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Vandals flip Smart cars on streets of San Francisco
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Posted on 04/10/2014 3:10:31 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

(CNN) -- Smart cars are good for the environment, good for parking in cramped cities and good for a driver's bottom line. Then again, all that thinking gets turned upside down when the vehicles do. That's what happened to four of these fuel-efficient vehicles in San Francisco, tossed aside like a piece of trash. Why? Authorities don't know, leaving Bay Area residents to speculate that anything from pranksters to people upset about hipsters. All Brandon Michael knows is what he saw -- a group of men, in the dark of night, walking up to one Smart car. "(They) all just huddled around it and then just lifted it up and set it on its hind legs," Michael told CNN affiliate KRON.

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1 posted on 04/10/2014 3:10:31 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
I losing concern for what obama’s sons are doing to white city dwelling liberals.
2 posted on 04/10/2014 3:17:03 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: ryan71

Honestly, I never really had it. They voted for this POS; let them suffer the consequences from his constituency.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 3:22:29 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ryan71

“I losing concern for what obama’s sons are doing to white city dwelling liberals.”

LOL! Know what you mean. Guess its a character flaw on my part but I think its funny :)


4 posted on 04/10/2014 3:23:25 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Red in Blue PA

What’s the problem? A few years ago libs were chuckling about vandalized Hummers and other SUVs. I guess it’s not so funny when it’s your car.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 3:28:08 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wow, two lies right there in the first sentence. Smart cars are not that great for the environment, in two ways: One, their tiny size, and absolute lack of cargo room, mean you either make more trips or use something bigger, and they don’t really get all that great mileage anyway. There are several larger cars that do much better. They are great for parking in tiny spaces, though. Second, they’re not great for the bottom line. They’re surprisingly pricey. Several of those cars that get better mileage also cost less.


6 posted on 04/10/2014 3:28:10 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Why? Authorities don't know …
Why? Because it’s easy to do. The same thing was done to Volkswagens 50 years ago. Some were even picked up and moved.
7 posted on 04/10/2014 3:33:50 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

I think the other problem with “smart” cars is the name.

If those cars are smart then the logical conclusion is the others are dumb.

The owners of “dumb” cars are likely to react in a negative way.

It is as if a nerd calls himself smart.

It is why no one is allowed to call someone else “retarded”


8 posted on 04/10/2014 3:43:36 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Red in Blue PA

What a crock, smart cars only benefit is parking.. Arguing fuel efficient is nonsense. They get under 40mpg highway. Their city mpg aren’t bad at 34 mpg but hardly mind blowing many other traditional compacts are close to that these days if not better and many vehicles meet or beat its highway mpg.

The trade off for this is effectively if you hit anything or are hit by anything at highway speeds you have zero chance of survival, there is not enough space for deceleration the car body may hold its integrity but your body will wind up crushed and your brain will smack into your skull and odds of survival are insanely low.

Don’t condone the vandalizing but can’t say it’s overly surprising we live in a culture full of idiots today.


9 posted on 04/10/2014 3:44:27 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Red in Blue PA

The city hoodsters idea of cow tipping?


10 posted on 04/10/2014 4:05:02 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: HamiltonJay

From that I heard their safety is better than expected but it is extremely uncomfortable to me. Drove a 2004 Smart Roadster (larger wheelbase, closer to a conventional car)- it is like a hybrid of golf cart and motorcycle. Quite a fun to drive though, might be convenient in a crumped European streets but I wouldn’t like to take a long trip or use it as a daily ride. Acoustic comfort, smooth ride is not about this vehicle.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 4:06:38 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: Red in Blue PA

These Smart Cars should not be left out on the street, they are a trip hazard. Kids need to put their toys away when they are finished playing with them.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 4:19:15 AM PDT by GregoTX (Remember the Alamo)
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To: Red in Blue PA

heck,
Ya drive one of these turds on the grapevine on a windy day and they’d all get blown over


13 posted on 04/10/2014 4:21:38 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Red in Blue PA

How are they good for the environment? Because Marxists say they are? Bet if you really analyzed it without bias you would find they are no different than any other car.

