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If You Don't Want Your Car Stolen, Make It Pink

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the how-to-quit-smoking-too dept.

Crime 390

pickens writes "A study in the Netherlands illustrates car thieves' preferences. From 2004-2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black. This may be because black vehicles look more luxurious. Following close behind black were gray/silver automobiles. Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen. A bright and uncommon color, like pink, may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system. Ben Vollaard, who conducted the research, wrote, 'If the aversion to driving a car in an offbeat color is not too high – or if someone actually enjoys it – then buying deterrence through an uncommon car color may be at least as good a deal as buying deterrence through an expensive car security device.'"

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Hm... (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 4 years ago | (#33055348)

Of course, if everyone who didn't want their car stolen drove a pink car, then thieves would start stealing pink cars, and some other color would become the least popular.

Re:Hm... (-1, Flamebait)

Moryath (553296) | about 4 years ago | (#33055366)

See also: the reason that Mac/Linuxheads were able to claim their systems "didn't have viruses" for so long - they weren't a sizable enough portion of the market for anyone trying to make a botnet to bother with them.

If you don't have a critical mass, you won't get targeted. Don't rely on it being a selling point.

Re:Hm... (3, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 4 years ago | (#33055440)

I think that analogy fails: the technical differences between operating systems are a bit more significant than the technical differences between car colors. I could be wrong, though, and it may also be the case that nobody is painting a car worth stealing pink...

Re:Hm... (2, Informative)

rtaylor (70602) | about 4 years ago | (#33055592)

Both operating systems allow a user program to access, modify, and delete content in the users home directory; can automatically start background tasks at user login by modifying .profile or .bashrc or similar; and will allow external communications for user executed programs on high ports.

A trojan would work just as well with a person on Linux as it does for that same person on Windows but the odds of that person using Linux at the moment is lower and there isn't critical mass for it to spread.

I'm far far more protective of the contents of /home than I am /usr. Do whatever you want to /usr, it takes less than 10 minutes to reinstall but the contents of /home can represent significantly more work.

Re:Hm... (1)

broggyr (924379) | about 4 years ago | (#33055670)

access, modify, and delete content in the users home directory; can automatically start background tasks at user login by modifying .profile or .bashrc or similar; and will allow external communications for user executed programs on high ports

The skills to do these vary between Windows and other operating systems. I don't need a new skillset to drive a different color car... (or do I?) :D

Re:Hm... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 years ago | (#33055664)

The only pink cars I see are Cadillacs. I think there's some makeup company that gives them away as bonuses. And Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about them.

I've never seen a pink economy car.

Re:Hm... (1)

broggyr (924379) | about 4 years ago | (#33055702)

The "Mayhem" character in a recent Allstate commercial drives a pink Durango :)

Re:Hm... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 years ago | (#33055766)

I've never seen a pink economy car.

You have to look back in time. My first car was a pink 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix, which was the 2-door. It was sold as an economy car, but you wouldn't know it by looking at it. Those used to thinking of a 1963+ Dart as "a Dart" wouldn't recognize this monster, which was 6.5' wide, 19.5' long, and allegedly had a curb weight of about 4700lb. It got around really well though, with a big-block 318 Hemi and a 650 carter 4bbl, and about 12:1 compression (premium+octane booster/lead substitute FTW!) And it got over 20 mpg on the freeway, too. Anyway, I actually have the advertisement for this generation of vehicle (the 4dr is depicted but they mention the 2dr) and the entire range was explicitly sold as an economy car. You'd never know by looking at one, though, or by driving one. It had all the features (including pushbutton transmission) and went down the road very nicely.

Re:Hm... (1)

ballpoint (192660) | about 4 years ago | (#33055904)

Cool car. Shows how progress really isn't and how we're gradually getting poorer physically.

Re:Hm... (1)

Devout_IPUite (1284636) | about 4 years ago | (#33055768)

I've seen a pink VW Bug, Scion tC, and Honda Civic in my area.

Re:Hm... (2, Interesting)

grumbel (592662) | about 4 years ago | (#33055676)

The only significant difference between Linux and the rest is how you get software. In Linux you get by far most of it from your distribution, on Windows you get most stuff from more or less trustworthy webpages, so it is much easier to catch something evil by accident.

In terms of actual security there really isn't much difference, as neither OS properly isolates applications by default and thus every evil tool has far more permissions then it needs.

