Smart Cars Damaged In Stupid Prank
Photo courtesy of NBC Bay Area.com
San Francisco’s NBC affiliate is reporting on a new wave of vandalism sweeping the City by the Bay, car tipping. At least four Smart cars were flipped over Sunday night, by what one hooded-sweatshirt wearing witness described as a group of six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts. The case has drawn national attention, sparking the creation of a Facebook parody site, comments by the website totalfratmove.com, who called the car tippers “heroes,” and at least one cheekily written article on the website regarded by many as the seedy underbelly of the car blogging world, The Truth About Cars.
Many people believe the attacks on the Smart cars, which sell new beginning at around $13K, are a new form of class warfare in which the poor people still residing in the newly gentrified San Francisco neighborhoods take out their frustrations on the property of their wealthier, status seeking neighbors. Proof of these assertions are borne out by the fact that heavier luxury vehicles parked on the street near the damaged Smart cars were not overturned, causing this author to speculate that the larger cars could not be targeted because of rampant malnourishment among the lower classes. Others, however, think the incidents are just a stupid prank by stupid people who simply resent people with Smarts. Whatever the case, police are investigating and any suspects apprehended are likely to be charged with felony vandalism.
The brand of the car is Smart, not Smart Car. There is no such thing as a Smart Car. No other auto brand seems to need the qualifier "Car" attached to its products. No one talks about "those kids and their Honda Cars." I thought TTAC was better than this. It's one thing if you're just reprinting someone else's lazy article, but your own editorial shouldn't propagate the "Smart Car" nonsense. It's a Smart, or a Smart Fortwo to be precise, but never a Smart Car. That's just stupid.
I can understand - the things are an eyesore. Although instead of tipping I would just fill them up with dirt and planted trees in them.
At least those damned hoodie wearing punks didn't go on anyone's lawn..... =8-) . -Nate
Back in the 70's when I was in high school one teacher drove a Honda 600Z, the sportier of the Honda 600 pre Civic microcars. Occasionally a couple of students would as a prank, lift it and move it sideways in it's parking space.