Is Car-Tipping Becoming the New Cow-Tipping?

Vandals have Smart Cars in their sights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH1WwItEHBI

As if the trend of tipping helpless cows over for so-called “fun” wasn’t bad enough, chronically bored Millenials have now extended the concept to Smart Cars. The above video was actually filmed during the 2011 Vancouver riots, as an Edmonton man tipped one in front of hundreds of witnesses. The earliest reported case of Smart Car tipping was in Canada way back in 2005, but the trend of doing it for the sake of vandalism alone seems to have originated in Amsterdam circa 2009.

Now it has hit the United States, with reported Smart Car tipping incidents in Seattle, Indianapolis, and this week, San Francisco. It’s not clear whether it’s being done to target these particular vehicles, or simply because they’re so lightweight and compact that it’s easily accomplished. But it’s pretty rude, to say the least, whether you think the cars look ridiculous or not.

Look, I’d personally never buy a Smart Car. Even if they are environmentally friendly, they are terribly dangerous for drivers, as evidenced by those who have been mangled in accidents involving one. But that’s no excuse to screw around with someone’s personal property. If the kids think they’re servicing a greater good by making a statement against the hoity-toity, they should remind themselves that these cars only cost around $13,000. Maybe that’s all the driver was able to afford. The only thing these dopes are succeeding in doing is giving an average Joe out there a really crappy day. But, I suppose that’s precisely what all vandals strive for in the first place.


Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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