Re:Hm... (0, Offtopic)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | about 4 years ago | (#33055744)

Yes, there are significant differences between MAC and windows systems. However, this does NOT mean that it is impossible to create a virus for a MAC computer. It's just as easy to write a virus for mac as it is for windows. Of course, given the choice between the two any sensible person will write it for windows because they'll infect more targets with the same amount of effort.

Re:Hm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055834)

I could be wrong, though,

First logical, correct thing you've said in this thread!

Re:Hm... (1)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | about 4 years ago | (#33055906)

Going back to the unix analogy of the parent... Have you seen some of the custom themes for Gnome/KDE out there? :)

Re:Hm... (2, Funny)

ericspinder (146776) | about 4 years ago | (#33055516)

Using a tech analogy to explain a car issue just doesn't have the same feeling as it does the other way around. Good try though.

Re:Hm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055556)

How does linux not have critical mass with 70% of the server market?

Re:Hm... (2, Insightful)

troc (3606) | about 4 years ago | (#33055680)

Linux servers don't generally hang about in the average family home being badly managed by the average non-techy person like the average Windows box does :)

Linux servers are usually seen hanging out in specially constructed and managed server farms (a.k.a. dungeons), administrated by gangs of pale, bespectacled geeks and BOFHs and generally up to date with decent security.

to get slightly back on topic, the only pink cars I see in Holland tend to be bubblegum pink Nissan Micras, poverty-spec MINIs plastered with estate agency stickers and random old stuff that's been hand-painted by hippies. None of these would be particularly attractive targets even if they were black.

Re:Hm... (1)

Yamata no Orochi (1626135) | about 4 years ago | (#33055706)

People aren't generally practicing irresponsible browsing and e-mail habits on a server. I hope.

Re:Hm... (1)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | about 4 years ago | (#33055792)

Servers are generally operated by people that know what they're doing. Yeah, a windows server might be more vulnerable than Linux, but a competent sysadmin can secure either system and fix any problems that arise in a timely manner.

Basically, regardless of the system running on a server,a virus-infected server will be removed from the network within minutes and the virus removed within hours.

Re:Hm... (2, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33055626)

That is terrible logic. It assumes that either a) everybody (or a least a majority) cares more about their car getting stolen than its color or b) thieves care more about the motivation of owners' choice of colors than the color itself.

Re:Hm... (5, Funny)

robthebloke (1308483) | about 4 years ago | (#33055648)

After my 3rd cycle was stolen in a year, I spray painted my new bike bright pink, put spokey-dokeys on it, and attached a large rainbow flag to the back. I've now managed to keep the same bike for over a year! (Admittedly, I now get a lot of people shouting words like 'gay' and 'bender' when i cycle past. In hindsight I should have probably thought about that before welding the flagpole on.... )

Re:Hm... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055816)

How the hell is this remotely insightful? Funny - yes. Insightful? Not close - this is the kind of logic I expect from Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner (you know, idiots). Poster had to be going for Funny.. Just shows what kind of morons moderate /. these days...

Tonight in COPS! (3, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33055354)

Nobody wants to be that guy on youtube arrested at the wheel of a pink Miata.

Re:Tonight in COPS! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055368)

Oh please! He was driving 65 in a 30 zone while wearing a blond wig, lipstick, G-string, fishnet stocking and fuck-me shoes.

He wanted to get caught honey.

Solution to theft (5, Insightful)

quatin (1589389) | about 4 years ago | (#33055364)

Have stuff nobody wants.

Re:Solution to theft (4, Funny)

xSauronx (608805) | about 4 years ago | (#33055398)

this is why the patch cables I buy are purple....haven't lost a single one yet

Re:Solution to theft (3, Funny)

grimJester (890090) | about 4 years ago | (#33055634)

My red stapler always disappears. I've thought about pink, but I like my red stapler.

Re:Solution to theft (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055674)

Be cautious with those purple patch cables around Prince..

Re:Solution to theft (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055730)

Hmmm... that could explain why I can't seem to get rid of an old SGI workstation I still have laying around.

Re:Solution to theft (4, Funny)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 4 years ago | (#33055468)

This reminds me of one of the IT guys where I work. When I was tasked with setting up a new server for my research group, he loaned me a screwdriver...and it was pink. He said he had held on to it since the early 80s, because nobody wanted a pink screwdriver.

Re:Solution to theft (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055632)

he loaned me a screwdriver...and it was pink.

Maybe it's some sort of code.

Re:Solution to theft (3, Funny)

kaizendojo (956951) | about 4 years ago | (#33055880)

Or maybe that wasn't a screwdriver he was handing him....

