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(Sun Sentinel)   Man charged with felonious "polluting to harm humans, animals, plants." His crime? Releasing a dozen helium-filled balloons   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 171
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2013-02-23 06:25:56 PM  
...he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning.

Daw!

The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

WTF?

*notices Florida tag*

Well, never mind then.
 
2013-02-23 06:44:01 PM  

quatchi: ...he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning.

Daw!

The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

WTF?

*notices Florida tag*

Well, never mind then.


Doesn't help the perp is black, either, I'm guessing.

...

Man, I'm SO glad I left that state.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-23 07:06:22 PM  
In the redlit thread somebody quoted a specific law on releasing lighter than air balloons, with a small fine as penalty. Normally a specific law (no releasing balloons) overrules a more general law (no annoying mother nature). So he should get a $100 fine. But you never know in Florida.
 
2013-02-23 07:20:50 PM  
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-23 07:36:44 PM  
Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals
 
2013-02-23 08:22:04 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals


For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.
 
2013-02-23 08:54:45 PM  
It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.

If there was some kind of edible latex, things would be different but there isn't and mylar is horrible for the environment.

It's sad, and I oppose jail as a punishment for all crimes, but it's understandable that it's illegal and people shouldn't be doing this without the resources to go collect their balloon when they're done.
 
2013-02-23 09:02:53 PM  

shanrick: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals

For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.


A 5 year jail sentence for letting go of some balloons is disproportional to the point of being a travesty of justice.

100 dollar fine. Max.
 
2013-02-23 09:03:35 PM  
Felony, though? Unless he'd been warned previous or it's posted, that's a bit much.
 
2013-02-23 09:14:53 PM  
This is like the time I was arrested for drunk driving even though I didn't crash.  Where is the justice in America?
 
2013-02-23 09:18:54 PM  
The balloon could travel quite far before returning to earth. Unless they find it, how do they prove that the resulting pollution occurred in state jurisdiction?
 
2013-02-23 09:20:05 PM  

quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.


Per balloon. Check out that video I posted if you hadn't already.
 
2013-02-23 09:20:28 PM  
I feel much safer knowing this dangerous criminal has been apprehended.
 
2013-02-23 09:21:02 PM  
Good. It's about time people start paying for this kind of irresponsibility.

Rarely am I this serious.
 
2013-02-23 09:21:21 PM  
Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident. Because this is forseeable and because the guy released the balloons on purpose: it is an act of terrorism.

Send the farker to Gitmo!
 
2013-02-23 09:22:08 PM  

doglover: Felony, though? Unless he'd been warned previous or it's posted, that's a bit much.


I guess we're warned now.

Glad to hear there's something being done, however abrupt it may be.
 
2013-02-23 09:22:09 PM  
The Florida Tag said it all.
 
2013-02-23 09:22:44 PM  
I guess I can add that to my resume
 
2013-02-23 09:23:29 PM  
BAN ASSAULT BALLOONS!
 
2013-02-23 09:23:58 PM  
If he ends up in jail he better come up with a better reason he is there. Like a knife fight or robbing a store dressed as hello Kitty.
 
2013-02-23 09:25:04 PM  

The Snow Dog: Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident. Because this is forseeable and because the guy released the balloons on purpose: it is an act of terrorism.

Send the farker to Gitmo!


It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.
 
2013-02-23 09:25:54 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.

Per balloon. Check out that video I posted if you hadn't already.


The Komen pink balloon release thingy?

I thought you were gonna post a vid link that explained the specific dangers of balloons to animals.

That was a bit of a disappointment in that regard.

Mass balloon releases as publicity stunts have been around for a while. Educating the public on the specific dangers to wildlife caused by such and changing laws to reflect that will take some time. This just looks like arbitrary enforcement of a rarely used law with possible racist bias.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-23 09:25:55 PM  
If he ends up in jail he better come up with a better reason he is there. Like a knife fight or robbing a store dressed as hello Kitty.

Littering... and creating a nuisance.
 
2013-02-23 09:26:29 PM  
We need to increase prison funding to keep these balloon-releasers off the streets.  Do you want these people around YOUR CHILDREN!?
 
2013-02-23 09:27:35 PM  
interested......

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2013-02-23 09:28:10 PM  

doglover: It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.


Not to mention power lines.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:24 PM  
I'm glad it's a crime.

I'm glad someone was charged.

I'm glad this is getting press.

It shouldn't be a felony.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:55 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.


images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Ya don't say.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:57 PM  
Worry worry, super scurry,
Call the troops out in a hurry,
"This is what we've waited for,
This is it boys, this is war!"
The President is on the line,
As 99 red mylar balloons go by.
 
2013-02-23 09:30:11 PM  

shanrick: For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.


In general, we should probably cut down on the amount of helium we throw away via party balloons and such.  It's a valuable material with some unique properties, and we can't make more of it, short of nuclear reactions.  There's a good bit of it around, but our reserves are shrinking.

