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Forget Cows, Smart Car 'Tipping' Is The New Fad

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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"


And NBC Bay Area covering the latest rash of Smart Car tipping...


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




"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."




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.




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

The morning after...


Not so "Smart" cars...


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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:44 | 4637594 Algosaurus Rex
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"I'm sure that'll just buff right out."

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:56 | 4637627 TeamDepends
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Smart Car (Mercedes) should promote this.  "Hey, you can fix your tire with or without a jack".

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:14 | 4637682 Troll Magnet
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To the culprits: Please STOP messing with other people's lives. Government hates competition.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:35 | 4637741 knukles
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One commentator noted that one of the cars had an Obama/Biden bumper sticker on it and thus, the damage must have been wrought by right wing Tea Party gun, Bible, etc., type folks.
The SF Progressives sure be open minded folk!


PS At $18K/car, does that mean nobody goes to jail or restitution just like JPM's and Goldman crimes?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:57 | 4637821 mjcOH1
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"Smart Car (Mercedes) should promote this. "Hey, you can fix your tire with or without a jack""

It's only 1500lbs. It'd make a pretty sweet escape pod for a 1 ton pickup.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:31 | 4637928 MontgomeryScott
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'Launch Shuttlecraft!'

(The tailgate opens, and the little carlet springs out, bounces as it hits, and heads the opposite direction)

(KITT launches from the semi-truck)

WOW! They used to do this to Volkswagen Beetles, back when.

A bunch of high schoolers (jocks, geeks, and sosh's), out in the parking lot at 5th period, taking the teacher's Bug and putting it sideways in the parking space...

They were a lot harder to put on end, though (because of their shape and design, their CG was too low, and required far more force to stand up, and didn't stay that way, but rolled over like a turtle). Of course, I wouldn't know personally. I NEVER participated in such unruly behavior. EVER.

Can you imagine the bug splat one of these 'smart cars' would make on the bumper of your full-size truck? I guess the REAL question is: If you hit one, would you even notice it?

(I got this backwards 'bama sticker stuck in the grill. I guess I have to go have my truck detailed tomorrow. I wonder where THAT came from?)


Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:33 | 4637937 Richard Chesler
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That made my day. Thanks.


Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:04 | 4638046 SafelyGraze
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bet you can't tip over my segway

can you

no, you can't

dean kamen 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:17 | 4638203 FEDbuster
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Confession time, one drunken night in high school I was involved in a Honda Civic CVCC (the really little ones) car turning in a parking spot incident.  No damage to the car, but the owner must have been a little pissed when they saw their car turned sideways between two other cars.  I cannot condone or even get a laugh out of pranks that do some real damage to the cars, that is just criminal.  A very loud movement sensitive car alarm would be one of the first add ons, if I was dumb enough to buy a Smart car.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:48 | 4638220 MontgomeryScott
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Hey, boy...

If you need to wire that thing in yourself, find the box under the dash with a plug that has at least 120 wires on it. Usually, after you poke some holes, you'll find one that is 'hot at all times', and you can simply splice in, to power your alarm thing. Don't worry about buying special stuff. Cut the wire, and twist the new wire together, and use some electrical tape. If you don't have any, duct tape or Scotch (tm) tape will do.

While you're at it, you can add another wire to power your cool stereo system with the amps and the big bass box thingie that you want to mount in the back (with those shocks that open when you push the key-fob thingie, because you probably want to look 'cool' and put Bondo (tm) ofer all those nasty holes where the key used to work).

If you can't find the box under the dash, the engine wiring has some places for you to find your power, as well. Don't be afraid. Cut in there...


