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Suspected copper thief severely burned on utility pole in Dallas
The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 1, 2008 | EMILY TSAO

Posted on 08/01/2008 8:47:34 AM PDT by Texican72

A man who may have been trying to steal copper wiring was severely burned on top of a utility pole this morning, Dallas Fire-Rescue said. His rescue was hindered because his flesh had melded with the metal on the pole.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue dispatcher said a passerby called about 5:30 a.m. to report that a man was on top of a utility pole and that wires were sparking above in the 800 block of Regal Row near the Irving border. Police said there had also been reports of power outages in the area.

When crews arrived, they found a person, who was burning, between transformers on the pole, police said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: copper; coppertheft; darwinawards; dumbcriminals; zot; zotted
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"The rescue of the man was hindered because his flesh had adhered to the metal components on the pole."

Ouch

1 posted on 08/01/2008 8:47:35 AM PDT by Texican72
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To: Texican72

I love a happy ending.


2 posted on 08/01/2008 8:48:37 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Texican72

Yes, God is indeed just!


3 posted on 08/01/2008 8:49:05 AM PDT by CyberSpartacus
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To: Texican72

Serves him right. When a society starts allowing the cannibalization of it’s own infrastructure, all is lost. This practice disgusts me.


4 posted on 08/01/2008 8:49:22 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (Islam ... If you can't join them, beat them.)
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To: Texican72

Should have left him up there for the buzzards. They have to eat too.


5 posted on 08/01/2008 8:50:37 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Texican72

Darwin award.


6 posted on 08/01/2008 8:51:44 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Texican72

Darwin Award Honorable Mention............


7 posted on 08/01/2008 8:51:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Texican72

This is one of the purist forms of street justice...


8 posted on 08/01/2008 8:52:06 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Texican72
Around our town they are having a rash of plumbing pipe, street hook ups, stolen. Our city has a lot of the old stuff, mostly copper. They also are taking bridge railings, copper wire and AC units. At the scarp yards, they have setup remote sheriff stations with cameras to film everyone going into a scrap yard, Yes, it is costing the county a pretty penny, from manhole covers to workers who have to sit around while substitute materials are located.

Just doing the jobs Americans won't do.

9 posted on 08/01/2008 8:52:47 AM PDT by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: pissant

No happy ending there for we the taxpayers ... no doubt we’ll be footing the bill for some extremely expensive medical care and a disability pension if the mutt lives.


10 posted on 08/01/2008 8:52:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: Texican72

Too bad there was no video of the actual event. This guy looks like a good candidate for the “Epic Fail” segment on G4’s Attack of the Show.


11 posted on 08/01/2008 8:53:10 AM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Slings and Arrows

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12 posted on 08/01/2008 8:54:39 AM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: NonValueAdded

They took the man to Parkland, which is run by Dallas County. His bills will be covered by the taxpayers.


13 posted on 08/01/2008 8:54:45 AM PDT by Texican72
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To: Texican72

He needs to sue the electric company for not posting warning labels about the lines being energized.


14 posted on 08/01/2008 8:55:55 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: Texican72

Build a man a fire, and he will be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm for the rest of his life.


15 posted on 08/01/2008 8:56:13 AM PDT by umgud
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To: Texican72

Parkland is the only hospital with a burn unit. We probably will be paying for this guy’s rehab, but he’ll suffer a whole lot more pain than we allow death penalty convicts to suffer.


16 posted on 08/01/2008 8:56:25 AM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Texican72
"The rescue of the man was hindered because his flesh had adhered to the metal components on the pole."

This kind of thing burns me up.

17 posted on 08/01/2008 8:57:10 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: pissant

“It’s alive! Alive!”

Brian


18 posted on 08/01/2008 9:00:43 AM PDT by Kharis13
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To: pissant

Lawsuit to follow in 5, 4, 3...


19 posted on 08/01/2008 9:01:25 AM PDT by piytar
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To: Mr. Brightside

Kind of gives cabrito a whole new meaning!


20 posted on 08/01/2008 9:03:17 AM PDT by Devilinbaggypants (He who wishes to give little shouldn't ask for much.)
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To: Texican72

Burning Man


21 posted on 08/01/2008 9:03:46 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Texican72

Note to self: cancel weekend plans to steal copper wiring.


22 posted on 08/01/2008 9:10:24 AM PDT by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: NonValueAdded

With in luck, you won’t have to.


23 posted on 08/01/2008 9:23:22 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Texican72

Another nominee for The National A$$h@le of the Year Award.


24 posted on 08/01/2008 9:25:11 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: umgud

Thanks, now I have to clean my screen because I spit coffee on it laughing. (I like that one!)


