September 18, 2003

Don't bother the usher - I'll get it: Natural selection? Tragedy? And is Staci related to the Sargeant, or Enos? The only question left is: Whom do they sue?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey to extreme at 01:15 PM - 12 comments

Here's a story with more details. Apparently, the guy tried to pull a Jackie Chan and climb down a light fixture rather than going the long way down to retrieve some sunglasses.

posted by rcade at 01:22 PM on September 18, 2003

In this fool's defense, sunglasses are expensive nowadays. If some lawyer can spin this into PacBell being liable, well, I'll be laughing, but crying on the inside.

posted by garfield at 01:26 PM on September 18, 2003

In this fool's defense - he was a idiot. Like - cartoon idiot. Wile E. Coyote - Super Genius.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:43 PM on September 18, 2003

Surely even in the USA you couldn't sue after displaying this level of stupidity. What a muppet.

posted by squealy at 02:10 PM on September 18, 2003

Muppet - that's one of my favorites. Muppet and asshat - great, dismissive, pitiful put-downs. Wouldn't it suck if this guy was a Rhodes scholar and champion rock climber? And he died because he couldn't get by the drunk, screaming, giant, fat guys the were bookending him to walk to get his sunglasses that were going to be stolen by some loose-ethics janitor who saw them fall? And he slipped on the totally climbable lightstand because some other asshat spat a wad of tobacco juice there half an inning earlier? But no - we'll just stick to the Muppet/Asshat theory. Much more comforting.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:19 PM on September 18, 2003

I think it sucks regardless of the circumstances. The death penalty is a pretty harsh punishment for stupidity or drunken foolishness.

posted by rcade at 03:08 PM on September 18, 2003

Erm, nobody forced this guy to climb over a wall from 24 feet up. When you do something like this, you're taking a risk for, what is hoped, a suitable reward. In this case, he ate all the risk. Saying this is "penalty" and "punishment" implies that someone made him fall to his death. Also, I'd rather let sunglasses go then climb like that. Holy crap. The man made a mistake, a tragic, fatal one. And nobody is to blame but him. Let's not obfuscate the truth by appealing to sympathy.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:19 PM on September 18, 2003

btw, read rcade's link. The guy, Todd Edwards, was trying to jump (jump, I tell you!) "to a light fixture outside the outfield wall so he could jump to the pavement below."! wtf! rcade was right, he was trying to "pull a Jackie Chan." Well, even Jackie Chan gets a hole in his skull from doing a planned, staged stunt. And this guy was no Jackie.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:26 PM on September 18, 2003

But I want to obfuscate the truth! I think in all fairness death is the penalty he paid for his foolishness, but it obviously seemed like a good idea at the time. I know I've made my fair share of boneheaded plays - Garf - remember the time I drank that bottle of cough syrup? - but have yet to pay this, the ultimate price. Life is so fragile, so delicate - especially when you drop your sunglasses.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:31 PM on September 18, 2003

tussin for everything. you got a cold...tussin. you got a scrape...tussin. you wanna trip...tussin.

posted by garfield at 03:33 PM on September 18, 2003

tussin, yo yo yo, tussin. Get yo' mmmfkn' tussin, yo yo yo. tussin.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:07 PM on September 18, 2003

wc2k2 you forgot:

posted by lilnemo at 06:14 PM on September 18, 2003

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