The 'CVCC' system was called 'stratified charge', by the 1950's General Motors engineers who actually designed it. Honda marketed it as 'Controlled Velocity Complete Combustion' (in case you don't know what this stands for). See, an ultra-rich charge (exceeding 12/1) entered in to the combustion chamber (via a teeny little intake valve that had a little itty hole in a little well that the spark plug entered in to as well). The plug would then fire, causing a flamefront to propogate in to the MAIN combustion chamber (where the piston was compressing an ultra-lean mixture, usually 16.5/1) sent in by the 3-barrel carb. The result was an almost 100% burn rate, and an extremely high heat generation, which allowed these engines to achieve an unusually efficient volumetric coefficient (high torque and horsepower, combined with MPG in the low 50's). They liked to crack the aluminium heads, and blow gaskets (due to the thermal stresses of the design, combined with the electrical stresses of the dissimilar and exotic metals that were required). The usual lifespan of one of these engines (not maintained) was about 86,000 miles.

Mitsubishi tried to copy it, with their 'High Swirl Combustion' design, first used in 2.0 liter (and later, in a 2.6 liter version). THEY used what was called an 'MCA Jet system'. It was a third valve situated in about the same place, sans the gas charge (the 3-bbl. carb was patented by Honda, as well as the concept of 'stratified charge'; sold off by G.M. to Honda in the late 1950's). THEY suffered from a design imbalance (in the 2.6 liter) that required the use of a counter-rotating shaft to offset the crankshaft pulses (this was well before the invention of 'hydraulic motor mounts').

Yeah, you are a real 'true confessor', and you know ALL ABOUT the Honda CVCC that you allegedly 'tipped'.


Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:57 | 4638440 Harlequin001
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Well I hate to say it but I think they look better windscreen down so to speak...

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:25 | 4638486 Manthong
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This shit does not happen in a society that is not so smart,

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:13 | 4638850 FEDbuster
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Wow, much more than I ever needed to know about a 40 year old Honda model.  BTW, we didn't "tip" the car, we "turned" the car in it's parking spot.  Like I said no damage done, just inconvenience.  

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:23 | 4638554 ebear
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"A very loud movement sensitive car alarm would be one of the first add ons, if I was dumb enough to buy a Smart car."

Personally, I prefer the South African approach

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:23 | 4638720 MeMongo
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That's what that poor white dude in Detroit needed when he stopped to check on the kid he struck, after he walked out in front of his truck!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:19 | 4638206 MontgomeryScott
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I used to mow the lawn with a thing that looked like that!

I had to push it, though.

If I tried to mow a lawn with this thing, and my older brother turned on the sprinklers to mess with me when it was 95 degrees F. outside (like he did to me one time), would it still work, or would it be like getting tazered?

Not only would I tip that thing over, but I would hurl it out in the street, and watch; as it got ran over by people who actually drive real cars and trucks and garbage trucks and semi's and stuff.

Of course, I'd have to go out and sweep up the road afterwards, because my Dad and Mom would make me; but they'd smile at me as I did it, and then educate me about the value of durability; versus the toy thing that I hurled out and watched getting crushed in to tiny pieces of landfill material (most of it non-environmentally freindly).

The discussion would most likely go on, late in to the night; after the obligatory and habitual summer barbeque; as the permutations of all the arguments (both pro- and con-) would be explored by all parties.I would give my input, and my brother would try to best me, and Dad and Mom would give us both their wisdom and learning in the matter...

In the morning, I would probably have to get the lawn mower out and finish mowing. My muscles would continue to develop, and my bronze tan would get deeper, and I would have to stop every half-hour or so to drink some lemonade (the real stuff, with pulp, that my Mom had just made using real lemons), as Dad went to work again, designing that radar system MIC shit for the CONUS.

I'd have to hide the sprinkler key from my brother, though, before I started.

Back then, a 'sprinkler key' was a metal rod, about 3 feet long, with a handle on one end, and a tine on the other. One would have to uncover an underground valve, shaped like a four-pointed star (covered in what you might think of as a 'mini' manhole cover), engage the 'key', and spin it clockwise to open the sprinkler valve for a particular section of the lawn...

I miss the summers with blue skies and real air. They used to have them, way back when.

Batteries DO die, you know. Get one of these 'Segways' wet, and find out what happens to the contacts and wiring, and the cool 'video screen'. 'POPENKORNEN MIT SPRITZENSPARKEN'!



Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:43 | 4637964 sleigher
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I remember when I was a kid.  I watched these buff dudes actually pick up a chevy and move it onto the grass area.  Up a curb and everything.

I think it was about 5 of them but a long time ago.  They didn't destroy the car at all.  Just moved it from it's location.  Practical joke.

I personally don't care for those small cars but wrecking other peoples shit is gay.  I wish I would see them in front of my house.

Sniper style pellet guns would have them crying...  Don't wanna kill, just you know, damage...

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:44 | 4638468 Lore
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I agree. Those cars are private property. Whoever damages them is human garbage, like the zoo animals who burned cars and smashed storefronts at the Vancouver riots. Love to take a sledgehammer to THEIR property, but oh yeah, that's right, they don't have any.  Smart Car may indeed be a piece of "green" shit, but it's somebody else's piece of shit, not yours!  LEAVE IT ALONE.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:18 | 4638204 Antifaschistische
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Then, this is what I would recommend for those who own a Smart Car and dislike Bibles.

I'm recommending the 700 because if you can afford a Smart Car, you can afford this rifle.  Perhaps, the car should come with one.

If you're too liberal for a gun then try this....

I believe hoodies would be much more intimidated after their buddy had to go to the emergency room to have an arrow removed from his thigh

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:20 | 4638550 Van Halen
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Any time you flip a car with an Obama/Biden bumpersticker, you're doing your part to contribute to society.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:11 | 4638067 Larry Dallas
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"Betcha don't feel so 'smart' now, do ya?"

Had to.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:13 | 4638450 Tall Tom
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To the culprits: Please STOP messing with other people's lives. Government hates competition.




Project Mayhem has begun. Your level of participation is up to you.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:07 | 4638345 Kirk2NCC1701
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Mercedes forced the original developers of the Smart Car (the Swatch Company of Switzerland) into insolvency, by getting it to fail a specific test: the "Swedish Moose Avoidance Test". I know this to be fact, from Benz insiders.

This allowed them to swoop in, buy it at cents on the dollar, and remove the barrier ("solve the problem").

So Payback is a real Biatch, and has a certain poetic symmetry to it. LOL.

p.s. And so - once again - the good Captain front-runs the story behind the story. :-)

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:57 | 4637632 johngaltfla
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Hot dang...getting my touch back! Beat old Tyler by a full day for once. But of course he's rocking with the financial news so I'll cover COW/GOLF CART tipping :)


The new Anti-Green Anti-Eco-Terrorism War Begins with SmartCar Tipping!
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:16 | 4638081 MontgomeryScott
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Yeah, I caught it at 7 this morning local (MST) on WRH, myself (with the links to the local SF MSM news clip). It really doesn't matter, though.

As far as it goes, the BMW 'Mini' thing was all the rage 10 years ago (until people realized what peices of shit they really were, out where it counts in the real world). The closest dealership to me is about 330 miles away. I have a customer that has one, and when they bring it in, they know to wait for repairs (due to a lack of parts), and expect to pay through the nose for the parts (as they aren't available, mostly, exept at the Dealership).

People who purchase these little 'smart car' things are usually 'social progressives' who wish to take all rights to free enterprise away (as well as 'socially engineer' everyone's lives to fit THEIR model). They think that they are being 'environmentally friendly' by purchacing these hybrid/electric/plastic/electronic items. Do you know how much bad shit is produced with a lithium/ion battery, and how dangerous it is to dispose of? Do you think that mainland China ISN'T being poisoned by the chemicals used in the production of these things? WHERE does the 'electricty' come from to CHARGE them up? WHAT about the PLASTICS? WHAT is PLASTIC made of? Is the PLASTIC 'biodegradable' once it has been produced and combined to make that trendy coffee cup holder or that flower vase in the PLASTIC dash? If I wanted a battery-powered Yugo, I would have built one myself... until the 'NATO FORCES' smart-bombed Zastava, this car wasn't actually too bad... a 1981 Fiat Strada (European version)... I got 46.5 MPG, and ran the one I had for close to 200K miles... It cost me almost nothing to repair, once I figured out what it was based on... rebuilt the brake master cylinder with $3.50 in parts... the clutch cost about $68.00... I stopped driving when a gravel truck coming opposite me on a two-lane 60MPH highway threw a rock off, bouncing and hitting the windshield right at my head level. It scared me enough that I parked it, and started driving my '94 Cummins Dodge again. The best part is that it came equipped with a TESLA lead/acid battery, and I NEVER had to replace it... 1984-1998. R.I.P.

