From the New York Times
Fed up with the number of luxury vehicles parking in a bike path along a main thoroughfare in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, the city’s mayor, Arturas Zuokas, released a video in which he uses some military-grade machinery to crush an illegally parked Mercedes Benz.
“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,” his spokeswoman, Irma Juskenaite, told the Guardian. “The mayor hopes that he will not have to repeat his performance,” she said, “although he says that he is prepared to do so.”
Posted on the mayor’s YouTube channel and clearly staged, the gonzo public service announcement quickly struck a nerve online, drawing some to imagine their own cities’ mayors in such a role.