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(London Evening Standard)   London tourist's car breaks down. Leaves note and goes for a walk. When he returns, he finds his car blown up by police and gets a parking ticket   (standard.co.uk) divider line 80
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2012-06-14 08:59:44 AM
Call the police
There's a madman around...
 
2012-06-14 09:17:04 AM
WTF??

I know it's usually better to be safe than sorry, but couldn't they make at least a token effort to see if the car is actually a threat before they blow the damn thing up?
 
2012-06-14 09:20:07 AM

mamoru: WTF??

I know it's usually better to be safe than sorry, but couldn't they make at least a token effort to see if the car is actually a threat before they blow the damn thing up?


Welcome to London.
 
2012-06-14 09:22:27 AM

gilgigamesh: Welcome to London.


Do they at least have signs up? Something like "No Parking ANY TIME - Violators Will Have Their Cars Blown Up"...
 
2012-06-14 09:35:23 AM
I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives
 
2012-06-14 09:46:47 AM
You have 30 minutes to move your charred cube.

baconbag.com
 
2012-06-14 10:00:16 AM
Things that are left where they aren't supposed to be have been exploded in London since the 70's.

AN ex gf of mine left her handbag out in Heathrow and it shut down the airport for an hour while they exploded it.
 
2012-06-14 10:28:17 AM

Tigger: Things that are left where they aren't supposed to be have been exploded in London since the 70's.

AN ex gf of mine left her handbag out in Heathrow and it shut down the airport for an hour while they exploded it.


That's nothing, I was at the tube station two summers ago and left my grandfather on the bench to watch our bags while I purchased tickets. He fell asleep and they exploded him four minutes later.
 
2012-06-14 11:03:18 AM

SmackLT: Tigger: Things that are left where they aren't supposed to be have been exploded in London since the 70's.

AN ex gf of mine left her handbag out in Heathrow and it shut down the airport for an hour while they exploded it.

That's nothing, I was at the tube station two summers ago and left my grandfather on the bench to watch our bags while I purchased tickets. He fell asleep and they exploded him four minutes later.


A good trick here is to attach a bungee cord to grandpa's head so it bobs up and down making him look awake.
 
2012-06-14 12:17:29 PM
I wonder if he got the rental insurance.
 
2012-06-14 12:19:42 PM
Why would anyone drive in London? I'd rather have root canal.
 
2012-06-14 12:21:08 PM
Couldn't find a meter, but here's four bucks.
 
2012-06-14 12:21:36 PM
Ponzholio: I wonder if he got the rental insurance.

Why I always get the walk away insurance when I rent something.

/drive it like you stole it
 
2012-06-14 12:22:59 PM

mamoru: gilgigamesh: Welcome to London.

Do they at least have signs up? Something like "No Parking ANY TIME - Violators Will Have Their Cars Blown Up"...


Yes.

/Dear Police
I just left my car-bomb here outside the Houses of Parliament for half an hour while I make my getaway, please do not interfere with it before it explodes.
Signed Al Qaida
 
2012-06-14 12:25:16 PM
Hmm... this car might blow up. Better blow it up just to be safe.
 
2012-06-14 12:26:54 PM

colinspooky: I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives


There is a such thing as bomb stiffing dogs
 
2012-06-14 12:29:51 PM
What really happened. They ran the plates seeing that the car was rented to Nima Hosseini Razi and just blew it the fark up.
/Name seemed brown enough
 
2012-06-14 12:30:42 PM
If you break down near Storey's Gate
Better not walk away
A Ford Mondeo got blowed up Wednesday, mate
'splosians of London again

Kabooooom
'splosians in London.
KabooOOOooooooom
 
2012-06-14 12:31:35 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: colinspooky: I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives

There is a such thing as bomb stiffing dogs


Actually, there isn't. They do have ones that can sniff them out though.
 
2012-06-14 12:31:35 PM
Next on Top Gear... We blow up a reasonable priced car.
 
2012-06-14 12:31:45 PM

mamoru: WTF??

I know it's usually better to be safe than sorry, but couldn't they make at least a token effort to see if the car is actually a threat before they blow the damn thing up?


To be fair, what he did is pretty much equivalent to abandoning a car at the entrance to the White House or the Capitol in DC - I'm guessing the police wouldn't be taking any chances in those cases either.
 
2012-06-14 12:31:57 PM
Was it Brazilian car?
 
2012-06-14 12:32:52 PM
That's what you get for driving a Ford.
 
2012-06-14 12:33:03 PM
The take-away lesson here?

If you break down in a city and can't park properly don't abandon your vehicle. At the least it will get towed against your wishes.
 
2012-06-14 12:33:36 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: What really happened. They ran the plates seeing that the car was rented to Nima Hosseini Razi and just blew it the fark up.
/Name seemed brown enough


International rule of thumb for terrorism:

white or yellow? probably mellow.
black or brown? take 'im down.
 
2012-06-14 12:34:18 PM
Was it this guy?

www.comedy.co.uk
 
2012-06-14 12:35:09 PM

colinspooky: I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives


So I could just park a car in a parking spot and detonate it no problem? Do they never place any type of car parking areas near any sensitive buildings? It just seems a tad extreme to destroy cars illegally parked.
 
2012-06-14 12:36:13 PM
I think branch thrashing is sufficient.

