Smart cars in San Francisco had a rough weekend as it was reported that numerous smart cars were tipped over. This might mean that the smart car tipping prank is growing in popularity since its initiation.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, smart car tipping became the new trend in vandalism. Maybe some young kids, who don't have a care in the world, watched country folk tip over their cows, or maybe they saw Cars by Disney Pixar.
Nevertheless, smart car mini vehicles were reportedly toppled over on their sides in separate incidents early on Friday. The police have said that two more cars were tipped over in neighborhoods overnight at Twin Peaks and Cole Valley. The fact there are more incidents of this form of vandalism happening shows the smart car tipping trend is growing in popularity, which will be a pain for those who own smart cars.
Smart car tipping started about two months ago. San Jose Mercury News now reports the latest of the pranks happened at Clayton Street and Parnassus Avenue at 3:40 am. Another incident took place at 1300 Block of Clayton Street, near the 17 Street at 5:38 am. Unfortunately, there are no suspects for the smart car tipping stunts.
The thing about smart car tipping is it requires about three to four people to get the job done. Smart cars weight between 1,600 to 1,800 pounds. The fact that they were either tipped on their sides or made vertical means this is no one or two-man job. Unfortunately for those who find enjoyment in this form of entertainment, it is considered vandalism. If caught by the police, the culprits could face felony charges.
Back in April, smart car owner Andrew Smith commented that the vandalism spree may be from natives who are hostile to the tech boom. Shelly Gallivan, another victim who had her smart car tipped over, had this to say following the incident:
"The smart car and the gentrification of San Francisco are linked in some people's minds. My husband Chris said don't put it there, someone's going to hit it... It's a bummer because this is going to cost thousands of dollars."The police said they believe that between six to eight people are involved. Unfortunately, Officer Gordon Shyy could only give this statement:
"All we have right now are multiple suspects wearing black hooded sweatshirts."[Images via Bing]