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(NJ.com)   Volunteer firefighters working at a hot air balloon festival steal 80 cases of Monster energy drink and a 40-foot-tall wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man display   (nj.com) divider line 27
    More: Dumbass, Monster Energy, monsters, firefighters, Readington, energy drinks, Clinton Township, Annandale, Whitehouse Station  
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2012-09-17 12:07:04 AM
If they wanted a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man that badly, they should have just looked up Al Harrington in the yellow pages.
 
2012-09-17 12:26:15 AM
Some of the most prolific arsonists are volunteer firemen

/especially when they get paid by the call
//experience
 
2012-09-17 12:34:13 AM
If they try drinking all of that, they'll be pissing for a week.
 
2012-09-17 05:57:32 AM

Bucky Katt: If they try drinking all of that, they'll be pissing for a week.


a good barrister may use the 'what if we ran out of water' defense.
 
2012-09-17 06:03:44 AM
WTF were they planning on doing with a 40 ft. can of Monster?
 
2012-09-17 06:13:22 AM
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TANTRUM!!!
 
2012-09-17 06:15:41 AM
Vollies.
 
2012-09-17 06:18:37 AM
Did they carry it away on a bunch of segways?
 
2012-09-17 06:25:44 AM
Maybe they just wanted to buy a boat. 

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2012-09-17 06:28:01 AM
If only the President had paid attention during his morning intelligence briefings that wacky waving arm inflatable tube man had been trying frantically to get their attention to warn of the impending disaster, this tragedy could have been averted.
 
2012-09-17 07:08:13 AM
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2012-09-17 07:20:23 AM
The firefighters are accused of stealing the drinks. Another man, not a firefighter, is accused of stealing the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man
 
2012-09-17 07:27:13 AM
simpsons did it
 
2012-09-17 07:31:12 AM
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/sweet D
//hot
///shashies!
 
2012-09-17 08:14:13 AM
Michelle Bachmann has been kidnapped?

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2012-09-17 10:37:42 AM
In speaking with a few local volunteer firefighters I know well, petty theft seems all too common among firefighters. Is it because firefighting attracts people who steal or simply the easly availability of booty brings out the pirate in them. The most commonly stolen items seem to be medication, cash and jewelry. What's going on?
 
2012-09-17 11:04:44 AM
CSB: I now have my 4 year old daughter referring to them as wacky, waving tube-men. Inflatable and arm-flailing are a little tough for her, but she's trying.

/CSB
 
2012-09-17 11:14:25 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Some of the most prolific arsonists are volunteer firemen

/especially when they get paid by the call
//experience


I'm not sure that word means what you think it means. Volunteer firemen don't get paid. If they get paid by the call, they are part-timers.

wambu: In speaking with a few local volunteer firefighters I know well, petty theft seems all too common among firefighters. Is it because firefighting attracts people who steal or simply the easly availability of booty brings out the pirate in them. The most commonly stolen items seem to be medication, cash and jewelry. What's going on?


I'm the chief of our local volunteer department, and if I ever caught any of my guys doing that I would turn them in AND make sure they got their asses kicked off the department. I hear a lot of horror stories on Fark about volunteer firemen, and I really wonder if it's a regional/cultural thing. All of the small departments that I know around here try really hard to be as professional as possible. We live or die based almost solely on donations from the public, so good public relations are essential. If we don't maintain a positive image, we lose our funding and our ability to function effectively. It's a small town too, so if somebody has a fire and things go missing, everyone knows about it by the next day. Not a good situation to be in.

That being said, FD's are a pretty tight-knit group and tend to attract like-minded people. I guess I can see how things could go pear-shaped fairly quickly if the "wrong" crowd gained control of the department.
 
2012-09-17 11:37:00 AM

mod3072: I'm not sure that word means what you think it means. Volunteer firemen don't get paid. If they get paid by the call, they are part-timers.


