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(Orlando Sentinel)   If you recently stole $500k worth of discarded medical equipment from outside a pathology lab in Orlando, police would like to have a word with you about the flesh eating virus you're now contaminated with   (articles.orlandosentinel.com) divider line 75
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2012-05-14 06:39:33 PM  
Oh my.
 
2012-05-14 07:59:23 PM  
How did that movie start? The one with the virus that killed all mankind?
 
2012-05-14 08:45:04 PM  
And they added... You don't need to come into the station, you can call us on the phone. That'll do just fine.
 
2012-05-14 09:31:23 PM  
FTFA:One machine looks similar to a copier with space for vials at the bottom.

Okay then.
 
2012-05-14 10:34:00 PM  
Does flesh-eating virus qualify as "instant" karma if it takes a day or two to kill you all the way dead?
 
2012-05-14 10:35:00 PM  
So they left it just laying around?
 
2012-05-14 10:37:47 PM  
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2012-05-14 10:38:10 PM  
Uhm, what the hell?

1) It's garbage, apparently put out next to a dumpster. How is that appropriate disposal of hazardous material? Are they just making that up to get someone to turn themselves in?

2) How is it even theft to take garbage?
 
2012-05-14 10:38:32 PM  
So how does one steal something discarded and unwanted?
 
2012-05-14 10:39:18 PM  
That was more of an advertisement than a news article. my grammy typed this.
 
2012-05-14 10:39:23 PM  

Abner Doon: 2) How is it even theft to take garbage?


Depends on the law. In NY, once you put your garbage to the curb, it becomes state property.
 
2012-05-14 10:39:32 PM  

Ed Finnerty: FTFA:One machine looks similar to a copier with space for vials at the bottom.

Okay then.


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2012-05-14 10:40:10 PM  

mudpants: So they left it just laying around?


That was my thought too. I would have burned everything the second it wasn't needed.
 
2012-05-14 10:41:54 PM  
ain't no skin off my back
 
2012-05-14 10:42:15 PM  

thatboyoverthere: mudpants: So they left it just laying around?

That was my thought too. I would have burned everything the second it wasn't needed.


the second it WASN'T needed you mean, and who needs that shat really !
 
2012-05-14 10:42:49 PM  
The way the article is worded, it leaves open the possibility that this might actually be some kind of powerful chemical, as opposed to medical waste.

That said, either way something that dangerous needs to be disposed of properly, Openly accesible seems pretty haphazard when many people dumpster dive.
 
2012-05-14 10:42:53 PM  
How do you "steal" discarded equipment?
 
2012-05-14 10:43:56 PM  
You can steal something that people don't want anymore?
 
2012-05-14 10:44:58 PM  
Nice try coppers. Nobody is falling for that. Biohazardous waste and associated equipment has to be disposed of according to very strictly enforced regulations. Essentially, if it is used and not sterilized, it can't just go to the dumpster outside. The clinic farked up and is trying to recover the equipment and playing post facto CYA. Nothing to see here, but check Havana in about 6 weeks.

/just sayin'
 
2012-05-14 10:45:20 PM  

super_grass: You can steal something that people don't want anymore?


can too
 
2012-05-14 10:46:20 PM  

mudpants: super_grass: You can steal something that people don't want anymore?

can too


also
 
2012-05-14 10:49:53 PM  
Wow. Flesh eating VIRUS!?!?

That's really not a good thing.
 
2012-05-14 10:50:35 PM  
Brazil could tell you some stories about proper disposal of discarded medical equipment.

Goiânia accident

But yeah, somebody farked up big time. No way that stuff should have been left sitting by a dumpster.
 
2012-05-14 10:51:26 PM  
Oh. NOT a virus, but rather a "substance".

bad subby. BAD.
 
2012-05-14 10:53:08 PM  
1) A pathology lab seems like a bad place to dumpster-dive.
2) Followup: Thieves sue pathology lab after contracting carelessly-discarded flesh-eating bacteria. May actually have a point (though no fingers to point with.)
 
