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8-year-old boy learns to drive on YouTube, then drives to McDonald's for a cheeseburger

Kids do the darndest things — especially if it will get them a cheeseburger from McDonald's.

In Ohio this week, police said an 8-year-old boy learned how to drive by watching YouTube videos, then hopped behind the wheel of his father's van and drove to a McDonald's — with his 4-year-old sister in the van with him.

Police responded to the restaurant about 8 p.m. Sunday after witnesses reported seeing the boy behind the wheel — and driving quite well, they said, the Weirton Daily Times reported.

Witnesses said the boy stopped at red lights, turned properly and eventually pulled into the drive-through, the newspaper reported, where he ordered a cheeseburger with money from his Piggy Bank.

McDonald's workers thought they were being pranked and that the kids' parents were in the back seat (the parents, by the way, were back at home asleep).

Police said the boy had driven about a mile and a half. He told police he got the keys to his father's locked van by standing on his tip-toes to reach them from where they were hanging.

Police said the boy cried when he realized he had done something wrong, the Daily Times reported.

A friend of the family saw what was going on and called the boy's grandparents, who came to pick he and his sister up. While they waited, the children got to eat a cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and fries.

The grandparents took the children to the police station, where their parents came and got them. No one was injured and no charges were filed.

Police said the children had eaten all three meals that day and had spent the day playing with their parents outside. There were no issues of neglect, police said — just a bright, determined boy who really wanted a cheeseburger.

An 8-year-old Ohio boy craved a McDonald's cheeseburger so badly that he learned how to drive on YouTube, then drove to a restaurant to get one. [Associated Press]

An 8-year-old Ohio boy craved a McDonald's cheeseburger so badly that he learned how to drive on YouTube, then drove to a restaurant to get one. [Associated Press]

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