Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2007]
Origins: The lyrics to the song "Before He Cheats" (popularized by Carrie Underwood) reference a familiar female revenge fantasy for striking back at an unfaithful partner — wreaking havoc on his most prized possession, his automobile:
carved my name into his leather seats.
I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights;
slashed a hole in all four tires.
Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats.
The images shown above are real pictures; however, they're not a genuine example of that form of revenge. Rather, the supposedly vandalized car is merely an attention-getting device that plays on expected assumptions to drum up business for a garage:
With the words 'cheating bastar' scratched into the paintwork in foot-high letters, it has earned knowing looks from women.
It has been spotted in several parts of the city, prompting passers-by to capture the sight on their camera phones.
But far from being etched by a furious lover scorned or wife deceived, the words are reportedly just a canny publicity stunt by a car repair firm.
Owner Alex Pelling, director of Car Care Express in Salford, has been driving it round for a few days, said an employee.
Last updated: 9 May 2007