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Forget Cows, Smart Car 'Tipping' Is The New Fad
Zero Hedge ^ | 8APR2014 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 04/08/2014 7:24:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

Cows in the San Francisco area will be sleeping better at night since, for the last few days, gangs of angry internal combustion engine-likers have taken to a new trend - Smart car tipping. NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. "Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger," noted one upset owner, as another witness joked, they reminded him of little dogs: "They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs." The exact motives behind the vandalism are unclear, as a parody Facebook page was set up called "Smart Car Tipping" by a creator who does not "practice, promote or condone Smart Car Tipping,' and another site called the Smart Car tippers, "heroes." At a price starting at $13,000 for the tiny cars, perhaps it is the relative cost-benefits that the vandals are considering.

This is not an entirely new occurrence - here is a 2011 "tipping" (video at link)

And NBC Bay Area covering the latest rash of Smart Car tipping... (video at link)

As NBC Bay Area reports,

Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets

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"Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger," Gallivan said.

San Francisco Police Officer Gordon Shyy said the suspects are still at large and will face felony vandalism charges if they are caught. Police do have an eye witness account to work from.

Brandon Michael was out having a cigarette about 1 a.m. Monday when he spotted about six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts flip over the cars.

"They looked like they were up to no good," Michael said. "And sure enough, they huddled around it and lifted it up."

And the vandalized cars? Michael said they reminded him of little dogs: "They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs."

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The exact motives behind the vandalism are unclear. The diminutive cars are smaller and lighter than most vehicles. A Smart car weighs about 1,500 pounds; a Ford Focus S Sedan weighs close to 3,000 pounds, and a Hummer clocks in at 8,600 pounds -- definitely a heft that would pose a flipping challenge.

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One website, however, seemed to be cheering on the tipping. TotalFratMove.com called the Smart car tippers "heroes" and described the cars as "teensy little wheeled boxes."

The morning after... (see pics at link)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: car; flipping; smart; tipping

1 posted on 04/08/2014 7:24:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Who among us hasn't thought about it?

/johnny

2 posted on 04/08/2014 7:26:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

+1


3 posted on 04/08/2014 7:27:05 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Jack Hydrazine

In Amsterdam they tip those Smart cars into the canal.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 7:27:50 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I don’t think it has a damn thing to do with misdirected anger, his is in all likelihood being done by a bunch of bored individuals who think it is fun. And tipping over a little fart car is easy, only an idiot tries to tip over a full sized car.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 7:30:00 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was going into a restaurant as some folks were finishing their shift. I saw a waitress get into one of those cars. I tipped her.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 7:31:21 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Jack Hydrazine

LOL...reminds me of a buddy in high school who was a senior my freshman year. He had a tiny, vintage 1970 (?) Honda Civic. (Looked like a modern day smart car.)

Every day when he’d leave school, he’d have to search the entire campus to see where the guys had moved (by physically lifting) his car. He spent lots of time just looking for his car.

Guess he was lucky they just moved it, and didn’t tip it ;)


7 posted on 04/08/2014 7:31:34 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Comedian Pablo Francisco talks about Smart Cars.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxIKApP6ZjQ
(warning: bad language)


8 posted on 04/08/2014 7:32:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They make a great city car. (If it weren’t for all the city dwellers.)


9 posted on 04/08/2014 7:35:22 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: SkyDancer

Knew it wasn’t a new fad the first time I heard the recent stories. Not the best article on it but it was from that time.

http://www.dutchamsterdam.nl/707-amsterdam-smart-car-canals


10 posted on 04/08/2014 7:37:21 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Jane Long

Your story reminds me of the time we put a Metropolitan on someones lawn.


11 posted on 04/08/2014 7:38:13 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: Jack Hydrazine

My kids call them “roller skates of death”. I call them “enclosed double-wide wheel chairs.

What is the insurance rate on those things?


12 posted on 04/08/2014 7:39:25 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

“They make a great city car. (If it weren’t for all the city dwellers.)”

That was my thought as well. It would work very well in Bangkok and Chiang Mai with the swarms of motorbikes and the narrow twisting Sois.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 7:41:30 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No tipping!


