Friday, May 10, 2013

Huh. Looks Like I Owe Die Hard III An Apology...

Sent in by SCI-FI is this HOWLER:

W. Va. Man Electrocuted After Shooting Down Power Line To Steal Copper
THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) – Police in Fayette County say a man was electrocuted when he picked up a live power line that he had shot down in order to steal copper from it.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says the man’s body was found Wednesday in Thurmond.
Now, it's not really Die Hard III in that I strongly doubt he was in a helicopter or using a hammerless Smith & Wesson snubnose... But DAMN. How freakin' stupid do you have to be to PICK UP a power line that you just severed from the main? I mean, if he had shot the OTHER end, maybe, but DUMBASS... The worst part is, I am pretty sure I've posted two or three other stories where criminals have died while trying to steal live power lines.

I know that criminals aren't usually the sharpest knives in the drawer, but you think the reptilian hind brain would step in. "Hey, dumbass, that's the kind of thing that could kill you there" or something like that. Kinda like how your body instinctively knows when you've climbed to a height where falling from it would be fatal. You'd think the basic self-preservation instincts would kick in before they picked up the live power line...

Then again, if they were smart, they most likely wouldn't be goblins...

That is all.

5 comments:

Wolfman said...

Happens more often than you think. Ever used one of those bit holders for screwdriver bits that have the sliding sleeve? That was invented by a guy from my neck of the woods who lost a hand and still wanted to drive screws with a power drill. How did he lose his hand? Stealing wire from a leg of power line that he thought was dead. Since then, of course, he patented his invention, built a manufacturing company, ran it into the ground, sold it in bankruptcy, licensed the design to EVERYBODY, and still walked away with millions. Who says crime doesn't pay?

Exurbankevin said...

Darwin's Bug Zapper strikes again!

Geodkyt said...

"Electricity. It will kill you, and it will hurt the whole time you're dyin'."

Shane W said...

Cleansing of the gene pool....

Knucklehead said...

He had an accomplice! The two together weren't bright enough to know not to grab the downed wire. Shame they didn't both grab it.