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September 07, 2011

Bear Takes Prius For Joyride

By Chad Love

--Chad Love

Everyone knows that hybrids are touted as green, environmentally friendly, save-the-planet type vehicles, so if I were Toyota executives I'd be viewing this bit of news as pure marketing gold...

From this story on msnbc.com:
A Pleasanton family came home from their latest trip to Tahoe with a bear of a tale. A bear literally totaled the McCarthy family's 2002 Prius after getting stuck inside. Brian McCarthy said he and his wife were awakened by a honking horn outside their cabin and when they investigated the source of the sound they found a very angry bear had become trapped inside their car. "He ripped out the back seat. There's nothing left. There's nothing left inside of our Prius. Gone," Brian McCarthy said.

He said the event got even scarier when the car started rolling toward a neighbor's home. "The car was gone. The bear's gotten the car in neutral. He just ripped the gears shift down," Cece McCarthy said. The Prius slammed into a neighbor's front yard. A few boulders on the front lawn stopped it from hitting the house . That impact must have freed up something to allow the bear to escape, because the bear ran off after that and hasn't been seen since.

This is a car commercial just waiting to happen. A bear lumbers into the neighborhood and - given a choice of all the cars on the block - chooses the environmentally-friendly Toyota Prius to take for a joyride and destroy. Toyota marketing better hop on that quickly. I'll accept only a small royalty for the idea, and if any readers can come up with a catchy slogan to accompany the commercial, I'll give that reader exactly half of what Toyota gives me.*

*But don't get your hopes up. In the immortal words of Jethro Bodine - "Naught from naught...is naught."

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from benjaminwc wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Well I guess we know how "Nature" feels about the smuggy little Pious...I mean Prius. "The all new fully recyclable Toyota Pious, Green to Brown before it gets to your neighbors drive way."

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

That bear has good taste in cars.

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Honda already made a commercial featuring a polar bear finding a man with a honda civic or another kind of Honda and had it hug him,but nice pitch for your commercial.

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from John L wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Many years back worked on a ranch in northern California, they had a D -Cat that they would leave parked headed downhill with the brake on, but the blade up, to easily start it the next morning by just starting it rolling. One morning we arrived on the job site with the Cat nowhere in sight. We followed the tracks to the bottom of the hill, middle of the creek there. The leather seat and armrests (1/2 inch bolts and all) were ripped and broken to shreds. From the scat and other evidence, it appeared that bear had a helluva ride.
Few years later in Colorado a bear decided to check out the sewage management powerhouse at a ski resort. Got in there by swimming, then didn't like being electrocuted, made one hell of a mess, then swam back out.
Glad I didn't witness either event.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

When we were building fence once in the hills on our ranch we stopped at the top of a coulee and fenced down through the brush. When we got back to our rides the seats had beet totally ripped off and eaten, there were bear tracks all over and as far as we know the bear just loved the taste of the sweat from off the seats. Kinda scary that we never even saw him though.

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I think Allstate and Dean Winters should be acting on this one fast. Does your car insurance company protect you from Mayhem?

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from GERG wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Who says you cant train a bear? LMAO

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Hey, our German Shepard did this to my mom's Subaru, sans ripping out the interior, backwards down our driveway into a stand of trees.

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from benjaminwc wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Well I guess we know how "Nature" feels about the smuggy little Pious...I mean Prius. "The all new fully recyclable Toyota Pious, Green to Brown before it gets to your neighbors drive way."

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I think Allstate and Dean Winters should be acting on this one fast. Does your car insurance company protect you from Mayhem?

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from John L wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Many years back worked on a ranch in northern California, they had a D -Cat that they would leave parked headed downhill with the brake on, but the blade up, to easily start it the next morning by just starting it rolling. One morning we arrived on the job site with the Cat nowhere in sight. We followed the tracks to the bottom of the hill, middle of the creek there. The leather seat and armrests (1/2 inch bolts and all) were ripped and broken to shreds. From the scat and other evidence, it appeared that bear had a helluva ride.
Few years later in Colorado a bear decided to check out the sewage management powerhouse at a ski resort. Got in there by swimming, then didn't like being electrocuted, made one hell of a mess, then swam back out.
Glad I didn't witness either event.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

When we were building fence once in the hills on our ranch we stopped at the top of a coulee and fenced down through the brush. When we got back to our rides the seats had beet totally ripped off and eaten, there were bear tracks all over and as far as we know the bear just loved the taste of the sweat from off the seats. Kinda scary that we never even saw him though.

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from GERG wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Who says you cant train a bear? LMAO

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Hey, our German Shepard did this to my mom's Subaru, sans ripping out the interior, backwards down our driveway into a stand of trees.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

That bear has good taste in cars.

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Honda already made a commercial featuring a polar bear finding a man with a honda civic or another kind of Honda and had it hug him,but nice pitch for your commercial.

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