Tesla Supercharger Gets Taken Over by Anti-Tesla Pickup Truck Drivers Acting Aggressively

Submitted by: kalron 4 weeks ago in Funny News & Politics
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In what appears to be an act of protest against Tesla, a bunch of pickup truck drivers used their trucks to block access to a Supercharger station and reportedly yelled profanities about Tesla until they were removed from the premises.

The incident happened in Hickory, North Carolina last weekend.

A Tesla owner and Reddit user Leicina stopped to charge at the local Supercharger station located next to a Sheetz, but all the stalls were blocked by 3 large pickup trucks.

“I’ve never had a supercharging experience like this one. These trucks blocked all the chargers, chanted “F” Tesla, and were kicked out by a Sheetz employee.” according to Leicina.
There are 38 comments:
Male 1,210
Not quite sure what they are objecting to exactly, maybe it's the inevitable transition from internal combustion to electric. People do tend to fear change, especially when it threatens the very things they choose to have instead of a personality.
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Male 794
I only object to the charging spots being right next to the handicapped spots, the second best spots. Electric cars are too much $$$$$ for average people so now the rich get to park closer than the rest of us!
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Male 10,232
Shelworth It's the exact opposite locally.  The charging stations are to hell and gone from the mall.
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Male 2,345
Shelworth "the rich get to park closer"

Two-seaters start at $12K. If you want a back seat, add $10K. If you need more room, add another $10K. If you think only rich people can afford that, you haven't priced a new car in this millenium.
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Male 2,468
Shelworth I suspect they are closer to the store to take advance of the electric feed and avoid a longer cable run.  Otherwise I completely agree - move it to the back of the lot.
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Male 5,341
I don't know what the truck drivers were protesting. Isn't that coal fired electricity the chargers are putting out? Seems like the cars run on coal to me.
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Male 10,070
trimble Coal accounts for the production of just under 30% of US energy (and falling), so no.
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Male 5,341
squrlz4ever In North Carolina? 
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Male 10,070
trimble No, nationally. I actually did check NC's power generation stats. If I remember correctly, in NC the figure was 40% for coal. Generally, the southeast USA generates more of its electricity from coal than the other regions.

The national and NC figures may be lower than you were thinking because natural gas has come on so strong over the last 20 years.
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Male 1,866
were they rolling coal too?
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Male 10,070
spanz You mean throwing massive amounts of carcinogenic soot and particulates in the air, in violation of emissions laws? Dunno. If so, they're even more stupid than this story suggests and I hope they were arrested.
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7,047
oh please that was nothing
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Male 10,070
dm2754 Fuckwits being fuckwits. Or zeroes being zeroes. Yes, I guess that's nothing.
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7,047
squrlz4ever yes they were being jerks but let's not get melodramatic about it. They make it sound like it was a gang fight
The pictures clearly shows available space to charge
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Male 10,070
dm2754 The article clearly states all the chargers were blocked. The person who was on the scene clearly stated in her Reddit post that all the chargers were blocked.

Commenting on stories works better if you do more than look at the pictures.
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7,047
squrlz4ever so who's lying the witnesses or the photograph?
I suppose you're right I've never heard of anyone over exaggerating a story things just don't happen like that
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Male 10,070
dm2754 I don't think anyone's lying. Personally, I can't tell from the photo if the charging ports are all blocked or not. I don't drive a Tesla and I don't know how those charging stations are set up.
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Male 2,345
dm2754 "They make it sound like it was a gang fight"

I think it would qualify as a gang fight in Canada, especially if they apologized afterwards.
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semichisam01 now that's funny 
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Male 2,345
"Hickory is for doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along I-40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry, and quality. Hickory is Life. Well Crafted!"
Sounds like a great place to live! This group appears to be doers, rather than makers.
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Male 10,232
I love my Hemi, and an electric vehicle is not a viable option for me, but these guys are just asswipes.  Would probably do the same to handicap parking.

