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(Rasmussen Reports)   Twenty-six percent of people say they've worked with someone who had the potential to go postal and take everybody out with a flamethrower and pipebombs filled with nails and rat poison   (rasmussenreports.com) divider line 375
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2009-11-17 12:36:42 PM
Huh, I haven't.

...

Oh.
 
2009-11-17 12:40:13 PM
I have. I even had to fire someone whom I still expect to come find me with
a sword and run me through.
 
2009-11-17 12:42:00 PM
When I was in high school, there was some kid--I don't remember his name--who compiled an "enemy's list" of people he was going to "get." This was pre-Columbine, but school shootings weren't exactly unheard of and it was a pretty big deal when he was caught. The police were called. There were a total of 12 names on the list. The names were never released. Nevertheless, by the end of week, everybody knew somebody whose name had been on it. By the end of the next week, everybody knew they had been on it. By the end of the month, everybody in the school knew that they had escaped near-certain death. Which is to say that I'm surprised this particular survey's number isn't a hell of a lot higher than 26 percent. People love to imagine that their lives are far more fraught with danger than they really are.
 
2009-11-17 12:42:46 PM
Was this twenty percent mailmen?
 
2009-11-17 12:52:29 PM
Look, sometimes you work out a way to block off all but one potential escape route from the building as a sort of mental exercise. That's all.
 
2009-11-17 12:55:02 PM
a2.vox.com
 
2009-11-17 01:08:59 PM
img130.imageshack.us
/good book
 
2009-11-17 01:30:03 PM
We can hear you talking about us in the cafeteria.

Just so you know.

We hate that.
 
2009-11-17 01:39:43 PM
I have. He had an enemies list. He was suing pretty much everyone. Everyone was terrified of him. If you said anything about him to anyone, he would add you to his list and sue you.

He had assault weapons and would shoot and bag ground hogs all weekend for fun. He use to tell me that he liked Sam Peckenpah (spelling) movies because he like watching people get shot in slow motion. Perfect example of someone everyone knows will probably do something one day but know one is willing to stick his neck out.

At a focus day, we had a police officer discussing personal safety. He asked the police man "If someone comes on to my property, at what point am I legally allowed to kill them?".

His manager's kept a long rope in his office (he was on the 10th floor). His plan was to break his window and climb down the rope if he had warning that this employee was starting his rampage.
 
2009-11-17 02:03:19 PM
I'm putting you on my list for posting this article, submitter.
 
2009-11-17 02:45:47 PM
I don't think anyone I work with has the potential to go postal. I *do* think certain people I work with have the potential to beat the shiat out of someone else....of course, *I'm* that person so I guess it doesn't count.
 
2009-11-17 02:49:56 PM
I used to work with a guy who was, well. "off". He was always strange and I knew he would snap one day. So did everyone else. His wife was really sick one time and I kind of felt bad so I made him a pie and brought it in for him. When I gave it to him he started crying his eyes out and acted like it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for him. He then looked me in the eye and said "when I kill all these a**holes I won't harm you", I shiat you not. So fast forward like 4 months and the guy gets laid off. 4 police cars were stationed in our parking lot for a week "just in case". Lots of people were nervous but I felt fine. I even told the managers they should have baked him a pie so they didn't have to pay for off duty police officers.
 
2009-11-17 03:03:54 PM
Yeah. I can see that.
 
2009-11-17 03:09:07 PM
Crap, they're onto me
 
2009-11-17 03:09:08 PM
What percentage of people surveyed are lousy at judging whether people are likely to go postal?
 
2009-11-17 03:09:44 PM
Pocket Ninja
When I was in high school, there was some kid--I don't remember his name--who compiled an "enemy's list" of people he was going to "get."


www.zuguide.com
 
2009-11-17 03:12:45 PM
Everyone our our work place has had their spirits crushed long ago. Doing anything like this would require a great deal of effort none of us has anymore.

"Want to go to lunch?"
"Nah. I'll just eat at my desk."
 
2009-11-17 03:13:04 PM
Why wasn't my submission approved? I had a way better headline! Someday you will all pay!!!
 
2009-11-17 03:14:26 PM
25.99% of all people are delusional, paranoid, thumb-sucking, bed-wetting wannabe poster boys for Effete Internet Male magazine.

//and the people they fear has having real Postal Potential are the ITG magazine cover contenders.
 
2009-11-17 03:14:48 PM
Yes, yes... I am that guy.
 
2009-11-17 03:15:33 PM
If you people knew how many of your cube farm cronies were packing heat you'd crap your pants.

/worked with some real whackadoodles
//knew they kept a loaded gun in the car
 
2009-11-17 03:15:41 PM
In other news 90 percent of a certain website says they are the people that make the 26% say that.
 
