There might not be anything more unbelievable than watching someone break into your car – and doing so in broad daylight, no less. And yet, one Australian man found himself in that very situation. What’s more, he then decided to confront the thief all on his own.
But doing so made the man realize that, maybe, this wasn’t a bad person behind the wheel attempting to drive it away. Rather than calling the police, he made a shocking choice: he handed over the keys to the truck.
For comedian Jimbo Bazoobi, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to have a camera rolling on his day-to-day life. Since 2011, he has posted funny videos on Facebook and YouTube featuring himself and his pet goat, Gary. More than 1.7 million people like and follow the pair’s Facebook page alone.
So, even when Bazoobi made a seemingly routine run into a shop, he had a recording device on him. And it was lucky he did, because he was able to capture what happened to him in a video he shared on October 22, 2017.
“I’m just in the shop and I just found some guy trying to steal me car,” he told the camera, only half of his face visible in the selfie-style recording. He then made his way out of the store, approaching his truck with a laugh.
“How you going over there?” Bazoobi asked the man behind the wheel of his own truck. He then says hello to his goat Gary, whose presence next to the vehicle did little to deter an intruder from making his way inside.
Bazoobi then took a few steps closer to the truck to reveal who was behind the wheel. He found a smiling youth in the driver’s seat, and it seemed as though the comedian could instantly tell he meant no harm.
The young chap behind the wheel had gone so far as to buckle himself in, so Bazoobi’s next question may have been slightly rhetorical. “You wanna go for a drive?” he asked. The boy responded almost immediately with a resounding “yeah.”
Bazoobi then got into a more responsible line of questioning. “Can you drive?” he asked the boy, who, once again, replied in the affirmative. “Well, mate,” the comedian then said, “if you can work out how to start this car, you can drive it, okay?”
The boy then got to work, immediately attempting to start up the truck. “Yeah, that’s the hand brake,” Bazoobi said as the boy reached down and pulled the lever. As he continued to try and find a way to fire up the engine, the comedian finally asked the guy for his name.
“Ryan,” he responded, still working with the buttons, dials and gear shifts to try and start up the truck. Realizing that Ryan was having trouble, Bazoobi asked him again if he had ever driven a car before. This time, the boy responded, “No.”
Even though, minutes earlier, he’d come to confront Ryan for stealing his truck, Bazoobi decided to open the door and hand over the keys to the ignition. “Now, where’s the hole?” Ryan said, seemingly knowing exactly what he was supposed to do to start the vehicle.
“It’s just over there,” Bazoobi said, showing Ryan the ignition on the other side of the steering wheel. The boy put the key where it belonged, turned it and listened as the car made a beeping noise to signal something was going on. Ryan then cracked a huge smile.
“Yeah, mate!” Bazoobi bellowed, a shocking exclamation of encouragement for the boy who was in his car without permission. Ryan put his hands on the wheel and turned it; he also pressed a few more buttons on the dash, mimicking what it’d really be like to drive.
“Man, you are cruising! Well done, Ryan!” Bazoobi then shouted. His words of encouragement caused Ryan to break out in his biggest grin of all. He laughed as he continued spinning the wheel and pressing the pedals.
“Lucky you’re not tied up, eh Gary?” Bazoobi said jokingly to his pet goat, who would have been in trouble if Ryan did actually flee with the vehicle. “Otherwise, you’d be toast.” The goat, like his owner, was hardly bothered by the good-hearted boy behind the wheel.
As soon as Bazoobi uploaded the clip of Ryan in the driver’s seat of his truck, it became an instant hit. More than 500,000 fans watched it on YouTube, and it racked up more than 165,000 views on Facebook.
Unsurprisingly, most viewers lauded Bazoobi for the patience and kindness he showed to the boy who just wanted to play in his truck. “This is awesome,” wrote Facebook user Brett Champion. “You’ve just made that young fella’s day!”
Another viewer had an even more personal reason for enjoying the clip. “Thank you so much for being so amazing with Ryan,” Facebook user Jennie Keogh wrote. “As a parent of a child with special needs, you worry how people will treat them when you’re not around – big time. When I see kindness like this it helps me worry less. Thank you.”
Sadly, since posting his video of Ryan, Bazoobi has had some heartbreaking news to contend with. Gary the goat, his trusty sidekick and pal of six years, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2017. Bazoobi announced the news on his Facebook page where he wrote, “As sad as Gary’s passing is for me, I’m also filled with joy because I’ve got no regrets with anything we did together”. As his encounter with the lad in his van showed, the duo’s brand of humor came with a little bit of heart, too.