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(Gainesville Sun)   Man busted for being drunk while driving a lawn mower tells police the reason he started drinking that day was because he got depressed when he realized the $300 a month he makes from mowing lawns isn't enough. Bonus: Middle Earth mugshot   (gainesville.com) divider line 49
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2012-08-09 10:49:10 AM  
Nobody tosses a drunk
 
2012-08-09 11:53:52 AM  
His salary must have been cutting it too close.
 
2012-08-09 11:54:51 AM  
That makes me feel sad.
 
2012-08-09 11:56:31 AM  
said he has been drinking since he was 16,

Yep, and it shows.
 
2012-08-09 11:59:00 AM  
that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. He's depressed about it - and hey, who wouldn't be. I know I know, post the picture of the girl leaned up against the locker crying...because the /b/ folks need a different website to go to sometimes, I guess.
 
2012-08-09 12:01:01 PM  
2 1/2 miles at lawnmower speed to drink 14 beers. That's 1 beer every 943 feet. Man was thirsty!
 
2012-08-09 12:02:34 PM  
Reads article. it's all his own fault.

Checks give-a-damn meter. Needle at zero.
 
2012-08-09 12:03:45 PM  

p4p3rm4t3: 2 1/2 miles at lawnmower speed to drink 14 beers. That's 1 beer every 943 feet. Man was thirsty!


I'm sure he had to stop to pee a couple of times.
What's depressing, is if I'm not careful, that could be me in 25 years. Hell, it could be me in 5 years.
 
2012-08-09 12:04:17 PM  
Wait he pays $127 a month to rent a lawn mower? Crap what kind of mower is it. My John dear was only $1200 to buy.

I think I may see his problem with money.

/sad story
 
2012-08-09 12:11:32 PM  
I just feel bad for him.
 
2012-08-09 12:12:34 PM  
George Jones considers this guy an amateur.
 
2012-08-09 12:14:03 PM  
I bet he doesn't take orders from stinking Morgul rats.
 
2012-08-09 12:14:16 PM  
That nose is coming off. Skin cancer
 
2012-08-09 12:25:00 PM  

IamAwake: that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. He's depressed about it - and hey, who wouldn't be. I know I know, post the picture of the girl leaned up against the locker crying...because the /b/ folks need a different website to go to sometimes, I guess.


I felt the same way while reading it. It's shiat like this that makes me wish there really is some sort of afterlife or reincarnation instead of what I feel is closer to the truth that this man has squandered the one shot he had at life.
 
2012-08-09 12:27:26 PM  

IamAwake: that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. He's depressed about it - and hey, who wouldn't be. I know I know, post the picture of the girl leaned up against the locker crying...because the /b/ folks need a different website to go to sometimes, I guess.


Yep. I understand all too well on this. Depression is a serious thing that people that don't have it don't understand. This guy drinks because his life sucks, and the beer makes him feel good. There are consequences of drinking like that, but what else does he have, what else does he think he has? he can drink a few (lots) of beers and feel happy again.
 
2012-08-09 12:27:44 PM  
Bringing home a disability check pus working under the table cutting grass.

//Anyone see an issue here?
 
2012-08-09 12:28:15 PM  
Sad
 
2012-08-09 12:30:55 PM  

monoski: Bringing home a disability check pus working under the table cutting grass.

//Anyone see an issue here?


It's the pus, isn't it?
 
2012-08-09 12:31:00 PM  

monoski: Bringing home a disability check pus working under the table cutting grass.

//Anyone see an issue here?


Yeah. That there is a 68 year old man with no life prospects, no future and probably a very shiatty past.

/but I'm going to guess you were expecting something more along the lines of THANKS AGAIN O-TAX-FART-BONGO!!1!
 
2012-08-09 12:37:58 PM  

IamAwake: that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. .


1) notsureifserious.jpg
2) He's a landscaper, they're like a lower form of life anyway
3) He does physical labor to get paid under the table, then claims he's "disabled" to get a govt. check

Not feeling that sympathetic here.
 
2012-08-09 12:41:48 PM  

SNGX1275:

Yep. I understand all too well on this. Depression is a serious thing that people that don't have it don't understand. This guy drinks because his life sucks, and the beer makes him feel good. There are consequences of drinking like that, but what else does he have, what else does he think he has? he can drink a few (lots) of beers and feel happy again.


I've been in his shoes before.

And for those mocking his appearance. You'll be lucky to even live that long, let alone still be mowing $300 in grass a month. Because he probably lives in a poorer neighborhood I'm kinda doubting he gets $75 a yard. Probably more like $15-$20.
 
2012-08-09 12:42:43 PM  

bukketmaster: IamAwake: that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. .

1) notsureifserious.jpg
2) He's a landscaper, they're like a lower form of life anyway
3) He does physical labor to get paid under the table, then claims he's "disabled" to get a govt. check

Not feeling that sympathetic here.


What does being disabled have to do with it? Even if they guy only had one arm he could still drive a riding lawnmower. He's doing what he can to get by because he has no other choice. But it's easy to judge while sitting back in your cushioned chair in a nice air conditioned room.
 