2009-11-17 03:16:34 PM
FTA:
Twenty-six percent (26%) of employed adults say they have seriously thought that someone in their workplace was capable of mass violence, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Most working adults (64%), however, say they have not seriously thought a co-worker would be capable of such violence. Another 11% are undecided.


That's a total of 101%. My brain hurts.
 
2009-11-17 03:16:55 PM
Sue D. Nymme: What percentage of people surveyed are lousy at judging whether people are likely to go postal?

Twenty-six, give or take a couple hundredths of a percent.
 
2009-11-17 03:16:57 PM
Apparently, my fiance IS that guy. His co-workers keep saying they expect him to lose it at any minute.

*sigh
 
2009-11-17 03:17:06 PM
the moral of the story is, a random act of kindness could save your life. Or not!
 
2009-11-17 03:17:32 PM
Whenever people snap, and the fights break out, it always seemed like they happened on my day off. I don't know if that's karma keeping me safe, of Murphy's Law depriving me from seeing the really cool stuff...

For observing true crazy, one must work in a call center.
 
2009-11-17 03:17:47 PM
I haven't worked with twenty-six percent of people....they are lying.
 
2009-11-17 03:17:56 PM
Pocket Ninja: When I was in high school, there was some kid--I don't remember his name--who compiled an "enemy's list" of people he was going to "get." This was pre-Columbine, but school shootings weren't exactly unheard of and it was a pretty big deal when he was caught. The police were called. There were a total of 12 names on the list. The names were never released. Nevertheless, by the end of week, everybody knew somebody whose name had been on it. By the end of the next week, everybody knew they had been on it. By the end of the month, everybody in the school knew that they had escaped near-certain death. Which is to say that I'm surprised this particular survey's number isn't a hell of a lot higher than 26 percent. People love to imagine that their lives are far more fraught with danger than they really are.


I found the theme! It's "drugs" isn't it?
 
2009-11-17 03:18:44 PM
Speaking of which, has anyone seen Brockway lately?
 
Bf+
2009-11-17 03:19:27 PM
Gormenghast: /good book

Also:
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2009-11-17 03:19:32 PM
Billzebub: Everyone our our work place has had their spirits crushed long ago. Doing anything like this would require a great deal of effort none of us has anymore.

"Want to go to lunch?"
"Nah. I'll just eat at my desk."


That is very good my capitalist brother!! My favorite technique is to put off buying a competitor until the holidays, then claim we have no money for bonuses except a hot cocoa sampler box to "keep the ship afloat", lay off most of the new company right then and announce to our own division for why they should thank their lucky stars they have such a job. If they get snappy, I remember, and "change" their retirement benefits, after they retire of course! AH AH HA!

I think my pool needs a pool...
 
2009-11-17 03:20:39 PM
Did flamethrower rate above firearm??

/I always imagined myself with firearms.
//doh!
 
2009-11-17 03:22:12 PM
That's funny! I did the exact same study and asked everyone I knew and 100% of them said they knew somebody like that! Weird huh? Oh well, I gotta go clean my flamethrower.
 
2009-11-17 03:22:14 PM
APPROVES
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(copy and paste)
 
2009-11-17 03:22:40 PM
I've been mistaken for that guy. I'm not entirely sure why, but I guess just being quiet gets you pretty far.
 
2009-11-17 03:23:25 PM
My ex-boss is this description. I expect gunplay once they fire him.

Traits of a typical sociopath:

-Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
-Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
-Authoritarian
-Secretive
-Paranoid
-Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
-Conventional appearance
-Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
-Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
-Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
-Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
-Incapable of real human attachment to another
-Unable to feel remorse or guilt
-Extreme narcissism and grandiose
-May state readily that their goal is to rule the world
 
2009-11-17 03:23:31 PM
Those are farked-up stats. 100% of the people I work with think I'm headed for a complete meltdown.
 
2009-11-17 03:23:36 PM
A few years ago I started in the engineering department of a company where there were 20 of us in a room with no cubles, just desks lined up. My desk was next to the coffee pot and the only window. The very first day one of my new coworkers (ex military, 50-ish, strong as hell) walks up to get a cup, stops and says to me 'ya know, that hill over there would be a great place for a sniper.'

/welcome aboard
 
2009-11-17 03:23:38 PM
I have a co-worker who believes FEMA will round us up and feed us to the Greys. There's another guy who has a buck knife hidden behind his monitor. The only reason I know it's there is I was working on one of his computers. I can count three more who are gun enthusiasts who believe Obama will take their guns and there will be a second revolution.

