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Brit Chops Car In Half To Protest Aggressive Clamping

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Parking a junk car on the side of the road in front of your house is a time honored grease monkey tradition. Ian Taylor was simply maintaining that tradition with his junk Ford Fiesta at his Tredworth, UK home when the Clampers tried to get one over on him. Though the Fiesta was parked only an inch on the pavement, a clamp was placed on the unlicensed car. Not one to let someone take advantage of him, Mr. Taylor took things into his own hands.

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After the clamping service refused to take the clamp off, and Ian refused to pay out of principle, the next step would be for the car to be seized for non-payment. Since it was about to be scrapped anyway, this was essentially and empty threat. So instead of letting them have a car they could sell, Ian did what any hard-headed guy would, chopped the car in half. Take that clampers. Congratulations Ian, you're today's real British hero. [BBC News Video and BBC News Story]

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So the car caught fire, big whoop. My house "caught fire" when I was replacing the shower control, I put it out with a damp washcloth, kept close by for exactly that purpose.

Seems to me Ian's had 'bout enough of the pinheads-that-be giving no wiggle room for life's little inconveniences, and for that I say, good on ya, mate. I know a lot of British roads are really narrow, but this is just too dogmatic for anyone's good health.

@Pope Dearthair the Awesometh: Damn right. Reduce it down to shoveling-sized bits. Tow truck? No. Pickup truck? Yes.

"Where's the Fiesta?"

"It's in this colorful assortment of bins. We burped them so it'd stay fresh longer."