Angry Citizens Fed Up With Sidewalk Scooters Grow Destructive A wave of electric scooters has hit the streets. So people who hate those annoying sidewalk scooters are just openly setting them on fire and stuff. Camila Villafane For the BirdsImage By: Sam CatanzaroCompanies like Bird and Lime have worked hard to fill the streets of San Francisco and other cities across America with electric scooters for grown-ups. And it’s so easy to get one, and they seem like a total fun ride. Just Leave It ThereImage By: Milwaukee IndependentPeople can reserve one of these scooters using an app on their smartphone. Once they get one, they can ride it for a minor fee, and when they’re done, they can leave the scooter anywhere. But that’s one of the many issues that getting everybody riled up. Growing ResentmentImage By: KQED-TVFeelings of resentment over the growing presence of tech corporations by the Southern California coast, which some of the locals dubbed “Silicon Beach,” have increased. But the scooters were supposed to help the city. Backlash ADVERTISEMENT Image By: The GuardianThe scooters were designed to be a cheap and clean-energy transportation alternative, back when they first showed up in Los Angeles. But the Bird and Lime scooters are experiencing nothing but backlash from the public, particularly on the Westside, where they seem to be more popular. Violent Bitterness ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardA knot forms in the stomach of Culver-city resident, Hassan Galedary, whenever he notices a Bird scooter. The film producer claims the sensation is similar to that of “violent bitterness”. Galedary feels nothing but hatred towards electric scooters, and even went on to tell the Los Angeles Times that, “They suck. People who ride them suck.” Defying Tradition ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Los Angeles TimesGaledary hates the fact that kids on the Westside are now spending money on electric scooters instead of skateboarding or surfing, which he considers to be a “local tradition”. Asides from all the traffic accidents they cause, he also feels like the city is losing out on its essence. “The city is already losing so much culture due to gentrification,” he told The LA Times. A Traffic Jam ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Biz Journals“We’re all close together, we need to be respectful of one another’s space, and these make it harder,” said architect Kelly Boston, who’s been living in Venice for a while. They understand that they’re a pretty affordable method of transportation, but they’re also left everywhere, they block sidewalks, and cause passersby to trip on them too. A Nuisance ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Los Angeles TimesMost residents don’t like the scooters for the simple fact that they block sidewalks, and cause people to trip on them and hurt themselves. Also, scooter drivers tend to zip in and out of traffic without obeying traffic rules either. But the arrival of these nifty little electric scooters is also proof that the tech industry just does what they please without asking for the locals’ take on their new transportation device. Now, they’re the ones who are dealing with the consequences. Waging a War ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardElectric scooter-hating locals from Santa Monica and Beverly Hills are waging a war against the eclectic pay-per-minute scooters. And they’re not shy about the actions they’re taking. In fact, they feel that retaliation is in order, and it’s completely justified. Celebrating on Social Media ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardFolks are finding all sorts of ways to damage or destroy these scooters, and when they’re done, they decide to celebrate their acts of vandalism by posting photos on social media. To say that the locals are livid is an understatement. They're Everywhere ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Reddit.Venice Beach maintenance worker, Robert Johnson Bey told the LA Times, “They throw them everywhere: in the ocean, in the sand, in the trash can.” And vandals don’t always leave them intact. So how did neighbors ended up being surrounded by graveyards of electric scooters? Oh, Snap ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Los Angeles TimesBey finds scooter parts littered throughout the boardwalk on Venice Beach and the Speedway. “Sunday, I was finding kickstands everywhere,” Bey reportedly told The LA Times. “Looked like they were snapped off.” No Sympathy ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardWhile the number of scooters being destroyed has increased, the incidents have resulted in very little outrage or even sympathy from the locals. And no one seems interested in reporting anything to the cops. LA Pileup ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardLt. Michael Soliman, who’s in charge of the LAPD Pacific Division’s Venice Beach detail, has encountered 10 feet high piles full of scooters. But since no one’s reporting them, officers can’t respond. Capping the Numbers ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Milwaukee IndependentIn Venice, City Council members have voted to limit the number of scooters allowed on the streets, which is worrisome for Bird scooters, whose headquarters are located in the Venice area. Officials Jump on the Wagon ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles councilman Paul Koretz asked officials to take whatever measures were necessary to permanently outlaw the scooters, while Beverly Hills officials managed to ban them for six months. Unexpected ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardTech entrepreneurs always anticipate criticism when they introduce a new product, like the electric scooters, but they weren’t expecting to see people celebrating vandalism on the internet, and rejoicing on destroying what seemed like an electric device that’d help you dodge traffic, and get you where you wanted to be without having to worry about parking either. Bird Graveyard ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardInstagram’s Bird Graveyard gets flooded with photo and video contributions from people who want nothing more than to destroy the scooters. The account currently has 33,000 followers, and it’s bound to keep growing. Truly Outrageous ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardA Westside moderator of the Instagram account told LA Times that over 100 photos and videos of scooters being defaced are submitted every day. But the submissions need to be truly outrageous. A Bird's Please ADVERTISEMENT Bird representatives like Mackenzie Long urge people to report anyone defacing their scooters. Long wrote, “We do not support the vandalism or destruction of any property and are disappointed when it takes place.” Statistics Unclear ADVERTISEMENT Image By: La Jolla LightA Lime scooter representative from San Mateo claims that less than 1% of their scooters have been vandalized. But Bird declined to reveal the exact numbers of vehicles that have been damaged by locals. But if you take a peek at @birdgraveyard’s account on Instagram, it’s hard to imagine the numbers are that low. Job Security ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/birdgraveyardMechanic Natanel Edelson repairs Bird scooters in Venice, so he finds plenty of them with damaged brakes and cut power cables. So, mechanics like himself usually make $15 per scooter repair. It’s safe to say that all these abrupt vandalism is becoming quite profitable for some. Insurgency ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Instagram/mdeskindLike most electric scooter-hating locals, Galedary despises scooters so much that he waged an insurgency against them and tosses them down the stairs on Culver City or down the stairs on Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Questionable T-Shirt ADVERTISEMENT Image By: Dan Tuffs for the GuardianGaledary took it a step further and designed a T-shirt that shows a woman on a scooter getting shot in the head. His harsh antics can be seen on the Bird Graveyard Instagram account too. So why all this hate? Well, for one thing, Galedary and many other locals claims these electric scooters cause a ton of accidents, and they’re pretty much left everywhere around town, which causes people to trip on them. But Galedary Had a Change of Heart ADVERTISEMENT Image By: PexelsAs much as he despises them still, he’s stopped vandalizing and messing with electric scooters, which are other people’s property. “As much as I hate them,” he told The LA Times, “I can’t put bad energy into the world. I don’t even kick them over anymore.” But will all this scooter-hatred stop? We’ll have to stay tuned in.