently hurt enough that the police were able to drag the guy out of the car.

The Corvette appears to have been undamaged, save for the owner’s knowledge that some weirdo’s ass was in his seat, and the attempted Corvette-napper will be charged with criminal mischief.

What exactly was this guy’s plan? It’s not like he could drive off—hotwiring a modern car like that is very much a non-trivial task, and not something you can just do while sitting in the driver’s seat; this isn’t a 1978 Corvette.

How’d he think this was going to play out? The owner would good-naturedly chuckle and say “aw, you got me!” and toss him the keys? Was he just planning to live in the Corvette for the forseeable future?

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This is an idiotic way to try to steal a car.

(CORRECTION: Duh, it’s not a convertible, just a coupé with the roof panel open. Sorry.) 

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whysocicero
WhySoCicero

That’s actually how Canadian property ownership works.

The final time I drove up to Ottawa from Fort Drum on leave, I left my 4Runner’s door open and unlocked while I was tossing some garbage in a bin at a rest stop. When I turned around there was gentleman with a six-pack of Labatt Blue sitting in my seat smirking at me. He shotgunned a beer, crushed it on his head, threw the can at me, then said “Sorry” and drove off.

A Mountie saw the entire thing, rode up to me on his carribou, and just patted me on the shoulder like a father watching his son get a toy stolen by the asshole kid next door.