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(USA Today)   Chinese seniors driving thousands tiny, unlicensed and illegal electric cars while daring the cops to stop them. "If the police want to confiscate my car, I'll tell them to take my wife too"   (usatoday.com) divider line 51
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2013-12-05 09:01:45 AM  
What could be more safe than a bunch of elderly Chinese people zipping around in tiny cars?
 
2013-12-05 09:19:20 AM  
Chinese Farmers Markets must be a constant barage of silent whirring followed by one or two stalls being taken out.

0 deaths.
 
2013-12-05 09:24:00 AM  
Admires the cut of the man's jib


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2013-12-05 09:24:05 AM  

UberDave: What could be more safe than a bunch of elderly Chinese people zipping around in tiny cars?


At least they aren't big cars
 
2013-12-05 09:24:19 AM  
cdn.mos.totalfilm.com

Stop stealing my jokes, kid.
 
2013-12-05 09:25:02 AM  
Are the cars named Dangerfields?

/you went my cah? Hey buddy, take my wife, please!
 
2013-12-05 09:25:57 AM  

SDRR: Admires the cut of the man's jib


*shakes tiny fist
 
2013-12-05 09:34:18 AM  
kungfumoviemadness.com

/What a defiant elderly Chinese lady might look like...
 
2013-12-05 09:38:13 AM  
Those scrappy little Asians.
 
2013-12-05 09:38:28 AM  
 
2013-12-05 09:42:18 AM  
25 mph is about all I can go on my commute to work. I'd want one.
 
2013-12-05 09:43:58 AM  
My current commute vehicle is a big empty minivan. Would love to have a small inexpensive electric commuter car like that. How's it run in the snow?
 
2013-12-05 09:45:45 AM  
Ching:  Dual battery lines, 5" shopping cart tires, got quad potentiometers on the floor...  My Constant Wealth with blow the doors off your Handsome Horse.

Chong:  (drives off pissed.)
 
2013-12-05 09:48:36 AM  
Old Chinese people are very smart.
 
2013-12-05 09:49:28 AM  
I thought Drew's dad lived in Asheville?
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2013-12-05 09:52:40 AM  
Chinese 4 seater? more likely for only  or 2 Americans.
 
2013-12-05 10:07:14 AM  
I saw a bunch of these when I was in China last month. Most of them are pretty small, and 1-2 seaters. One reason they are popular is that most major cities have separate bike lanes and they use them on those, so it's much faster than the car traffic lanes. Also, bike lanes are often 2-way even when the car lanes are one-way.
 
2013-12-05 10:09:41 AM  
While these buyers seem accepting of the downsides of these vehicles, I'm wondering how long this will last. All it's going to take to shut things down would be a couple of high-profile crashes.  While the threat of lawsuits may be lower in the US, they wouldn't survive the awakening of official attention that grieving relatives would bring, especially if these relatives have any friends in the Party.

/Side note: I like the fact that a crash in a modern car is much more survivable than 40 years ago.
 
2013-12-05 10:13:08 AM  

blanchae: My current commute vehicle is a big empty minivan. Would love to have a small inexpensive electric commuter car like that. How's it run in the snow?



It's right there under the plow. Oops.
 
2013-12-05 10:16:51 AM  
Rodney Dangerfield didn't say "take my wife, please".
jesus christ, kids today.
 
2013-12-05 10:24:39 AM  

doubled99: Rodney Dangerfield didn't say "take my wife, please".
jesus christ, kids today.


No kidding. Henny Youngman gets no respect.

/Ironic, eh?
 
2013-12-05 10:36:04 AM  
draypresct: While these buyers seem accepting of the downsides of these vehicles, I'm wondering how long this will last. All it's going to take to shut things down would be a couple of high-profile crashes.  While the threat of lawsuits may be lower in the US, they wouldn't survive the awakening of official attention that grieving relatives would bring, especially if these relatives have any friends in the Party.


Possibly. The Chinese way of resolving car accidents is much different from the US. The two sides basically stand on the street and argue while onlookers gather, and they finally agree on a payment and the guilty party hands over cash on the spot. Sometimes a policeman is called in to mediate, but that's about it. I assume there is such a thing as auto insurance in China, but I'm not sure how often claims are actually made.

I only saw minor accidents, so I'm not sure what they do when there's a more horrific accident and someone dies. In the cities, the congestion is usually so bad that it's hard to get up to killing speed anyway though.
 
2013-12-05 10:37:30 AM  
Chinese seniors driving thousands tiny, unlicensed cars...

of, subby. You forgot the word "of"
 
2013-12-05 10:44:10 AM  

hogans: doubled99: Rodney Dangerfield didn't say "take my wife, please".
jesus christ, kids today.

No kidding. Henny Youngman gets no respect.

/Ironic, eh?


