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(UPI)   Man arrested for stealing 166 manhole covers. Hopefully he gets to keep one with him in jail   (upi.com) divider line 43
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2013-01-26 01:32:12 PM
Nice headline subby.  I chuckled...
 
2013-01-26 02:42:22 PM

jonjr215: Nice headline subby.  I chuckled...



Seconded.


/Any missing persons associated with this story?
 
2013-01-26 03:47:14 PM
still laughing

metal thieves deserve no cover, sorry bastards...
 
2013-01-26 03:48:06 PM
I gotta say, that's a great headline..definately a January contender for this years HOTY eliminations.

/imagine the tire/rim/suspension damage driving over an uncovered manhole..
//arrested six times in the last year? Dude should spend some time in jail.
 
2013-01-26 03:48:18 PM
ZING!
 
2013-01-26 03:48:45 PM
Got my vote.  I LOLed.
 
2013-01-26 03:51:51 PM
I don't see how you can top that headline.
 
2013-01-26 03:52:23 PM
I remember reading once, a long long time ago, back in the 80s probably, about a manhole cover theft problem because many of them were collectable if they were old and had interesting designs. I tried looking for examples but all Google gives me are modern examples, most of them from Asia. They're still pretty cool:

farm1.staticflickr.com

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www.sewerhistory.org

files.brandflakesforbreakfast.com

amazingdata.com
 
2013-01-26 03:55:41 PM
HOTY candidate?

That headline made me laugh. Thanks Subby.
 
2013-01-26 03:55:49 PM
Why go to all the trouble to steal metal things like manhole covers and house wiring just to get a relatively small return on the work involved? If you're going to put in that kind of work, either get a job or steal something of real value.
 
2013-01-26 03:56:13 PM
These bad boys were one of the hottest commodities in the 'Crescent City', and not because of the value of scrap metal.
farm5.static.flickr.com
Do you know what it means, to miss New Orleans?
 
2013-01-26 03:56:21 PM
Sure, just back on up to the fitting station...
 
2013-01-26 04:00:44 PM
Was looking for the picture I took of the manhole in Berlin. He didn't seem to mind.

Actually the Berlin manhole cover looked nice.
 
2013-01-26 04:09:23 PM

ZeroCorpse: Why go to all the trouble to steal metal things like manhole covers and house wiring just to get a relatively small return on the work involved? If you're going to put in that kind of work, either get a job or steal something of real value.


I get the impression they were stolen in one batch, probably from a warehouse.  At least this guy didn't leave 166 open holes in the city's streets.  That's real douchebaggery.
 
2013-01-26 04:15:52 PM
Since this article has nothing to do with scrap dealers paying money for obviously stolen stuff, I'll just hijack it anyways. Can anyone give any justification at all, for why when stuff like this is stolen and scrapped, the scrap dealer isn't also prosecuted? "Oh, 500 pounds of scrap copper pipes and wiring, sure, I'm sure that's legit", from some crack-head who obviously isn't both a plumber AND electrician, that sort of thing?

Double penalties to the scrap dealers who pay these idiots for bronze plaques and statues. Why are they not in jail?
 
2013-01-26 04:18:31 PM
I guess nobody told him copper is far more valuable and harder to get caught with.
 
2013-01-26 04:21:08 PM
+1
 
2013-01-26 04:27:14 PM
"The sheriff's office said more charges are possible against Fink, who has been arrested six times since October 2011."

This highlights much of what is wrong with our country...
 
2013-01-26 04:29:45 PM

djh0101010: Since this article has nothing to do with scrap dealers paying money for obviously stolen stuff, I'll just hijack it anyways. Can anyone give any justification at all, for why when stuff like this is stolen and scrapped, the scrap dealer isn't also prosecuted? "Oh, 500 pounds of scrap copper pipes and wiring, sure, I'm sure that's legit", from some crack-head who obviously isn't both a plumber AND electrician, that sort of thing?

Double penalties to the scrap dealers who pay these idiots for bronze plaques and statues. Why are they not in jail?


Most States have already done something like this or are working on it.

CA has a waiting period to collect your money... and IIRC... they are working on making cash payments illegal.

It's amazing how... "Thanks for the copper Mr. Tweaker. Just give me your ID and you can come pick up your check in 3 days"... can be a deterrent.

/Work in commercial construction.
//In 2008 I called 911 one morning when we found a half burnt/melted body on the roof of an electrical room.
///That which has been seen cannot be unseen.
 
2013-01-26 04:40:17 PM
Aren't those things kinda heavy.
 
2013-01-26 04:44:58 PM
images.fineartamerica.com

approves - yeah, not the same thing, but he still approves!
 
2013-01-26 04:50:17 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: /Work in commercial construction.
//In 2008 I called 911 one morning when we found a half burnt/melted body on the roof of an electrical room.
///That which has been seen cannot be unseen.



Yeah, I did the firefighter thing for 12 years, one of my last calls was to a shed fire where the guy living in the shed, fell asleep while smoking, apparently. He got about half way to the door.

I think the most memorable part was when the coroner asked how tall he had been, so he could scoop up the correct length of ashes before stopping. You know that burned hair smell? Multiply that by 10,000. 20 years later, if I singe the hair on my hands while grilling or whatever, I get an immediate flashback. Wow, that sucked.

/only good part, if you can call it that, is that the medical examiner said the guy probably died when his first lung full of fire air hit his lungs.
//also, that day I got to see what vultures the press are. We moved our trucks to block them taking pictures of the body. Not appropriate, go away.
 
2013-01-26 04:53:38 PM

Happy Hours: images.fineartamerica.com

approves - yeah, not the same thing, but he still approves!



