So, apropos of this thread in which many examples of parking lot rudeness are proffered, also relating to the thread about rude suburban parking habits, I thought up a solution and would like to get some feedback on it.
Say someone has done something entirely rude, like parking in handicapped spaces repeatedly, or done some of the really godsawful things in the other threads. It occurs to me that a really elegant revenge on these people would be to take a pair of nice sharp shears and snip off the valve stems on all four tires. Not slashing the tires, mind you, that would be expensive and destruction of property. No, just the valve stems, four new ones of which are to be left in a small envelope tucked under the windshield wiper of the offender’s vehicle. Perhaps with a tasteful note, something like “instant karma’s gonna get you,” or “be nice.”
You haven’t substantially hurt their vehicle, and what you did destroy you’ve replaced preemptively. The only actual damage is that they have to have their car flatbed towed, and all four tires removed, rebalanced and remounted with the new valve stems. Probably cost them about two hundred bucks all told, less if they have towing service through their insurance.
Thoughts? How likely would you be to get arrested for doing this–for anything more than malicious mischief, say? Also, would you consider this a valid and proportional revenge for some of the offenses named in the thread referenced above? What would it take for you to go this far?