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(Some Guy)   Drywall truck loses thousands of screws on highway. Driver pulls over and makes sure that everyone doesn't get screwed   (9news.com ) divider line
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2005-04-29 09:01:05 AM  
How sad that somebody taking responsibility for his actions is news.
 
2005-04-29 10:50:01 AM  
damageddude: How sad that somebody taking responsibility for his actions is news.

Heh. I hadn't thought of that until I read your post. You make an excellent point.
 
2005-04-29 10:52:10 AM  
That's much less tastier than the truck that was hauling canned peaches turning over just south of here a few days ago
 
2005-04-29 11:57:10 AM  
Did he give a card to the guy driving the street sweeper?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-29 01:11:56 PM  
This is why insurance was invented.
 
2005-04-29 02:47:44 PM  
I'm still farking suing the bastard.
 
2005-04-29 03:20:51 PM  
That headline could have been so much funnier.
 
2005-04-29 03:22:25 PM  
Not his fault. I'd sue the company that made the belts that held the boxes of screws in place.
 
2005-04-29 03:23:04 PM  
one tiny pinpoint of light in a world where dishonesty is as common as dark matter
 
2005-04-29 03:23:18 PM  
damageddude

Or, it's called positive reinforcement and news stories like this encourage other people to do the same.


/always look on the bright side of life
//monty python
//crucified
//could be worse, could be stabbed
 
2005-04-29 03:23:29 PM  
Wtf? A Hero tag for someone making amends for their own screwup?
 
2005-04-29 03:23:32 PM  
GooberMcFly

I'm still farking suing the bastard.

For what, exactly?
 
2005-04-29 03:24:34 PM  
I love debris on interstates, I really do.

Worst I saw was some bluish powder fly off like mad. Felt sorry for anyone driving a convertible behind him/her.

The worst is when you can't change lanes, and a construction truck has little stones coming out, guaranteeing a broken windshield.

Worst I saw was an a/c unit on 35E,but it was spottable far enough to dodge it.
 
2005-04-29 03:26:09 PM  
""It sounded like I had mud on my tire...wop, wop, wop, wop," said Robert Brodston who after pulling over, discovered that three of his tires were punctured."

Damn, has this guy never had a flat before? Is that mud? What is going on here? What is that flapping sound?
 
2005-04-29 03:26:33 PM  
The ownership society in action.
 
2005-04-29 03:26:50 PM  
grayson
Wtf? A Hero tag for someone making amends for their own screwup?

Haha - "screwup"!

/Personally, I'm holding out for the nail spillage.
 
2005-04-29 03:28:50 PM  
That headline makes me want to puke.
 
2005-04-29 03:31:06 PM  
So a box of screws fell on some highway somewhere. Wow.
 
2005-04-29 03:31:21 PM  
So, is he a hero for cleaning up the mess, or making it?
 
2005-04-29 03:32:03 PM  
I was in a wreck recently (my fault) and the guy who hit me actually got a broom out of his truck and swept off the road so no one would get a flat...there still are decent people in the world.
 
2005-04-29 03:32:42 PM  
lets give hero tags for everyone who does what theyre supposed to do

"wop, wop, wop" is the sound of mud
 
2005-04-29 03:33:07 PM  
"Screw" this, there haven't been boobies in 2 days.
 
2005-04-29 03:33:21 PM  
Best I saw was a ladder. A farking LADDER. Laying across the carpool lane on the I5 north of Los Angeles, at about 3am.

"Dude, I'm farking tired. Light me up a smoke."
"What the fark is that?"
"It looks like..."
Screech, emergency lane-change, back into carpool lane.
"A farking ladder."
"Here's your smoke."

Conclusion: Driving in the carpool lane is pointless except in heavy traffic, because there'll always be some asshat soccer mom driving 50mph in an H2 crammed with kids, or there's a ladder laying across the lane.
 
2005-04-29 03:34:07 PM  
"It sounded like I had mud on my tire...wop, wop, wop, wop," said Robert Brodston who after pulling over, discovered that three of his tires were punctured."

Sounds more like he ran over an Italian.

/an equal opportunity discriminator.
 
2005-04-29 03:34:13 PM  
Whoever loaded up that truck must have had a screw loose.
 
2005-04-29 03:34:23 PM  
reveal101
//could be worse, could be stabbed


Worse things happen at sea you know.
 
2005-04-29 03:34:38 PM  
Wop, wop, wop? That's not mud, it's an italian!
 
2005-04-29 03:34:57 PM  
I'm still a little fuzzy on why this got a HERO tag. Can anyone enlighten me?
 
2005-04-29 03:36:51 PM  
Damn you Rodeodoc! If I didn't have a customer, I woulda beat you to it!
 
2005-04-29 03:38:07 PM  

Worst I saw was an a/c unit on 35E,but it was spottable far enough to dodge it.

I once hit and pushed a plastic cooler for a mile on 94 near Snelling. Probably blew out of some FISHTABs boat. Luckily it wasn't full of fish - that would have been messy.
 
