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PennDOT crew paints road line over dead raccoon
WPXI ^ | August 9, 2012

Posted on 08/09/2012 9:52:44 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official says a crew couldn't avoid painting over a dead raccoon when they put new double-yellow lines on a western Pennsylvania road last week.

But the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports Thursday that a motorist pointed out the mistake before it could be cleaned up.

Sean McAfee tells the newspaper he almost wrecked his motorcycle because he was laughing so hard when he saw the freshly painted road kill in Johnstown on Aug. 2.

(Excerpt) Read more at wpxi.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: penndot; raccoon; roadkill

1 posted on 08/09/2012 9:52:50 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is what you get when you let the public service union workers out without their seven supervisors.


2 posted on 08/09/2012 9:55:22 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Not My Job


3 posted on 08/09/2012 9:55:51 AM PDT by coffeecup
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And no foreman was on the job to remove it.

Yeah, we’ll never survive if unions go the way of the dinosaur. /s


4 posted on 08/09/2012 9:56:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DPMD

5 posted on 08/09/2012 9:57:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Again? This exact thing happened a couple years ago and it was a big deal. Is someone staging these things?


6 posted on 08/09/2012 9:57:55 AM PDT by DManA
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Again? This exact thing happened a couple years ago and it was a big deal. Is someone staging these things?


7 posted on 08/09/2012 9:58:04 AM PDT by DManA
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
PennDOT spokesman John Ambrosini says paint crews know to avoid such animals and usually have a foreman on the job who clears any dead animals off the road before the paint-spraying truck equipment passes by. This crew didn't have a foreman and the equipment was too big to turn around in traffic, remove the animal and repair the paint.

Well, they could have waited a couple hours -- on the clock -- for a foreman to show up -- at overtime rates -- to kick or shovel the dead racoon out of the way.

Seriously, this is beyond any parody of union work rules that I could imagine.

8 posted on 08/09/2012 9:59:20 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The poor raccoon was a political moderate: in the middle of the road with a yellow stripe down its back and very, very dead.
9 posted on 08/09/2012 10:00:09 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: rarestia

it’s a damn possum, not a raccoon.......idiots

to a lib, it’s a female deer


10 posted on 08/09/2012 10:00:29 AM PDT by advertising guy (the White House hasn't had this much leakin since Billy Carter watered the Rose Garden)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Has nobody ever thought to put a wedge or plow blade in front of the spray head?

It seems the obvious solution ...

11 posted on 08/09/2012 10:02:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rarestia
Perry County (PA) Recipes

12 posted on 08/09/2012 10:08:41 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

13 posted on 08/09/2012 10:12:00 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ArrogantBustard
Has nobody ever thought to put a wedge or plow blade in front of the spray head?

Bite your tongue! That would mean less union jobs. I mean, what would the foreman do if they did that????

14 posted on 08/09/2012 10:12:29 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: advertising guy
"it’s a damn possum, not a raccoon.......idiots"

The photo in post #5 doesn't have anything to do with this story.

That pic is several years old.

15 posted on 08/09/2012 10:13:00 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: DManA
Is someone staging these things?

About a decade ago, a MA DPW supervisor would toss a fake deer carcass on a highway median, just before rush hour.

The calls would come in, and wouldn't you know it, it would be at the end of the day, and he and his crew would be on overtime to go remove the "hazard".

16 posted on 08/09/2012 10:13:11 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: DPMD

Most of the painting trucks are actually owned by private companies. They are contracted by the state to paint the lines on the highways.

I knew a guy who owned a company out of NY state.
He had crews painting lines all over the northeastern US.
He did mostly interstate highways. His crews were non union.
Those painting trucks are very expenisive. He lived in a very large house on the shore of Lake Erie. My friend had the contract to do his landscaping/lawn care of his home.


17 posted on 08/09/2012 10:13:33 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: ArrogantBustard
Has nobody ever thought to put a wedge or plow blade in front of the spray head?

