Sadly, Wal-Mart motor shopping carts aren't a good highway car: Lessons from abotched joyride
Here's a math problem for you: If someone steals a motorized shopping cart from the Wal-Mart in Porter, Texas, and drives it at the cart's maximum rate of three miles per hour, how long will he take to arrive in Jersey Village, 47 miles away?
If you said 15.67 hours, you obviously forgot to factor in charging stops and the fact that the police look down on both theft and riding glorified wheelchairs down interstate highways.
But so did 18-year-old Cody Czichos, who allegedly decided to personally test out this little theorem. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, when the motorized shopping cart was reported missing, it was noted in the official police report that the "vehicle" was slower than the average person walking. Police quickly found the cart and Czichos a quarter mile away at a gas station, charging up the cart from an electrical outlet.
Czichos was arrested for felony theft, according to the register, though the Houston Press notes he's now listed as being held awaiting $1,500 bail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Yes, apparently Cody was right: A motorized shopping cart can be considered a motor vehicle. It just doesn't make the best getaway car.