2012-08-09 12:44:49 PM  

SNGX1275:
Yep. I understand all too well on this. Depression is a serious thing that people that don't have it don't understand. This guy drinks because his life sucks, and the beer makes him feel good. There are consequences of drinking like that, but what else does he have, what else does he think he has? he can drink a few (lots) of beers and feel happy again.


But since he has a place to live, he ought to wait till he arrives home.

At the rate he was drinking, he would have been all out by the time he made it home.
 
2012-08-09 12:48:35 PM  

monoski: Bringing home a disability check pus working under the table cutting grass.

//Anyone see an issue here?


No, I don't. If a person does manual labor and with that PLUS their disability check they're still only making $759 a month...I'd say that person is certainly at a disadvantage in life, for what ever the reason (depression, injury, whatever).
 
2012-08-09 12:50:13 PM  

StrangeQ: monoski: Bringing home a disability check plus working under the table cutting grass.

//Anyone see an issue here?

Yeah. That there is a 68 year old man with no life prospects, no future and probably a very shiatty past.

/but I'm going to guess you were expecting something more along the lines of THANKS AGAIN O-TAX-FART-BONGO!!1!


Not blaming Fartbongo here. Just makes a little nuts that the SSDI system is used as welfare but this has been going on under many administrations.
 
2012-08-09 12:56:16 PM  

SMOIT!: SNGX1275:

Yep. I understand all too well on this. Depression is a serious thing that people that don't have it don't understand. This guy drinks because his life sucks, and the beer makes him feel good. There are consequences of drinking like that, but what else does he have, what else does he think he has? he can drink a few (lots) of beers and feel happy again.

I've been in his shoes before.

And for those mocking his appearance. You'll be lucky to even live that long, let alone still be mowing $300 in grass a month. Because he probably lives in a poorer neighborhood I'm kinda doubting he gets $75 a yard. Probably more like $15-$20.



But let's say he mows just 3 yards a day at only $20 a yard. That's 60 a day. 300 a week. Around 1200 a month. It's pretty easy to mow 3 in a day (if they were big yards you'd be charging a lot more)

// Used to mow yards as a kid
/// Had to do relatives yards for free :-(
 
2012-08-09 12:57:17 PM  
.138 and .147 Is a really low bac for someone who just tossed back 14 ice beers. :) He must have been mighty thirsty in that hot sun to kill that many without being more tied to the hat.

Hoping judge takes some sympathy on him. This isn't the kind of guy who deserves state time.

Makes you wonder if he even knew he was breaking the law. Old timer like that might have thought he was doing right.
 
2012-08-09 12:58:36 PM  

Quinzy: Wait he pays $127 a month to rent a lawn mower? Crap what kind of mower is it. My John dear was only $1200 to buy.

I think I may see his problem with money.

/sad story


It is a sad story and I feel bad for this dude, whether it's all his own fault or not.

That being said wtf is up with $300/month. Isn't $30 a lawn a pretty lowball price? I don't pay someone myself but, hell, I had $30 lawns when I was a kid. So if you only did 1 lawn per workday, giving you approximately a 2 hour workday including travel time, you would be making $600/month. Or if you were willing to suffer through a four hour workday before getting your drink on you'd have $1,200/month. Methinks drinking is not his only problem.
 
2012-08-09 01:02:11 PM  

CujoQuarrel:

But let's say he mows just 3 yards a day at only $20 a yard. That's 60 a day. 300 a week. Around 1200 a month. It's pretty easy to mow 3 in a day (if they were big yards you'd be charging a lot more)

// Used to mow yards as a kid
/// Had to do relatives yards for free :-(


Yeah. But he's coming on seventy years old. It's still pretty decent to mow four yards a week plus your own.
 
2012-08-09 01:04:31 PM  

monoski: Not blaming Fartbongo here. Just makes a little nuts that the SSDI system is used as welfare but this has been going on under many administrations.


SSDI was always a form of social welfare, and never should have ever been considered anything else, as that is its express purpose. The question is why you feel that deep depression, extremely disadvantaged life position, and life-long alcoholism don't qualify as a disability. What does then qualify? Just loss of limb or one of the major senses? What if someone is a manual laborer and has a partial stroke, but is still mobile, has their senses, and simply can't do they manual labor position they are used to doing? Is $759/month really that high-rolling, in your opinion? Who is it of which you think he's taking advantage?
 
2012-08-09 01:06:34 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: p4p3rm4t3: 2 1/2 miles at lawnmower speed to drink 14 beers. That's 1 beer every 943 feet. Man was thirsty!

I'm sure he had to stop to pee a couple of times.
What's depressing, is if I'm not careful, that could be me in 25 years. Hell, it could be me in 5 years.


Hell, give me 5 hours to get home from work and a riding mower.
 