Re:Solution to theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055780)

On reading this I glanced up to look at my very own pink screwdriver, only to notice it has been stolen.

Re:Solution to theft (5, Interesting)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | about 4 years ago | (#33055822)

There's a similar trick for wrenches in a machine shop. There's a couple sizes of wrench that are extremely common for changing tools on a mill/lathe. What you do is buy a combo wrench (one with a wrench on both ends) and use a chop saw or plasma cutter to cut off the worthless end of the wrench. The wrench still works great for changing tools, but no one steals it because no one wants a "broken" wrench in their toolbox.

Re:Solution to theft (1)

augi01 (1209002) | about 4 years ago | (#33055506)

Solution #2: Do not have any possessions whatsoever.

Re:Solution to theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055586)

I heard that the boxer shorts given in Arizona's Tent City Jail were being stolen. Sheriff Joe dyed them all pink.

Re:Solution to theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055658)


Re:Solution to theft (2, Funny)

Reilaos (1544173) | about 4 years ago | (#33055672)

Thanks. Now I'll never be raped.

Re:Solution to theft (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 4 years ago | (#33055714)

Yep! A few years back I was driving a beat up RX7 that I paid $900 cash for. The door locks had worn out and stopped working, so I left it unlocked all the time. Even with a CB Radio in the front seat, no one ever messed with the car for the three or four years I had it (Got my money's worth out of that thing.) I could have left the keys in the ignition the whole time and been fine.

If you don't want your car stolen, buy a beat-up old pick-up truck. You know, the one with the cast iron bumpers. Then paint it pink, I guess.

Re:Solution to theft (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | about 4 years ago | (#33055786)

My dad drove a POS 94 Ford Ranger up until a few months ago and he never locked the doors. The only time it was broken into in the whole time he owned it was when kids were going around the movie theater parking lot stealing change out of cars. I bet they made a whole lot of money doing that...

Re:Solution to theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055716)

It reminds me of the guy who, to displease his wife, cut his balls...

Re:Solution to theft (1)

sznupi (719324) | about 4 years ago | (#33055774)

Also a solution to free beer or two at a pub. Well, relatively speaking.

Seems the same effect was present, at least in the past, with pink GBA and pink NDS; new ones, too. Hey, if people want you to have a beer on them...

Re:Solution to theft (1)

kungfugleek (1314949) | about 4 years ago | (#33055830)

I don't know, I've seem some weird things get stolen. A friend of mine had the control panel for his AC/Heat ripped right out of the console. I mean, what are you going to do with one of those??? Most of the wire connectors were still intact so he controls it all by reaching in and making connections. Why didn't they steal the CD player? Because that was already gone -- stolen a long time ago and never replaced. They've stolen water bottles, bags of chips, anything from that car. He intentionally leaves it unlocked now because he got sick of paying to have the windows fixed every time they broke in. But the genius is that he's turned it into an advantage. Now when he has old computers or electronics that he would have to pay to recycle he just leaves them in the car and pretty soon they're gone. No fuss, no fees. I'm halfway expecting the thieves to start leaving charitable donation receipts on the seats. But then, they'd probably steal those, too.

Nothing new (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055372)

My cousin, long time ago, had an old car with an stereo radio tape without front panel and which required of an spoon to make a sort of force in order to keep the tape in the correct place. That radio was never stolen....

Pink! (1)

valnar (914809) | about 4 years ago | (#33055376)

Pink? Pink? Well, what's wrong with pink?! Seems you've got a pink kink in your think.

Maybe it's simpler than that. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055384)

Perhaps the thieves prefer to drive something hard to pick out of a crowd?

Pretty easy to find the stolen pink anything. Not as easy to find the stolen blue Civic. If you have a choice of cars (and in most cases thieves do) you'd pick something you can get away with for longer.

Re:Maybe it's simpler than that. (2, Funny)

Third Position (1725934) | about 4 years ago | (#33055422)

Maybe it's just harder to steal a car which usually has it's tires slashed.

Re:Maybe it's simpler than that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055450)

Exactly this. Same goes for Yellow, Orange... pretty much anything on the left end of the color spectrum aside from red.

Hardware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055390)

Would the trend be similar for phones and laptops?

Or you could (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055404)

Drive a stick shift :)

Re:Or you could (5, Funny)

Theoboley (1226542) | about 4 years ago | (#33055534)

I second this. I remember reading a story where a car was about to pull away from a gas station, and the jacker, while pointing the gun and screaming at the driver to get out, noticed the car was a Manual and exclaimed "Oh Shit" and Ran off.

