Last October, a Canadian Auntie from Richmond Hill– a town in the Greater Toronto Area– decided to go to the gym. She entered a parking lot, attempted to park her BMW SAV (no, that’s not a typo)…and gained international infamy for what happened next:
If you’re having trouble viewing that video, all you need to know is that it shows a blue truck in a parking lot driving in a wide arc towards a space. As the vehicle approaches the barrier which exists to keep cars in their designated parking spaces, you assume it will stop, but it doesn’t. It smoothly continues over the little concrete bump and on to the hoods of the two vehicles which face it. What’s startling and notable is the ease with which this happens. It’s not labored, at all. The surveillance video makes it seem like trampling the roof and hood of other vehicles is effortless and that all cars should come to rest on top of crumpled metal.
There is a momentary pause after that unintentional off-roading and then we see the BMW reverse carefully, back to where it should have parked. After five seconds, the driver slowly backs away from the space and the scene of her crime, and exits the parking lot. That isn’t just a hit-and-run; it’s a flatten-and-roll.
It’s amazing to behold.
So is the next part of this smashing news story, which occurred almost a week after the monster mash:
An owner of one of the vehicles was an employee at the health club…Todd Jamison, peered out of the health club windows and saw the very same vehicle he had had been watching over and over again on the surveillance video.
It was the culprit!
Soon the authorities were called and Tripta Kaushal gave up the chase. [AOL Autos]
That was last year. Kaushal was a headline-maker again this week, when she was sentenced:
She appeared before Justice Simon C. Armstrong in a Newmarket courtroom Tuesday with her guilty plea. She was given a $500 fine and ordered to pay restitution to the two victims whose vehicles were damaged. She was also given six months probation and a driving prohibition between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. [Globe and Mail]
The gym employee whose car was destroyed made news, too:
One victim in the YouTube hit “Worst Parking Job Ever!” found a brand-new car in his parking space Friday.
Todd Jamison planned to take the day off to shop for a used vehicle a week after a driver trashed his 2004 Hyundai Elantra, which he had just finished paying off.
But when colleagues called him into the office on a pretense, he found a shiny 2010 Hyundai Elantra in the lot along with a smiling Hyundai representative. [The Star]
That’s really sweet of Hyundai. And savvy, too. There’s nothing better than excellent, favorable free publicity. I’m not all-cynical, though. I’m happy for the fellow. I can’t imagine how livid and frustrated I’d be, if the car I had just paid off was destroyed.
And as easy as it might be to point at this woman and declare, “Haha!” like Nelson, I actually feel bad for her. And I’m not typing that because I’m Desi, I’m typing it because I’m human. I was slightly amused by Kaushal’s tale until I remembered that two years ago, a similarly-aged family member (also in a BMW!) tried to park in a friend’s driveway but depressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal and collided with the home she was trying to visit.
She was terrified, shaken and utterly mortified at the significant damage she caused to the front of a home; at least no one was hurt. She traded in her SUV for a compact car and rarely drives her downsized-vehicle, because she doesn’t trust herself anymore. The loss of independence and confidence is brutal. So while millions make jokes about how it was so easy to guess the gender of the “perp” and how this is just another foreigner driving amok and destroying property, I wonder if Mrs. Kaushal is okay. I wouldn’t want to be judged by my worst moments, I’m fairly certain she feels the same way. I hope she is able to “move” on safely and feel peace.