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(WSBTV)   There are 500 rooms in the Westin Hotel of College Park, GA. Only one has a fire sprinkler that dispenses a black, oily substance unexpectedly. Naturally, the bride and her bridesmaids chose to dress in that room   (wsbtv.com) divider line 59
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2012-06-04 11:35:39 PM  
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Ya think?
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2012-06-04 11:57:45 PM  
All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

Tooth knocked out? I'm thinking the sprinkler head turned on for a reason...
 
2012-06-05 12:02:23 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

Tooth knocked out? I'm thinking the sprinkler head turned on for a reason...


Yeah, I don't believe a word of it.

Breathing problems? from a liquid? A tooth knocked out?

How many people were in that room, a bride, eight bridesmaids and some kid missing a tooth. It just does not ring true.

Why did it make the news?
 
2012-06-05 12:03:45 AM  
I'm with you guys - there is far more to this story. The tooth knocked out is the clincher.
 
2012-06-05 12:04:37 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.


^THIS.
 
2012-06-05 12:04:43 AM  
If you've never stayed in the Atlanta Weston, I would highly recommend you go there on a bottomless corporate expense account. The concierge service cannot be equaled. You will be satisfied. Repeatedly.
 
2012-06-05 12:08:22 AM  
Westin Peachtree Plaza, that is.
 
2012-06-05 12:44:55 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Westin Peachtree Plaza, that is.


I haven't been there in years...but the original Philip Johnson decorations and style and interior was great. In the early 90's they really screwed it up with cheesy candelabras...etc. Which where not part of the 70's plan...so it was modernist and French Provencal all munged up.
Did not work well.

I don't know if they've updated it in this century---but the bar at the top of it is cool. The entire building sways in winds and the they used to have long beads of decorations at that place which would sway with the building. And 'pods' for cocktails seating that hung over the top restaurant.
The Rooms kinda sucked tho being pie shaped and they moved the beds away from the windows facing away from the view last time we where there in the late 90's. Not a good update IMHO.
 
2012-06-05 12:49:36 AM  
That sucks.

The bride & her bridesmaids will undoubtedly receive a nice settlement from the hotel.
 
2012-06-05 04:07:55 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I'm with you guys - there is far more to this story. The tooth knocked out is the clincher.


That puzzled me too, but I am imagining that in the rush/crush to cover themselves and get at least 8 people through a single doorway it would be fairly easy for a child to get knocked in the face or walked into a doorframe.
 
2012-06-05 04:10:39 AM  
Clothes looked okay. Really stained them all pretty good though. Come on... Just kidding :-)
 
2012-06-05 04:21:29 AM  
Y'all sound like people who might know a thing or two about the physical world we all live in?
 
2012-06-05 04:21:50 AM  
It's karma saying your wedding dress really shouldn't be white.
 
2012-06-05 04:23:21 AM  
I guess I spend too much time here.

I watched the video and instantly thought:

whatsgoinoninthisthreohmahLAAAAWD.jpg
 
2012-06-05 04:24:40 AM  
What did they do to set off the sprinkler? Either it was knocked or subjected to excessive heat.
 
2012-06-05 04:26:50 AM  
splicedwire.com
Sissies.
 
2012-06-05 04:49:54 AM  
500 trifecta in effect?

Or 1500, as it were?
 
2012-06-05 04:49:56 AM  
500 trifecta in play?
 
2012-06-05 05:02:51 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron


Where does the iron come from?
 
2012-06-05 05:07:00 AM  

macsenwledig: What did they do to set off the sprinkler? Either it was knocked or subjected to excessive heat.


That was my first question. And did all the sprinklers go off, or just theirs? (can that even happen in a hotel?)
 
2012-06-05 05:44:01 AM  
You have to be a special kind of person to turn "The sprinklers came on" into "This caused a child to lose a tooth"

Some people cannot take resposibility for their own actions.
 
2012-06-05 05:56:09 AM  
Lemme guess... smoking in a non-smoking room?
 
2012-06-05 06:03:05 AM  
Pert
Benevolent Misanthrope:
I'm with you guys - there is far more to this story. The tooth knocked out is the clincher.

That puzzled me too, but I am imagining that in the rush/crush to cover themselves and get at least 8 people through a single doorway it would be fairly easy for a child to get knocked in the face or walked into a doorframe.