2012-08-09 01:08:48 PM  
This guy's depression issues aside, why the hell can't we have some police that use independent thought and discretion? Look, I understand what he did was technically illegal, but instead of arresting and compounding the problems of a guy who isn't (much of) a threat to anyone and anything while cruising along at 3 mph on a farking lawnmover, why couldn't they just give him a ride home and pull the distributor cap off his lawnmower or something so that he couldn't drive it again until he was sober enough to fix it....?

I forgot. Police aren't here to "serve and protect" anymore, they're here to "restrain and subdue". Mission accomplished.
 
2012-08-09 01:11:14 PM  
And let us not forget. This man may be seriously disabled and just guts through it because his SSDI is just not enough to live on.
 
2012-08-09 01:12:54 PM  

SMOIT!: And let us not forget. This man may be seriously disabled and just guts through it because his SSDI is just not enough to live on.


don't be rediculous - $459/month is plenty. He's living like a king with that income!
 
2012-08-09 01:26:01 PM  
www.hotflick.net
 
2012-08-09 01:28:24 PM  
I'm thinking that's more of an 'Old West Drunk' mugshot
 
2012-08-09 01:39:10 PM  
In north Dakota he would have been fine as long as he stayed off any public or private roadway!
 
2012-08-09 01:48:48 PM  

bukketmaster: IamAwake: that's not a bonus. This is a very sad story. It's a story that is becoming more common. I understand this is Fark, and crudeness is expected, but this is just...without class. We're going to mock his misery? He's 68, knows his life is no where, and has no money. .
1) notsureifserious.jpg
2) He's a landscaper, they're like a lower form of life anyway
3) He does physical labor to get paid under the table, then claims he's "disabled" to get a govt. check
Not feeling that sympathetic here.


You're a dick, and I don't even need a whole newspaper article about you to know that.
 
2012-08-09 01:49:08 PM  
Ok, now I'm sad.

Thanks a lot, Tardmitter.
 
2012-08-09 01:58:00 PM  
Ten dollars a day cutting grass? You're doing it wrong.
 
2012-08-09 02:12:06 PM  
gretzkyscores-
sometimes arresting them is the best thing for them. Now that he's in the legal system, he could qualify for treatment that he wouldn't have under just medicare/medicaid. At the very least- they can watch the poor guy and make sure he doesn't poison himself. dropping off a serious alcholic in the middle of a serious slip isn't really doing him a favor. He's not going to go home and sleep it off.

yeah, this is a bummer thread. his brain is pickled, he's old, living in poverty and basically dove head fist into a slip because there is virtually no chance for him to have any sort of better life. I might give up too if all that was in my future is catfood and a dirty little apartment.
 
2012-08-09 03:45:23 PM  

Blisterlips: gretzkyscores-
sometimes arresting them is the best thing for them. Now that he's in the legal system, he could qualify for treatment that he wouldn't have under just medicare/medicaid. At the very least- they can watch the poor guy and make sure he doesn't poison himself. dropping off a serious alcholic in the middle of a serious slip isn't really doing him a favor. He's not going to go home and sleep it off.

yeah, this is a bummer thread. his brain is pickled, he's old, living in poverty and basically dove head fist into a slip because there is virtually no chance for him to have any sort of better life. I might give up too if all that was in my future is catfood and a dirty little apartment.


Hey, leave me outta this.
 
2012-08-09 05:25:34 PM  
you can be on disability and have a job too? how does that work.
 
2012-08-09 06:01:21 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: you can be on disability and have a job too? how does that work.


Idk but I want to get in on that
 
2012-08-09 07:45:51 PM  

gretzkyscores: This guy's depression issues aside, why the hell can't we have some police that use independent thought and discretion? Look, I understand what he did was technically illegal, but instead of arresting and compounding the problems of a guy who isn't (much of) a threat to anyone and anything while cruising along at 3 mph on a farking lawnmover, why couldn't they just give him a ride home and pull the distributor cap off his lawnmower or something so that he couldn't drive it again until he was sober enough to fix it....?

I forgot. Police aren't here to "serve and protect" anymore, they're here to "restrain and subdue". Mission accomplished.


I agree with you 100%
 
2012-08-09 10:03:42 PM  
Huh. I thought Teddy Kennedy passed away.

(too soon?)
 
2012-08-10 12:25:46 AM  
Honestly, it's pretty stupid to write someone a DUI because they're drunk and on a riding lawn mower. At 8 miles an hour they arnt going to do much damage.
 
2012-08-10 12:29:30 AM  
No way three hundred bucks would pay for all of his supermodel girfriends.
 
2012-08-10 12:56:19 AM  

Skyred: Jon iz teh kewl: you can be on disability and have a job too? how does that work.

Idk but I want to get in on that


Isn't there some form of 'partial disability'?

It's not the same thing, but my friend who is in a wheechair permanently is on SSI, and is also going to school for some sort of biochem degree (she's a lot smarter than me, I don't really understand what she's studying). So she's on public assistance and has been pretty much her whole life because she's been a para since a baby, but when she does graduate... man, she's going to make some good money. She works as a research assistant now during the summer.
 
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