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   Janitor falls for the old Vaseline on the stairs prank

04 Nov 2012 11:44 AM   |   12169 clicks   |   UPI
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wambu     
Perpetrators gave him the slip.

04 Nov 2012 09:31 AM
Buttle not Tuttle     
Scotland, you say?

Grease me up, Woman!

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04 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
Zarquon's Flat Tire    [TotalFark]  
Soap in the toilet tank? Huh, wonder what that does.

Thanks UPI!

04 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
BahdaBoom     
I've got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

//Dean Wormer

04 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
ElLoco     
Hm. Kids these days have come a long way from flushing cherry bombs down the crapper and blowing the floor up and plumbing open in some other part of the school.

Good ol' days of high explosives and fast feet.

04 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
KrispyKritter     
when i was in 8th grade nasty old Miss Tintle broke her leg. this was in the days of the plaster cast. days before she was going to have the cast removed, this kid Mike took her out on the wide double staircase that went from the cafeteria/auditorium wing to the 7th/8th grade wing. as much of a dick move as that was, no one told on Mike. the kids really hated Miss Tintle.

04 Nov 2012 12:03 PM
bwilson27     
This whole article is mirth at it finest! What kind of school is that? Clown College? :D

04 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
randomjsa     
They should pay her and they should take the money out of the budget for all things related to entertainment (sports, festivals, and the like) for the school district.

04 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
Honest Bender    [TotalFark]  

BahdaBoom: Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.


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04 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
cwick     
At least it wasn't the ol' banana up the tailpipe...

04 Nov 2012 12:27 PM
UsikFark     

KrispyKritter: this kid Mike took her out


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04 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
offmymeds     
"In the years preceding the said accident, leaving sixth year pupils have thrown eggs and tomato ketchup at the school, placed sardines in lockers, left dirty nappies in the school, left fish in the library, put washing up liquid down the toilets and black boot polish on seats," the suit says.

No flaming bags of poop?

04 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
Curious    [TotalFark]  
having been told there was Vaseline on the handrail she failed to check the stairs? sucks to be her.

04 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
Nrokreffefp     
She's the janitor, should have kept the stairs cleaner.

04 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
offmymeds     

Nrokreffefp: She's the janitor, should have kept the stairs cleaner.


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04 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
If she sued in an American court, the lawyer would be asking millions. Under the British legal system, it is very difficult to obtain astronomical sums in a judgement (although the two systems even up substantially on appeal.

$80,000 is a very reasonable price to pay for:

* risk of loss of life
* risk of loss of limbs
* risk of loss of mobility, i.e., the victim being left in a coma, brain damage, paraplegia, complete and permanen loss of limbs, bowel control, etc.
* risk of loss of employability with lose of employment, income, pensions, etc.
* loss of property
* physical pain of a chronic or perpetual nature (i.e., a broken leg or arm that never heals)
* additional emotional, physical and other destriss
* knock-on costs to the school, other students, the community, the family of the victim, etc.

I really think that as the unfortunate person who has to clean up after these "pranks" (baby shiat? how much is that worth to you?) she really deserves much better from the school, the community, the parents and pranksters.

Lavish apologies, a lot more money and some punishment to discourage potentially fatal pranking would be in order.

I like randomjsa's thinking: take the money out of extra-cirricular activities. Inform the parents that if they want their precious snowflakes to have gym, drama, field trips, the annual trip to France, etc., that they'll just have to work a little bit harder because the school no longer has the budget to support luxuries and extras.

$80,000 is not just compensation for what this woman went through, let alone the risks that might easily have materialized if her neck had hit the edge of a step at a slightly different angle through pure chance.

As a neurotic introvert I really do not like the humour of neurotic extroverts (pranksters, sadists, bullies). And I note that they really do not like it when you turn the tables. Their property is sacrosanct, the destruction of yours is just a good joke, and so forth, from petty things to life and safety and health at the other end.

And pranks reach the other end of the scale all too easily and too often.