Why is there a helium shortage?

This isn't so much on the guy letting the balloons go (I agree with the $100/balloon 'Don't be a littering dick' fine, though.), as the general system.  Given how critical helium is for scientific, defense, and medical applications, any other buyer should have to pay a hefty tax.  Do that, and people won't piss it away in party balloons.
 
2013-02-23 09:31:18 PM  

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 280x350]


Felonius Bunk?
 
2013-02-23 09:33:58 PM  
What released helium filled balloons with lights in them might look like.

photos.imageevent.com

Didn't we just have a thread with a fleet of rice paper ones released powered by candles?
 
2013-02-23 09:39:08 PM  

BraveNewCheneyWorld: We need to increase prison funding to keep these balloon-releasers off the streets.  Do you want these people around YOUR CHILDREN!?


Well, children are killed by balloons pretty often.
 
2013-02-23 09:39:51 PM  
Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?
 
2013-02-23 09:41:54 PM  

SpdrJay: I feel much safer knowing this dangerous criminal has been apprehended.


Me too! The huge rash of balloon related crimes has been really  frightening lately!

...seriously? Just explain the problem and let him off with a warning.
 
2013-02-23 09:42:54 PM  
Defense Attorney:
So you saw the ballons go up?

Cop:
Yes

Did you see them come down?

No

Surely you have evidence the ballons came down..

No

Did they land in the protected sanctuary and cause a menace to wildlife?

Unknown

Your Honor we move to dismiss........
 
2013-02-23 09:43:52 PM  
www.seaweb.org
BLING-BLING
 
2013-02-23 09:45:38 PM  

zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?


It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.
 
2013-02-23 09:46:32 PM  
balloon boy not impressed
 
2013-02-23 09:48:12 PM  

zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?


There is something about ignorance of the law not making someone exempt from it.

I do think prison would be a bit much, but on the other hand if it was just a small fine or warning no one would ever stop doing it, and it would take people longer to hear about. Somewhere in the middle would be ideal. People seriously need to stop this kind of crap immediately.
 
2013-02-23 09:48:37 PM  

MNguy: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.


Oh come on. Most people do know balloons can become litter, but it was done with innocuous intent. Those mylar suckers can float for ages, unless they go high enough to rupture(which I'm guessing they might)

If he'd dumped trash out of his car onto the road/pavement, I'd say chase him down and kick his butt. But this should have been a warning, not an arrest.
 
2013-02-23 09:49:48 PM  
I should send him the vid my Old Lady took of the recent FHP substation reopening ceremony (they totally rebuilt it after a storm damaged it) they released 100 balloons at the ribbon cutting....
 
2013-02-23 09:52:26 PM  

octopied: MNguy: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.

Oh come on. Most people do know balloons can become litter, but it was done with innocuous intent. Those mylar suckers can float for ages, unless they go high enough to rupture(which I'm guessing they might)

If he'd dumped trash out of his car onto the road/pavement, I'd say chase him down and kick his butt. But this should have been a warning, not an arrest.


I agree with the warning part.  But this is a good way to publicize the law.
 
2013-02-23 09:55:43 PM  

fusillade762: doglover: It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.

Not to mention power lines.


Those should be below ground. What are we, savages?
 
pla
2013-02-23 09:56:57 PM  
J. Frank Parnell : Well, children are killed by balloons pretty often.

FTA: "Children and balloons do not mix. Keep balloons out of your house."

Dear Mr. Darwin:  We have become too weak to live. Please end this experiment quickly and mercifully. Sincerely, Humanity.

Also FTA: "Balloons, long exempted from regulation by the CPSC, kill more children than any other toy except for bicycles".

Yep.  End it now, we really don't deserve to occupy the same planet as sharks and cats and even boring ol' bees.  They all deserve this world.  They kick arse and don't even bother to take names.  We, on the other hand, die from... Bicycles... and Balloons.  Pathetic.
 
pla
2013-02-23 09:58:32 PM  
doglover : What are we, savages?

No - Retards, apparently.

Bikes and frickin' balloons!
 
2013-02-23 10:03:31 PM  
From the parking lot of a Motel 6?

That's not only romantic, that's classy.
 
2013-02-23 10:03:34 PM  
You people who approve of this shiat deserve to rot in prison.  A felony for releasing helium balloons?

I agree that people shouldn't do it but making it a criminal matter is a miscarriage of justice.

Once again: to those who approve, GO fark YOURSELVES.  fark   Y O U ! ! ! !

Rarely am I this serious.
 
2013-02-23 10:03:54 PM  

The Snow Dog: Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident.


Lenny_da_Hog: It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.


Ssssshhhhhh!
 
2013-02-23 10:07:05 PM  
California regulates the sale of mylar balloons, and for good damned reason.  We lost power twice in the last year because of them.  They hit a transformer and BOOM!
 
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