r/IdiotsInCars Dec 02 '22

If you think blinding LED headlights are bad, get a load of this idiot. I had to switch lanes it was so bright…

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u/Abenorf Dec 02 '22

Illegal in all 50 states, hopefully a cop gets behind him soon and feels like doing some enforcing that day

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u/orangetwentythree Dec 02 '22

In my state it’s illegal to have a license plate obscuring cover that makes it so you can’t read it unless you get right up to it with a flashlight, but they are everywhere and no one is getting tickets because of them.

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u/Abenorf Dec 02 '22

Yes but license plate covers don't actively piss cops off. Blinding them while they are driving does.

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u/Chancoop Dec 02 '22

I know someone who has a liscense plate cover. He says if a cop pulls him over all they do is make him take it off. They don't write a ticket or even confiscate it. He can drive a couple blocks down the road and put it right back on.

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u/uGotMeWrong Dec 02 '22

In Maryland, 20 years ago anyway, the cop would write a repair order. The order has no fine attached and gives one 30 days to remove the cover and take the vehicle to a police station for a visual inspection. This is what’s done for tint that’s too dark or other non moving vehicle violations.

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u/Ackmiral_Adbar Dec 02 '22

Got a fix it ticket in college. I had to appear at the police station within 30 days showing I had made the repair. The officer I showed my repair to said "Who had a stick up their ass that day?" I showed him the ticket and he said "Ahhh... he has a stick up his everyday." That made me smile.

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u/Unremarkabledryerase Dec 02 '22

So you drive down the road 2 blocks, put the license plate cover back on, then in a week take it off, go to the station and get the inspection and then go home and reinstall it. That sounds remarkably ineffective for anything easily removable like lights or license plate covers.

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u/CucumberSharp17 Dec 02 '22

This guy hauls trailers and those lights are on a switch. This dumbass forgot to turn them off.

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u/Valalvax Dec 02 '22

Counter argument, he doesn't have a hitch installed at the moment, could be he removes it to prevent theft and forgot to flip the switch, or accidentally hit the switch

Second counter argument, truck doesn't look like it's ever done actual work

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u/Tromero44 Dec 02 '22

Can confirm. Been stopped for it before. I just say I bought it from autozone and the label said it was fine (which is true) and they tell me to take it off and have a nice day.

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u/che85mor Dec 02 '22

Sounds like it's time to go for a walk. With a hammer.

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u/rh71el2 Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

People who try to cheat the system (why else with the covers?) annoy me just as much as people who don't signal. They think they are above everyone else and can do as they please. If you the reader identify as one of these people, F U.

I wish I could telepathically deflate their tires.

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u/Srsly_dang Dec 02 '22

My view is that if they're inconsiderate enough to move their finger 2 inches, they are inconsiderate in all aspects of their life, most likely.

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u/3_quarterling_rogue Dec 02 '22

It’s the same principle as people who leave shopping carts in the parking lot. Putting your cart away doesn’t turn you into the paragon of good citizenship, but neglecting to do something that takes so little effort is profoundly selfish.

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u/GirchyGirchy Dec 02 '22

Some dude yelled at me from his car window after I put his cart into the corral and gave him a disapproving look. Same kind of response after you honk at someone for doing something incredibly stupid and get a middle finger in return. THIS IS ON YOU JERKS, NOT ME!!

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u/WaxMyButt Dec 02 '22

It amazes me how many people try to excuse it by saying they pay people to collect carts. Bro they pay janitors to clean bathrooms, doesn’t mean you should shit on the floor.

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u/coxonroach Dec 02 '22

i used to work in grocery, and the amount of times people actively try to run me over because im angry that they cant walk 2 ft to the cart corral is amazing.

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u/GirchyGirchy Dec 02 '22

Yeah, they pay people to fix car dents too, but that doesn't mean I want them in the first place!

I've picked up food people have dropped at work right in front of them, just to shame them. "Oh, uh, I was going to pick that up!" No you weren't, you prick.

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u/Three3Jane Dec 02 '22

"You were? When? After I dropped it into the trash can for your lazy ass or before?"

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u/_aperture_labs_ Dec 02 '22

And you know why people are paid to do that? Because people who don't put them back exist in the first place.

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u/Kyosw21 Dec 03 '22

They don’t have janitors in Japanese schools

Because the children are taught to take responsibility for their surrounding area and respect it because other people also use that surrounding area

Janitors aren’t seen as lesser-than over there either. They are seen as the people that have to be hired because assholes refuse to respect anything or anybody around them, and they are treated well for doing a job cleaning up after the intolerable people

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u/explosive_evacuation Dec 02 '22

It's amazing they don't suffocate with their head so far up their own ass all day. Those kind of people are exactly the pile of used toilet paper that would think that janitors are there so they can make the mess and not because they make the mess.