2005-04-29 03:38:07 PM  
This guy, a hero? Now, that's funny!

Sappy, yes, but Hero, sorry, no.
 
2005-04-29 03:40:01 PM  
It looks like the guy isnt hurting for money:

http://www.jonesheartz.com/

If it was the owner.
 
2005-04-29 03:40:03 PM  
This is why you should always wear a condom. Always.
 
2005-04-29 03:40:31 PM  
Yeah, most of my headline submissions are sent in when I'm wasted so they're pretty bad but some are pretty good. How can a POS headline like this make it through? It almost makes me angry.

/blacklisted?
 
2005-04-29 03:40:40 PM  
Boomslang not according to Fark. This guy ranks right up there with the man that donates 75 gallons of blood.
 
2005-04-29 03:40:45 PM  
Nice of this guy to make sure everyone got their damages covered, but really it was as much damage-prevention as PR because if all those people had filed suit, it would have cost a lot more to take care of the damages than to pay for the flats in the first place. Yes, I'm cynical.
 
2005-04-29 03:41:21 PM  
trueaustinite: For what, exactly?

I need a reason?
 
2005-04-29 03:45:02 PM  
imaconnect4guy: I'm still a little fuzzy on why this got a HERO tag. Can anyone enlighten me?

I used to drive for a living, and wind does weird things to stuff tied down on a flatbed truck. Boxes strapped down in the middle of the load can wiggle free while a loose piece of paper can sit in the same spot for 400 miles.

He's a hero because he didn't take the easy way out. The fact that he noticed the boxes emptying on the road, realized that he was probably going to lose his job if he stopped, dealt with what were most likely irate drivers, made sure everyone got taken care of, and cleaned up his own mess makes him a hero. Most other people would have pretended they didn't even notice what had happened.
 
2005-04-29 03:47:01 PM  
I'll never forget the time a flatbed went whizzing by me with sheets of drywall lazily flipping up and off it onto the road behind him..

I won't forget because I was on a motorcycle...that shiat'll f**k you up...so would these screws.
 
2005-04-29 03:47:26 PM  
It's not the first time this has happened and on the same stretch of road to boot.
 
2005-04-29 03:49:31 PM  
I lost a set of sawhorses once off the back of a trailer... on a bridge.

I kept going :(
 
2005-04-29 03:51:20 PM  
some guy spilled a beer on me at the bar last night. he apologized, but when i called him a 'hero' afterwords he mumbled to his friend he thought i was a fag.
 
2005-04-29 03:53:17 PM  

it would have cost a lot more to take care of the damages than to pay for the flats in the first place


Perhaps, but the odds of nobody even knowing that he was responsible would have been pretty good. And even if somebody did realize it was him, they'd have to prove it pretty convincingly to successfully sue him for it.

[image from img.fark.com too old to be available] tag usage is appropriate. He did the right thing, even though it'll probably cost him quite a bit of money.

Fortunately, fixing flats caused by nails is quite simple. You don't even need to take the tire off the car -- all you need is one of these kits, though you can get them a lot cheaper too. You find the hole, remove the nail, put the sticky things through the tool, jam it in, twist, remove, cut off what's left, and fill up the tire. Easy.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-29 03:53:53 PM  
the guy who hit me actually got a broom out of his truck and swept off the road

I've seen police do this too. When they say they are going to clean up the streets, they mean it.
 
2005-04-29 03:55:02 PM  
Drywall hangers are okay, but tapers are fags.

/PSA
 
2005-04-29 03:55:29 PM  
I was almost hit by a La-z-boy. Seriously. I was traveling through Oklahoma City in this crappy moving truck which was also towing a car. So, I was not exactly very manuverable. So, this pickup is in front of me with a La-z-boy in the pickup bed. So, the wind currents must have gotten under the chair. It just lifts up, and starts flying at me. I'm still impressed that I managed to avoid it.
 
2005-04-29 03:55:51 PM  
"I thought it was really nice of him to be concerned about it. Some people aren't."

Damn straight ... when that stuff happens here in the DC Metro area, no one ever stops.

EXCEPT ... The only time you'll see a contractor stop after he's dropped something on the road here is if the item(s) he's dropped land intact and he thinks there's a chance of recovering it(them). For instance, if a ladder or some two-by-fours drop off a truck, you MIGHT see the driver actually stop on the side of the road. But drywall nails, drywall mud, or paint? Forget it!

Stopping because he feels responsible for damage done to other cars? Yeah ... right!!!
 
2005-04-29 03:57:57 PM  
I saw a chair on 35W once..
 
2005-04-29 03:58:49 PM  
Damn those screws look like they were invented to give flat tires.
 
2005-04-29 04:00:33 PM  
Umm, NEWS FLASH, Discount tire fixes flats for FREE unless the side wall is damaged. Sounds like the guy was caught accidentally losing his screws and was scared of getting sued. Can I get a CYA tag instead of HERO?
 
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