Toronto, Ontario — Jeep drivers have an unspoken bond, anyone who drives one knows to wave to fellow jeep drivers when they cross paths. However, this bond has been further strengthened with a new trend called ‘Jeep Ducking,’ and it all started in the great white north.
In essence, Jeep owners are purchasing rubber ducks, writing a little note on them and leaving them on other Jeeps as a way to spread goodwill and positivity.
As quirky and fun as this trend is, it has a rather heartbreaking origin. Creator Allison Parliament, 31, said she started ducking in July after she was physically assaulted in Ontario, for having an American license plate, According to the Taunton Daily Gazette.
Parliament works in both Alabama and her birth country of Canada, splitting her time between both countries. She explained that she was driving her car, which has Alabama license plates when she was approached by a man who pushed her into her vehicle and told her to go back to the U.S.
Instead of getting angry, Parliament and her friends decided to react to the situation with positivity. She went to a nearby store, purchased a rubber duck and placed it on a Jeep with a note explaining its purpose.
After that, Parliament and her friends took to Facebook and the trend blew up. There is now a private group on Facebook, called Official Ducking Jeeps with over 14 thousand members from all over the U.S. and Canada. As well, an Instagram account that features people who have participated in the ducking challenge.
Parliament told Taunton reporters Jeep dealerships and mechanics around the country are now participating, and that she’s working to make Ducking Jeeps a nonprofit to help raise money for teachers in need of money for school supplies.
Happy ducking jeep drivers.