My sympathies are entirely with the janitor. They have to put up with both literal and figurative shiat because they are in a menial position. But they are humans and they have the same rights moral, legal, political, social and economic, as any human from the Queen or Pope or President on down.

A pity that she won't be getting American rates--when the lawyer gets millions, even the client may pocket a reasonable sum.

Hazing at my first university was pulling back when I was a freshman because the sophmores had recently led the freshmen into the marshes--dangerous places even for those who live and work there, and had come back one or two short.

Pranks should be well-thought out and essentially harmless, otherwise they are assaults on life, limb and property and should be treated with great seriousness. I like a clever prank as well as anybody, but even those can cost too much.

04 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
wallywam1    [TotalFark]  

cwick: At least it wasn't the ol' banana up the tailpipe...


Late supper.

04 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
Oznog     

ElLoco: Hm. Kids these days have come a long way from flushing cherry bombs down the crapper and blowing the floor up and plumbing open in some other part of the school.

Good ol' days of high explosives and fast feet.


The Irish know best how to assplode a toilet

04 Nov 2012 01:05 PM
Oznog     

brantgoose: If she sued in an American court, the lawyer would be asking millions. Under the British legal system, it is very difficult to obtain astronomical sums in a judgement (although the two systems even up substantially on appeal.

$80,000 is a very reasonable price to pay for:

* risk of loss of life
* risk of loss of limbs
* risk of loss of mobility, i.e., the victim being left in a coma, brain damage, paraplegia, complete and permanen loss of limbs, bowel control, etc.
* risk of loss of employability with lose of employment, income, pensions, etc.
* loss of property
* physical pain of a chronic or perpetual nature (i.e., a broken leg or arm that never heals)
* additional emotional, physical and other destriss
* knock-on costs to the school, other students, the community, the family of the victim, etc.

I really think that as the unfortunate person who has to clean up after these "pranks" (baby shiat? how much is that worth to you?) she really deserves much better from the school, the community, the parents and pranksters.

Lavish apologies, a lot more money and some punishment to discourage potentially fatal pranking would be in order.

I like randomjsa's thinking: take the money out of extra-cirricular activities. Inform the parents that if they want their precious snowflakes to have gym, drama, field trips, the annual trip to France, etc., that they'll just have to work a little bit harder because the school no longer has the budget to support luxuries and extras.

$80,000 is not just compensation for what this woman went through, let alone the risks that might easily have materialized if her neck had hit the edge of a step at a slightly different angle through pure chance.

As a neurotic introvert I really do not like the humour of neurotic extroverts (pranksters, sadists, bullies). And I note that they really do not like it when you turn the tables. Their property is sacrosanct, the destruction of yours is just a good joke, and so forth, from petty things to life ...


Well, choose your poison. The British penalties are so small that a property owner or employer wouldn't give a shiat about dangerous conditions that would be expensive to remedy.

No, Britain chose to "fix" the situation with a notorious "Health And Safety" group, which makes up its own rules. They're frequently divorced from reality and downright neurotic.

The overall architecture of the US civil penalty "jackpot justice" system isn't half bad. Insurance companies lay out rules based on what's actually a problem that will strike the insurance company in the pocketbook, not hypothetical problems envisioned by bureaucrats seeking to add completed initiatives to their job record.

Of course there's plenty of fraud and nuisance lawsuits in this system, but again, choose your poison. Health and Safety bureaucrats are MORE likely to come over and dictate absurd rules that will actually mess with your daily life for no material reason. They love micromanagement and keep writing a huge yet ever-expanding body of completely arbitrary, yet legally binding, rules.

Insurance companies are competitive. They actually don't want to dick around with a workplace more than necessary. But they will be damn specific on how flammables are stored, how the aisles work, what type of surface the floor is, how spill response works, when and where safety equipment is required, and who is responsible for making sure that equipment is used.

04 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
Ed Finnerty     
I really wish Don Martin was still around to illustrate what happened.

