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Is Smart Car Vandalism the New Cow Tipping?

Motives remain an open question. Standard thuggery or is someone making a statement?

by
Chris Queen

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April 9, 2014 - 5:00 pm

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Growing up on the outer edges of Atlanta’s suburbs, I’d heard about cow tipping. For the uninitiated, the idea of cow tipping stems from the (false) supposition that cows sleeping standing up could be knocked over easily. Truth be told, cow tipping is an urban legend – probably what city folk think we do out in the sticks.

Last weekend in San Francisco, a group of people prowled the streets of the city overnight and vandalized Smart Cars by turning them on their sides, hoods, and rear ends.

Hitting four smart cars in a few hours, an eyewitness account indicated that eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts flipped one of the cars. At approximately 1,500 to 1,800 pounds per car, each vehicle had smashed windows as well as significant body damage from being flipped over.

Speaking about one of the car-tipping incidents, eyewitness Brandon Michael said “I thought they looked like they were up to no good and then sure enough they walk up to this Smart Car right here, all huddle around it and just lift it up and set it on its hind legs, like a dog on its hind legs, — that’s pretty much it.” According to San Francisco Police Officer Gordon Shyy, the car-tipping vandals have yet to be identified and will likely face felony charges if caught.

Vandals in other cities have targeted the tiny cars in years past. Three years ago, a group in Vancouver turned a Smart Car over as a crowed cheered them on. In 2009, authorities arrested an Edmonton, Alberta man for tipping a Smart Car.

The police don’t know if the vandals are random thugs going after easy targets or if they are trying to make a statement against the environmentally friendly cars.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered church communications director, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website, www.chrisqueen.net.

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I would note that cow tipping is real. Not saying you can tip a cow over, just saying that people try.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Is it true that if you tip a cow over, it can't get back up again and eventually dies unless aided by humans?
28 weeks ago
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No. Cows often sleep on the ground, with their feet tucked up under their bodies. They get up just fine. Generally, cows that sleep standing up aren't fully asleep either, so anyone who rushes in to try to tip one over has probably alerted the cow and it braces itself. Thats why tipping a cow is unlikely.
28 weeks ago
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And fail.
28 weeks ago
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Not such a smart buy after all I'd say.
28 weeks ago
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But they ARE quite remarkable in one way. An acquaintance of mine drove one to a party we both attended and he managed to fit it onto the end of the driveway - the part between the sidewalk and the road - without poking out into the road or the sidewalk! This was NOT a big space either.

I expressed doubts about surviving a crash in a Smart Car but I think he said they had a pretty decent safety rating. I never checked to verify that.
28 weeks ago
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They were doing this in San Francisco back in the Seventies to FIAT Spider 914s.
28 weeks ago
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I had friends that lifted another friend's Honda and carried it into the quad of our residence, then stuffed it full of crumpled newspaper, all as a prank.
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