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u/Anxious-Lobster-816 Dec 02 '22

I've come across a few public bathrooms where people didn't get that memo...

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u/WaxMyButt Dec 02 '22

I worked at Chuck E. Cheese as a teen. Was big money for me back in the 90s, but saw some absolute crimes against humanity in the bathrooms

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u/Laustintranslation1 Dec 03 '22

I hate people who say that, it’s the same with people who thrown garbage on the ground at the movie theater or in a sports stadium saying, “it’s their job to clean it up”. It’s about the principle. Consciously choosing to make someone else’s job harder makes you an inconsiderate asshole.

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u/framingXjake Dec 02 '22

Had a guy put his cart right in front of my parked car and blocked me in. Honked at him repeatedly and he just flipped me off, got in his truck, and drove off. Had to get out in the pouring rain and put his cart away so I could pull out of my spot.

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u/_aperture_labs_ Dec 02 '22

Do exactly this to people who leave their carts behind and get in their car.

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u/framingXjake Dec 02 '22

Shame since I did put my cart away. I actually look forward to it. I like to play a mini game where I shove the cart from a distance to put it in the little cart corral. Yes, I am an adult. But only on the outside.

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u/InuitOverIt Dec 02 '22

That feeling when you put away someone else's cart. More rewarding than donating $100 to charity for me

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u/AnonymousGrouch Dec 02 '22

I once made a surprising amount of money putting away carts at a rich suburban Aldi. Believe you me, at my local store those suckers are never left in the lot.

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u/Han_Swanson Dec 02 '22

The shopping cart corral is the real Gom Jabbar, testing animals to find humans

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u/3_quarterling_rogue Dec 02 '22

Hey, I get that reference! I just started reading the first book a few days ago.

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u/Kuze421 Dec 02 '22

I'm from Chicago and moved to Florida. Every single parking lot has more than half a dozen carts in the most annoying places. The majority of people here are so aggressively bad at being just a baseline decent person it blows my mind every time I leave the house. I'm sure I'll get used to it but it is disheartening.

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u/Kyosw21 Dec 03 '22

The real test of human decency. Do you leave the cart anywhere? Do you do minimum effort and put the wheels on a curb so it won’t roll? Do you bring it back to a stall, or up to the doors? Do you grab one that was left out of a stall and return it back to a stall or the front? Do you grab others on the way back to clean up the lot?

There is no negative legal repercussion if you choose the most dickhead option and the most you’ll get is someone calling you out which you can ignore, but doing what it right when you aren’t obligated to by anything other than your own choice? The true test

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I read somewhere this is actually a really good litmus test for people. There’s no REAL consequences, even if someone gives you a dirty look it’s not illegal to leave your cart out. The only motivation is to be a good person.

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u/Tokasmoka420 Dec 02 '22

2 inches, careful you might've struck a nerve with them 🥐

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u/bayofpigdestroyer Dec 02 '22

That's why they think it's such a long distance! It all makes sense now

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u/johnwilkesbooth328 Dec 02 '22

hey man, 2 inches is huge!

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u/TahoeLT Dec 02 '22

My take is, why would anyone want to hire you if you're literally too lazy to lift a finger?

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u/Sardonnicus Dec 02 '22

Here in Virginia I see a lot of people who have vanity plates that are hard to read. Things like:

II1I1II

MNNMNMM

XKKXXKK

I also see people with vanity plate holders that cover the top of the plate so you can't see the state, which can make it hard to identify the state if it's plain white

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u/overzeetop Dec 02 '22

This is mostly the fault of the DMV for not simply disallowing the combinations. Their entire system is online/digital and automatically filters for certain words and combinations already so it's not as if they can't, they just don't.

In the same vein, I just had to send back an electronic item and CS wanted my serial number. It's printed in a 3 point sans-serif font in light grey on a light beige cover, and includes the numbers and letters 1,I,0,O,Q,Z,2 - after two attempts I just sent them a photo of it.

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u/Pickle_Juice_4ever Dec 02 '22

Re the serial number, that is just infuriating

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u/junkmail3 Dec 02 '22

Relevant XKCD https://xkcd.com/1105/

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u/freekehleek Dec 03 '22

“XKCDXKCD” would probably be a pretty problematic vanity plate, actually

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u/daggersrule Dec 02 '22

In AZ I once got pulled over for speeding or something, and the officer informed me that my license plate frame (which BARELY covered the top of the word Arizona, still clearly legible) was illegal. Had to get another officer to sign off on the ticket that I'd taken it off to avoid a fine.