04 Nov 2012 01:37 PM
pyrotek85     

brantgoose: As a neurotic introvert I really do not like the humour of neurotic extroverts (pranksters, sadists, bullies). And I note that they really do not like it when you turn the tables. Their property is sacrosanct, the destruction of yours is just a good joke, and so forth, from petty things to life and safety and health at the other end.


This is what I can never wrap my head around. How can someone think it's funny to destroy something or hurt someone? As you said it's not so funny if someone tries to retaliate and suddenly it's a personal insult to them. I just don't get why they think mindless destruction is ok. Something is really wrong if they can't emphasize with others at all, it's like the makings of a sociopath.

04 Nov 2012 01:58 PM
ArkAngel    [TotalFark]  

BahdaBoom: I've got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

//Dean Wormer


ROBOT HOUSE!!!

04 Nov 2012 01:59 PM
LoneWolf343     

Oznog: ElLoco: Hm. Kids these days have come a long way from flushing cherry bombs down the crapper and blowing the floor up and plumbing open in some other part of the school.

Good ol' days of high explosives and fast feet.

The Irish know best how to assplode a toilet


It's the Irish. They are good at assploding stuff.

04 Nov 2012 02:02 PM
LoneWolf343     

pyrotek85: brantgoose: As a neurotic introvert I really do not like the humour of neurotic extroverts (pranksters, sadists, bullies). And I note that they really do not like it when you turn the tables. Their property is sacrosanct, the destruction of yours is just a good joke, and so forth, from petty things to life and safety and health at the other end.

This is what I can never wrap my head around. How can someone think it's funny to destroy something or hurt someone? As you said it's not so funny if someone tries to retaliate and suddenly it's a personal insult to them. I just don't get why they think mindless destruction is ok. Something is really wrong if they can't emphasize with others at all, it's like the makings of a sociopath.


More like Sadistic Personality Disorder.

04 Nov 2012 02:04 PM
Coming on a Bicycle     
There are pranks and there are pranks. This is not one.

04 Nov 2012 02:17 PM
show me    [TotalFark]  

brantgoose: If she sued in an American court, the lawyer would be asking millions. Under the British legal system, it is very difficult to obtain astronomical sums in a judgement (although the two systems even up substantially on appeal.

$80,000 is a very reasonable price to pay for:

* risk of loss of life
* risk of loss of limbs...


You sound fat.

04 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
Phocas     

randomjsa: They should pay her and they should take the money out of the budget for all things related to entertainment (sports, festivals, and the like) for the school district.


Seconded.

04 Nov 2012 04:08 PM
Lukeonia1    [TotalFark]  
I've never heard of vaseline on the stairs, but I have heard of butter on the floor outside the shower. Both seem like an excellent way to kill someone. Or at least involuntary-manslaughter someone.

04 Nov 2012 04:56 PM
Coyote Doyenne     

Ed Finnerty: I really wish Don Martin was still around to illustrate what happened.


Sir, you just made a mouthful of New Holland's Dragon's Milk brew get spewed from my nose.

I am a better woman for it.

/would love to know the Don Martin sound for that

04 Nov 2012 05:13 PM
KrispyKritter     

LoneWolf343: pyrotek85: brantgoose: As a neurotic introvert I really do not like the humour of neurotic extroverts (pranksters, sadists, bullies). And I note that they really do not like it when you turn the tables. Their property is sacrosanct, the destruction of yours is just a good joke, and so forth, from petty things to life and safety and health at the other end.

This is what I can never wrap my head around. How can someone think it's funny to destroy something or hurt someone? As you said it's not so funny if someone tries to retaliate and suddenly it's a personal insult to them. I just don't get why they think mindless destruction is ok. Something is really wrong if they can't emphasize with others at all, it's like the makings of a sociopath.

More like Sadistic Personality Disorder.


school children. you're talking about very young humans that are still learning wrong from right. lighten up, Francis's

04 Nov 2012 05:17 PM
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