Re:Or you could (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055610)

Yeah, that's smart. Discharging a gun at a gas station, of all places. He really didn't think things through, did he?

Re:Or you could (1)

sznupi (719324) | about 4 years ago | (#33055806)

The risk is very negligible compared to the risk of doing, in the first place, armed carjackings.

Re:Or you could (2, Interesting)

tekrat (242117) | about 4 years ago | (#33055546)

Right on.

I remember reading about a woman who pulled into her own driveway and was then "carjacked" by two guys that had followed her. But she drove stick, and the theives had no idea how to operate the car. She's rolling around on her lawn laughing her ass off while the two guys kept stalling the car. They eventually fled the scene in the car they had arrived in.

Re:Or you could (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33055758)

Awesome. It's too bad it's getting harder and harder to find quality new cars with manual transmissions. I guess I can use it as an excuse to talk my wife into getting some classic 60s muscle car.

Re:Or you could (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 4 years ago | (#33055912)

I'm sure anything European would be available with manual transmission if you're buying new. It is, after all, part of the standard spec in most of Europe. Sorry to disappoint.

Re:Or you could (2, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | about 4 years ago | (#33055720)

Not in the Netherlands; and most of the world for that matter.

Re:Or you could (2, Informative)

Amarantine (1100187) | about 4 years ago | (#33055754)

It's a study done in the Netherlands. Most people there drive a stick shift. My parents are about the only people i know driving automatic transmissions. It's considered a luxury.

Re:Or you could (1)

bytesex (112972) | about 4 years ago | (#33055844)

only stateside. In the rest of the world, car-thieves don't have a problem with stick shift.

Resale Value (4, Insightful)

bencollier (1156337) | about 4 years ago | (#33055406)

Of course, the crazy colour will also affect resale value, so the money you save in insurance you lose in depreciation.

resale (1)

bitcastle (934210) | about 4 years ago | (#33055408)

Of course if you want to sell your car eventually don't make it pink.

Re:resale (1)

chomsky68 (1719996) | about 4 years ago | (#33055448)

Unless you remove your collection of Village People cds...

Re:resale (4, Funny)

DarkGreenNight (647707) | about 4 years ago | (#33055572)

If only there was some way to replace the paint colors with colors of our own choosing. If only we possessed that level of technology...

from : []

Pink? (1)

willda (1369247) | about 4 years ago | (#33055414)

I think any brightly colored car would have the same effect. They all say "Look at me!". That's that last thing a car thief want's, to have attention brought upon them.

Re:Pink? (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33055644)

I think it's the fact that it's pink. If I were a car thief I'd have no problem with stealing a bright orange Focus RS, because they're actually cool. Bright pink though? You think a thief's friends are going to be impressed by that? Please.

Only part of the story (3, Insightful)

Palestrina (715471) | about 4 years ago | (#33055430)

For example, pink cars might garner a greater degree of derision, leading to a greater incidence of vandalism. They might be pulled over more for speeding. Their owners might be more often victims of other crimes. Mechanics might inflate prices more.

What you want to look at is the "total cost of ownership" for the car over a period of time, as a function of color.

Re:Only part of the story (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33055776)

More importantly, they might depreciate more quickly and have lower residual value unless you're willing to repaint it before you sell it.

More lies with statistics... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055432)

Sadly, most people's math skills aren't up to noticing the flaw.

The question is not how many cars of a particular colour are stolen. The question is how many cars of a particular colour are stolen compared to the number of cars with that colour on the road.

That is the only way to measure the affect of colour (if any) on car theft.

So, how many thefts per 1000 cars of that colour?

Re:More lies with statistics... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055502)


Re:More lies with statistics... (4, Informative)

guyminuslife (1349809) | about 4 years ago | (#33055710)

Zero. There were exactly zero pink cars stolen. (The study, if you had bothered to look at it, includes all reported thefts of all cars less than 3 years old in the Netherlands from 2004-2008).

I really hate it when people start prattling along about errors with statistics when they don't bother looking at the actual statistics.

Re:More lies with statistics... (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | about 4 years ago | (#33055836)

I really hate it when people start prattling along about errors with statistics when they don't bother looking at the actual statistics.

Making informed statements!? Researching before you reply?! What is this blasphemy?! Next thing you know you'll expect people to read the actual summary!

