STREETPANTHERS, who are you?
We are a bunch of friends from Salonica who started going “illegal” late last year, when walking round the city had become a living hell. The “historic” city, the “metropolis”, the “demanding” co-capital, is getting worse day by day. Everybody sees it as their own, private property without giving a rat’s ass about the remaining million people using the same space, the same streets and the same sidewalks.
So, we decided that we waited long enough for the state, the local authorities and the police to wake up. It was time for action. Whoever doesn’t comply, pays the price on the spot.
Action #1 is the sticker. We printed several thousands and are handing them out. During a ride, a night-out, shopping, at school, at the movies, the Donkey sticker is always among us. A self-adhesive reminder for inconsiderate drivers to respect those who commit the unforgivable crime of walking.
The misbehavers get one on the windshield as an initial indication that something about their mentality is wrong.
The explanation for the “I-park-where-I-want-and-I-don’t-care-about-anyone” phenomenon is rather simple. The dumb cannot see the crosswalks. Not that they ignore them, they just don’t see them. The “pedestrian”, “crosswalks”, and “walking” genes do not exist in their brain. They stop and park their cars, as if pedestrians were see-through. After the sticker is placed though, they start complying!
THE NEW STICKER
Saturday night. March 10th, 2007. The new sticker is officially launched. An elegant diamond shape (paraphrasing the sign “priority way, no parking”) with fluorescent colours, easy to use and practical enough to carry in a bag or pocket, an absolute must-have when shopping with a cart or taking the baby out. A recourse for the blind or the disabled, a weapon of resistance and protest for the pedestrian. Write to us, get it and use it!