Defaced Scooters Found in Ocean Beach

by on June 19, 2019 · 4 comments

in Ocean Beach

Earlier this week, local station Fox5 found “Dozens of electric scooters and bikes were found damaged or defaced with inappropriate words  in Ocean Beach Monday,”, adding the damaged scooters caused “a bit of an eyesore.” Of course, this reporter ignored the eyesores caused by dozens of scooters everywhere else.

Some of the scooters and bikes were spray-painted; for instance, one said, “Bird sucks”; others had spray-paint on their handles and sides. Others were damaged and weren’t able to be used.  At least one scooter  had a flat tire.

Fox5 also reported:

As of Monday evening, San Diego police had not received any official reports of vandalism regarding scooters or bikes in Ocean Beach.

Of course, these are not the first reports of damaged or junked scooters or bikes. Less than a year ago, the LA Times reported:

… some residents are taking matters into their own hands and waging a guerrilla war against the [scooters and dockless bikes]. These vandals are destroying or desecrating the vehicles in disturbingly imaginative ways, and celebrating their illegal deeds on social media — in full view of authorities and the public.

One Venice Beach maintenance guy stated: “They throw them everywhere: in the ocean, in the sand, in the trash can.” All the time he comes across scooter parts on the boardwalk and adjoining alleys.

The Times also reported:

… the scooter destruction has elicited little sympathy or outrage — to say nothing of criminal investigations. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division has received just one report of scooter vandalism that resulted in an arrest, but the case was rejected by the prosecutor. The Santa Monica Police Department said it hasn’t received any such reports.

Lt. Michael Soliman, who supervises the LAPD Pacific Division’s Venice Beach detail, said he’s aware of some vandalism — his team has seen scooters left in a pile 10 feet high. But because people aren’t reporting such incidents, it’s not something officers are responding to, he said.

“If we have to prioritize the allocation of our time and resources, first and foremost we’re going to prioritize the preservation of life,” Soliman said. “Protection of property comes second.”

Coincidentally or not, Bird has its headquarters In Venice. And there City Council members voted to cap the number of scooters on city streets while officials craft longer-term regulations, unlike here in San Diego, there’s not limits on the actual numbers of scooters being unleashed on our streets, sidewalks and roadways.

The Times continued:

While most tech entrepreneurs expect some criticism and calls for regulation when they introduce new and potentially disruptive products, they don’t necessarily anticipate the outright destruction of their property. They also don’t expect to see such carnage celebrated and encouraged on social media.

Yet mayhem directed at dockless scooters is the order of the day on Instagram’s “Bird Graveyard,” whose contributors relish publishing photos and videos of scooters that have been set aflame, tossed into canals, smeared with feces and snapped into pieces. The account has more than 24,000 followers.




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retired botanist June 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Haha, so tempting to sign up for social media just to see that 10′ pile of scooter rubble! I mean, hullo? This kind of backlash bound to happen. So just what do these tech-savvy, smart-aleck scooter companies have planned for the perpetual environmental clean-up from such “citizen activism”?! :-)


Peter from South O June 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Considering that the scourge started up North and spread like a fungus South, we are about a year behind in the backlash developing.

From a year ago in San Francisco:


sealintheSelkirks June 20, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Ahahahahaha! I’m sorry but it’s funny!

A for-profit company can just leave their crap scattered all over the public sidewalks and streets and parks and parking lots all over the city and…they don’t get tickets for littering? Hell, here’s a great revenue generator! Ticket every single scooter and bike left…anywhere but returned to the rental companies lots. Oh wait, they don’t HAVE any lots because their plan is to…have them dumped all over the city on public property.

And people whine about the homeless RV’ers. At least they’re sensibly parked!

I’m assuming these companies are LLC so they have limited liability if somebody gets hurt tripping over the damn things! Well of course he says…

I watched a 20something zip across a busy street off the sidewalk down in the city last week onto the next corner’s sidewalk and do a full faceplant with flip. Airborne, dude! Don’t know what he hit as I was heading out of town in a far lane as I was being the driver for my neighbor who just had another eye cataract removed at the VA and I didn’t stop.

I did notice his cellphone went flying out of his hand, though. At least it looked like one from where I was! Could there have been a connection? Scooting while texting? A people stupid? Don’t answer that.



Vern June 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

The City of San Diego has already paid out $1.7 million in damages caused by scooter accidents. Thanks Taxpayers!


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