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'Stop a Douchebag' Patrols Russia's Naughty Drivers

"Stop a Douchebag" volunteers are teaching bad drivers to behave themselves, one viral YouTube video at a time

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For the time being, Russia might not be able to stop the inexorable advance of Nazi Germany  oops! I mean an irresponsible and dangerous military alliance oops! I mean NATO. Sorry! Sometimes these things, you know, they just slip out of my mouth.

Comforted by the nest of safety provided by nuclear warheads aimed directly at them, the fine people of Russia have turned their pretty little heads to other matters, and come up with a clever way to combat what they feel is their fellow citizens’ poor driving habits.

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Don't anger the nice snowman

The “Stop a Douchebag” movement was founded in 2010 they are a little controversial. They are active in several cities. although many of the YouTube videos primarily feature Muscovites. The movement has been making waves on YouTube, so much so that the overall McCarthyist Vice and Daily Beast have stooped to acknowledge that the Russkies have managed to figure out some sort of solution to one of their own domestic problems. (Isn’t that cute?) Of course, the Beast didn't fail to remind us that Russia is full of teen gangs and marauding bands of homophobic thugs, tsk, tsk, etc. Ever vigilant!

The generally entertaining videos (with English subtitles to enable learning of Russian cuss words) follow a certain pattern. Driver does something idiotic, sometimes out of desperation but mostly due to confusing a sidewalk with a road.  Or the driver decides that train tracks are a suitable traffic lane. Driver is either pretty cool about it, or they go full Galadriel. Benzes and Beemers in the mix, as well as some more pedestrian brands, so it’s a good mix of rich and middle-income douchebaggery.

These gentlemen are super drunk.


These girls and this guy are crazy and hilarious, respectively.

I’m a little bit leery of putting large, blinding stickers on the windshields of people who have already proven themselves to be less than stellar drivers, but given the driving tendencies of people who live in large, traffic-laden cities, sometimes a little public shaming goes a long way.  

Think of the possibilities for expanding this concept into other avenues. Why, I alone, in the space of a few minutes came up with a list of places where Russians could plaster giant stickers that say, “I spit on everyone."


Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s white picket fence.

Alexey Nalvany’s front door.

Victoria Nuland’s Cookie Bakery and Regime Change-ery.

John McCain’s straightjacket.

Also, it would be interesting to see if an American version of this would be successful. But I have a sneaking suspicion that if a group of guys tried to put a sticker on the windshield of some attitude-ridden American’s car, someone would end up getting shot.

Too soon?

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