A local TV reporter was reportedly fired last week after jumping onto a vintage Ford Thunderbird and a new Explorer during a live report from the Sacramento International Auto Show.
The reporter, Angel Cardenas, started his early-morning report on "Good Day Sacramento" by noting that the floor was virtually empty.
"No one is out here to tell me which cars I can't go in, because some of these are off-limits, so I'm just going to live on the wild side," he said, climbing onto the trunk of a yellow Thunderbird convertible. "I feel like a kid in the candy store without the owner, because you can do anything."
He then banged the driver's door of a pink Thunderbird into the car next to it. "Oh, I hit that other car! Nobody's looking," Cardenas said, before leaning down to briefly check for any damage.
Later, Cardenas chatted with a Ford Motor Co. representative about the new Explorer hybrid. He finished his segment by going to check out the vehicle himself, ducking under a railing and aggressively jumping onto the hood.
"That didn't sound good," he exclaimed as he landed.
"I would get off that now," one of the show's anchors interjected off camera.
"Oh — oh, no. He told me to get off," Cardenas said, waving sheepishly to someone across the floor. "I'm going to get in trouble."
Neither the Explorer nor the privately owned Thunderbird was damaged, but officials with the auto show were outraged by the antics, one told The Sacramento Bee. The station, KMAX, told the auto show it had terminated Cardenas.