Screenshot from YouTube.
Though bad driver behavior in Vilnius, Lithuania, hasn't quite reached Moscow-like levels yet, Mayor Arturas Zuokas had gotten sick and tired of cars parking illegally in the capital's bike lanes. While other city officials might have upped the number of traffic cops or raised fines for parking violations, the colorful Zuokas hopped into an armored vehicle and gleefully crushed an offending Mercedes underneath its treads.The video the mayor posted on his Facebook page - with the vigilante-style message "I've had enough of these drivers parking their luxury cars on bike lanes and pedestrian crossings" - quickly spread around the Web. After all, who hasn't entertained such revenge fantasies when seeing cars blocking access to bike lanes, sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, even fire hydrants?
But as cathartic as it looked, the car-crushing was, unsurprisingly, a set-up.
"You have to have a sense of humor in my line of work and I thought this would be a way of drawing attention to the fact that the city intends to be proactive in its fight against illegal parking," the mayor was quoted as saying by the Small World News Service, the BBC reported. (Whether the crushed car was properly recycled is unknown.)
Zuokas' commitment to two-wheeled transportation is no joke, however: According to the BBC, the Vilnius mayor is an avid cyclist and has created numerous bike lanes and introduced other measures to encourage city residents to start pedaling around.
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