Well, I guess you 'scooped' the Tylers on this story...

Do you enjoy the comments (see below) about 'destroying other peoples' personal property' on this blog? Multiple examples of the 'police' raiding peoples' houses trying to find drugs after detecting tea leaves in the garbage (and destroying their apartments/homes in the process) , or standoffs between people building ponds on their land; versus the EPA (who bring in bulldozers, and file tort claims fining the owners $25,000.00 per DAY) are echoing through my memory, right about now, 'johngaltfla'. The cattle rancher in Nevada whose family has grazed cattle since 1877 is now being assaulted, and his herds are being destroyed, by the 'BLM', because of an 'EPA' mandate to save some fucking 'rare turtle', right NOW. LOGGING is all but dead, because of some 'SPOTTED OWL' that the EPA and the BLM decided is 'more important', and agriculture in California as a WHOLE was killed off (and the water was cut off, destroying the livelyhoods of SEVERAL THOUSANDS) due to a 'threat' of losing some 'snail'.   MOST of these same people drive battery-powered 'smart cars' (or support those who encourage it, such as the examples given here).

ONE DAY, Soetoro will go out to Andrews, and find his 'Air Force One' golf cart tipped over (and the secret service agents will be trying not to laugh too loudly, pretending to talk in to their lapels).





Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:30 | 4638398 NaN
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Q: Which is easiest to park, has 8 airbags, and keeps you dry in the rain?

a. Smart Car
b. Dodge Suburban
c. Tesla Model S

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:53 | 4638479 Lore
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@MontgomeryScott:  Fair point. If there is a higher political purpose to be served, it has not been presented. What we see in today's media appears to be little more than vandalism for no special reason.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:39 | 4637751 Omegaman2211
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This is old news. Why is this being posted today?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:42 | 4637759 Buck Johnson
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This needs a POLICE ACADEMY MOMENT.  lolololololololol.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:45 | 4637601 bearwinkle
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The car may or may not be smart but the dumbasses destroying other's personal property are definately not smart.


Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:01 | 4637647 SHEEPFUKKER

If only they knew where to really direct their anger towards

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:08 | 4637667 Harbanger
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Their college professors would be a good start.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:12 | 4638449 sessinpo
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Harbanger       Their college professors would be a good start.


I'd start with the parents. The youth need to learn to think before they go out on their own instead of just being a parrot for grades.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:22 | 4638456 Tall Tom
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Looking in the mirror is the absolute best start at where to direct the anger. You are responsible for your own life...the successes and the fuckups.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:29 | 4637724 Georgia_Boy
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Yeah that was my thought, not pranksters, but more-liberal-than-thous who have some problem with smart car liberals. Maybe the same people who are protesting the Google employee buses. Fools.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:32 | 4637729 BlindMonkey
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Might I suggest Corzine-tipping as an optional outlet for frustrations against "da man"?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:39 | 4637752 Harbanger
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Corzine was appointed head of MyRA by Obama.  He's a provider of future Gov candy, He's not seen as the enemy by these people.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:05 | 4638041 BlindMonkey
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Holy shit. 2 questions:

1. How did I miss that?

2. WTF??

Somebody dropped the script somewhere and a ZH fight club member penciled in Corzine as the nominee. You know, gag reel practical joke type shit.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:42 | 4638128 MontgomeryScott
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I thought the same thing. Corzine doesn't fit.