The ironic fact that I work for the government is not lost on me.

Pocket Ninja That kid was me. You'll be happy to know that after six years of therapy and electro shock (Horizontal Happy Dancing as I liked to call it) I am no longer a threat. I work for the IRS. My twelve enemies have been forced in to bankruptcy so many times it's not fun anymore. I'm currently up for a lateral promotion in to Homeland Security. Should I get the job, I can send twelve bankrupted bums to Gitmo (or Thompson Correctional) for some water boarding and wedgie wedging. I shall also add to the list of acceptable torture the use of the Dreaded Rear Admiral.
 
2009-11-17 03:26:03 PM
Telling you all, this is due to existential ennui leading to the creation of the aestheticization of violence.
 
2009-11-17 03:26:15 PM
Civil_War2_Time: My ex-boss is this description. I expect gunplay once they fire him.

Traits of a typical sociopath:

-Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
-Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
-Authoritarian
-Secretive
-Paranoid
-Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
-Conventional appearance
-Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
-Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
-Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
-Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
-Incapable of real human attachment to another
-Unable to feel remorse or guilt
-Extreme narcissism and grandiose
-May state readily that their goal is to rule the world


So... Engineers and IT?
 
2009-11-17 03:26:27 PM
birdistasty: Apparently, my fiance IS that guy. His co-workers keep saying they expect him to lose it at any minute.

*sigh


Well, if it's any better (or worse), my husband snapped one day and pulled a chef's knife on a line cook because the guy didn't want to clean the grill station & was sassing him back.

Yeah, I took a 'vacation' that week to my folks with the kids.
 
2009-11-17 03:26:40 PM
I just snapped and killed my entire office, so I'm really getting a kick out of this.

/self-employed
 
2009-11-17 03:26:45 PM
didnt think I had worked with so many people
 
2009-11-17 03:26:59 PM
I had a neighbour who seemed normal. We hung out, had BBQ's that sort of thing.

We started a pool for when the invasion of Iraq (Desert Storm)would start. I was watching the news and realized I had won. I ran over to his house to tell him to turn on the news and he answered the door in fatigues with a loaded AK. Told me he had already figured it out.

Watched him like a hawk after that. Discovered he slept with a loaded twelve gauge. In bed with him.

When he came to my house warming party at my new house someone came into the kitchen and said, "That guy on the green chair has a pistol in a holster." I walked up behind his fat ass and sure enough he had a little nickle plated snub nose revolver in a pancake holster on his belt. I asked him to leave.

Don't get me wrong, I was raised around guns and fully believe they have a place in almost any household. But this was just senseless. He was a short assed little body builder with real issues. He just got weirder as the years went by and I stayed the hell away from him. He's in the same line of work as me, so I hear about him. But I definitely stay off his radar.

He will kill someone one some day. I only hope it's just himself
 
2009-11-17 03:28:31 PM
FTFA: "Forty-three percent (43%) of government workers say they have felt a fellow employee was capable of mass violence, more than double the number among those who work for private companies."

Hmmmmm..... more Socialism, please....
 
2009-11-17 03:28:43 PM
I'm not sure if people think I'm that guy, or if they think I'm the one who will save them from that guy.

We had an employee a year or so ago, the day after she started she came in all bruised up because her husband didn't like her having a job. A bunch of the ladies were afraid he'd come in and cause trouble. I got to work a little late that day, and didn't find out till later that a bunch of people were anxiously awaiting my arrival because they knew I'm the only one who carries a gun at work.

Of course nothing ever happened. The poor girl ended up quitting within a week though.
 
2009-11-17 03:28:43 PM
I remember when I worked in retail, there was a guy everyone figured would go postal if he was ever disciplined or fired. So he kinda went along, doing his thing without much interference. He got really frustrated from time to time and would often be found in the warehouse slicing boxes and kicking them.

Then one day, we fired a suburban mom who could never come in on time and she came back the next night and keyed three managers cars and threw a rock through the front window.

That weird guy went out and got a picture of her car leaving the lot. He's still working there. 15 years later.

26% of people don't know shiat.
 
2009-11-17 03:28:47 PM
Well, to be fair those 26% are probably referring to one person out of a hundred or so, which makes the statistic of actual postal-going folks something like .25% of the total pop.

busy chillin': Pocket Ninja
When I was in high school, there was some kid--I don't remember his name--who compiled an "enemy's list" of people he was going to "get."


Heh. I actually did the same thing in primary school. Except that I painstakingly illustrated each bully's funeral, complete with rotting, festering corpse.

/And me standing over their graves, laughing.
//Thank god this was pre-Columbine days.
///HOO boy, was that an interesting chat with the guidance counselor.
 
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