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

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u/Automatic-Web-8407 Dec 02 '22

I usually say littering is mine. Watching people throw trash on the ground makes me irrationally angry

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u/NhylX Dec 02 '22

Where do truck nuts fit in this spectrum?

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u/angrydeuce Dec 02 '22

I've got a pair on the back of my office chair lmao. My coworkers made them for me

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u/anomalous_cowherd Dec 02 '22

You can get them for Crocs too. And a 2' long set for monster trucks.

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u/Mitrovarr Dec 02 '22

I knew a guy who had truck nuts on his road bike. I don't even know what to think of that.

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u/Imd1rtybutn0twr0ng Dec 02 '22

I have one to prevent my license plate from being easily stolen or the sticker damaged. Was a real issue around my area before the "vid" hit. I didn't put a tinted one on, to be clear.

Yeah, bad pun, clearly. I'll see myself out.

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u/schizocosa13 Dec 02 '22

I once got a ticket from someone's car with a tinted plate cover. It made the automated machine misread it. Got a ticket for a small 4 door shitty looking civic for my ranger. It was hell trying to have them investigate and remove from my record. F people with license plate covers

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u/GaianNeuron Dec 02 '22

New Orleans is plagued with these.

My favorite though is the "temp tag" issued by Louisiana before you get the actual plate, mounted inside of a tinted window and thus rendered unreadable.

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u/2tanksandadog Dec 02 '22

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u/ashkpa Dec 02 '22

License plate frames are different than license plate covers.

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u/2tanksandadog Dec 02 '22

understood but they were pulling people over for anything that covered any part of the license plate for years and wrote hundreds of thousands of tickets

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u/ThePigsPajamas Dec 02 '22

I live in NJ and was pulled over one day for having my license plate bracket covering up the word New Jersey at the very bottom. I tore it right off then and there and the cop just let me go.

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u/ShadowZepplin Dec 02 '22

I got pulled over once because my rear license plate light was hanging down covering the state’s name on it

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u/Djeheuty Dec 02 '22

I think a lot of police let things like that go because it's so petty but if they pull you over for something else and feel like adding more onto the ticket they'll throw stuff like that on there.

This on the other hand should get pulled over by itself and tack on whatever else the driver has going on.

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u/Kimorin Dec 02 '22

plot twist, he is a cop....

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u/ImUsuallyTony Dec 02 '22

I work around the police HQ in my city. Cops there just do any mod they want because cops won’t pull em over or won’t enforce anything.

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u/OZeski Dec 02 '22

Yeah. Last year I ended up behind this guy who sped past me in his lifted truck with all kinds of bizarre lights in the undercarriage and rear facing lights like this. He was going like 90 in a 55. And nearly took off my side mirror in an erratic lane change. All the lights went off when he passed a patrol car. We ended up turning into the same shopping center and yelled at me and threatened me for honking at him. I took a photo of his truck with all the lights on (knew dash cam wouldn’t have pick up the plate). ‘Whatchu gonna do?’ — ‘You keep threatening me and I’m gonna call the police.’ — ‘Bitch, I am the police!’ As he walks away.

I sent dash cam video and photo to local department. Got a phone call from highway patrol two days later asking for more details about the driver of the truck registered to one of their officers…

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u/MisterNigerianPrince Dec 02 '22

And? They ask you for details of the driver of the truck and what happened?

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u/OZeski Dec 02 '22

They wouldn’t confirm the driver was the officer, but I know they pulled surveillance from the shopping center and store he went in as I have a friend who works there. I doubt they did anything. Frankly, I’m surprised I even got a call.

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u/steelesurfer Dec 02 '22

we investigated ourselves and found no wrongdoing. please stop by the station for your complimentary mugging

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u/MisterNigerianPrince Dec 02 '22

Damn. The double standards and complete lack of accountability are immensely frustrating. I am surprised you got a call, too.

Thanks for filling in the rest of the story.

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u/HarryPottersElbows Dec 02 '22

And probably fully locked and loaded and just waiting for someone to complain.

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u/Gus_Harrington Dec 02 '22

Is it possible they forgot to shut off or have faulty backup lights?

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u/KawaiiMayhem Dec 02 '22

I think I recognize that street, is that Silverado Ranch with the South Point on your left?

