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  • Losing hope for human kind...

    I know people are stupid. I know. But this blooming stupid?

    We had a moderate windstorm come through this morning. Had a powerline down on the side of the road, no danger to cars, but a minor concern about pedestrians, so we put up cones to warn drivers later on and I stayed with the Service truck to watch for pedestrians until the sun came up enough the line would be easily seen. (If it was me, I would've been a ***** and just used scene tape to barrier off the road on both ends and left right then, but the Lt didn't want to close the road)

    So as the occassional car would go by, I'd wave them past the truck with a traffic wand flashlight.

    Not once, but twice guys in pickups stopped, "Hey, is the road blocked up ahead?"

    "If it was, would I be waving you through?"
    IACOJ Canine Officer

  • #2
    If it was me, I would've been a *****
    A man after my own heart!
    Steve Gallagher
    "I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes


    • #3
      Re: Losing hope for human kind...

      Originally posted by Dalmatian90
      So as the occassional car would go by, I'd wave them past the truck with a traffic wand flashlight.

      Not once, but twice guys in pickups stopped, "Hey, is the road blocked up ahead?"

      "If it was, would I be waving you through?"
      **See Steamer's quote**

      Of course you would Dal, that way you would be ensuring "job security". LOL
      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

      IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.


      • #4
        We had a similar incident just this morning.
        House service secondary line pulled from house and hanging low across the road. As we coned the one side of the road and allowed one way traffic to pass under the high side (except any trucks, which wouldn't fit under the high side) we had numerous cars pull up and ask what the problem was. Now this was in complete daylight, and unless the people were looking at the tree branch that was down (the one that pulled the service off the house)they actually coould not see the jarge wire hanging low across the road.
        Makes you wonder what people are thinking while they are driving along.
        "The uniform is supposed to say something about you. You get it for nothing, but it comes with a history, so do the right thing when you're in it."
        Battalion Chief Ed Schoales
        from 'Report from Ground Zero' pg 149
        I.A.C.O.J. Member


        • #5
          Makes you wonder what people are thinking while they are driving along.

          Thats the problem, they don't think.

          I.A.C.O.J. Firefighter/EMT-B

          "I'm gonna drill a hole in your skull and pump out all the stupidity"
          Gunny Ermey

          "Never underestimate the Power of Stupid People in Large Groups"

          Humpty Dumpty was pushed

          Polishing the Chrome on all the IACOJ "apparati"


          • #6
            Re: Losing hope for human kind...

            Originally posted by Dalmatian90
            If it was me, I would've been a *****
            I would have been a ***** with a capital "P"
            ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
            Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY


            • #7
              Along the same lines.....

              These people must have the same extra gene or something....

              We were answering an automatic alarm at a McDonald's. The Ladder truck was in front with the stick to the roof, an engine posted near a hydrant on the street, several Chief's utility trucks- ALL with lights flashing, as well as about 20 FF's around. And these nimrods would drive AROUND the scene to the drive-up window!!!!
              We finally had to post a member to divert the traffic, and what was the question most asked??? "Aren't they open now?"


              • #8
                I was doing CPR in the Men's Dept. of a major department store. A woman tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I could hand hand her a jacket that was behind me, size Large, please.

                Same mall. Fire in a wooden enclosed escalator, power off flames coming up through the treads. Our guys get into a tussle with a woman who insists she is going to walk down the escalator because her car is parked right there.

                There is absoutely no hope for mankind. Because kids are even dumber.


                • #9
                  George, those are two of the most incredible storys I have ever heard.

                  Folks, I got a theory on this. I call it "Reverse Darwinism." Forty or fifty years or more ago, I think most of these people either got killed at a young age or incapacitated. How? Dropping the hairdryer in the bathtub while bathing; using too small extension cords for the job; leaving the cords from the blinds or curtains too long and hanging their kids; getting run over by the self-propelled lawn mower, etc., etc., etc. Now, we've got warning labels, lawsuits, safety features, etc., etc., etc. So these stupid people survive. And reproduce. And reproduce. And reproduce.
                  Omnis Cedo Domus



                  • #10
                    I would venture to say the problem is worldwide.

                    We recently had a two vehicle MVA in which an SUV wound up on its side in the middle of the approach from a four lane to a service road. The next approach is a block away. I almost had to have a female driver arrested because she insisted on going through the blocked approach because she always goes that way.

                    The problem is not limited to females either. We had a road to a sub-division blocked by a two vehicle MVA. One male driver was argumentitive about the road being closed. When he couldn't bluff his way through, he backed up and parked on the highway. The nice trooper asked what he was doing. He planned to sit there until the accident was cleared. Of course he was now blocking traffic on the cross street. When the trooper told him to move, he informed the trooper that he had no authority to make him move. A short discussion ensued with the "silver bracelets" being dangled in front of the driver and an explanation that while he sat in the patrol car, he could watch his vehicle being towed. He finally moved.

                    Stay Safe


                    • #11
                      People over 35 should be dead:

                      According to today's regulators and bureaucrats,
                      those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's,
                      or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have

                      Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
                      lead-based paint.

                      We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors
                      or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no
                      helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)

                      As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts
                      or air bags.

                      Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day
                      was always a special treat.

                      We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
                      bottle. Horrors!

                      We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop
                      with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because
                      we were always outside playing.

                      We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one
                      bottle, and no one actually died from this.

                      We would spend hours building our go-carts out of
                      scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out
                      we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a
                      few times, we learned to solve the problem.

                      We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
                      as long as we were back when the street lights came
                      on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell
                      phones. Unthinkable!

                      We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes,
                      no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable,
                      video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell
                      phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

                      We had friends! We went outside and found them.
                      We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would
                      really hurt.

                      We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and
                      teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these
                      accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame
                      but us. Remember accidents?

                      We had fights and punched each other and got black
                      and blue and learned to get over it.

                      We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate
                      worms, and although we were told it would happen,
                      we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms
                      live inside us forever.

                      We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and
                      knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked
                      in and talked to them.

                      Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
                      team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with

                      Some students weren't as smart as others, so they
                      failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same
                      grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any
                      reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were

                      The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law
                      was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.
                      Imagine that!

                      This generation has produced some of the best
                      risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.
                      The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation
                      and new ideas.

                      We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,
                      and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one
                      of them!


                      Kind of makes you want to run through the house with
                      scissors, doesn't it?


                      • #12
                        Ya know what, I think it's the same 3 or 4 stupid people who take their act on the road all over the country! They pop up unannounced in YOUR town & mine, kinda like "Candid Camera" to share their insanity with all of us!
                        Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
                        Dennis Miller


                        • #13

                          Those were the days!

                          Got Crust?

                          We lucky few, ... we band of brothers


                          • #14
                            Yeah... So what happened?

                            If I ever were to forget those days, a quick look at the scars on my hands and face would remind me. What I can't figure out is, if we were raised like that then why didn't some of us raise our children the same way? I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, we all grew up in the same house, with the same rules. I felt strongly enough about the way I was raised, I raised my kids the same way. Think it would be a family trait would'nt you. HA! I have listened to more "if you don't stop that I'll send you to your room", "don't do that OK", "do you want a timeout?" over the last 20 some years, I have a hard time believing we all grew up under the same roof. Pops philosophy was snatch-grab-swat, and we will talk about why later, and I don't remember too many times I got swatted for something he did!!
                            Last edited by leadlo; 10-16-2003, 12:39 AM.
                            Vintage Firefighter:
                            "The older I get the braver I was!"


                            • #15
                              In the words of comedian Jeff Foxworthy

                              HERES YOUR SIGN

                              Be safe out there



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