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Flipping Over Smart Cars In San Francisco Is Now A Thing

Someone has been car tipping.

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All four cars were found in or near the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood.

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The first two cars were found just a few blocks apart on Anderson Street, with one flipped onto its roof and the second on its side. The third car, flipped on its side, was reported about 1:30 a.m. on Sweeny and Bowdoin streets near the Portola District. The fourth car was discovered on its side Monday morning at about 9 a.m. at Coso and Prospect avenues near Bernal Heights.

The cars, which usually cost around $13,000, all sustained shattered windows and other damage. After being discovered, the Smart cars were placed upright and towed away.


Brandon Michael, a witness, said he was was smoking a cigarette around 1 a.m. Monday when he saw six to eight people wearing black hoodies flipping over the cars.

The Smart car was brought into production in the early 1990s, but didn't come to the U.S. untill 2008. It is designed with just two seats to be compact and therefore easier to park in tight spaces and more fuel-efficient.

This isn't the first time Smart cars have been tipped. In 2009, the cars were flipped in Canada, and in 2011 a smart car was videotaped being tipped during a riot in Vancouver.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.

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