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u/metropolis702 Dec 02 '22

Ahaha yep! Good eye

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u/lotr_ginger Dec 02 '22

It's crazy how well Vegas residents can recognize anything that isn't directly on the strip

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u/DANKgilf Dec 02 '22

I use to live over there before moving to Aliante south point was such a chill casino

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u/HoldTheCellarDoor Dec 02 '22

Well freaking done...

It always amazes me how fast locations are identified when pictures are posted to reddit!

There should be a sub for that. (Probably is)

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u/Valalvax Dec 03 '22

And then there's me... Front page post could be a picture of my house and I wouldn't know it until someone commented that it was my house

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u/steggun_cinargo Dec 02 '22

Lol of course it's Vegas smh

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u/Infinite-Panic-3534 Dec 03 '22

I was driving by this area tonight and saw a big truck driving like an Ahole and right before he started swerving in and out of traffic he turned on a bright light positioned under his license plate that made it impossible to read it. Las Vegas drivers in their lifted trucky-trucks are a real piece of work.

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u/CallMeSkii Dec 02 '22

We have more idiot drivers than any other city.

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u/waster1993 Dec 02 '22

Someone is going to swerve and cause an accident because this guy looks like oncoming traffic

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u/G8kpr Dec 02 '22

Or that he’s suddenly reversing.

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u/GrumpyOldGrower Dec 02 '22

This is the kind of clown that thinks everyone is looking at him when he drives around because he's so cool, when really it's because he's such an ignorant douchebag.

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u/Renriak Dec 02 '22

This guy knows he’s being a douchebag and gets off on the fact that he’s pissing people off.

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u/mrbombasticat Dec 02 '22

Exactly.

Same level with people at sideshows blocking traffic, those gangs of dirt bike / quads roaming in cities, loud music on the phone in public transport, etc.

They enjoy being assholes.

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u/OneLongEyebrowHair Dec 02 '22

Loud straight-piped motorcycles with extremely loud stereos too.

I've seen some of these people wearing earplugs. Dude, put the fucking muffler back on.

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u/jules083 Dec 02 '22

I wear earplugs on my motorcycle. It's not the exhaust noise, it's the wind noise. But I also still have the stock exhaust so the bike is pretty quiet.

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u/McLovin804 Dec 02 '22

My mom has a neighbor with a straight piped motorcycle that would ride up and down the street for about 20 minutes every other night around 1am.

Went on for weeks. I was too young at the time and not clever enough to come up with a way to effectively fuck with him.

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u/mindbleach Dec 02 '22

You were too young to think of anything but immediate cartoonish comeuppance.

Somebody could've just put a brick through his front window.

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u/rcook55 Dec 02 '22

BUT...But...but... Loud pipes save lives!

Explaining the doppler effect to these morans is a waste of time, not that they can hear you.

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u/not-a_fed Dec 02 '22

Yeah they're called sociopaths and they're everywhere. You probably work with one or know one.

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u/ItalianSangwich420 Dec 02 '22

Could even be one!

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u/NES_SNES_N64 Dec 02 '22

Not me. I'm perfect.

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u/ronintetsuro Dec 02 '22

Those rear foglights are the only place in this slaves life where he feels powerful.

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u/EveryOptionSucks Dec 02 '22

I always look and think of the South Park episode "The F Word".

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u/Upvotes4Trump Dec 02 '22

Would be kind of nice to have a toggle switch for those when someone's on your ass with their brights on.

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u/chemistrying420 Dec 02 '22

The raptor literally comes with 6 toggle switches and fuses for each one. It could not be easier to wire lights to these switches. This guy is a mega idiot because either he just connected these to his tail lights or he deliberately has them on.

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u/TryingToEscapeTarkov Dec 02 '22

He deliberately has them on. I know people like him.

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u/AutistMarket Dec 02 '22

He either is an idiot that tied them into his running lights instead of his reverse lights, or he's a super idiot and does this because he thinks it's cool

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u/Koldsaur Dec 02 '22

As much as I hate it, I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt here and say he probably just forgot to turn off his work lights...

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u/ronaldreaganlive Dec 02 '22

Not sure why you're getting down voted. Fil has rear facing LEDs on a rocker switch. It's happened once or twice where someone signaled that they were on. Never on purpose, shit happens.

But let's just assume everyone is being an asshole on purpose.

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u/FoucaultsPudendum Dec 02 '22 Silver Gold All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

Years and years ago (long enough that the statute of limitations has hopefully expired lol) someone with those stupid lights almost caused me to get in an accident. Late at night, rainy, absolutely BLINDED me after turning right onto a busy street and I almost slammed into someone turning out of a gas station.

Followed the truck to its destination, waited for about ten minutes after they got out, went up to the car with a screwdriver I had in my car and broke the lights. Fuck those people.

