Here’s how to protect your Smart car from getting tipped over

Hide your kids. Hide your Smart car.


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Published Apr 8, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:30 pm CDT

Americans are obsessed with flipping thing like cupsskateboards, and cows.

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In San Francisco a destructive flipping trend has reemerged after vandals tipped over four parked Smart cars in the Bernal Heights neighborhood Sunday evening.

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“A fourth Smart car—a small white one with a faded “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker—was discovered Monday about 9 a.m. at Coso and Prospect avenues between the Mission District and Bernal Heights,” NBC reported. A Smart car weighs about 1,500 pounds and costs about $13,000.

The criminals are still at large, according to San Francisco police, and could face felony vandalism charges if caught.

Smart, a division of Daimler AG in Germany, has yet to break its silence on Twitter over its vandalized vehicles.

In 2009 a Smart car was tipped over in Edmonton, Canada, by a 40-something-year-old man near a group of a bars. He was charged with mischief, according to

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While police track down San Francisco’s pranksters, this Twitter user has come up with a clever way to protect your Smart car.

Photo by the Pug Father/Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 8, 2014, 4:47 pm CDT