"NEWMAN!"
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2013-01-26 05:00:11 PM
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"Failing to do so was my greatest regret."
 
2013-01-26 05:03:54 PM

wichitaleaf: Aren't those things kinda heavy.


When they're pounding your backside, yeah, kind of.
 
2013-01-26 05:07:35 PM
Scrap laws have hampered the folks like me that work on cars as a cash side business. I have to have a pedigree with every radiator or wheel I recycle.

Those man hole covers would make awesome stepping stones for the garden, or swinging steel plates for my pistol range.
 
2013-01-26 05:16:44 PM
i17.photobucket.com

Sorry for hotlinking this, can't find my original.
 
2013-01-26 05:41:43 PM

wildlifer: Scrap laws have hampered the folks like me that work on cars as a cash side business. I have to have a pedigree with every radiator or wheel I recycle.

Those man hole covers would make awesome stepping stones for the garden, or swinging steel plates for my pistol range.


You do not want to use them for pistol targets. they are not smoth and the surface will cause the bullets to go off in unpredicable dirrections. For the sake of those around you, get some armor plate or other smooth steel.
 
2013-01-26 06:06:55 PM

rev. dave: still laughing

metal thieves deserve no cover, sorry bastards...


Yup. I'd like to see a new crime: Wasteful crime. It would be a multiplier on the original sentence based on how wasteful a crime was (value obtained / cost to the victim.)

In this specific case, how about giving him a cell with a great big uncovered hole.
 
2013-01-26 06:38:19 PM
Well played, subby. Well played, indeed.
 
2013-01-26 07:28:21 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: djh0101010: Since this article has nothing to do with scrap dealers paying money for obviously stolen stuff, I'll just hijack it anyways. Can anyone give any justification at all, for why when stuff like this is stolen and scrapped, the scrap dealer isn't also prosecuted? "Oh, 500 pounds of scrap copper pipes and wiring, sure, I'm sure that's legit", from some crack-head who obviously isn't both a plumber AND electrician, that sort of thing?

Double penalties to the scrap dealers who pay these idiots for bronze plaques and statues. Why are they not in jail?

Most States have already done something like this or are working on it.

CA has a waiting period to collect your money... and IIRC... they are working on making cash payments illegal.

It's amazing how... "Thanks for the copper Mr. Tweaker. Just give me your ID and you can come pick up your check in 3 days"... can be a deterrent.

/Work in commercial construction.
//In 2008 I called 911 one morning when we found a half burnt/melted body on the roof of an electrical room.
///That which has been seen cannot be unseen.


Here in Oregon it's pretty strict. 3-day waiting period in which your goods are photographed and sent to the police, in case they are stolen. They must pay you in the form of a check, and you must provide an address to them to mail it. You have to provide a driver's license AND must provide a vehicle license plate in which you delivered the goods.

Since then, metal theft pretty much died. Before that, anything with even slight value was being ganked.

The last one struck a nerve here in Portland - we have a few bike-based contactors and they discovered that you can't haul a bike trailer full of scrap to the scrapyard, because the buyer can't confirm a license plate.
 
2013-01-26 07:30:16 PM
No one posted this yet?
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2013-01-26 07:33:42 PM
Good job subby, I laughed...but I was eating a pop tart and almost choked...so...
 
2013-01-26 08:07:51 PM
www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-01-26 08:25:57 PM

djh0101010: Since this article has nothing to do with scrap dealers paying money for obviously stolen stuff, I'll just hijack it anyways. Can anyone give any justification at all, for why when stuff like this is stolen and scrapped, the scrap dealer isn't also prosecuted? "Oh, 500 pounds of scrap copper pipes and wiring, sure, I'm sure that's legit", from some crack-head who obviously isn't both a plumber AND electrician, that sort of thing?

Double penalties to the scrap dealers who pay these idiots for bronze plaques and statues. Why are they not in jail?


You been been to a scrap yard lately? You can't sell anything but beer cans without showing valid ID anymore. Salvage companies provide a valuable service to our society by recycling items that would otherwise wind up in the landfill if someone didn't go out and collect the crap and have someone to buy it from them.

People steal shiat, and they always take the low-hanging fruit first. C'est la vie.
 
2013-01-26 08:27:15 PM

strutin: I gotta say, that's a great headline..definately a January contender for this years HOTY eliminations.

/imagine the tire/rim/suspension damage driving over an uncovered manhole..
//arrested six times in the last year? Dude should spend some time in jail.


A schoolmate of mine was killed when his car hit an open manhole and flipped.

/Jail, indeed
 
2013-01-26 08:39:36 PM

strutin: /imagine the tire/rim/suspension damage driving over an uncovered manhole..


Imagine the suspension damage carting 166 manhole covers to the scrapyard.
 
2013-01-26 09:56:20 PM
Yes, This really is a manhole cover in my hometown
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-01-26 10:00:36 PM
Lets blindfold the dude and make him run around an area with missing manhole covers. That's probably an appropriate punishment for dickheads who do this type of crime.

I think the only thing stupider were 2 thieves who was featured on 'World's Dumbest' because they were stealing concrete parking lot stoppers. You know those things you trip on? Yes those. Probably 200 pounds each and they are worth about $10.
 
2013-01-27 01:17:32 AM
Subby, you magnificent bastard.
 
2013-01-27 03:49:16 AM
Outstanding, Subby. You are the wind beneath my wings.
 
2013-01-27 03:00:04 PM
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2013-01-28 10:47:53 AM
I thought about commenting on the heads of parking meters, but then you magnificent bastards even beat me to that one. Nothing is obscure on Fark. Nothing.
 
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