I don’t condone tipping other people’s cars into canals.
Destruction of property is a pointless, crass, and unacceptable behavior that is never funny… unless it involves tiny cars and Dutch canals.
Here’s the deal: It seems some pranksters in the Netherlands have discovered that the smart fortwo is an easy target when parked precariously near Amsterdam’s canals. Just lift up the car by the front and…what do you know…it easily tips right into the waiting canal below.
I’m guessing it takes a certain amount of alcohol before the vandals think this actually seems like a good idea, but you have to admit that the thought of multiple minuscule fortwos bobbing in Dutch canals makes you smile.
Maybe this isn’t just a prank, though. Maybe it’s strategy to eradicate competition in the small-car market. Perhaps you read about GM’s Bob Lutz jetting to “the Caribbean” after chastising his own company’s ad campaigns. Maybe “the Caribbean” is actually code for “I’ll be in the Netherlands tipping tiny cars into the water to make room in the market for the Chevy Spark, since it’s obvious our advertising won’t work.”
If this car-tipping thing catches on, the Dutch just might pass on purchasing a 1,600-pound smart car in favor of a 4,500-pound Hummer H3. The only way that’ll go under water is if the loan ends up way more valuable than the car.
As funny as I think smart tipping is, I think the still-at-large vandals could have a lot more fun just moving the cars.
Imagine how funny it would be to get a group of four guys together, each taking a corner of a smart car or MINI Cooper, and carrying it onto a sidewalk before retreating to the bushes and watching the befuddled owner try to figure out how his or her car got there.
Hilarious… and no harm done.
Come on, the thought of “smart tipping” makes you laugh, doesn’t it?