21st Century Cow Tipping

I sure hope they keep this little prank in Amsterdam and it doesn’t invade the U.S.

Seems “Smart tossing” is the hot new activity for buzzed out Amsterdam youth. They toss Smart cars into the nearest canal.

A similar conversation took place at Varley and Chickie’s home last evening. Bob and Felicia had taken a ride through the Kentucky version of the hood, which is a very diverse neighborhood of Mexicans, African Americans, Bosnians, Vietnamese, etc. etc.

Nancy said she would take Chickie there someday since she had never been. Bob suggested that she shouldn’t drive her Smart. “They would pick you up and carry you off.”

Laffs all around.

Smart car at Amsterdam canal

Smart car parked alongside Amsterdam canal.
Photo by Tinou Bao

According to locally-published newspaper De Telegraaf police has not wanted to publicize this form of vandalism for fear of copy-cat incidents. However, police officers are paying extra attention to Amsterdam’s canals, especially during the weekends.

The Smart cars are small enough to be parked with head or tail pointing to the water.

One man who parked his Smart car that way said police woken him with the message that his car had been pushed into the canal.

“Several weeks ago the same thing happened to my companion’s Smart,” Casper de Jong said. “In both cases the Smart was declared a total-loss.”

Alongside most canals a low guard rail helps prevent cars from taking a dip, but the Smart car is small enough to be lifted and tossed.

It is not clear how many Smart cars have been vandalized this way, but an employee of Smart Center Amsterdam confirmed the company has recently been confronted with it ‘a number of times.’

Shouldn’t be a problem here in Podunkyville:

  • no canals
  • car is tucked away in garage by 9 p.m.
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21st Century Cow Tipping — 6 Comments

  1. You know, it says a lot about the Smart Car that you can actually fit your tall self into one of them. Can you believe we actually have a couple of those flitting around the (rather serious) mountain country around here where there isn’t a flat stretch of road for miles?
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  2. @Kirk:
    Not that tall… but wide… tyvm for not adding that.
    We have lots of hills in KY (which really is what VT has) and using the paddle shifter makes them easy to buzz up.
    Using the auto shift isn’t as much fun because the Smart is always trying to decide which gear is perfect.
    .-= GoingLikeSixty´s last blog ..Caption This! =-.

  3. OMG, that’s terrible for the owners of SMART cars. You’re right, the possibility of that happening in the US is next to nil–so far–we gotta have our big cars! 🙂

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