2012-05-14 10:55:42 PM  

hbk72777: Abner Doon: 2) How is it even theft to take garbage?

Depends on the law. In NY, once you put your garbage to the curb, it becomes state property.


George Liquor: Hey! Whose trash is that?
Ren: Stimpy, move your butt! It's a higher mammal!
[They leave]
George Liquor: Keep out of my trash! I'm telling you for the last time! A man works hard for his filth just to have vagrants come and steal it. It's a crying shame.
 
2012-05-14 10:56:48 PM  
Did these cunning thieves make their escape via zipline, perchance?
 
2012-05-14 10:58:23 PM  

Balchinian: Biohazardous waste and associated equipment has to be disposed of according to very strictly enforced regulations.


Excepting that I was late for lunch and my tummy was growlin' and the pizza I ordered would be col' when I got there, so I booted the waste, and didn't follow procedure, My bad.
 
2012-05-14 11:00:07 PM  
DEAR SUBMITTER: There is a major difference between virus and bacteria. The two terms are not interchangable. Please learn the difference. Thanks!
 
2012-05-14 11:02:18 PM  

" Tyler sold his soap to department stores at $20 a bar. Lord knows what they charged. It was beautiful. We were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them. "


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2012-05-14 11:02:55 PM  
Sometimes dumpster diving is not all that good of an idea.

Even worse would have been if it was infected with prions. Those farkers can't be sterilized.
 
2012-05-14 11:05:52 PM  
FTA: "A pickup hauling a trailer pulled up to Florida Hospital Center for Diagnostic Pathology, 2855 N. Orange Ave., on May 3 and took the equipment from an enclosed area near a large garbage bin, police said."

Can someone please tell me where in the article it states that the taken equipment was discarded? It was in an enclosed area, could that be a storage shed or a place where they intend to decontaminate equipment?

FTA2: "....is contaminated with a substance that could eat away at human skin."

No Virus, no contagion, no bacteria. Substance could be chemical or biological, it doesn't have to be viral.

Sad to see reading comprehension fail on such an epic level on fark.

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2012-05-14 11:07:22 PM  
I like these types of problems. They seem to solve themselves.
 
2012-05-14 11:08:01 PM  
I didn't RTFA about what the equipment was, but if it was something that is made of stainless steel I'm sure its been recylced by now, that shiat is worth mroe than copper.
 
2012-05-14 11:10:32 PM  

drayno76: FTA: "A pickup hauling a trailer pulled up to Florida Hospital Center for Diagnostic Pathology, 2855 N. Orange Ave., on May 3 and took the equipment from an enclosed area near a large garbage bin, police said."

Can someone please tell me where in the article it states that the taken equipment was discarded? It was in an enclosed area, could that be a storage shed or a place where they intend to decontaminate equipment?

FTA2: "....is contaminated with a substance that could eat away at human skin."

No Virus, no contagion, no bacteria. Substance could be chemical or biological, it doesn't have to be viral.

Sad to see reading comprehension fail on such an epic level on fark.

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Heh. I was in Buenos Aires in December. Left during a catholic holiday. All along the highway from the city to the airport there were signs that my very rough understanding of Spanish translated to "you cannot park here". People were parked and picnicking all along the highway. There are no fences or barricades like on highways in other places I've visited.

Everybody seemed pretty happy.
 
2012-05-14 11:11:16 PM  

LadyBelgara: Brazil could tell you some stories about proper disposal of discarded medical equipment.

Goiânia accident

But yeah, somebody farked up big time. No way that stuff should have been left sitting by a dumpster.


Just because there are laws that are SUPPOSED to make people dispose of hazmat waste properly doesn't mean it actually happens.

Goiania was a horrible horrible thing.
 
2012-05-14 11:13:57 PM  
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2012-05-14 11:16:04 PM  
Why are they discarding hazardous equipment so haphazardly?
 
2012-05-14 11:17:38 PM  

Curt Blizzah: ain't no skin off my back


I gotta give you an arrow for that.
 
2012-05-14 11:17:52 PM  
The flesh eating part of this story is one of my greatest fears.
 
