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Climate activists deflate tires on Portland mom's SUV; note on door says her 'gas guzzler kills' and not to take 4 newly flat tires 'personally'
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Climate activists deflate tires on Portland mom's SUV; note on door says her 'gas guzzler kills' and not to take 4 newly flat tires 'personally'

Nicole Driscoll had no time to spare Thursday morning. The Portland mom needed to get her kids to school and then had a 10 a.m. meeting, KGW-TV reported.

But when she got to her SUV, she found a note on one of the door handles, the station said, which read, in part: "Attention, your gas guzzler kills. We have deflated one or more of your tires. You'll be angry, but don't take it personally. It's not you, it's your car."

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Driscoll told KGW she was "in disbelief" over the words and quickly exited her vehicle to check her tires.

'Holy crap'

"I looked, and I was like, 'Holy crap, they did; they deflated my tires,'" she recounted to the station.

All four of them, actually, KGW reported.

The note in question came from the website of an international climate movement spreading to cities across the world, the station said, adding that people are encouraged to deflate SUV tires in the name of climate change and pollution reduction.

Driscoll, who works for a nonprofit, told KGW she understands activism — but this act was taking things too far and put her "in total emergency mode" during which her AAA service came to fix her tires.

"I get activism, I appreciate it, but not in this form," she told the station. "Don't mess with people's property."

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She added to KGW that there are plenty of other ways to create change that don't include property damage.

"We need volunteers," Driscoll told the station. "We need a lot of volunteers. There's a lot of good things that can be done in this city, and this is not one of them."

She added to KGW that the tires on vehicles belonging to her neighbors were also deflated.

The station said Oregon law indicates that deflating a tire is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and subject to fines that can reach $1,250.

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