This prank is just dumb.
A group of men donning hoodies is terrorizing San Francisco Smart car owners, flipping over four of the teensy vehicles during the early morning hours Monday and committing what police say is felony vandalism.
The tossed two-seaters, which weigh just 1,800 pounds each, were found within a 10-block radius in the city’s Bernal Heights and Portola neighborhoods, KNTV-TV reported.
One was upside down on its roof and front windshield, two were on their sides and a fourth was perilously perched on its rear bumper. Each car had broken windows, scratches and dings from being moved during the night.
“Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger,” Shelley Gallivan, who was watching her friend’s Smart car when it was wrecked, told the NBC affiliate.
A witness told cops he saw a group of six to eight people wearing hoodies damage at least one of the cars, known for their small size and good gas mileage, while he was outside smoking around 1 a.m.
“They looked like they were up to no good,” Brandon Michael told the news station. “And sure enough, they huddled around it and lifted it up.
“They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs,” he said of the upright vehicles.
But police say the prank is no laughing matter. If caught, the men will face felony vandalism charges, which could result in jail time and fines, San Francisco Police spokesman Gordon Shyy told the station.
More than 45,000 of the cars have been sold in the United States since the first was shipped to Manhattan in January 2008, according to the company website.
Almost as soon as the cars were imported, they became a target for mischief-seeking pranksters. They’re popular in urban centers because their small size makes it easy to maneuver into parking spaces or chug along narrow city streets.
The trend hit north of the border in 2009, when the Toronto Star wrote of the mini-car menace sweeping the city.
“The first reaction is shock and disbelief,” Ken Lust, who had his car vandalized in 2006, told the newspaper. “The second reaction is anger because your car has been vandalized. It’s the same feeling, I guess, if you walked out and saw your paint all scratched up or your windows smashed in.”
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