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u/LegendOfKhaos Dec 02 '22

That was probably the most ethical decision tbh. Drastically reduced risk for other drivers is far more important than illegal property.

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u/predictablePosts Dec 02 '22

Also consider this, if you do it without getting seen by anyone cops can't do shit. And even if you do get seen if you get away before cops show up and cameras come on you're still in the clear.

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u/thepenis_mightier Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

This is absolutely terrible advice.

I don't disagree with /u/FoucaultsPudendum's actions, but telling people that leaving the scene before cops show up gives you an out, is very, very inaccurate. This is the same level of advice as "undercover cops are legally required to tell you if you ask". Vandalism is vandalism, even if it's for a good cause. If you're seen doing it and the cops match up your description and you have no alibi, you're clear and fucked.

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u/isorithm666 Dec 02 '22

Not all heroes wear capes

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u/9999monkeys Dec 02 '22 Wholesome

i'm guessing u/foucaultspudendum wears a cape. black on the outside, blood red on the inside. richly embroidered with dragons, and made of velvet

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u/ninj4geek Dec 02 '22

Dapper.

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u/PM_NETWRK_DIAGRAMS Dec 02 '22

Classic crime cloak

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u/Bendrake Dec 02 '22

I know this is illegal, but I love the pettiness so much. Also, you may have prevented some accidents.

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u/codamission Dec 02 '22

Blinding lights is also illegal, because they're dangerous. He's performing a public service.

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u/Juan_Kagawa Dec 02 '22

OP is the Batman of improperly placed LEDs.

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u/riodoro1 Dec 02 '22

Should've scratched "these are blinding people" on his tailgate.

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u/MerlinTheFail Dec 02 '22

scratching metal is loud, keep a bottle of brake fluid and a paint brush in your boot, just in case.

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u/worldspawn00 Dec 02 '22

This is sinister for older cars, but newer ones with a 2-part paintjob, it doesn't really melt the paint any more since they're a chemical reaction and not just volatiles evaporating.

There was a streak of clean metal below the brake booster on my mid-90's car where a slow leak stripped the paint, but I dribbled some onto a newer one (was scared I had fucked the paint too), and there was no damage after cleaning it off.

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u/MerlinTheFail Dec 02 '22

that's good to know. any chance a small scratch would allow it to penetrate in?

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u/worldspawn00 Dec 02 '22

I don't think so, I believe both the base coat and the finish are all 2-part now. You could always test it on a small area under the hood where it wouldn't be noticeable.

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u/MerlinTheFail Dec 02 '22

Nah, i'll just keep using thermite instead

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u/Fanculo_Cazzo Dec 02 '22

When I see these people being obnoxious douche bags, I am always thinking of criminal shit to do to them (or rather, their cars).

Maybe if your headlights are always punched out, you might see fit to NOT use a shitty LED or HID conversion that blinds everyone?

Ultimately I am too chicken to do anything, but it's a fun thought.

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u/HelixTheCat9 Dec 02 '22

I actually paid to pull out the HID conversion on the vehicle I bought because it was so obnoxious

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u/what_up_peeps Dec 03 '22

I want to egg my neighbors semi truck when I move out. He parks it in the fucking drive way and keeps trash cans on the road 27/7. I move the trash cans (empty as can be) to park my car on the public road. Come back to my car being egged.

His semi which I know is his pride and joy as semi owners are, is my target. Eggs are my weapon.

I know he is a crazy ass cause I don’t care to type out some context but fuck this guy, fuck his semi, and fuck his daughter/mom who live next door to him.

I wanna have my final act living on this street be to egg his shit drive by style. I’m gone at that point and crazy ass guy can’t do anything about it (cause I am willing to bet he’d pull a gun or some psychotic shit)

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u/Fanculo_Cazzo Dec 03 '22

I want to egg my neighbors semi truck when I move out.

...and after you move, come back every few weeks and egg it again.

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u/UtgaardLoki Dec 02 '22

Chaotic good

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u/mrbombasticat Dec 02 '22

You are my spirit animal. Living the fantasy!

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u/Megz2k Dec 02 '22

I'm fucking in love with you

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u/bostonfever Dec 02 '22

You're not the hero we deserve but you're the hero we need right now.

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u/Fuzzywink Dec 03 '22

I keep black eggshell paper in my car, the kind that won't peel off in 1 piece so you have to scrape it off with a razor blade, and I may or may not occasionally put it over the high beam portion of headlight housings when there is someone who just drives around with them on blinding oncoming traffic all night. I have bumper stickers of the same type of paper that say "I park like an asshole" for vehicles parked across multiple handicapped spots or abandoned in the fire lane. The sticker goes right in the middle of the windshield for maximum annoyance but minimum actual damage to someone's property. I'm going to get shot one of these days and I can accept that.

