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London Fire Brigade reveals rise in handcuff callouts
BBC ^ | 29 July 2013 Last updated at 07:21 ET

Posted on 07/29/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

Firefighters in London have been called to assist people who have become stuck in objects such as handcuffs and toilet seats more than 1,300 times in the last three years.

London Fire Brigade said each instance cost taxpayers some £290, meaning the mishaps have cost at least £377,000.

Emergency callouts included incidents where men had their genitals stuck in a toaster and a vacuum cleaner.

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"I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up.

"I'm sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: emergency911; firstresponders; napl
Articles like this make me think FR needs a topic category just for them. Maybe "stupid people tricks."
1 posted on 07/29/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Slings and Arrows
This sounds like an article about for your crew.
2 posted on 07/29/2013 10:48:16 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan

In a toaster?


3 posted on 07/29/2013 10:53:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Mind’s blank. I got nothin’.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 10:54:49 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan

So is it racist to ask if the toaster was set on light or dark?


5 posted on 07/29/2013 10:56:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
So is it racist to ask if the toaster was set on light or dark?

Yes. Now seriously, can we discuss something else instead, like the vacuum cleaner? I can almost fathom that one at the furthest reaches of my imagination.

6 posted on 07/29/2013 11:00:37 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan

"Hello, hello, operator? Yes we're trying to get the fire brigade ... No, the fire brigade. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, what? ... Size eight."

7 posted on 07/29/2013 11:01:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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"each instance cost taxpayers some £290, meaning the mishaps have cost at least £377,000."

I question that figure. The fire fighters would be on duty - and on the clock - regardless of whether they get a call. Maybe there would be a slight increase in gasoline costs as a result of these calls, but not to the tune of £290 per call.
8 posted on 07/29/2013 11:09:19 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Pan_Yan

If they’re only “red” stuck in a toaster, they’re on low setting.

Hardly anything to bother with. Just unplug the device.


9 posted on 07/29/2013 11:11:19 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Steve_Seattle

I suppose at some level they have to calculate the response time and available units. Units tied up applying vasoline to handcuffs, are available to get cats out of trees. The operating cost per mile of fire equipment has to be astronomical, probably on the order of $10/mile, or more.


10 posted on 07/29/2013 11:23:40 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Pan_Yan; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
It wasn't me, and that stripper is a liar.


11 posted on 07/29/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

They could be over-responding to make themselves look busy. In one town where I lived, even the simplest 911 call got you police, a fire truck, and an ambulance.


12 posted on 07/29/2013 11:30:18 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Pan_Yan
Firefighters in London have been called to assist people who have become stuck in objects such as handcuffs and toilet seats...

See? Other people get caught handcuffed to toilet seats too. I'm not the only one. Officer.

13 posted on 07/29/2013 11:30:33 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Pan_Yan

Kind of like two episodes of one of my favorite shows, “Untold Stories of the ER.” One story was a guy who got his “member” stuck in a camp stove. The other was hilarious.....guy comes in with the 4 hour Viagra erection with his girlfriend, then his wife shows up.


14 posted on 07/29/2013 11:32:16 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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The other was hilarious.....guy comes in with the 4 hour Viagra erection

"If it lasts more than 4 hours, heck, I'm callin' EVERYBODY!"

15 posted on 07/29/2013 11:33:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pan_Yan
Some 18 incidents involved children with their heads stuck in potties or toilet seats

OK..maybe the pottie or toilets are a different design in jolly old England...but just how in the h*ll do you get your head stuck in the toilet?

16 posted on 07/29/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Pan_Yan

When I was an MP at Ft. Benning back around 69 the post hospital security guard called in too hysterical to comprehend, so we sent out a patrol.

Seems this senior NCO came waddling in to the ER with a terribly pained expression on his battle scarred face and a canister vacuum cleaner between his thighs; was having too much fun and couldn’t get his manhood back.

The medics had to call in post engineers to dismantle the affectionate appliance and our guard couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of his shift.


17 posted on 07/29/2013 11:44:45 AM PDT by George Varnum
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To: Slings and Arrows

My town has 5500 people and only a couple of full time firefighters/emts on call. We do have a stretch of Interstate through the town, the nearest hospital is about ten miles away, so the taxi rides to the hospital in a town ambulance, billed to the insurance companies, pay the freight.


18 posted on 07/29/2013 11:49:22 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I hear ya - I used to be a volunteer EMT in the middle of nowhere.


19 posted on 07/29/2013 11:51:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Popman

As a child I somehow got my head stuck in an angel food cake tin. My mother said she was hysterical when she saw what I had done, and frantically called her sister-in-law that lived nearby to ask her what to do.

“Well first, you go get your camera and take a photo!”

I don’t remember it, and don’t recall seeing the photo either. I think they ended up using Crisco to slide the thing off.


20 posted on 07/29/2013 11:52:48 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"They could be over-responding to make themselves look busy. In one town where I lived, even the simplest 911 call got you police, a fire truck, and an ambulance."

Over-responding seems to be SOP these days. Recently an obese man was bumped by a car in a supermarket parking lot and went down to the pavement. There were three police cars, two aid cars, two fire engines, including a hook-and-ladder truck, and a fire chief car.
21 posted on 07/29/2013 12:01:10 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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Hook-and-ladder? He must have been *really* obese!

Seriesly, barring a major communication failure, that seems like a textbook case of padding the books.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 12:04:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A guy who did contract work for me was a volunteer firefighter in his home town, and he said whenever there’s a fatal crash they refer to their response as “the show”. There’s nothing practical to do but it’s all hands on deck to reassure the public that they’re on top of things.


23 posted on 07/29/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Understood. Of course, it’s also nice to have the help around to direct traffic, secure the scene from the lookie-loos, and so forth.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 12:54:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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