Re:More lies with statistics... (0, Offtopic)

moronoxyd (1000371) | about 4 years ago | (#33055870)

If you insert "black" into GPs question isntead of "pink", you might realize that he is right.

The summary states that most cars stolen where black, but it does not give any information on how that relates to the number ob black cards in the test.
You need to put absolute numbers into relation to actually learn somthing.

Disclaimer: I haven't read the article. For all I know the authors may address this.

This sounds familiar... (2, Funny)

Lindril (68371) | about 4 years ago | (#33055436)

If you don't want viruses, run Linux!

Re:This sounds familiar... (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 4 years ago | (#33055514)

Somehow, I think the differences between operating systems are a bit more significant than the differences between car colors...

Pink cars...the new Firefox. (0, Offtopic)

TheRedDuke (1734262) | about 4 years ago | (#33055438)

I remember when Firefox was the safest browser out there...then suddenly it had a huge market share and was receiving more security updates monthly than IE. Apply this logic to pink cars.

Re:Pink cars...the new Firefox. (0, Offtopic)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#33055752)

Number of security updates per month is a poor measure of how safe a browser is.

A 100% safe browser would never need any updates.

Likewise a browser could have plenty of flaws, but hardly any updates to patch those flaws. It would be receiving less updates per month, and still be less safe than a browser that started off with the same number of flaws but is having them patched more quickly.

As far as pink goes.. how many thugs do you know that desperately want to be seen in a more feminine light?

Loosely From the movie "The Rookie" 1990 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055462)

[looking at a Lotus painted a garish pink] Wanna know what's a crime? Whoever defaced that work of art by painting it that color... ought to have his ass removed.

Cloaking device? (1)

rdesh (1861336) | about 4 years ago | (#33055472)

How about a cloaking device [] that makes the car pink when parked? Oh wait..why not make it then ;) D'oh! []

Sanrio's Next Wave of Products (4, Funny)

tekrat (242117) | about 4 years ago | (#33055494)

The "Hello Kitty Car".

Re:Sanrio's Next Wave of Products (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | about 4 years ago | (#33055882)

The "Hello Kitty Car".

I heard an anecdote about someone who played in a comedy band and he plays a Hello Kitty guitar and his rhythm guitarist plays the Hanna Montana guitar. After a show someone broke into their van with all their gear and stole everything out of the van including the cases, picks, EXCEPT for the two guitars.

Can't look cool trying to sell those on craigslist, I guess.

Better paint the engine and other parts pink (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055496)

What if all pink cars are just crap? The only pink car that comes in mind is the VW Beetle, a crappy car indeed. Aside from that, most stolen cars are broken apart and the thieves sell their parts separately. I don't think it has anything to do with the car's color (and you can always paint a pink car anyway)

How to fail with statistics (-1, Troll)

Minwee (522556) | about 4 years ago | (#33055530)

How many cars were in the study? What percentage of them were pink? What percentage of them were stolen? Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? Without these answers the results are meaningless.

Re:How to fail with statistics (4, Informative)

guyminuslife (1349809) | about 4 years ago | (#33055646)

All of them. At least, new-ish cars in the Netherlands, in 2004-2008. could have easily looked that up, TFA links to its sources.

Re:How to fail with statistics (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 4 years ago | (#33055838)

"LYNDSI", whoever that is, could have looked it up too. And perhaps written a few words about it, so that the article would have something approaching value. Strange as it may seem there is a difference between "Here is some data and here are the conclusions that I have drawn from it" and "Here are some conclusions and if you spend enough time clicking on random, completely unlabelled links to other people's work, which may or may not still be in the same state as it was when I last consulted it, then maybe you might find some data to back it up. Good luck with that".

One is good writing. The other is just wasting the reader's time.

Direct link to the study (2, Informative)

Xest (935314) | about 4 years ago | (#33055790)

Here: []

I generally agree with you though, I'm not sure the conclusions are valid from what's given. It basically says 0.26% of black cars, the most stolen colour, get stolen, whilst 0.16% of red cars, the least stolen get stolen. Apparently there's something like 6.8 million vehicles in the Netherlands, but it's hard from the data to tell how many cars this actually translates to in practice, particularly as the graph given changes over time, and older cars will most likely be off the road. I'm sure you could figure it out by averaging the amount bought over the period and factor in an exponential decrease in those taken off the road, but it'd be more reasonable if the author had done this. The very fact he does seem to have basically left things half finished and come to a conclusion without providing better supporting evidence and clearer data does leave me a little skeptical I'll admit, the level of work done would be fine for a high school science class, but for a professor of economics? a bit of a poor show to be honest.