He's a tot. soc. (totalitarian socialist, for those not wise enough to know), but he's way too skinny.

The one I thought of immediately was Chris Christie.

When I was a young teenager, I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a woman who was about 5'3, and weighed close to 380 pounds, fall down in her driveway. It was actually pathetic, as she flopped around, unable to even try to get herself up. It took me, along with her husband, several minutes to get her back on her feet again. Every time I see a pic of Christie, I think of that time.

Corzine is a twig.

He's the type of man that would be bent over double and used by his correctional facility roommate (nicknamed 'Bubba') for sexual gratification.

Bubba and his friends would tip Christie up, and have fun watching him try to get up off the floor (thus giving Corzine time to try to expel the semen before the next session).




Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:13 | 4638451 californiagirl
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Who better to put in charge of the new progressive retirement fleecing program than an expert fleecer.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:19 | 4638455 sessinpo
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Harbanger     Corzine was appointed head of MyRA by Obama.  He's a provider of future Gov candy, He's not seen as the enemy by these people.


Wow, I posted this over a month ago. And was right again. Take that you down arrows. I love it (and hate it because Corzine belongs in prison). Ho hum, next will be the Ukraine were at the beginning I have said this is a currency war. And Then that the monetary problem is deflation, not inflation.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:23 | 4637902 Overfed
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Damn straight. The need to fuck with someone's vehicle means you're an impotent piece of shit who deserves a minimum of 10 lashes with a rattan cane plus pay restitution.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:44 | 4637969 BandGap
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In HS six of us picked up a 1974 Fox and put it on a cement deck. We had to jockey it a bit to get it up the step. Six guys for a car that weighed about 2K pounds. Smart Cars weigh more.

Just kids being assholes.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:17 | 4638083 El Vaquero
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No shit.  I'm not a fan of the things, but if I did have one that some people decided to tip, I would be fucking livid.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:27 | 4638462 Tall Tom
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Project Mayhem bitch.


This is Fight Club. You had best figure out what Project Mayhem is all about. Your level of participation is up to you.


You had best watch the movie as it is the guide to crashing the system.


Who is Tyler Durden? Who hosts Zerohedge?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:45 | 4637602 LetThemEatRand
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This reminds me of the FUH2 website.  Idiots getting angry because other people want to drive something that they would not drive.  Divide and conquer at its best.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:50 | 4637615 Ignatius
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Like the scene from Wag The Dog.

A couple of young CIA guys chaneling the angst and tossing shoes.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:12 | 4637673 Harbanger
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Most smart car drivers are liberals maybe we can label it a hate crime.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:14 | 4637681 LetThemEatRand
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Thanks for proving my point.  I can always count on you.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:19 | 4637689 Harbanger
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Why do you always have some point to prove?  You know that divide and conquer based on Race, Gender and economic Class has always been the American liberal meme.  Maybe this is just another unforseen consequence of the indoctrination in schools.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:37 | 4637749 knukles
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Has already been advanced by one commentator in the Bay area, that was right wing, racist, Tea Party, AGW denier, etc....

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:04 | 4638432 Tall Tom
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Don't ask questions about Project Mayhem.


Where are the Rubber Bands?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:37 | 4638465 Tall Tom
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Fight Club perchance?

Project Mayhem in action?

They may be correct, Knucks.


Your level of participation is up to you.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:46 | 4637976 BandGap
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Oh! SF? Then it's street art.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:47 | 4637603 10mm
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If you want your smart car, you can keep your smart car. Except from San Fran.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:47 | 4637608 Ignatius
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Hence we can now appreciate the splendor of a '60 Plymouth, AKA "The Flying Pig".

Flip that!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:34 | 4637736 BlindMonkey
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Easily done when driving.  Impossible to do when parked. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:07 | 4637857 cynicalskeptic
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There's something to be said for driving a 5000lb land barge.....

