Is car-tipping an emerging craze?

Last updated 09:31 08/04/2014
A Smart car is upended in San Francisco.

SIT: A Smart car is upended in San Francisco.

Relevant offers

News

Snow is already here in some areas, get ready for the worst Car's safety demonstration goes horribly wrong Dangers of snow tyres need to be addressed The automated dilemma: How to keep drivers from feeling like robots Diesel and hybrid Bentleys on the way Surf Highway 45 change riles motorist Narrow escape for Timaru driver stuck in sand as tide rolls in Tyre punctures in-car selfie stick singalong Green light for Pukekohe transport projects Mechanic's 'Porshce' spelling blunder goes viral

Smart cars are the victims but just how smart is it to be tipping up or over small vehicles?

In San Francisco at the weekend three Smart cars were "tipped over" late Sunday or early Monday, local media reported. The pint-sized, two-door coupes were either set on their hind quarters or tipped completely over.

The feat of upending a car listed at roughly 800 kilograms takes some muscle but the vandals also appeared to know what they were doing, according to one witness.

Brandon Michael told KGO-TV that he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette when he saw a group of eight people in hooded sweatshirts walk up to one of the Smart cars.

"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 - that's pretty much it," he told the station.

In an interview with NBC Bay Area, Michael described the surreal image of a car sitting upright on the street, saying they looked like "dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs."

There were no immediate reports of estimated damage as San Francisco police launched an investigation.

-MCT/Los Angeles Times

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content