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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Baiting the Criminal

While everyone applauds an effort to deal with a suspected drug dealer, this is not how one should go about doing it. [WNDU Channel 16]

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Monday, February 23, 2004

Too Bad—No Darwin Award

I think it’s a shame someone this stupid didn’t actually become eligible for a Darwin Award. [KTRK Channel 13]

Now let me inject just a bit of punditry. (Read the story first if you don’t like spoilers.) This guy most definitely deserves to have to pay for the hazmat costs, but I’m not so sure about having to pay for the spilled gas. It seems to me that’s something that could be a liability against the gas station. Regardless whether the self-pumping lever is installed, pumps are supposed to shut off when the tank is full. They shut off if you’re hand-holding it, right? What difference did it make whether the object holding the pump was his hand or his wallet? If a pump that I was using didn’t shut off automatically, obviously I wouldn’t spill 63 gallons, but a good amount would spill before I could yank my hand away.

On the other hand, for his two additional stunts, I’ll agree that he he should pay for the gas as well. When you use the self-pumping lever on gas pump handles, their purpose is just so you don’t have to leave your hand next to your tank nozzle to get covered in gas fumes. You don’t frickin’ walk away from the pump! And on top of that, even if you use the pump properly, you shut your car off!

So yes, soak the guy for every cent of expense he caused, but I hope officials put the gas station under review for why the pump didn’t automatically shut off.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

A $17,000 Gesture

People don’t seem to realize that authority figures seldom tolerate being shown the finger. [WGAL TV]

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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

“But I Thought It Was the Cigarette Lighter!”

After accidentally dumping his garbage truck’s 20-ton load in the street, at least someone finally sent the poor guy some help. [The Sun]

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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Toilet Money—UPDATED

An Ohio woman is probably telling the truth—that she had a winning ticket for a lottery worth $162 million or $95 million in a lump sum. The location of that ticket, however, is anyone’s guess. [WEWS News]

Update: She lied.

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Posted by Jon Gales -- January 6, 2004 07:47 PM

Came out today she's a liar... What a loser.

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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Idiot of the Moment

I’ve begun a new category, called Idiot of the Moment. My friend, Andy, periodically sends me a link to a story about someone who is about two fries short of a happy meal. I regret that there have been a lot of good stories in the past, but I don’t think I have any hope of retrieving and posting them. Besides, I don’t believe there’ll ever be a short supply of new stories.

For today’s story, I pose the question, exactly what did this guy think would happen when he lit a lighter over a pit in the ground he filled with gunpowder?

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