Or maybe the tooth had been loose already, what with kids losing their baby teeth and all.
 
2012-06-05 06:20:58 AM  
beroff
Lemme guess... smoking in a non-smoking room?


With a bride and eight bridesmaids getting ready in that room, I'm leaning more towards the "don't hang shiat from the sprinkler" warning sign posted by NowhereMon.
 
2012-06-05 06:42:41 AM  
She "thought her life was going to end right then and there", Attention Whore much?
 
2012-06-05 06:52:10 AM  

fusillade762: macsenwledig: What did they do to set off the sprinkler? Either it was knocked or subjected to excessive heat.

That was my first question. And did all the sprinklers go off, or just theirs? (can that even happen in a hotel?)


For a typical sprinkler system, only those that are subjected to a good amount of heat (smoking is not enough) or some sort of impact damage will go off. In this case, NowhereMon probably nailed exactly what happened in the Boobies.

There are only a few types of sprinkler systems where all the sprinklers would go off at once - in a hotel, such a system may be found near an atrium or along an egress route, but definitely would not be in the hotel rooms.

Lorelle: That sucks.

The bride & her bridesmaids will undoubtedly receive a nice settlement from the hotel.


A bill for the damages they caused to the hotel would probably be more appropriate.
 
2012-06-05 07:02:48 AM  
Are hotel sprinkler pipes normally charged? I always those systems were dry until the fire alarm went off.
 
2012-06-05 07:10:56 AM  

Pert: NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron

Where does the iron come from?


Sprinkler pipes are made of iron. "Wet" sprinkler pipes are full of water....and grease from the fittings; and bacteria from the stagnation, and rust from the oxidation.

I think the pic posted at the top says it all.

/fire marshal
 
2012-06-05 07:13:52 AM  

jankyboy: Are hotel sprinkler pipes normally charged? I always those systems were dry until the fire alarm went off.


Yes, they are charged. Pressurized water is sitting in the pipe just on the other side of the sprinkler at all times. The only exception would be in areas subject to freezing, and even then they might use antifreeze instead of a dry system.
 
2012-06-05 07:15:35 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

Tooth knocked out? I'm thinking the sprinkler head turned on for a reason...


It's Georgia...that tooth has probably been missing for a long time.
 
2012-06-05 07:27:47 AM  
SPRINKLER HEADS ARE NOT LOAD BEARING!

/Been on every hotel/con check in sheet I have ever seen.
//Then again, I go to some kinky cons.
 
2012-06-05 07:31:47 AM  
So to sum up:
The sprinkler system was charged with dirty, stagnant water, as most would be after sitting for even a few months, the six year old flower girl (assumption, but a good one) caught an elbow to a a tooth that would have been gone with the next apple anyway, and the bride was practicing her bouquet toss and knocked off the sprinkler head to cause the whole shebang.
And tonight, the bride is going to make dirty dirty love to her groom for the first time ever.

OK, that very last part is complete fiction, but I stand by the rest.
 
2012-06-05 07:43:38 AM  
i got to find out the hard way that when the sprinkler heads leak, it's messy. my first condo had sprinklers throughout, including in one of the guest bedroom closets, which we rarely went in.
one day i just happen to go in there for something and see taht all of my military uniforms are soaked. "WTF?" look up, see water dripping off the sprinkler head. then realize the supposed water is black. "NO!"
thankfully, the leak must have started the day before, because the carpet underneath was barely wet. i threw all of the uniforms into the tub and filled it with cold water and got a bucket out. thankfully I was able to rinse the uniforms out, that would have cost me several thousand.
I know sprinklers save lives in a fire, but damn, they're also a damage liability.
 
2012-06-05 07:54:15 AM  
Like black rain on your wedding day?

/Did she think she was melting?
 
2012-06-05 07:54:58 AM  
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2012-06-05 07:56:43 AM  

NowhereMon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x310]

Ya think?


Done in one.
 
2012-06-05 07:57:55 AM  

NowhereMon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x310]

Ya think?


My very first thought!
 
2012-06-05 07:59:25 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

Tooth knocked out? I'm thinking the sprinkler head turned on for a reason...


It was an INFERNO in there!
 
