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Frustrated Lithuanian Mayor Boards Tank, Crushes Car to Send Pro-Bike Message

August 3, 2011

A Eastern European mayor frustrated over people illegally parking their luxury vehicles in his city’s designated bike lanes boarded a tank to make sure his message would be heard “loud and clear.”

Arturas Zuokas, mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, released a video featuring himself at the controls of an eight-wheeled, camouflaged tank running over and crushing an illegally parked Mercedes Benz.

When the apparent owner of the vehicle comes out of a store to see the damage done, Zuokas shakes his hand and and tells him, “Next time, park your car legally.”

“Mayor Zuokas wanted his message to be loud and clear that the city will not tolerate brazen and disrespectful behavior by drivers who disobey parking rules.” Irma Juskenaite, Zuokas’ spokeswoman, told the U.K. Guardian.

“The mayor hopes that he will not have to repeat his performance to have drivers heed his message, although he says that he is prepared to do so,” she said.

She added that the car was bought specifically for the stunt.

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