Social media frenzy over Dodge Ram parking memo
A US-style light truck driver, who turned to social media after finding an aggressive note on his parked vehicle, says the problem has “gotten exponentially”.
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Construction worker Josh Pyle said he parked his truck at Victoria Point Shopping Centre, south of Brisbane, on Monday at around 7am.
He returned to find a note stuck above the driver’s side door handle that read “Would you like to sleep on the head of a pin in your big american truck (sic).”
He posted photos of the note and his truck to the Dodge Ram Owners Australia Facebook group, where hundreds of commenters shared their opinions about his encounter.
“Yes, it has been greatly exaggerated,” Mr Pyle told The Courier-Mail.
Most of the comments were supportive, since he posted in an online community of owners who paid up to $265,000 for their trucks.
“People get so upset when they can’t afford the same great things,” wrote David Lean, who received more than a thousand likes.
Another wrote: “Tell me your (sic) wife won’t let you get a real UTE, without telling me.”
A third said: “I’m jealous you have such a wonderful piece of American practicality.”
Another of 570 comments read: “The note on his car said: ‘Do you cry yourself to sleep knowing you will never have the motivation to work as hard as those who can afford an American truck?’”
Mr. Bayles said he bought the light truck for his construction company to safely tow heavy loads without needing another truck.
“We researched other vehicles and the need for a larger commercial vehicle with towing capacity to move large trailers and our machinery to different locations,” he said.
“Being a V8 petrol engine that deactivates 4 cylinders in ECO mode, it reduces emissions and can be very economical to run.”
Dodge Rams were first introduced to the Australian market in September 2016, and since then more than 20,000 vehicles have been sold across the country, according to Drive.
Despite the vans’ pros and cons, the RACQ “actively discourages the use of these vehicles for daily commuting,” said Andrew Kirk, RACQ’s principal technical researcher.
“We are receiving complaints from members about their size and the way they obstruct the view.
“However, medium and small trucks can also impede visibility to a greater extent, so if these American-style trucks replace trucks for delivery or towing purposes, it could be a positive.”
“(However) they take up more road space, are often too large for car parks, and will not fit in most residential garages. They are heavier and cause more damage to roads.
“These cars also consume more fuel than smaller vehicles, as most of them are double cabs which makes them less sustainable and environmentally friendly if used for your daily commute.
“Despite these drawbacks, it is a legal vehicle and if someone wants to buy one and drive it, they are absolutely within their rights.”
Mr Pyle acknowledged criticism of the car but said parking and city driving were not much more difficult than other large SUVs, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol.
“It takes a bit of courtesy and intelligence to realize they’re bigger, and just because you own one doesn’t mean you need to be as arrogant as most people think we are, hence this note,” he said.
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