They should have never given Ed Sullivan the finger.
 
2013-12-05 10:46:22 AM  

ameeriklane: draypresct: While these buyers seem accepting of the downsides of these vehicles, I'm wondering how long this will last. All it's going to take to shut things down would be a couple of high-profile crashes.  While the threat of lawsuits may be lower in the US, they wouldn't survive the awakening of official attention that grieving relatives would bring, especially if these relatives have any friends in the Party.


Possibly. The Chinese way of resolving car accidents is much different from the US. The two sides basically stand on the street and argue while onlookers gather, and they finally agree on a payment and the guilty party hands over cash on the spot. Sometimes a policeman is called in to mediate, but that's about it. I assume there is such a thing as auto insurance in China, but I'm not sure how often claims are actually made.

I only saw minor accidents, so I'm not sure what they do when there's a more horrific accident and someone dies. In the cities, the congestion is usually so bad that it's hard to get up to killing speed anyway though.


You wouldn't need a lot of speed for one of these drivers to get killed. These are fragile drivers in fragile cars. Tipping one over might kill an elderly driver. A truck could probably roll right over/through one of these just by backing up without looking or making a turn across a lane, which would kill any driver regardless of age.
 
2013-12-05 10:49:29 AM  
"If the police want to confiscate my car, I'll tell them to take my wife too"

Wait...you can DO that?!!?
 
2013-12-05 10:56:02 AM  
You can get rid of your wife that easily? Damn!
 
2013-12-05 10:59:01 AM  
Reminds me of this British car from years ago:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar
 
2013-12-05 11:01:21 AM  
While I was waiting to leave my parking spot yesterday, I watched someone in a smart car make a six point turn over the course of a minute.  Left 15 feet of space in the back and about a foot in the front.  I suspect it was the same old lady in the grocery store who left her cart sideways in the aisle.

I'm not young myself, and it's disturbing to think that at some point in the future I could lose all sense of spatial relations and/or common courtesy.
 
2013-12-05 11:17:26 AM  

Ker_Thwap: While I was waiting to leave my parking spot yesterday, I watched someone in a smart car make a six point turn over the course of a minute.  Left 15 feet of space in the back and about a foot in the front.  I suspect it was the same old lady in the grocery store who left her cart sideways in the aisle.

I'm not young myself, and it's disturbing to think that at some point in the future I could lose all sense of spatial relations and/or common courtesy.


VIKING FUNERAL TIME!
 
2013-12-05 11:25:05 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Always thought they had a two seater version of this
 
2013-12-05 11:27:12 AM  
www.gannett-cdn.com

Here's Yourge Yetson!
 
2013-12-05 11:29:57 AM  
Electric cars are illegal?  I told you the Chinese are Communists ..
 
2013-12-05 11:36:53 AM  
So basically the USA is more oppressive when it comes to transportation and China is more anarchy.
 
2013-12-05 11:47:54 AM  
That's a lot of accidents.
 
2013-12-05 11:54:33 AM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
What kind of tonnage can they take?
 
2013-12-05 11:58:28 AM  

flynn80: So basically the USA is more oppressive when it comes to transportation and China is more anarchy.


China's laws are more "top heavy" in that they are more restrictive on big-ticket items like free speech, trade, etc, but quality-of-life issues (like these mini-cars, or food saftey) are basically ignored. 

The chineses really, reeeeally dont like following thoes kinds of laws. I lost count of the number of times i was almost run over by bikes, cars, and motorcycles... while i was on the sidewalk.

its more of a "try and see what i can get away with" social contract amongst eachother than we have here.
 
2013-12-05 11:59:55 AM  
Of all people, the Chinese should know it's not a vagina.
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2013-12-05 12:29:19 PM  
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Joke's on them if they try to pull you over in this bad boy.


/probably not, though
 
2013-12-05 12:54:08 PM  

BigNumber12: [img.fark.net image 615x461]

Joke's on them if they try to pull you over in this bad boy.


/probably not, though


Nice. Can I get one in land raider form?.

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2013-12-05 01:35:47 PM  

BigNumber12: [img.fark.net image 615x461]

Joke's on them if they try to pull you over in this bad boy.


/probably not, though


DO WANT! That's now my second favorite. This is my first:

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2013-12-05 01:37:53 PM  

flynn80: So basically the USA is more oppressive when it comes to transportation and China is more anarchy.


this.
 
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2013-12-05 01:52:02 PM  

MBooda: Of all people,
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x566]



I'mma hit you like a 10-clown bug!
 
2013-12-05 02:25:45 PM  
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2013-12-05 02:26:55 PM  
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2013-12-05 02:28:00 PM  
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2013-12-05 02:30:39 PM  
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2013-12-05 02:47:44 PM  

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2013-12-05 03:30:32 PM  
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2013-12-05 04:09:27 PM  
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