2012-05-14 11:22:19 PM  
Coastalgrl: The flesh eating part of this story is one of my greatest fears.

GOOD NEWS!

Streptococcus Pyogenes, and Staphylococcus Aureus, both causitive agents of this disease, live as normal skin flora on your body!

Sweet Dreams.
 
2012-05-14 11:26:57 PM  

drayno76: Can someone please tell me where in the article it states that the taken equipment was discarded?


"discarded" is the 4th word in the article.

Reading Fail indeed.
 
2012-05-14 11:29:48 PM  

rev. dave: Sometimes dumpster diving is not all that good of an idea.

Even worse would have been if it was infected with prions. Those farkers can't be sterilized.


What a prion might look like:

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2012-05-14 11:31:55 PM  
Sure beats the old dye pack trick.
 
2012-05-14 11:35:46 PM  
In central Florida if you don't specifically have something nailed/tied/screwed/bolted down it will be scrapped. We have more deaths to idiots trying to steal copper from a live power line then anywhere in the world.
 
2012-05-14 11:36:26 PM  
If it's a flesh-eating virus, then that's news. If it's a flesh eating bacteria, then it's probably not too harmful unless you have open sores or are immunocompromised. Many of the "flesh eating bugs" are run-of-the mill organisms that live on our skin or in our bodies every hour of every day. It's when they get access to a place they shouldn't be and/or are allowed to reproduce out of control, they'll cause massive tissue damage. Most common organisms that cause necrotizing faciitis are just that: common, like staph and strep. I still wouldn't recommend handling discarded medical equipment. Go loot someplace less dangerous, like a powered electrical substation.

LadyBelgara: Brazil could tell you some stories about proper disposal of discarded medical equipment.

Goiânia accident

But yeah, somebody farked up big time. No way that stuff should have been left sitting by a dumpster.


Holy crap, what a terrible story. Note to self- if it's glowing and you can't explain why, don't leave it near your family while you think about it.
 
2012-05-14 11:39:34 PM  

BronyMedic: Coastalgrl: The flesh eating part of this story is one of my greatest fears.

GOOD NEWS!

Streptococcus Pyogenes, and Staphylococcus Aureus, both causitive agents of this disease, live as normal skin flora on your body!

Sweet Dreams.


Hrm. I'm a habitual nail biter. Even better.

Any precautions against the little buggers?
 
2012-05-14 11:43:17 PM  

BronyMedic: Coastalgrl: The flesh eating part of this story is one of my greatest fears.

GOOD NEWS!

Streptococcus Pyogenes, and Staphylococcus Aureus, both causitive agents of this disease, live as normal skin flora on your body!

Sweet Dreams.


Better them than something else. I read a story in Microbiology in college, and sadly the googles are failing me. A guy who worked in a poultry plant had broken skin and got colonized by normal chicken skin flora, so even after leaving that job he smelled like a chicken house. Wish I could find something about it now.
 
2012-05-14 11:47:53 PM  

Coastalgrl: BronyMedic: Coastalgrl: The flesh eating part of this story is one of my greatest fears.

GOOD NEWS!

Streptococcus Pyogenes, and Staphylococcus Aureus, both causitive agents of this disease, live as normal skin flora on your body!

Sweet Dreams.

Hrm. I'm a habitual nail biter. Even better.

Any precautions against the little buggers?


Yes. Get any deep wounds treated, take a full course of antibiotics as prescribed, and don't worry about it. Your chances of exposure are very low unless you have a compromised immune system or get a deep, dirty wound. If you are truly concerned, do some research about necrotizing faciitis and some knowledge will help.
 
2012-05-15 12:01:15 AM  
this is so stupid on so many levels. OK, discarded-- left outside next to garbage bin, but may have hazardous materials. It has been ruled in court many times over that police can go thru your garbage without a warrant.

ASide from that, why isnt the hospital disposing of hazardous materials the correct way? If it has flesh eating bacteria, why is it left out? It sounds like the "thief" might be a plaintiff in a lawsuit.
 
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