Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Admit it! You've been tempted to try this...

Scandinavian Indians? Whodda thunk it? Here's a wonderfully goofy idea, one that would no doubt get you arrested here in car-obsessed America. Protest the environmental impact of ginormous SUVs by deflating their tires. Presumably, this would deflate the owner's ego as well as his, um, manliness. There's no denying that ownership of a hulking, over-powered, over-weight beast of a machine has a huge impact on manliness, unless it's lying there all limp and useless. The car, that is.

I love this last bit:
"The police are looking into the case as vandalism, although there is some dispute among legal experts as to whether the temporary inconvenience of having one's tyres deflated actually consitutes wilful damage of property."

There's a remote possibility that the Finnish Indians will make peace with the SUV-drivin' infidels. They could offer a gift of feathers, beads, and lutefisk. On second thought, this could be a long, bitter fight.

Excerpts follow, but the link will take you to the full article.


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(Image from Militant Angeleno, August 2007)

Environmental activist group “Asphalt Indians” deflate tyres of SUVs


A campaign of emptying the tyres of sports utility vehicles in the name of protecting the climate, carried out by a group calling themselves "Indians of the Asphalt Jungle", is believed to have spread to Finland.

In the South-western city of Turku, after the weekend, the air has been let out of the tyres of at least three parked vehicles on Sirkkalankatu and in the Ylioppilaskylä student village.

A note was left on the windscreen of each of the targeted SUVs, saying "Your city SUV kills".
In the same note the target of the act of vandalism was consoled: "Do not take this personally, it is only your car that we do not like".


...Det. Sgt. Harri Savolainen of the criminal police says that "all four tyres of each of the vehicles have been emptied, but the tyres have not been slashed. That is not how they operate."
Savolainen believes that more similar attacks may still well be reported to the police through the Internet during the course of the week.


...The police are looking into the case as vandalism, although there is some dispute among legal experts as to whether the temporary inconvenience of having one's tyres deflated actually consitutes wilful damage of property. In any event, there may be claims for compensation in prospect against the perpetrators, for instance for the vehicle-owners' taxi and towtruck costs.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Steve at Bike of Doom said...

I've thought of getting bumper stickers made, or perhaps just little leaflets, to stick under the wipers of SUV's and big 4x4 trucks:

"Big Truck? Teeny weenie."

I think the bumper sticker would be the better idea: the driver might not find it until somebody pointed it out.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Fritz said...

Some induhviduals who probably thought it hilarious threw tacks on the road yesterday along the route of the Tour of California. Several cyclists flatted yesterday because of these tacks.

6:51 PM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

I can't support the Asphalt Indians or that type of mindset. I think it's counterproductive, invasive and more than a little rude.

5:21 PM  

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