2012-06-05 08:14:05 AM  

love-m'-beer: Sprinkler pipes are made of iron.


Weird. I'd never heard of that. Assumed that they'd be copper or plastic, but thanks for the info.
 
2012-06-05 08:17:29 AM  
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2012-06-05 08:28:46 AM  

Pert: Weird. I'd never heard of that. Assumed that they'd be copper or plastic, but thanks for the info.


I don't think plastic would hold up very well in a fire
 
2012-06-05 08:28:48 AM  

NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

Tooth knocked out? I'm thinking the sprinkler head turned on for a reason...


sprinklers systems are tested and test-flushed annually in most of america. very important, affects building/business insurance policy. also important to local fire inspectors and building code inspectors. the sprinkler system company and their technicians also have a stake in these systems performing correctly.

depending on whether or not the wedding party was up to shenanigans it looks like the bride & groom will be entitled to damages.
 
2012-06-05 08:29:32 AM  

jankyboy: Are hotel sprinkler pipes normally charged? I always those systems were dry until the fire alarm went off.


They might have accidentally.
 
2012-06-05 08:59:52 AM  

CAADbury: Pert: Weird. I'd never heard of that. Assumed that they'd be copper or plastic, but thanks for the info.

I don't think plastic would hold up very well in a fire


Some sprinkler systems do use plastic pipe (CPVC), but it usually has to be cut off from the fire area (sheet rock or something between the fire and the pipe). Copper is also occasionally used for "spot sprinklers", where a few sprinklers are on the domestic water system instead of having a dedicated piping system.

KrispyKritter:
sprinklers systems are tested and test-flushed annually in most of america. very important, affects building/business insurance policy. also important to local fire inspectors and building code inspectors. the sprinkler system company and their technicians also have a stake in these systems performing correctly.


Sprinkler systems should be tested by flowing water (typically more often than annually), but that doesn't mean they are. Also, typical testing only flows enough water to set off the alarm and rarely flows through all sections of the pipe. This means that instead of cleaning out the pipes, normal testing just introduces some fresh water / oxygen for the bacteria to feed on.

Most sprinkler systems aren't actually flushed on a regular basis, unless there are concerns with something in the pipes clogging up the sprinklers (silt/mud, rust, etc.)

depending on whether or not the wedding party was up to shenanigans it looks like the bride & groom will be entitled to damages.

My guess is that the hotel will offer them something to avoid the legal hassle. Even if the wedding party was up to some shenanigans, it would be difficult for the hotel to prove, and would probably cost them more in legal fees/negative publicity than a settlement.

When a sprinkler goes off (in the absence of a fire), I always jump to the conclusion that someone was doing something stupid. This isn't the first time a dress has been hung on a sprinkler (hence the reason for the stickers/warnings in hotel rooms), probably won't be the last.
 
2012-06-05 09:19:59 AM  

The_Time_Master: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x141]


Came for this and am disappoint it took nearly 9 hours for it to appear in the threed.
 
2012-06-05 09:22:47 AM  

MeinRS6: NFA: All sprinklers dispense a "black oily" substance. No one ever flushes the systems and the water stagnates and blackens from the iron.

^THIS.


Plus some machine oil from the pipe cutting.
 
2012-06-05 09:53:52 AM  

zzrhardy: It's karma saying your wedding dress really shouldn't be white.


No, but I'm probably going to take a karma hit for being shocked that there was still a white person left in College Park.
 
2012-06-05 10:23:45 AM  

NowhereMon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x310]

Ya think?




Done in one.


We do work for an insurance company, and you wouldn't believe how many claims they get from hotels who have to put up with idiot wedding parties hanging shiat from sprinkler heads.
 
2012-06-05 11:07:09 AM  
Having been to College Park a lot over my youth, a black oily substance coming out of a hotel there this is hardly a surprise.

todayisaw.com

What is a surprise is ... there's a Westin Hotel in .... College Park?
 
2012-06-05 12:42:13 PM  

CAADbury: I don't think plastic would hold up very well in a fire


You mean the pipes in the fire suppressant system would start leaking water in areas of heat? OH NOEEESSS!

/yes, I am joking, obviously the water needs to be under pressure to go round the whole system to all the areas where the sprinklers need to operate
 
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