This is a pretty sad story. Right up there with the load of Porsches getting hit by a train and the fans finishing off the Porsche 911 that had caught on fire after a football game.
It seems there is a movement against people who own nice German cars in Berlin. One gal returned from vacation recently and couldn’t find her Mercedes SLK. Turns out it had been torched and the car was completely destroyed. This is one of 29 such arson attacks on vehicles in Berlin THIS YEAR. The latest being an attack on a Porsche on Feb 14th.
Bloomberg.com has quite a bit of info on the outrage of youth across Europe at the economic recession. Here’s what they had to say about what’s happening in Berlin:
While youths in Athens protest by throwing Molotov cocktails, in Paris by toppling barricades, and in Budapest by hurling eggs at politicians, protesters in Berlin rage at their economic plight by targeting the most expensive cars — symbols of German wealth and power.
A group calling itself BMW — the initials stand for Movement for Militant Resistance in German — has claimed responsibility for several attacks in left-wing magazines and Web sites, police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski said. [Via Bloomberg.com]
I’m not sure what they’re hoping to accomplish by torching a nice car. It doesn’t seem like driving wealthy people out of a neighborhood or city is the answer. Nor does torching a car that will end up getting paid for by the very insurance companies that cover everyone’s insurance needs. That only leads to higher rates across the boards.
I personally don’t think it’s the wealthy who got us into the mess. However, as much as I disagree with their thinking, I will decline to go into my thoughts on why we are where we are as a country/world to save myself from looking like an idiot.
It reminds me of the movement against Hummer owners a few years ago. I’m not a big Hummer fan (although I did rent an H3 one time and was surprised to find it was a pretty cool ride), but that doesn’t mean I advocate going around keying, spray painting, or otherwise making the average Hummer owner’s life miserable. It just doesn’t accomplish anything.
It’s kind of sad what behavior people are able to justify in their minds. We sure are quick to blame others for our part in what’s been created. After all, it wasn’t one particular person or group of people who put us where we are today. We all had a hand in it or at least the opportunity to have a hand in it (whether we chose to take that opportunity or not is another matter).
What we need is a Pay-It-Forward Movement. A worldwide “turn that frown upside down”/”random act of kindness”/”show a little brotherly love” type of thing. Might put us all in a better frame of mind to deal with what’s really at the source of our anger.