Eco-Vandals Trash Hummer

Attack on $38K gas-guzzler called a 'hate crime'
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2007 2:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 32-year-old man in Northwest DC woke to find his dream car—a $38,000 Hummer—with slashed tires, smashed windows, and a message carved into its body: "FOR THE ENVIRON." In a green-friendly neighborhood dominated by hybrids, two masked eco-extremists decided to punish Gareth Groves by mutilating his favorite possession.

After the incident, says a friend, "one in five people who come by have that 'you-got-what-you-deserve' look." But some opposed to the gas guzzler sympathized with its owner. The vandals should have expressed their politics "in a legal way," said a neighbor who drives a Prius—which gets 48mpg to a Hummer's 15mpg. "I consider this a hate crime."