Pray America wakes up


14 posted on 04/10/2014 4:34:21 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 and see what may be coming for America)
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To: lucky american
The city hoodsters idea of cow tipping?

Dang, that's what *I* was about to say.

15 posted on 04/10/2014 4:34:46 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

What’s the world coming to? First all that talk about tipping Starbucks baristas and now Smart cars.


16 posted on 04/10/2014 4:37:33 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Smart cars = coffins on wheels.


17 posted on 04/10/2014 4:41:12 AM PDT by 1FreeAmerican
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To: Red in Blue PA

You just KNOW these kids watched the movie CARS...


18 posted on 04/10/2014 4:41:50 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: R. Scott
Why? Because it’s easy to do. The same thing was done to Volkswagens 50 years ago. Some were even picked up and moved.

Way back when...when I was living in a dorm, we picked a fellow's VW Beetle up and carried into the dorm's lobby. The perps were never identified but the guy that owned the Beetle got a warning about freshman not being allowed to have cars on campus. No damage of course, we weren't vandals.

19 posted on 04/10/2014 5:03:18 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: GregoTX

The local animal shelter has one. It’s sort of cute with custom graphics on the body. The only problem is that the larger dogs pee on the roof of the thing.


20 posted on 04/10/2014 5:05:50 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: R. Scott; All

>>The same thing was done to Volkswagens 50 years ago. Some were even picked up and moved.

—Supposedly Sid Caesar was upset one day when a VW was parked in his preferred space near a restaurant; he double parked,
got out and picked up the VW and moved it onto the sidewalk then moved his car into his preferred spot

—In John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen gets members from the basketball team to grab a VW owned by the school psychologist, which is parked in HIS preferred parking spot, and carry it into a building where it is placed on stage during “Morning Meeting” (formerly “Chapel”). Further disaster comes when various faculty try to get the locked car back out of the building.

(From sparknotes for the novel : “One frigid New Hampshire morning, Owen discovers that his parking spot has been taken up by Dr. Dolder’s Volkswagen Beetle: whenever Dr. Dolder drinks too much after a party at Mr. White’s, he inevitably leaves the Beetle there. Angry and frustrated, Owen recruits the basketball team to move the Beetle into the school auditorium, where it will be found on the stage for morning meeting. He then parks in front of a different dormitory, pleased with his scheme. But the headmaster finds out about the prank before the meeting begins, and recruits a group of faculty members to help him carry the car back out the door. Unfortunately, the teachers are not as strong as the basketball team, and they roll it from side to side, smashing its windows and mirrors. When Mr. White tries to steer it down the stairs, it careens out of control, overturning and pinning Mr. White inside.”)


21 posted on 04/10/2014 5:07:00 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: R. Scott
Some were even picked up and moved.

There was a German teacher at my high school in the 1960's who had one and some guys on the football team lifted it up and put the front end over a guard rail.........LOL!

22 posted on 04/10/2014 5:12:25 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: ryan71
I losing concern for what obama’s sons are doing to white city dwelling liberals.

It might be white hippie slackers, upset over gentrification of the neighborhoods.

23 posted on 04/10/2014 5:19:33 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: R. Scott

When I was in high school (1980s), one of my good friends had a 1966 MG Midget.

We picked up and moved his car twice during our senior year. The first time was to the sidewalk leading to the school and the second was to the middle of the basketball court in the gym.

Suffice to say, he was not happy with our shenanigans! :)


24 posted on 04/10/2014 5:21:06 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Red in Blue PA
Really, the quality ratings for these vehicles place them just above a garbage can with wheels.

One is just as likely to get a ticket for illegal dumping as for illegal parking with one of these.

25 posted on 04/10/2014 5:26:38 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 1FreeAmerican

Wonder how biodegradable those smart coffin cars are?


26 posted on 04/10/2014 5:30:57 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: ryan71

When it happens to someone else, the lib says “they’re acting out against white oppression”.

When it happens to them it’s “how could they! I’m a liberal!”


27 posted on 04/10/2014 5:31:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I think they answered their question in the third sentence. Or is it a paragraph?