The volunteers in the town I live in get paid a stipend of around $8 per call. Fight a fire for 3 hours? $8. Go to a box and get turned around en route? $8. They're paid by the call, but I wouldn't consider them part-timers or paid-on-call fire fighters. It's no way to make a living, but it offsets fuel costs, ruined half-cooked dinner, and occasional trashed clothing.

mod3072: if I ever caught any of my guys doing that I would turn them in AND make sure they got their asses kicked off the department. I hear a lot of horror stories on Fark about volunteer firemen, and I really wonder if it's a regional/cultural thing. All of the small departments that I know around here try really hard to be as professional as possible


Yeah, I think the guys in my town are pretty good. I think one of the major things that sets them apart is the fact that they are the Town of ________ Volunteer Fire Department. Five houses that used to be independent companies have been operated by the town for over 20 years. Officers are appointed by the chief after a testing process, and the chief is appointed by the town manager. No voting to make the best beer buyer or backslapper the chief. They still have some real buttheads, though. Recruitment numbers are down, and they need to keep the idiots on the roster for ISO rating purposes and to fill seats. 20 years ago there was a waiting list to get into the department, now there are many empty lockers and the department is constantly begging for new members. So long as warm bodies are more important than intelligence, fitness and morality there's going to be a problem.
 
2012-09-17 12:04:45 PM
I'm going with the "I thought they were leftovers" defense. No not Wavy Guy, just the the soda.
 
2012-09-17 12:39:52 PM

mod3072: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Some of the most prolific arsonists are volunteer firemen

/especially when they get paid by the call
//experience

I'm not sure that word means what you think it means. Volunteer firemen don't get paid. If they get paid by the call, they are part-timers.



Our volunteers got paid by the call.

/like 2.50 per call
//they were still called volunteers
 
2012-09-17 01:16:37 PM
Hmmm...Vollies steal 80 cases of Monster at approx $30 a case, get charged with disorderly persons theft.

John Q Public steals $2400 worth of energy drinks gets charged with grand theft.

Some are more equal than others?
 
2012-09-17 02:07:41 PM

lizyrd: mod3072: I'm not sure that word means what you think it means. Volunteer firemen don't get paid. If they get paid by the call, they are part-timers.

The volunteers in the town I live in get paid a stipend of around $8 per call. Fight a fire for 3 hours? $8. Go to a box and get turned around en route? $8. They're paid by the call, but I wouldn't consider them part-timers or paid-on-call fire fighters. It's no way to make a living, but it offsets fuel costs, ruined half-cooked dinner, and occasional trashed clothing.

mod3072: if I ever caught any of my guys doing that I would turn them in AND make sure they got their asses kicked off the department. I hear a lot of horror stories on Fark about volunteer firemen, and I really wonder if it's a regional/cultural thing. All of the small departments that I know around here try really hard to be as professional as possible

Yeah, I think the guys in my town are pretty good. I think one of the major things that sets them apart is the fact that they are the Town of ________ Volunteer Fire Department. Five houses that used to be independent companies have been operated by the town for over 20 years. Officers are appointed by the chief after a testing process, and the chief is appointed by the town manager. No voting to make the best beer buyer or backslapper the chief. They still have some real buttheads, though. Recruitment numbers are down, and they need to keep the idiots on the roster for ISO rating purposes and to fill seats. 20 years ago there was a waiting list to get into the department, now there are many empty lockers and the department is constantly begging for new members. So long as warm bodies are more important than intelligence, fitness and morality there's going to be a problem.


Interesting. I've never heard of that around here. Generally our EMT's are paid a small stipend per ambulance call, but the firemen don't get paid at all.

Recruiting is always tough in small towns. We have at least one guy that most of us would like to get rid of, but he's young, he shows up for calls, and he hasn't pulled anything catastrophically stupid or illegal yet. He's just lazy, and a dumbass to boot, but like you said, he's another warm body on the roll call and he's occasionally useful.
 
2012-09-17 02:40:35 PM

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Came for this...leaving happy.


/wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man
//wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man
///wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man
 
2012-09-17 03:45:22 PM
Did the one theft lead to the other?
 
2012-09-17 10:19:41 PM

BoxOfBees: If only the President had paid attention during his morning intelligence briefings that wacky waving arm inflatable tube man had been trying frantically to get their attention to warn of the impending disaster, this tragedy could have been averted.


Mitt is that you?
 
2012-09-19 10:05:36 PM

dustygrimp: CSB: I now have my 4 year old daughter referring to them as wacky, waving tube-men. Inflatable and arm-flailing are a little tough for her, but she's trying.

/CSB


This needs a "cute" button :)


Also, what about the Intergalactic Proton Powered Electrical Tentacled Advertising Droids? Are they still safe? 
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