Smart Cars Targeted By Vandals in San Francisco

By on April 8, 2014

Car vandalism isn’t exactly anything new–enough people in this country have been keyed, tagged and slashed to actually make it a fairly old phenomenon.

But there’s a new brand of vehicle vandalism showing up in San Francisco and no one quite understands the reasoning behind it.

Bay Area Attack on Smart Cars

Some unknown assailants have been targeting Smart cars in the middle of the night, tipping them over onto their sides, their tops, and even their rear-ends.

NBC discovered four tipped Smart cars just this past weekend around the city. Two in Bernal Heights, one near the Portola District and the fourth between Bernal Heights and the Mission District.

Local police have yet to identify the vandals, or their motives, but they do apparently have an eyewitness testimony to use in their search.
Smart flip 4As NBC Bay Area reports,

According to the NBC article, resident Brandon Michaels was outside at 1 a.m. when he witnessed a group of 6-8 people flip a Smart car. “Sure enough, they huddled around it and lifted it up,” said Michaels.

Smart cars are very popular in the Bay Area because of how easy they are to park in tight spaces and how cheap they are to own and keep fueled. But their small stature and lightweight design make them a bit of a target for vandals up to no good.

What Happens Next?

Smart flip 5No arrests have been made yet, but according to Officer Gordon Shyy of the SFPD, the vandals are going to face felony charges.

If they’re ever caught.

So if you live in the Bay Area and you’ve got a Smart car, you might want to think about parking in a garage or keeping a close eye on its safety when your not behind its wheel.

If, on the other hand, you take the opposing view (that Smart cars deserve to be tipped, for whatever reason), then you should check out Total Frat Move’s article, praising the vandals for giving the tiny, unsafe cars what they deserve.

Question of the day: Is this new model of car vandalism a simple mixture of angst and boredom or is it a grand statement on the inherently unsafe design of the Smart car? Would you like to see the vandals punished to the full extent of the law or do you applaud them? Let us know below!

(Photos via NBC Bay Area)

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