14 posted on 04/08/2014 7:43:02 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

When the first Honda car came out in the dawn of the 70’s our friend had one. Some of us picked it up and put it on his tiny apartment porch sideways. It took the whole porch space up bumper to bumper and the front door of the apartment couldn’t open. Dont know how he ever got it out of there.


15 posted on 04/08/2014 7:43:35 PM PDT by Sasparilla
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To: JimSEA
They're very popular here (Victoria, B.C.), where downtown streets are narrow, and parking is scarce.

If I had the spare coin, I'd get one, just for trips downtown (where they've set aside several half-size parking spaces for motorcycles and tiny cars). That may change, if this tipping fad catches on.

16 posted on 04/08/2014 7:52:46 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Why don’t they just put tracking ankle bracelets on everyone living in those liberal cities?

The good of the collective people outweighs the good of the individual (Jerry Brown)


17 posted on 04/08/2014 7:54:36 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: certrtwngnut

I used to think those were toy cars!


18 posted on 04/08/2014 7:54:47 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Sasparilla

Wow, the only thing they did like that at my college was steal the local Ronald McDonald statue and leave it in our dorm elevator. He rode up and down in the elevator for a week.


19 posted on 04/08/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

First Smart Car I ever saw was here in Australia. At the time I thought it was some dorky homemade thing.


20 posted on 04/08/2014 7:57:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’m confused, do you Tip a Smart Car 15% or 20%?


21 posted on 04/08/2014 8:20:20 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Sasparilla

>”When the first Honda car came out in the dawn of the 70’s our friend had one. Some of us picked it up and put it on his tiny apartment porch sideways. It took the whole porch space up bumper to bumper and the front door of the apartment couldn’t open. Dont know how he ever got it out of there”<

That was you? I was stuck in that Apartment for a week and I was forced to eat my Cat to survive. It was a nightmare I tell you, and the Cat wasn’t amused.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:57 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Reminds me of some guys I knew in college who wedged a VW bug lengthwise between two trees. I’ve always wondered about the reaction of the owner coming back to find his bug firmly wedged in tight...and how he got it out. That was a really nasty prank, but you all know college kids.


23 posted on 04/08/2014 8:50:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kickass Conservative

...another few days and you might’ve had to gnaw off your own leg, too. You’re the luckiest guy I know.


24 posted on 04/08/2014 8:53:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: JRandomFreeper

This car flipping could be coming from the anti-tech movement in S.F.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 9:39:15 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Jack Hydrazine

26 posted on 04/08/2014 9:39:39 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I tipped her.

Did she have round heels?

27 posted on 04/08/2014 9:40:56 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Veggie Todd

That’s a horse! And I bet Dean Wormer isn’t happy about it!


28 posted on 04/08/2014 9:43:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: SkyDancer
In Amsterdam they tip those Smart cars into the canal.

Kind of like killing Christians in Pakistan. Great fun. Excuse me for saying so.

... Oh, but nobody dies? So what? It's the same thing.

29 posted on 04/08/2014 9:54:23 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ve wanted to do this for some time now.

It’s high up on my bucket list ^^

I really have never seen anything more infuriating and obnoxious than this idiot mobile.


30 posted on 04/08/2014 10:24:10 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I saw a Pedestrian/Smart Car accident once.

On the shoulder of the road was a fat guy with a rather large rear end and he was bent over attempting to tie his shoe when a lady in a Smart Car doing about 40 Mph ran right into him from behind.

It was horrible!

He had to go to the hospital to have it removed!


31 posted on 04/08/2014 10:38:39 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

At 5’18” (6’6” for those in rio linda), I can’t get in lots of cars.

Forget honda, forget the cool Chrysler crossfire.

I could get in a bmw mini, just couldn’t move my limbs.

Smart car. HA HA HA HA HA what a joke.


32 posted on 04/08/2014 11:59:35 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Awww, a Smart Car? How cute! My Ford Expedition sh!t one of those this morning.


33 posted on 04/09/2014 5:44:05 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: dr_lew

Just reported reading about it. Do some research, find out who they were then send them your email.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 6:56:26 AM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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