That would put a union employee out of work.

This crew didn't have a foreman and the equipment was too big to turn around in traffic, remove the animal and repair the paint.

I guess they don't even look in front of the machine before they drive forward if a foreman isn't there. This is pathetic.

18 posted on 08/09/2012 10:16:28 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

These local news station’s web sites can be so crappy. Here you have a story that SCREAMS for a picture, yet no picture. Doesn’t ANYONE at the station own a camera phone? Duh!


19 posted on 08/09/2012 10:16:55 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: advertising guy

That isn’t the picture from the site. That’s just one I pulled from a web search.

The site doesn’t have a picture of the offending raccoon.


20 posted on 08/09/2012 10:17:21 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

21 posted on 08/09/2012 10:17:46 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

hey, it’s only due to the efforts of workin’ man pro-labor Democrats like John Murtha that we were able to secure Federal Funding to have raccoon painting jobs in Johnstown.


22 posted on 08/09/2012 10:25:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tallguy; All
"week for 1 person..
...use 3 days old roadkill"
HA! HA!....it seems to use a lot of gravy and it's good w/ biscuits.

23 posted on 08/09/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’ve travelled through a lot of states and PA seems to have the most dead varmits on the highway. Arkansas, with all those dead ‘dillos, might be a distant second ...


24 posted on 08/09/2012 10:42:43 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: rarestia

That’s not a raccoon, it’s a possum. And it’s not recent.


25 posted on 08/09/2012 10:48:09 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: advertising guy
Actually - its a CAT:


26 posted on 08/09/2012 10:53:18 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Mister Da
Here's the image:


27 posted on 08/09/2012 11:01:27 AM PDT by RayBob (If guns kill people, can I blame misspelled words on my keyboard?)
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To: All

Back in the 80’s, when I first started to drive I remember that the city crew painted around a dead animal and it took a few weeks to get it straightened out, figuratively and literally..


28 posted on 08/09/2012 11:07:35 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: newnhdad
Some critters you might want to paint around.


29 posted on 08/09/2012 11:20:16 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JimRed

Please review the remainder of the thread. I clearly stated that I was not trying to pass off that photo as being related.


30 posted on 08/09/2012 11:35:48 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DManA

I got a photo like this about Texas 15 years ago.


31 posted on 08/09/2012 11:36:27 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: cpa4you

The one I’m thinking of couldn’t have been more than a couple of years ago. This is turning into a traditional stunt.


32 posted on 08/09/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: smokingfrog

Ha! That skunk is like “Finally, I figured out what this camouflage is good for”.


33 posted on 08/09/2012 2:17:28 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: freedomlover

That poster is hilarious!!


34 posted on 08/09/2012 2:24:33 PM PDT by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: BillyBonebrake
Texas has its' share of armadillo road kill.

That road paint really tends to ruin the flavor though.

35 posted on 08/09/2012 3:10:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Oh I have a much better Union story than that.

Many years ago I worked as a engineer for a defense contractor that had union laborers (the engineers were not unionized, so you can eliminate Boeing for your speculations).

After finishing up work on a project and getting transfer to a new project, an engineer friend of mine was being moved to his new location in a trailer on the opposite end of the plant (over half a mile away). Upon arriving at his new location he noticed that the movers had forget his telephone, so he called up the riggers and scheduled them to move his phone.

Hours later, his phone arrived. sitting by itself on a pallet, being moved by a forklift, with two riggers walking beside the forklift.

And the Union drones wondered why the engineers hated working with them.

(BTW, in case anyone is wondering why my friend didn’t just go get the phone himself, it’s because he would have gotten written up for it and him and his manager would have gotten in trouble and his project would have had to pay whatever outrageous charge the Union claimed was rightfully theirs for moving the phone.)


36 posted on 08/09/2012 4:06:41 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: woodbutcher1963

Oh. Well, then, never mind.


37 posted on 08/11/2012 6:14:18 PM PDT by DPMD
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