Originally Posted by jpz
The other pictures look quite plausible and I'm not denying that it didn't happen- but I still think the first/original picture still doesn't appear quite right. It also doesn't seem to match the other pictures- the rear wheel just inside the white line on the first picture, but the pictures from other angles show that the rear end of the car was on the other side of the line in the adjacent space. It looks to me as if someone took a picture of the car after it had been moved, then went back to the original location and took a picture of the parking space and edited the two pictures together.
Like I said, I'm not denying this didn't happen. Snopes confirmed this did happen, but nowhere did I see that they confirmed the original picture was unaltered.
The angle and quality of the second pic make it a bit hard to clearly see the line; but to me it looks the the rear wheel may still be just inside the yellow line or possibly right on it, not outside the line. Even if the car isn't in the exact position, that doesn't mean the first pic is fake as a load shift could have cause the car to move back (not the cop is seen in the second pic cutting the twine).
Also, in terms of the bumper/exhaust not looking right. If the shocks were driven up through the floorboards, then the wheels would be all the way up in the wheel well (and note the rear tires have blown) and the rear bumper would certainly be in contact with the ground. on a lot of VWs the exhaust pipes are under the bumper so they would have been flattened and pushed up into the bumper. The reduced area of the tailpipes there would be an increased resistance in the exhaust system, which would likely result in improper combustion; as well as the hot tailpipe likely melting the bumper (and possibly the asphalt) it's to be expected that the exhaust would look weird.
I'm not saying that the pic wasn't doctored, but that it's possible that it was not edited.