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YouTuber Shmee150 targeted by obscene vandalism on Nurburgring

Published: 25/Aug/2020 10:38 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:51

by Kieran Bicknell

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Popular YouTuber Shmee150 has begun the subject of attacks from trolls who used the graffiti at the Nurburgring to voice their dislike of him. 

Sometimes people get jealous of those that appear to be at the top of their game and will take to talking about them online rather than in person.

Though, for famed automotive YouTuber Shmee150, it seems that an individual (or individuals) had a particular dislike of his work and chose to desecrate one of his favorite places on earth – the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Famous for his vast supercar collection nicknamed the ‘Shmeemobiles’ and his regular vlogs and car reviews; Shmee150 – real name Tim – has been personally attacked by obscene graffiti painted onto the Nurburgring circuit.

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Severe penalties for slander

While the perpetrators may have thought this was just a cruel joke, a joke in poor taste, or perhaps a way of getting famous, the repercussions for such actions are severe.

German law is far stricter when it comes to acts of slander or defamation than those in the US, as discussed by Life Of Palos in his latest video addressing the situation.

Explaining how the German law on defamation is split into three categories (insult, defamation, slander) the graffiti in question would fall under the ‘defamation’ category, the second most severe. Unfortunately for these ‘artists’ by defaming Shmee in writing, it actually doubles their potential sentence.

Defamation in German law carries a punishment ranging from a severe fine, or potentially even imprisonment for 1 year. Since the graffiti on the Nurburgring is public and classed as defamation “through the dissemination of written materials” the penalty actually rises to 2 years jail time.

 

Shmee150 Graffiti Nurburgring
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(Blurred due to obscenity) the large writing popped up mysteriously in the last few days.

Shmee150 reaction to graffiti

Surprisingly, Tim is yet to post a public response or reaction to the graffiti that has been painted onto the German race track.

Perhaps it is because he doesn’t want to feed the trolls that did it, or maybe he wants to avoid giving them any further exposure through his multi-million subscriber social media channels. Whatever the reason may be, Shmee is keeping quiet, for now at least.

Of course, there is the chance he may not pursue prosecution of the perpetrators, though that does not mean they are out of the woods yet. With such a big public stunt like this plenty of people will know who carried it out, not to mention possible prosecution from the Nurburgring team themselves.

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YouTuber slams Tesla for their “ridiculous” service

Published: 19/Nov/2020 15:50

by Kieran Bicknell

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Owning a Tesla has a number of benefits, such as reducing your carbon footprint, and enjoying the instant power available from the electric motors. There are downsides too, however, as YouTuber Engineering Explained revealed.

Having owned his Tesla Model 3 for around two years at the time of writing, Engineering Explained has revealed his single biggest issue about Tesla ownership.

While build quality and autopilot issues are often the subjects that make headlines, according to the YouTuber, they aren’t the biggest frustration with the brand. In fact, it’s an issue that many owners likely take for granted, or have limited experience with: Service and parts.

The biggest issue with Tesla ownership.

While Jason of Engineering Explained admits the Tesla Model 3 is “probably the best daily driver out there”, that’s not to say it’s without issues.

Specifically, the issues are with the Tesla service team, as opposed to the car itself: “The good news is with electric cars, you don’t need service very often. The bad news is that when you do, it’s difficult to get.”

Engineering Explained Tesla Model 3
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Jason loves his Tesla Model 3, but there are a number of ownership issues.

The first big issue that Jason had was when he drove through a pothole, cracking two wheels in the process. Unfortunately, it took Tesla’s service department six-and-a-half hours to get him back on the road.

That wasn’t even the worst experience, though. The biggest problem was when the Model 3 was booked in for a simple wheel change and brake service. Having booked an appointment, Jason was presented with a loan car for the day, and told to come back later.

However, when he called up five hours later (for what should’ve been a 1 or 2 hour job) the centre were ‘unsure’ whether he could collect the car.

Not only that, but he also was given the run-around by his local service center. After requesting a simple set of upgraded ‘track package’ brake pads, he was led down an email rabbit hole.

A “ridiculous” process to get parts

After speaking to his local service center, they suggested speaking to a higher authority. Unfortunately, the higher authority simply sent him back to the service center that he was turned away from in the first place.

Having contacted both individual addresses and still getting no further towards getting the pads, Jason said he thought it was “ridiculous” how difficult the process was.

He also found it “bizarre” how it was so difficult to order such a simple part as some brake pads. These are consumable items, so should be easy to order for anyone that needs them. It turns out that it wasn’t just Jason that had issues here, as Rich (of Rich Rebuilds) simply laughed and said “you don’t” when he asked how to get Tesla parts.

Clearly, in spite of the electric vehicle revolution that Tesla is partly responsible for, they don’t seem to be able to provide basic service needs. With ever-nearing deadlines of electrification across the globe, this may be one area Tesla has to seriously work on.