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-06-14 12:36:26 PM

Ponzholio: I wonder if he got the rental insurance.


yup... that was my question... because i always get the insurance that will let me bring my car back in a box.
 
2012-06-14 12:37:06 PM

SmackLT: Tigger: Things that are left where they aren't supposed to be have been exploded in London since the 70's.

AN ex gf of mine left her handbag out in Heathrow and it shut down the airport for an hour while they exploded it.

That's nothing, I was at the tube station two summers ago and left my grandfather on the bench to watch our bags while I purchased tickets. He fell asleep and they exploded him four minutes later.


Penguins on the telly are particularly dangerous.
 
2012-06-14 12:37:27 PM
If he signed his name on the note that's what did it.

He has a terrorist sounding name.
 
2012-06-14 12:38:09 PM
So a tourist that looks like a gypsy is making this claim?
 
2012-06-14 12:39:24 PM
After reading the article, I felt like it was a missing script page from Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
 
2012-06-14 12:39:25 PM

Merltech: Next on Top Gear... We blow up a reasonable priced car.


Next on Doctor Who- the car will be a hidden alien threat.
 
2012-06-14 12:41:05 PM

Carn: That's what you get for driving a Ford.


Found On Road Detonated.
Freaked Over "Razi" Destroyed.
 
2012-06-14 12:41:51 PM
 
2012-06-14 12:42:02 PM

Neato: colinspooky: I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives

So I could just park a car in a parking spot and detonate it no problem? Do they never place any type of car parking areas near any sensitive buildings? It just seems a tad extreme to destroy cars illegally parked.


I'm not sure, but I do remember being given a booklet before being let out in charge of a boat on the Thames with a very scary bit about the consequences of entering the exclusion zone around the houses of parliament.

The same booklet also advised you not to get within a kilometer in front of the big container ships in the port area, in case they sink you and don't even notice. Fortunately I was only going to be in a nice safe bit a few miles upstream from either!
 
2012-06-14 12:43:59 PM
"Dear Sir or Madam, this car is broken. I am just waiting for the AA to arrive. Please do not fine! Thank you, yours sincerely."

Hey, he was just waiting for his sponsor.
 
2012-06-14 12:44:23 PM
Bwahahaha.

XD

Yeah, the guy's name didn't help, if they looked up the information on the car. Walking away and leaving the car is full of derp. Frankly, I don't necessarily buy that leaving the allegedly "broken" car was an innocent act, anyway. We have no way of knowing that the car was really broken down or whether that was just a cover story.

This could have been a dry run to test police response. It's how I would do things if I was probing potential weaknesses for attacks. I'd use completely deniable sleepers doing completely "innocent" things. Investigate, and they're clean and harmless, see? How dare you suspect such a nice person with such a clean record simply for being brown or having the wrong name or being of the wrong faith. You awful, suspicious, horrible racist, you.

I would do a number of probing, suspicious, non-attacks with people who had the "wrong" profile but turned out to be completely innocent---to desensitize the public and officials for my real attack(s)
 
2012-06-14 12:44:34 PM
The new Olympic sport: controlled automobile exploding.

/...aaand, he stuck the landing!
 
2012-06-14 12:47:06 PM

Carn: That's what you get for driving a Ford.


Can anyone spin a Pinto joke out of this? I'm not really awake yet.
 
2012-06-14 12:49:15 PM
You have 30 minutes to move your debris.
 
2012-06-14 12:50:21 PM
Middle eastern name and his car was blown up by the cops? Outrageous!

Oh, he was in business school? OK, I don't have a problem with that.
 
2012-06-14 12:52:16 PM
"Couldn't find a meter, but here's 4 bucks."

/quid
 
2012-06-14 12:52:33 PM
No one expects the British inquisition.
 
2012-06-14 12:52:39 PM

mamoru: I know it's usually better to be safe than sorry, but couldn't they make at least a token effort to see if the car is actually a threat before they blow the damn thing up?


It is a bit extreme. Sometime in the 80s, I watched the police (or maybe MPs) deal with a car parked illegally and close to a Royal Naval Dockyard (i.e. a potential IRA target). That time they used a shotgun mounted on this tracked robot thing to blow the locks out, and then have a peak inside. Still lots of damage I expect, but not as bad as blowing it up.

Also, what would have happened if the car really did contain a few 100 lbs of explosive? Did they evacuate the House of Commons first?
 
2012-06-14 12:55:50 PM

whither_apophis


Penguins on the telly are particularly dangerous.


Especially around 8:00.
 
2012-06-14 12:56:44 PM

ImpendingCynic: Carn: That's what you get for driving a Ford.

Can anyone spin a Pinto joke out of this? I'm not really awake yet.


How about "He should have driven a Pinto. It would have blown itself up and saved the authorities the trouble!"

/nuthin
 
2012-06-14 12:58:18 PM
Boom goes the dynamite!!!
 
2012-06-14 01:05:02 PM

colinspooky: I am surprised by the negative reactions. He walked off. Authorities see car at side of road where it shouldn't be, in a sensitive area and are supposed to ignore it because of a note. Hey, car bombers - new plan - don't stay in the vehicle when you detonate. Just park up, leave a note on the screen so it can be detonated at a more convenient time.

Brilliant - saves a fortune in recruitment drives


I hate you and your kind.
 
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