• 76
Gareth Groves had his newly-acquired 2005 HUMMER H2 SUT on the road for just five days, and now it's out of commission. Groves lives in what a neighbor described to The Washington Post as "liberal leaning" community. That same person felt compelled to add that "It's ridiculous to be driving a HUMMER." Apparently, she's not the only one who felt that way.
[Source: The Washington Post]

Groves' lifted and accessorized H2 didn't fit in his garage, so he had to street-park it in front of the house he and his mother share. After being the recipient of dirty looks and snarky comments for days, a pair of masked men decided to up the ante. We're guessing that since neither the G8 nor the WTO were gathered to provide them with an excuse and venue for wanton property destruction, the duo decided to take out their frustrations on a vehicle that conflicted with their ideology. All the windows were worked over with baseball bats, most of the lights were taken out (police believe a machete was used for that) and all four tires were knifed. In a parting shot, the crew scratched "FOR THE ENVIRON" into the paintwork, showing that they either got scared off early, ran out of bodywork to write on, or are illiterate morons. Possibly all of the above. A blogger friend of mine summed up the incident perfectly, calling it a case of "sanctimonious vandalism."

In the wake of the crime, Groves and a friend said that they've been getting smug, self-satisfied looks from some neighbors who pass by the now-damaged H2. They're not all taking pleasure in Groves' plight, though. One woman also quoted in the article admitted she disliked HUMMERs and owned a t-shirt that mocked the big SUVs. That shirt, she said, would likely be retired, as the act of vandalism disgusted her. She even called it a "hate crime" and pointed out that there are plenty of ways to make a statement without destroying someone's property. Groves wants to get the truck repaired, but he worries now that if he does, the same thing might happen again. The ideal solution would be to move out of a neighborhood infested with preening, judgemental jerks. Short of that, we recommend he replace the HUMMER with one of these (you know, return that love he's feeling) and then equip it with a security system from Q Branch. That would probably discourage further acts of vandalism rather permanently.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      The disconnect here is that it's ASSumed that liberal, treehugger, ecoterrorists did this. It might have been just a couple of rich Bush brats out for a lark, and used the "for the environ" to deflect attention.

      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, that's an appropriate way for a couple of adults to act, it's stupid stuff like this that makes me loose all respect for the "I'm better than you because I drive a hybrid" crowd. I'm not a fan of Priuses, but I'm not going to vandalize one and break the law to get my point across.

      seriously people, act like adults, understand that people have other views than you and get over it, talk to the person that you don't like or agree with, don't cause thousands in damage in a childish stunt.

      maybe he should buy an actual monster truck, more monster than the SEMA 650 in the link above, and crush their cars, see how they like that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I loved the case a few years ago where a bunch of Hummers were torched in a dealer lot by eco-crazies. The smoke and such from the melting paint, plastic, and rubber put more pollutants into the air in one night than the vehicles alone ever could. I guess short sightedness is en vogue on both sides of the line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We should all do our part to keep the planet clean for the next generation of people that will be using it.

      That said, I get sick of hearing about the environment from people living in 6000+ square foot homes that require enormous amounts of heating and air conditioning. But hey, that's OK as long as you drive a Prius....right?

        • 8 Years Ago
        Amen brother! But you forgot the private jets used for appearences to "inform" us about our evil ways as well.
        • 8 Years Ago
        you mean 35,000 sq ft homes not 6,000 and they own more than one. the also fly in private jets all by themselves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      World's tiniest violin and all that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I HATE hummers just as much as they next guy because they serve no purpose and are only driven by yuppies whoes self esteem is lower than the hummers gas mileage but at the same time i respect someone elses property and would never touch another persons car.

      for shame eviromentalists (and hummers owners to a lesser degree, for now.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      People forget that this is the land of the free, and because of that great right, people can purchase whichever car they wish. I agree most people don't deserve the cars that they drive but that is just a pet peeve. No one should have their car destroyed on the grounds that someone else didn't like it.

      Now for all the environmentalists geeks.....

      I'm all for being responsilbe about the environment and all, littering, massive deforestation and the like. And granted all the exhaust gases from all the cars in the world are exactly making things better, there are worse things to be scared of than a money making agenda propagated by the government and eco-friendly groups. The IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, you know, the one all the news outlets and the Republicrats keep bringing up os seriously flawed and CANNOT prove that climate change is getting worse. There is however SCIENTIFIC FACT that there is a natural cycle every 1500 or so years that the Earth goes through periods of warming and cooling and that what we should all really be scared of is GLOBAL COOLING.

      I'va already ranted on long enough about Global Warming, everyone here can read a book "Unstoppable Global Warming" and tell me if that doesn't change your mind. Put it this way, if things are really as bad as they say, we honestly think we can fix it? It believe it's easier to get people to change from panic, and the government knows this, this act just perpetuates the notion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      back on subject though. no one deserves to have their property damaged even if they are socially challenged
      • 8 Years Ago
      and then run over some of the houses in his neighborhood when people are on vacation


      • 8 Years Ago
      This is why I don't even stop for environmentalist when they are on the street trying to convince people about this green movement. Now even more.
        • 8 Years Ago
        There isn't any logic behind these people that is why.. they just go by what they watch on the boob tube.. you know informative programming like E! TV.

        Lets not give them any hints about sports cars!
      • 8 Years Ago
      O.K., seriously.
      WHAT THE HECK!!! What makes you think that you should just go out, and D.E.S.T.R.O.Y. someones personal vehicle, JUST
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really love it when people come on here and say they hate Hummer's. It makes me laugh. I don't know what screwed up little world some of you people live in but Jesus Christ it's time for you to get a life. I bet if it was a Porsche that gets 10MPG you would'nt be bitching would you? Don't hate on the guy just because he can afford to buy what he wants. If he chooses to live with his mom, or have his mom live with him (whatever the case maybe), thats his perogative.

      If you really want to change something, go out and become an engineer and create a propulsion system that can propel one of these big bastards without polluting a single bit. People should be able to spend their money however they want.

      I personally think that the H2's are pretty cool. A friend of mine owns one and loves it all the way up until the point when he has to put gas in it. I average about 13 to 16 MPG in my Tahoe whereas he's getting about 8 to 12 MPG with a tailwind, headed downhill.
    • Load More Comments