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