Re:How to fail with statistics (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33055800)

Regardless of the number of cars in the study or the percentage of pink cars, the percentage of pink cars stolen in the study would still be zero. Pink cars may be a statistical minority, but zero is zero is zero.

mod do3n (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055544)

unless you can work would choose to use BE FORGOOTEN IN A Posts. Due to the all over America whether to repeat fly They looked

Mr. Pink (1)

boristdog (133725) | about 4 years ago | (#33055550)

But you'll get crappy service at the Sonic because they'll assume you're a bad tipper.

Sources & Mr. Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055584)

Well, according to one source [] 26% of the cars in Europe are black. Now the original article [] says that about 26% of the cars stolen in the Netherlands are black (see Figure 2 [] ).

Bravo, Mr. Obvious!

How come such an article is on /., and not even in the idle section!?

Statistics require thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055596)

The sample size makes the claim meaningless "Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen" means nothing when the overall odds of a vehicle being stolen were around 1 in 500 as seen in the chart from the same study . Sensationalism from the statistically impaired at its best. The statistics do support black being more likely to be stolen, but not pink being some amazingly superior choice.

My pink bike history (1)

shoppa (464619) | about 4 years ago | (#33055636)

When I was in college, I had a halfway decent bike but vandals would remove any part not literally chained down. Lost several seats and wheels. Sometimes the vandals would find the wheels chained up and damage them instead. Othertimes they would just randomly remove screws and nuts, maybe in some half-assed attempt to steal something, but more likely just to damage the bike. Tires were regularly slashed too.

It got to the point where damage to the bike was costing me $50 to $100 every few months.

I then painted the bike pink with bright green polkadots. I painted the seat and wheels this garish pattern too and made sure that a good amount of pink overspray ended up on the tires (very nice tires, Continental real rubber). You know what? They never ever touched the bike after that. That was the smartest thing I ever did.

I don't think that it was that the pink and polkadots ruined the resale value of any stolen parts (that must've been pretty much zero to begin with), I think it was more of an abhorrently ugly color scheme making it completely undesirable to even get close to it.

Once I worked at a place, where the phones were this indescribibly ugly shade of beigish pink. Sorta like the avocado green popular in the 70's but far far worse. Betcha they chose that color because nobody would ever steal a phone that color.

heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055696)

Of course, if I had a pink car, I would want it to be stolen. I guess you can't win.

Pink everything, including ponies!@£ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055704)

I can't help but feel that this should be extended into other walks of life.
How about all guns and knifes legally have to be pink.
Just takes away any hints of machoism.

Can anyone give me a computer analogy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055726)

I don't understand

Elvis's Pink Cadillac (1)

shoppa (464619) | about 4 years ago | (#33055826)

If you're cool enough, you *CAN* have a pink car and be proud of it. Needless to say slashdot dweebs need not apply.

But... (1)

HikingStick (878216) | about 4 years ago | (#33055852)

But painting my car pink won't get me a discount on my auto insurance. Having a security device will. I'd never pay to add one to a car, but since I only buy used cars, I just hold out for one with a security system.

I knew this since high school (2, Interesting)

Ayanami_Rei_II (521400) | about 4 years ago | (#33055862)

Back in high school, I mostly used mechanical pencils. But I kept breaking them: the metal tips snap off usually within a week of use. Maybe I press down too hard, or they just make shitty pencils where I live.

So I imported from Japan a few very well made--but obviously expensive--mechanical pencils. They have no problem taking my abuse. However, I ended up losing all of them over the course of the semester. I sometimes lend one to a classmate, but I didn't always get it back. I don't think they kept it on purpose, but they simply forgot to return it.

Next semester, I had to import another batch, but I got one in pink. And since then, I only lend out the pink one. I still have most of the pencils I bought then, including the pink one.

You might think that this strategy will only work ~50% of the time, but since I'm posting this on /. you should be able to figure out why I beat the odds.

Afraid of being cheated on? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055886)

In this study, we found that all 109 of the ugly, disfigured obese women were faithful to their partners.
It should also be noted that they were too fat to stand up and get out of bed, which may have been an influential factor.

There aren't pink cars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33055910)

I think everybody is forgetting you can not purchase one car in the color of pink. Unless you work for Mary Kay, or want to spend several thousand dollars on a custom paint job.

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