Exactly what is a smart car anyway?

28 posted on 04/10/2014 5:44:29 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Little Pig
There are several larger cars that do much better.
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Indeed!...My 2003 diesel beetle get 51 mpg. It's been a great car. After 11 years and 120,000 miles it has never needed anything except routine maintenance.

I checked out the Smart car. The mileage isn't that great.

29 posted on 04/10/2014 5:50:47 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: R. Scott
Some were even picked up and moved.

Well, not sure about 50 years ago, but I can speak to 33 years ago. We picked up this guy's bug and place it across a concrete irrigation ditch. Front wheels on one side, rears on the other. We were young pre-teens and teens (I was 12), and it took 6 of us. Two in the front and four in the back.

30 posted on 04/10/2014 6:05:08 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Little Pig

Surprisingly pricey? They are made by Mercedes Benz. That company wrote the book on pricey.


31 posted on 04/10/2014 6:18:19 AM PDT by xp38
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To: HamiltonJay
In '09, we were on a road trip from Kalifornia to Florida, when we stopped at a Texas hill country rest stop...there was a little Smart parked there with Florida plates.

I was guessing it was an RV's tow-behind, but then a gray haired woman exited the restrooms, hopped in and headed east on the Interstate.

We caught up to her a few miles down the road, just as a semi was passing her -- and that little thing did a bigtime prop blast wobble.

32 posted on 04/10/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: staytrue

Smart Cars, Stupid Drivers.


33 posted on 04/10/2014 6:27:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1FreeAmerican
Smart cars = coffins on wheels.

"But they drove with pride..."

34 posted on 04/10/2014 6:27:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red in Blue PA

> Smart cars are good for the environment

Coal powered cars.


35 posted on 04/10/2014 7:32:31 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: wetphoenix

Safety is relative... Yes the car body can withstand a collision better than another small car, but that’s irrelevant when you are dead because the deceleration was so abrupt your brain splattered onto the inside of your skull and your ribs were turned to splinters that shredded your lungs.

Trust me, odds of you surviving an impact at highway speeds in one of these is next to nil. Sure they shell of the car may not be a mangled mess, but you will be.


36 posted on 04/10/2014 7:46:49 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

Airbags are supposed to be about cushioning such crashes... and so are the supposedly government mandated crush areas on cars. Are smartcars getting a pass on these crush areas? Some highway on-ramps have explicit warnings against unworthy vehicles e.g. bicycles and mopeds.


37 posted on 04/10/2014 7:48:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Airbags help you from smashing into the steering column, but they don’t help with the simple fact that a human body can only decelerate so quickly before things go horribly wrong.

Even if airbags prevent blunt force trauma (and they won’t) they cannot stop the fact your brain will slam into your skull when you decelerate to quickly. Your brain floats in fluid, this fluid acts as a buffer to keep your brain from hitting your skull under normal life experiences, a hit or a fall, but the human body was not designed to go from 65 MPH to 0 MPH in a few inches. That rapid deceleration may stop your body, but your brain keeps moving in that fluid and slams into your skull... Crumple zones and other things that other cars offer add just enough in most cases, distant to decelerate at a rate that will keep this from happening. In cars like this, where you literally are decelerating the human body so quickly, your brains buffer will not prevent it from splattering on your skull.

That airbag may be softer than the steering column, but in the situations with cars like this, at highway speeds your odds of survival are slim. Engineering cannot override physics.

Reality in any small car you are at risk at highway speeds, but the smaller the car is, the shorter the deceleration window is and the shorter the deceleration window is the more likely you aren’t surviving. Its nothing against Smart Engineers, they have designed the thing about as well as they could, but as I said, engineering cannot override physics.


38 posted on 04/10/2014 8:12:48 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: NewHampshireDuo

When I was in junior high school, we picked up the band director’s VW and carried it across the parking lot. I heard he was not amused.

In college I heard that someone’s VW was disassembled, carried in pieces to the top of a dormitory and then reassembled. I’m sure that owner was not amused either.


39 posted on 04/10/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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