American struggles to get into first gear

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MUNICH – American tourist and first-time car renter abroad Keith West struggled to get into first gear last week as he was exiting the rental lot, almost burning out the transmission, local onlookers reported.

Eventually, he was able to get it into first gear, but before the day was over he had stalled more than six times, witnesses say.

West was heard uttering more than a dozen curses against Europeans, and the Germans in particular, during the rest of the week. It is uncertain whether he made it back to return the vehicle.

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