What's Wrong With This Picture: Beat Up From The Feet Up Edition

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
what s wrong with this picture beat up from the feet up edition

How lazy are automotive journalists? Well, it appears that some of them just can’t resist putting their feet up. More details and a close-up after the jump.

Imagine my surprise when, during the recent Chrysler press event, I looked into the rearview mirror of my 300 “Limited” (to as many as they can sell, presumably) and saw a journo with his bare foot on the dash! Surely automotive journalists, if anyone, should be aware of what a dash airbag can do to a leg — the phrase “snap, crackle, and pop” comes to mind — but no, for this guy, airing out his foot was the primary concern.

Let’s take a closer look:

That’s at the limit of my Droid’s resolution, unfortunately. What makes it worse: there’s another dude in there with him! What is the matter with these people? Only once in my life have I permitted another journalist to remove a shoe in my presence, and that was only because she would have been knocking it against the headboard of the bed otherwise.

It’s a lousy business, I tell you, but it’s the only one we’ve got.

Edited to note: A few commenters pointed out that it would be dangerous to take rear-view-mirror photographs while driving. Here’s the uncropped source photo:

If you examine all three shots you can see that:

  • We are in a long line of stopped traffic, with multiple cars ahead of us and behind us;
  • I have left assured clear distance between me and the stopped van ahead in the event of a traffic mishap that could shove it and the five or six cars ahead backward, or a brake failure which could cause the van to roll backwards;
  • The phone is actually held out of my range of vision so, although all traffic is stopped and no motion is occurring anywhere me, I can still spring into action should something require said action.

Do we all feel better now? Obviously I would never do something as risky as use a cameraphone unless traffic was completely stopped and there was a multiple-car buffer both front and rear. I’m glad we had that discussion! – JB

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  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Dec 05, 2010

    Though I don't put my feet on the dash, I have been known to remove my shoes when driving long distances.

    My embroidery shop is in the garage. Most of the comforts of home: furnace, stereo, tv, computer, but because of the cold cement floor I can't kick off my shoes and I hate that. At least in the summer I can wear sandals (one advantage to working for myself).

    • Alex_rashev Alex_rashev on Dec 06, 2010

      I drive with no shoes all the time. I leave my socks on, though.

  • Stryker1 Stryker1 on Dec 06, 2010

    ... Kings among men.

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  • Bader Hi I want the driver side lights including the bazl and signal
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