cman: Just count your blessings it wasnt 6 miles of fiber optic cable.That shiat is EXTREMELY expensive
nekom: Around here someone stole several miles worth of railroad tracks. You know if you just have a hardhat, orange vest, and a clipboard in your hand, you can pretty much do whatever you please, people will assume you belong there.
nekom: You know if you just have a hardhat, orange vest, and a clipboard in your hand, you can pretty much do whatever you please, people will assume you belong there.
UberDave: nekom: You know if you just have a hardhat, orange vest, and a clipboard in your hand, you can pretty much do whatever you please, people will assume you belong there."Excuse me ma'am...I'm here to fix the cable."
dittybopper: I'm going to guess that they coiled it up in order to avoid dragging it behind them and raising the suspicion of law enforcement.
PC LOAD LETTER: I thought it said 6 MILFS
gopher321: Answer: It was Utah.
Cybernetic: I read a while ago that the steel used in railroad tracks is some of the highest-grade steel made. If they weren't so damned heavy, this would probably happen more often.
Jim_Callahan: Cybernetic: I read a while ago that the steel used in railroad tracks is some of the highest-grade steel made. If they weren't so damned heavy, this would probably happen more often.Steel is a structural metal, so "high-grade" doesn't actually work that way: its quality is dependent on very minute variations in composition and on how it's worked, so if you recycle it or even anneal it then it's no better than starting from scratch or using any other scrap steel, which you can get for basically nothing at a scrap-yard. You essentially have to re-tune the carbon content (among other things) of the metal every time it's melted, so unless you actually need the steel type in the tracks for machining it's not worth it.Copper is mostly used as a conductor, so the sole factor in how good it is is its bulk purity, so you can melt down copper wire and use it to make a copper coffee pot and it'll work just as well, whereas a railroad tie not so much.
Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Because god forbid we start monitoring and prosecuting scrap yards for taking this shiat.
loonatic112358: I wonder how hard it would be to create an alloy of copper that still conducts electricity with a similar impedance, but that can easily be distinguished from the copped used in home and commercial serviceshave the State and City switch to that, and the only way to recycle it is by being an actual employee of the state
Satanic_Hamster: Said before and will say it again:By and large scrappers are thieves and criminals. Not all of them but a very freaking high percentage of them.I had a couple tons of copper cable stolen from a construction site once. It was inside our locked yard, among all our other construction materials (75 million dollar rail rehab project), still on the spools, just delivered a few days ago.We found it down the street at the scrap yard when dropping off a load of misc. metal from our site. The cable was still shrink wrapped with the shipping tickets / bills of lading still taped to the side, so it was easy to prove it was ours. Scrapyard guy had the balls to claim "he had no idea it might have been stolen."
BitwiseShift: Replace the copper with gold. Then at least the thieves will get a better return at the scrap yard, even though no one at the scrap yard will remember anything unusual.
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