There's an old adage among car thieves (or at least, there should be) that states: "Never throw a brick at material more resilient than a brick."
One novice Irish car thief learned this the hard way on Friday (February 27), and the video is a must-see. According to The Irish Independent, the thief was casing cars outside of The Pheasant Pub in Drogheda, Ireland, when he came upon a shiny Mercedes. He picked up a brick and chucked it at the passenger window -- only the window fought back, with the brick bouncing off the window and smacking the thief right in the face, knocking him out.
The pub's owner Gerry Brady uploaded the video, describing the scene succinctly in the caption.
"Idiot gets a smack in the face from his own brick as he attempts to break into car," he wrote. "Owner arrives seconds later and he is soon arrested with major head injuries. Taken with a phone off the cctv...it looped back to beginning of scene, hence he vanishes. So, sorry about that...it was a simple phone clip to show friends, but happened to go viral."
"You should have heard the garda laughing when they saw the video," Brady added, in his interview with the Independent. "They were in stitches. Credit to them, they were straight out when we called and found the guy within minutes."
Below you can check out a longer version of the same clip, including an extended intro that really ratchets up the tension. Appropriately, it's titled "The Thick With The Brick."