Worst Job Interview Ever: Applicant Told to Come Another Day, Steals and Crashes a Car

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Job applications typically struggle to make a good impression when showing up for an interview, but a 23-year-old Florida man certainly got the wrong idea about this whole concept.
Jacob Thompson stopped at the Pilot Travel Center at 7990 State Road 60 in Bartow specifically to discuss a job opportunity at the gas station.

However, the store clerk told him to come back on Monday, as nobody was available to interview the man. He was handed a job application, which he filled out before leaving the store. It was all just a regular day with a job candidate getting information about an open spot and the store clerk scheduling an interview that was supposed to take place another day.

Meanwhile, another man stopped at the gas station and entered the store without turning off the engine. When he returned to the car, he noticed Thompson behind the wheel of his 2022 Cadillac XT4, trying to drive away. The man jumped in front of the car to stop the thief from leaving, screaming and begging to get out of the vehicle, but Thompson pressed the throttle hard and nearly ran over him.

The thief eventually got away and took off on the US 27 before exiting onto I4 to begin a typical high-speed chase that never ends well for the driver. And this particular case couldn’t be an exception by any means.

The Cadillac was equipped with OnStar tracking, so the police officers received access to its location, eventually being able to track the thief down. While driving on Interstate 4 at speeds over 100 mph, the thief received the second piece of bad news after getting rescheduled for the job interview.

OnStar was instructed to turn off the engine, so the system informed the driver accordingly, so in his desperate attempt to escape from the police, Thompson crashed the car and flipped over right on the Interstate. He exited the vehicle, as this is precisely what every driver does at the end of a high-speed chase, and tried to run away on foot. He was caught and arrested.

The man is charged with armed burglary of a conveyance, grand theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash, and violation of probation because, yes, he was on probation. He suffered minor injuries following the crash, but they didn't prevent him from getting sent to prison. He is now being held at the Polk County Jail without bond.

As the Polk County Sherriff said on Twitter (post embedded below), he'll probably miss the interview, so the job opportunity is still live. Just make sure you don't drive away in someone else's car when leaving the store from the interview.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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