A few days ago, 28-year-old Melissa Smith was gassing up her Subaru Outback in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when she realized someone had jumped out of a nearby Cadillac and hopped into the driver’s seat with the intention of stealing the car away while she stood by helpless and watched.
Except Smith did nothing remotely like that. Instead, she hauled herself up onto the hood and issued a hard “nope!” as the thief attempted to drive away.
In the video, you’ll see the thief turn on the wipers in an attempt to clear their view of the pesky individual who bought the car (like responsible adults do).
This proved helpful, as Smith then holds on to them as the low-life behind the wheel tries to shake her off with a couple of hard stops. When that doesn’t work, they bail into a getaway car, leaving her to jump in to stop her Subaru from rolling into traffic.
“He looked at me and laughed at me, which really irritated me,” said Smith in a BBC News video. “He was laughing while I was on my car and he was trying to throw me off. Zero remorse.”
Smith said she made a snap decision between trying to grab her purse, wallet, and phone from inside the car and saving the car itself, a choice she said became easier once “… the price tag of my car flashed through my head.”
Her next thought? “This isn’t happening to me today.”
While Smith is hardly the first person to leave keys in the ignition while filling up, she said the incident taught her a lesson.
“I will never get out of my car and not lock it and have my keys with me.”