25 posted on 08/01/2008 9:35:13 AM PDT by coincheck (Pray for my oldest son, he is in Iraq. Keeping us free.)
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To: Texican72

ZOT!


26 posted on 08/01/2008 9:36:15 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Texican72
His rescue was hindered because his flesh had melded with the metal on the pole.

Now on his resume he says "conductor."

27 posted on 08/01/2008 9:48:38 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: Texican72

The electricity could have been off and this man unharmed if we selfish bastards didn’t have to run our air conditioners at 72 degrees all the time. I’m so ashamed of ourselves.


29 posted on 08/01/2008 9:53:30 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: NonValueAdded
no doubt we’ll be footing the bill for some extremely expensive medical care and a disability pension if the mutt lives.

Fortunately, he won't live long. Anyone burned over 50% of their body has little chance of survival. And electrical burns are even worse, since most of the damage/burns is internal, not external. Large amounts of internal tissue is fried.

The hospital will try to save him, but it's a losing battle. With so much internal tissue damage, it's just a matter of time- and not a lot at that. But during that time, he will experience the most exquisite retribution for what he's done. I'm sure this isn't his first time doing it.

30 posted on 08/01/2008 9:54:07 AM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Morgana
To qualify for a Darwin Award the person has to take themselves completely out of the gene pool, not just get close.
31 posted on 08/01/2008 9:57:52 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Morgana

You have to remove your genes from the pool to be a winner. I think they have made only one exception since it was first started...........


32 posted on 08/01/2008 9:58:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Texican72

The wires themselves were likely not even copper.


33 posted on 08/01/2008 10:00:45 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; MeekOneGOP; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; NYC GOP Chick; ...



34 posted on 08/01/2008 10:01:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Texican72
Theme music
35 posted on 08/01/2008 10:03:21 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Texican72
A man who may have been trying to steal copper wiring was severely burned on top of a utility pole this morning ... His rescue was hindered because his flesh had melded with the metal on the pole.
Now that will leave a mark.

(moron)

36 posted on 08/01/2008 10:07:08 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: Texican72
Bet he won't try that again.
37 posted on 08/01/2008 10:11:09 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit ("A liberal feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.")
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To: Texican72

If he was looking for copper, he was looking in the wrong place. Electric transmission lines are aluminum


38 posted on 08/01/2008 10:19:52 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"Should have left him up there for the buzzards. They have to eat too."

I agree. Let him cook and leave the rest for the buzzards and as an example to others. This sounds cruel but I feel that the damage these creeps are causing to the general welfare and stabilty of society is worse.

39 posted on 08/01/2008 10:23:14 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Old Professer

“The wires themselves were likely not even copper”

You beat me to it.Would he have taken the same chance had he known they are aluminum?


40 posted on 08/01/2008 10:25:55 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Crispy Critters? Falling out of the chair laughing.


41 posted on 08/01/2008 10:35:08 AM PDT by LucyT (What happens in Denver won't stay in Denver... August 25 - 28, 2008)
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To: Texican72
A Dallas Fire-Rescue dispatcher said a passerby called about 5:30 a.m. to report that a man was on top of a utility pole and that wires were sparking above in the 800 block of Regal Row near the Irving border. Police said there had also been reports of power outages in the area.

I wonder how long he was up there and how long the electricity was going through him.

42 posted on 08/01/2008 10:37:22 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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Crispy Critters? Falling out of the chair laughing.

You do realize that now we're both going straight to hell?

43 posted on 08/01/2008 10:39:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Texican72


They took the man to Parkland, which is run by Dallas County.
His bills will be covered by the taxpayers.

Even by the taxpayers that endured the power outage he created.

Who says America isn’t a merciful country?


44 posted on 08/01/2008 10:42:03 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Texican72
From the article. I guess this is the moron.


45 posted on 08/01/2008 10:42:09 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Texican72
His twin brother Buford seems to have problems of his own: Alleged wire thief stuck under trash bin for 12 hours


46 posted on 08/01/2008 10:45:14 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become the more you can hear.)
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To: Texican72
Here's a good vid of the cooked critter:

http://video.nbc5i.com/player/?id=281710

47 posted on 08/01/2008 10:45:57 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Jeff Head


HEY YOU! OUT OF THE GENE POOL!
48 posted on 08/01/2008 10:48:29 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh, sorry, can’t help it, still laughing...


49 posted on 08/01/2008 10:49:57 AM PDT by LucyT (What happens in Denver won't stay in Denver... August 25 - 28, 2008)
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To: Deaf Smith

*bleep*ing OUCH!


50 posted on 08/01/2008 10:59:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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