We all probably did it once or twice as kids: Run away from home after getting into a fight with our parents.
Usually, this involved walking out the front door and wandering around the neighborhood for a little bit. Or maybe you had a “secret” hideout in a tree in the backyard you took shelter in during these moments.
A 5-year-old in Utah really takes the cake for “running away from home” stories. Instead of packing a knapsack and hiding out in the backyard, he decided to take his parents’ car for a little joyride.
Keep in mind here: The kid’s five years old.
His story is that he left home after an argument with Mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself. He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 4, 2020
Utah Highway Patrol responded to the situation and were able to pull the underage driver without issue.
They even explained exactly what he was mad about: His parents refused to buy him a Lamborghini. Dang, kid’s got expensive tastes!
When Mom refused, he hopped in the family car and decided to march himself to California to buy one himself.
Unfortunately, his progress was impeded by the police. Drat!
The officers joked that he may not have had enough for a new Lamborghini even if he made it to California safely, since he only had $3 in his pocket. But you gotta hand it to the kid for his initiative. We see a bright future ahead of you, kid!
A few people on Twitter agreed with us:
This kid is a legend. I will be eagerly watching his upcoming career as a criminal, or millionaire, or both.
— Bodhisattva (@BenjaminERogers) May 4, 2020
But others were SO not amused by his antics:
This child and his parents need to be charged. Together they placed the community in danger. This child is obviously out of control, needs direction and needs to learn from his mistake – I don’t care how old he is – this is not cute.
— NanaJeanne (@NanaJeanneRN) May 4, 2020
Other people were upset with police for sharing the story on social media:
FFS. The official account of the Utah Highway Patrol doesn't need to mock children–especially when the suicide rates are so high.
You know this kid will be able to google this tweet someday, right? pic.twitter.com/PFabzBpRTk
— Deb Henry ? (@heydebhenry) May 5, 2020
And one Tweeter had a great idea for the kid’s 16th birthday gift:
Sweet 16 is going to be the same car he stole. ?
— ?AlinSLive ?⚾️? Imperial Legislator – Floater (@AlinSLive) May 5, 2020
What do you think about how the Utah police handled the situation? Should they have posted the story on Twitter? Charged the boy and his parents? Something else entirely.
It’s not every day you see a 5-year-old driving a car down the highway, so let us know your thoughts.
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