Vandals flipped over a handful of miniature Smart cars parked in two typically quiet San Francisco neighborhoods on Monday, authorities said.
San Francisco police officers responding to reports of a loud crash at about 1 a.m. found four of the tiny energy-efficient vehicles upside down, on their side or rear, Officer Gordon Shyy said.
Witnesses told police a group of six to eight people dressed in black hooded sweatshirts gathered around and tipped over at least one car in Bernal Heights, an upscale and family-oriented neighborhood, Shyy said.
So-called "Smart tipping" became an issue several years ago in Canada and Amsterdam, where pranksters would lift the two-seaters and plop them onto their sides or dump them into canals over a series of months in 2009, auto blogs and other media reported at the time.
Smart cars, made by a division of German auto manufacturer Daimler AG, are more than three feet (one meter) shorter than a Mini Cooper and almost five feet shorter than a Volkswagon Beetle with little cargo space.