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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Smart Car Tipping Not a San Francisco Innovation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge A new form of evil is upon us. Or is it? 
  • A new form of evil is upon us. Or is it? 

News that four Smart Cars were upended in a spree of wanton violence besetting San Francsico's streets has rapidly traversed the globe. 

News stories from here, there, and everywhere have documented the upheaval of 7,200 pounds worth of Smart Cars. Would-be vandals have now been thoroughly informed just how easy it is to upend a tiny car (This harks to dispirited Berkeley officials of the late 1990s bemoaning, on television, just how easy it was to crack open a parking meter. They then demonstrated this feat -- on television -- and, within a day or so, no intact meters remained).  

Of course, anyone who cared to know the ins and outs of undoing a Smart could just look north, to Canada, where this is known as "Smart Tipping.

This 2009 story from the Great White North labels Smart Tipping "the latest prank trend." If for no other reason, it's worth a read as it quotes a man with the Pythonesque name of "Ken Lust." 

Perhaps San Franciscans will also soon catch on to the Canadian wonders of lacrosse, Terry Fox, and pronouncing "film" as "fill-em." 

Finally, while numerous reports on the plight of this and other cities' imperiled Smarts refer to cow-tipping, it has been thoroughly proved that the latter is a myth that's likely not even physically possible; a rural legend so to speak. 

Alas. Tipping a cow in a Smart -- now that would be a story. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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