Never understood the whole ‘coveted parking space’ thing.  I prefer to park a way away from the store and walk it.  
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Male 10,070
megrendel I agree completely on the parking thing. 99.99% of Americans would get enormous benefit from walking more on a regular basis. But 99.99% of them drive circles around the parking lots to find a space close to the entrance so they can avoid walking an extra fifty feet.
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Male 10,232
squrlz4ever I'd rather park at the back, easy to find and easy to get out (hate parking lot traffic).

I AM lazy enough that, if possible, I'll park next to a buggy-return stall.  So I don't have TOO far push the empty...
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Male 613
More Trump Base knuckledraggers.
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Male 3,051
mentott510 Not in Hickory NC. That’s as liberal as it gets. Assholes come in blue and red.
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Male 2,345
scheckydamon "Assholes come in blue and red."

They are also sold in their natural shade. You can dye them any color.

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Male 3,051
semichisam01 Don’t knock em if you haven’t tried them. 
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Male 2,345
scheckydamon "Don’t knock em if you haven’t tried them."

I promise not to knock 'em or try 'em. They're a big deal in most of the East Asian countries. If You want to try them here, you would probably have to buy hotdogs. (This photo was taken at a Tyson plant.) But you wouldn't get the real taste, with all the other offal mixed in.

I don't know whether you can buy them 'bone-in'.
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Male 3,051
semichisam01 Hot dogs are made from LL&P. Lips, lungs and peckers. But I love hot dogs so I don’t care.
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Male 9,621
scheckydamon 66% voted for Trump. Significantly more than the national average.

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Male 3,051
LordJim Well since I live in the area I'm a little more in tune with what's up. Most of the liberals did not vote because even NC liberals couldn't stand Hilary. Hickory  is a major manufacturing area, as in most of the good hard wood furniture in the US comes from there, but it is also a bedroom community for the Triangle area. NC in the rural area is overwhelmingly conservative but like the national averages the cities, Asheville, Charlotte and the triangle , go mainly liberal. So it's a two way street. The fact that a Sheetz gas station would even have a super charger speaks volumes to the makeup of the community. I do stand by my original statement. Asshats come in Blue and Red. Rednecks are rednecks.
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Male 4,558
scheckydamon Sheetz hails from my neck-of-the-woods (founded an hour north of me, and I frequent Sheetz #1 anytime I'm in the area), and they are impressively liberal and any political donations usually go to the left. So, I'm not that surprised that Sheetz started putting in Supercharge stations. What I'm wondering is why there aren't any Supercharge stations in any of my local Sheetz.
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Female 998
scheckydamon BUT, a key point of being a Liberal is caring for the environment. Some just put on a big show of talk and do nothing, but it's way, way, way out of character for a Liberal to be an asshole by blocking an electric car station. Can we be smug and annoying and assholes? Yes, yes we can, but not like this.
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Male 9,621
thubanstar That does make a lot of sense. 
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Male 9,621
scheckydamon I gather that it's a very pleasant place to live. I looked it up and congratulations on living in a very pleasant area. But the stats show it it as being overwhelmingly Republican.

I noticed the furniture thing, but isn't that in decline?
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Male 3,051
LordJim I’m actually in SC but visit and hunt in NC extensively. The birth of the cheap “outlet” has driven down a lot of quality but the big high dollar manufacturers like Broyhill are still there and there is a large artisan furniture community there. It’s more towards the Piedmont than foothills. I’m in the foothills between  Greenville SC  and Asheville NC. The Carolinas in general are a wonderful place to live and why I chose it to retire here. The folks are still real. As I said the large and college cities roll left and the rest of the state rolls right. The folks in Hickory work with their hands and thus right roll. But the fact that a Sheetz, an all-in-one gas/convenience store, has a super charger shows the left roll also. Most of the time everyone gets along with each other.
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Female 9,819
scheckydamon I second this. I've lived all over the country and seen assholes from every race, background, religion, political party, and sexual orientation. Just because someone is one thing does not mean he/she are any less of an asswipe.
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Male 7,516
They would have cried foul if someone spray painted their cars.

Of course that would be a crime, but douchebaggery begets douchebaggery.
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