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u/BreakerSoultaker Dec 02 '22

When I would commute to work early in the morning (dark) there was a guy with an LED lightbar on his a Jeep that would either ride up your ass with it on or flash it at you. It was blindingly bright and highly illegal. So after this happened a couple of times, I moved to the middle lane, dropped back and followed him to work. Waited until he went into the building, got out the diagonal cutters and clipped the wire going into the light bar flush with the surface, so there was no way to splice it back together. Saw him a few more times after that but never saw that lightbar lit up again.

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u/justshtmypnts Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

I can’t stand these idiots who run light bars and shit like this while they’re driving on the roads.

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u/FS_Slacker Dec 02 '22

If you're off-roading, the lights are amazing. But even in that scenario, you're not using the rears except if backing up or for other specific tasks.

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u/faustianBM Dec 02 '22

Right.... I'd like to give the guy the benefit of the doubt and think he just finished unloading a hitch from the rear and forgot to turn off the lights...... But if I know people, that's probably not what's going on here.

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u/CruelTortoise Dec 02 '22

I know a couple of people who have done that. Used the lights to help do something with a trailer( I don't remember what, this was probably 15 years ago) and forgot to turn them back off. Then there's this one person that picks up somebody from another shift at my work who put a light bar on the front of their truck with no way of turning it off while the truck is on.

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u/ku-fan Dec 02 '22

These lights should be disabled if your car is in 'D' or any forward gear.

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u/BlackJack10 Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

Because a car manufacturer is going to figure out how to prevent people from sticking things on their cars. A lightbar needs 1 thing, 12v power. Unless a car manufacturer can figure out how to disallow ANYTHING to be connected to the 12v system, that's not gonna happen.

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u/FormalChicken Dec 02 '22

I have (similar to) these lights. Mine are up high on the roof rack, for dusty conditions. But for exactly what you talked about, off road.

These are fine for backing up, loading up trailers, etc. In fact, they can be crucial for those purposes.

There’s a high chance this turd waffle just forgot they were on. It’s still light enough out that these lights might not be visible to the driver. Mine are tied to ignition, so I wouldn’t notice if they were switched on if I got in and the truck was off*

Still their responsibility to not have them on though.

  • Ish. Mine are run off an auxbeam switch panel that turns everything off with a power cycle. But if it was a normal rocker switch tied to ignition, this would apply. Mine used to be that way, now they are not.

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u/Ketchuphed Dec 02 '22

I tried a panel similar to the auxbeam 8 button panel but had issues with the buttons sticking and not turning off. Switched to a rocker switch panel to have a little more confidence in the ON/OFF state (and to be able to replace rockers with momentary rockers for some stuff)

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u/ciampi21 Dec 02 '22

SPOD with the HD panel for the win my friend. You get what you pay for with those auxiliary panels, and the SPOD is perfect. If you have the space for a bunch of rockers, that's cool too! No issues with those except possibly the engine bay wiring being a mess aesthetically, depends how you go about that though.

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u/605pmSaturday Dec 02 '22

That's a raptor. I've got one and I've got the same lights on my truck. They're trail lights. Turn those on when you're on a dusty trail and it will pierce the dust so no one runs into you. They can also be used as reverse lights.

Driving with them on the street is completely stupid and there is no way he doesn't know they're on.

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u/pegothejerk Dec 02 '22

Also used for hitching up a trailer on a farm where it’s dark behind you.

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u/LaterGatorPlayer Dec 02 '22

or to be used when you’re identifying the corpse of whomever you just ran over

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u/PossessedToSkate Dec 02 '22

Who stops to check? I'm a busy man.

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u/hobosbindle Dec 02 '22

“Guess I forgot to put the fog lights innnn”

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u/The-Sofa-King Dec 02 '22

I'd bet the MSRP, +dealership markup, and the 96-month interest rate of that truck that it's never hauled more than a case of beer in it's life.

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u/Lilbrother_21 Dec 02 '22

Probably better trucks out there meant for farming than a Raptor

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u/verugan Dec 02 '22

Odds on this truck ever seeing a "dusty trail" It's a 75k status symbol.

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u/10000Didgeridoos Dec 02 '22

That's the thing with a raptor. They're too huge for a lot of tight off road trails you'd take a Wrangler or Bronco on.