My 1965 Merc was hit so many times that no original surface remained - but it was still drivable until hit head on at 40.  Would STILL have nbeen dirvable if it had been a square head on hit.  Was off enought htat it took out the suspension on one side.  The  Gremlin that hit me bounced off.

No way in hell you could ever tip a behemouth like that - but then it was lucky to get 15mph with a 390ci engine.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:48 | 4637611 FieldingMellish
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BULLISH! Think of the GDP benefits to replace all these cars! (BTW, the IRS would like you to know that tipping is a taxable event. Have a nice day.)

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:14 | 4637882 Bunga Bunga
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Can't happen with a 3.5 ton truck. Buy GM!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:49 | 4637612 Oldrepublic
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How to Make Yourself a Parking Spot

From the

A few years ago I was waiting for the M4 at the stop on 32nd. A black Yukon with tinted windows and blasting subwoofers drove by, pulled up to a really tight parking spot (as usual in midtown on a weekday, there were no street parking spots available), but gave up and drove off.

A few minutes later it re-appeared, slowed down in front of the tight spot, but again left, only to show up once more after clearly having circled the block. This time it came to a full stop in front of the spot and three burly guys hopped out.

A SmartCar was the rear side of the open spot, so without seeming to exert much effort they picked it up, put it on the sidewalk, and their buddy parked. I've always wondered how many tickets that SmartCar had by the time the hapless driver returned.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:11 | 4637671 duo
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I remember doing that to a little Fiat in London in 1993.  It took 4 of us to move it and create another parking space.

This is not new.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:53 | 4637620 hobopants
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This shouldn't be funny but for some reason I can't stop laughing.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:55 | 4637621 Doubleguns
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Algo, Just dont buff to hard or you will rub the car away.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:12 | 4637873 cynicalskeptic
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Knew someone in college who had a "LeCar".  They wanted to 'rustproof' the front fenders (we were in the upper NY snowbelt).  The took the front fenders off and planned to paint and then undercoat them.  First they thought they'd get rid of the existing minor surface rust by sandblasting it (school had a garage students could use).   The fender literally wrinkled into some deformed monstrosity when sandblasted.  He had to buy a replacement.

This was also the era of Vegas that rusted before your eyes and Pintos that blew up when impacted.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:58 | 4637624 Yen Cross
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  Someone needs to invent the Smart Car Harpoon...just fire it into the pavement when you have to park in one of those less then friendly boroughs...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 20:58 | 4637633 Reaper
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Smart cars are death traps in accidents. Accidents are never planned for. Instead of engage brain before purchase, the Smart car owners engage emotion before purchase. Feel good and clever can have an unaffordable and/or terrible final cost.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:13 | 4637878 cynicalskeptic
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Actually they have a damn strong 'cage' around the passengers - far safer than some of the 1970's subcompacts that crumpled into little balls or blew up.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:29 | 4637915 UselessEater
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Smart car, smart phone, smart meter's, smart cities, smart buildings.....these are all traps and have terrible costs for the individual.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:32 | 4637930 Bryan
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That reminds me of the Yugo song:

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:16 | 4638706 Vooter
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Well, the same thing (or worse) goes for motorcycles. I don't see people tipping them over, however...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:00 | 4637641 Dr. Destructo
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The first car pictured had a Obama/Biden sticker on it, so I can see why they'd wanna tip that one.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:21 | 4637703 Doubleguns
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You trying to say its Bushes fault?!!!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:47 | 4637776 mjcOH1
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It's either that or global warming. 

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:00 | 4637643 silentsock
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Everytime I see one of those things in traffic, for some reason I get the urge to run over it with my truck.  I hope I never see one when I'm having a really bad day!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:06 | 4637658 bearwinkle
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I understand that feeling, looking at the driver I am sure I would feel like a fish in a barrel but most of the drivers in these cars have a "I won't be eaten alive today by a monster truck". LOL. Darwin at its best!



Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:09 | 4637669 New_Meat
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got this skosh' thang in the path to/from work.

trouble is, the new pc and green and shit traffic lights work on either weight or iron.

skosh' thang ain't got neither.  so we wait and wait and build a line of gas-guzzlerz, and finally someone gets out of his car and pushes skosh' thang beyond the under-street sensor and all is right with the world.

- Ned

[but they feel better]

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:03 | 4637649 Lord Koos
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$13k to buy, and 60 MPG...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:26 | 4637709 snr-moment
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And 1/2 gallon of milk per trip.  8' 2"x 4" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:42 | 4637758 nmewn
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ROTFL...good point...the hitch & trailer are optional.

The recurring fees for the registration & tagging of the trailer to haul your shit back to the house are not ;-)

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:06 | 4637659 New_Meat
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cuz they can, no prob

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:39 | 4637664 syntaxterror
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I know what I'm doing tonight! When will Foodstamp discuss this pressing issue?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:13 | 4637679 ebworthen
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Reminds me of guys picking up VW bugs and wedging them in-between two parked cars back in the day.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:20 | 4637698 Doubleguns
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Ebworthen, I guess the statute of limitations is up on those days for us......huh?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:27 | 4637716 Georgia_Boy
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My dad and his frat buddies hiked a bug up in a tree back in the day. (file under mildly interesting.)

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:30 | 4637717 Georgia_Boy
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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:16 | 4637684 bigrooster
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It could not happen to a better Obama support city.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:21 | 4637702 Zoomorph
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This is oldschool, though. People used to turn sideways and flip over geos.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:23 | 4637705 I_rikey_lice
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Ha Ha smart-car driving douchbags! Next flip the asian fucker with the massive ear lobe holes!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:25 | 4637706 snr-moment
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The Vandals are just trying to save lives, damn it!

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:34 | 4637737 james.connolly
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Smart Car tipping is Grand,
but even MORE GRAND and stupendous would be
Tipping the GOOGLE BUS

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:37 | 4637745 snakedogs
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Were the "hoodies" green with antenas about 4ft. tall and spoke gibberish?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:02 | 4637843 Postal
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Well, it's eiher this or protesting Mozilla for hiring a guy who actually thought he had the right to express his opinion...

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:38 | 4637951 The_Prisoner
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Couldn't they keep rolling banksters instead?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 22:56 | 4638005 stormsailor
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if you really really want to piss off a hum=vee driver.  wedge park beside them in a custom unimog.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:26 | 4638105 yogibear
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Weren't those things made for the golf courses instead of the street?


Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:33 | 4638117 Intoxicologist
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Back in the 90's, one of the waitresses where I worked would sit and get hammered after work semi-regularly.  On those days, her husband and his buddy would pick up her Ford Festiva and hide it behind the dumpsters. 

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:06 | 4638184 Wait What
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"misdirected anger"

if Ms. Gallivan wants to see REAL misdirected anger, she needs to head on down the 101 a few miles:,0,77...

100 arrested, police called in backup from a neighboring county. that's in a suburban setting that happens to host the best party school on the West Coast. i can only imagine the kind of disaster awaiting more urban schools that are surrounded by ghettos.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:31 | 4638401 John Wilmot
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Where on these automobiles is the vagina located?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:42 | 4638471 Tall Tom
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'Bout an inch forward of the tail pipe.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:18 | 4638494 Dodge
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Another "hate" crime in San Francisco. Smart car tipping. Must have been a republican... er a conservative... no a militia member... uh no a baseball fan... um maybe a homeless person....

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:20 | 4638605 Downtoolong
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"Yes We Can", so we did.

 But then there's that line of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the movie Jurassic Park (another social system that went terribly wrong), which went something like, "Just because you could, doesn't mean that you should".

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:12 | 4638695 Vooter
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Nothing that a little razor wire strung along the underside of the car wouldn't fix. " won't stop bleeding!!!" Now THAT would be funny...

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:28 | 4638889 Hunch Trader
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GM should sponsor these morons if they aren't already.

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