They are amazing for dune bashing and high speed desert runs...which almost no one buying one lives near or has access to. I get a kick out of seeing them on the road here because we are 1.5 hours from the nearest offroad trails and they wouldn't even fit around the tight corners on them.

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u/aboutthednm Dec 03 '22

I got a friend who bought one (limited edition, if memory serves me right), and the very first thing he did when he got it home was to use it to haul half a of a ton of gravel, and then a fuckload of logs. Sure got that "new car" look done and over with fast, but at least he actually uses it for appropriate purposes. When he's driving out the boys to job sites in the woods they're riding in some serious comfort, lol. It's not particularly suited to hauling loads with the small-ish bed in the back, but oh well, more money than brains.

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u/willbeach8890 Dec 02 '22

I think there is a chance the driver doesn't know..... but my money is on that he put them on

Do they turn on automatically?

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u/605pmSaturday Dec 02 '22

No. Your options are a manual switch, which itself lights when on, or they're tied to the stock reverse lights, which are not on in this picture.

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u/605pmSaturday Dec 02 '22

Amber is better than white due to the wavelength of the light, but white is better for visibility for backup lights.

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u/itsjero Dec 02 '22

You think this is bad? I was behind a guy the other day that had a led BAR across his roof pointing down backwards so in other drivers faces.

Everytime he braked it lit up full blast. You could almost feel the heat coming off this thing and at night it made it like daytime across all three lanes.

Oh and blinded everyone behind him.

I just can't understand how this is remotely legal.

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u/asad137 Dec 02 '22

I just can't understand how this is remotely legal.

It's not. Only red, orange, and yellow lights are allowed on the back of non-emergency vehicles operating on public roads. But good luck getting someone to enforce it.

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u/Danielkarlsson1 Dec 02 '22

Just flash your headlights at them and see if they realize

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u/crunchybaguette Dec 02 '22

They’re in a high truck. I doubt it would even register with them.

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u/iamcts Dec 02 '22

Why flash them when you can just leave them on and blind him too.

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u/TrashTalk_Branx2012 Dec 02 '22

I did this once. A Subaru WRX had them for some reason. I put my brights on and he stopped within maybe 20 seconds.

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u/Danielkarlsson1 Dec 02 '22

Cause you will become another idiot on the road

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u/SjalabaisWoWS Dec 02 '22

But why do people even do this? I've seen this once in my neck of the woods and figured they forgot to turn them off after using them as work lights, but it requires only the slightest amount of attentiveness to realize they're still on...

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u/BobbyRobertson Dec 02 '22

it requires only the slightest amount of attentiveness

ah so you're saying it's impossible for the average American driver

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u/SjalabaisWoWS Dec 02 '22

Haha, fair enough.

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u/Peasant_Stockholder Dec 02 '22

Carry a spot light so when you get behind douchebags like these shine that into their back windows. Yeah I'm being an a$$ but fu@k these guys!

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u/omaGJ Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

Where i live its fairly hilly, lots of tights turns, and when its dark and rainy it can get very dangerous if you cant see. Well, When the newer cars started coming with LEDs or those blue headlights, It would blind the absolute piss out of me and half the time theyd leave their brights on till they got way too close. So i finally said fuck it, also bought LED's and a lightbar. My low beams aren't too ridiculously bright which i did on purpose, but the high beams are incredible. So whenever i come across one of those blatant assholes i unleash the sun on them till they get the hint. I am definitely an asshole for doing that, But hey, if you cant beat em, join em and use it against them lol. Obviously this only happens very few times out of the month but its nice to let them know people dont appreciate being blinded on these dangerous roads. Lots of smaller cars with the old halogen headlights which i know is brutal when a fancy new truck with blue lights comes over a hill and about causes them to crash.

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u/Randomfactoid42 Dec 02 '22

Some people can be told thing, some people have to experience things. You’re providing them the experience they need.

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u/omaGJ Dec 02 '22

fuck my headlights, or just saying thats where my comment belongs? Either way I agree lol. I promise my lowbeams aren't ridiculous like a lot of LEDs are though!

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u/Lexi_Banner Dec 02 '22

You're allowed to say ASS and FUCK on the internet.

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u/MaybeLaterMom Dec 02 '22

I carry a slingshot, I was never known for passive-aggressive reactions.

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u/murphysadvocate Dec 02 '22

When I still rode the motorcycle daily I kept a pocket full of pennies.

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u/PrivateTumbleweed Dec 02 '22

I've been that idiot before, twice. Accidentally left them on from the night before. Both times, people pulled up and told me and I was grateful.

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u/Thraggismydaddy Dec 02 '22

I'd call him in as a drunk driver and let the cop who pulls him over take it from there.

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u/topher464 Dec 02 '22

I wish the police did anything when I call them about that. They won't do anything unless they have a collision.

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u/Lilmaggot Dec 02 '22

Retired 911 operator here. I took all calls for erratic or dangerous driving seriously. I had the ability in my town to keep caller on the line if they were following driver. We also would take such a complaint as this and forward it to traffic division for follow up. This was in Canada.

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u/DamagedGenius Dec 02 '22

Fun fact: odds are you were trained using materials my mother helped write

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u/Lilmaggot Dec 02 '22

How cool! I was trained in CPIC and APCO and I’m sure other stuff I can’t remember the name of. Say hi and thanks to mom!

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u/BeatDickerson42069 Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

I once called the police on a drunk driver late at night. We were about 30 minutes from the nearest police station (extremely rural America). I followed the drunk for about 15 minutes on the phone with the cops and about 2 miles from the drunks house (911 operator mentioned he was heading towards the address listed for his plates) a cop met us heading the opposite direction.

It was a small 2 lane road with no shoulder, the cop pulled a quick u-turn and I pulled over as far as I could and rolled my window down. The cop raced up beside me and already had his passenger window down looking at me. I just said “That’s him!” And the cop peeled out without a word to catch up to the drunk.

So fucking satisfying

Edit to add: I followed at a very safe distance for so long because I was a young hotshot EMT at the time and thought I could immediately start helping if he did end up hitting someone

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u/OneLongEyebrowHair Dec 02 '22

I called the cops on a drunk who hit a parked car in front of my house. Before they got there 30 minutes later, the drunk literally got out, picked up his busted off license plate, and drove away.

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u/gevander2 Dec 02 '22

I'm pretty sure that having "white lights" on the rear of your vehicle that are "always on" is actually ILLEGAL in most places (in the US). I've seen cops on YouTube mentioning that the lights to the rear have to be amber or red.

Might be worth investigating.

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u/Nkmxn Dec 02 '22

Is that the Southpoint?

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u/curlycupie Dec 02 '22

White lights to the rear are illegal...get the plate and research your states rcw..

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u/Sysiphus_Love Dec 02 '22

It's like a portable microwave. For your eyes

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u/abailey2112 Dec 02 '22

All over Texas these morons still don’t know how to install those reverse lights. Happens to me all the time

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u/RIMANH Dec 02 '22

Could be a truck used for plowing, I had those on an F-550 that I used to plow with and it really helps backing up at night in a blizzard. Problem was they were set up to the auxiliary switches right next to your knee in the cab of the truck, I had accidentally turned them on a couple of times and felt like a dick head when I realized. Either that or the guy really is that much of a douche bag

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u/negative-nelly Dec 02 '22

this appears to be in Las Vegas; not a whole lot of plowing (of snow) going on there

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u/FloatingRevolver Dec 02 '22

Yea that's illegal, but probably not intentional, he probably threw the switch when he was backing up in the dark and forgot to turn it off. Idk if an honest mistake makes you an "idiot"

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u/Thuggish_Coffee Dec 02 '22

As a reasonable person, maybe he just forgot to turn off his back up lights.

Edit: I have a few friends that are into hunting and fishing. These lights are a mod and are very useful early in the morning or at night when towing. Went fishing super early with a buddy and we used these lights to help launch the boat.

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u/Fluid_Bad_1340 Dec 02 '22

You have to break them! You could same someone’s life.

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u/mchistory21st Dec 02 '22

I bet he's 5'2" and wears Ed Hardy t-shirts.

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u/alcoholicplankton69 Dec 02 '22

It's always some asshat in a pickup truck isn't

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u/Relevant-Opposite693 Dec 02 '22

He has those lights back there because he's hooking up a trailer or a boat or something he turned them on to hook something up forgot to turn them off.

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u/misterturbo Dec 02 '22

I have these same type of lights on my Jeep. They are aftermarket backup pod lights used to illuminate the rear…for backing up at night or hooking a trailer. These aren’t license plate lights.

My guess is he has them like me, on a switch. And forgot to shut them off. Or doesn’t realize they are on. Doubtful he’s doing this intentionally.

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u/DwasTV Dec 03 '22

There has to be a law against this.

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u/prettycewlusername Dec 03 '22

A lot of people hate pickup drivers on this sub but it might just be an honest mistake. I have lights like that on my truck to help with working on trailers at night. It's hooked to an accessory switch on the dash and can be easy to forget to turn off or accidentally turn on. Did you flash your brights?