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2013-05-06 08:24:31 AM  
The one motorist knew that there was good eating in one of those.
 
2013-05-06 08:25:21 AM  
I instinctively hop out of the car and jump on top of them.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-06 08:28:17 AM  
It's called "using a motor vehicle to take an animal."

Under some circumstances the device used to illegally take an animal is subject to forfeiture.
 
2013-05-06 08:41:31 AM  
I saw a turtle
 
2013-05-06 08:57:46 AM  
Four day old news from Okla on my Fark.  Usually it's four day old news from Fark on my Okla news.
 
2013-05-06 09:08:16 AM  
So, four deliberate strikes over a two day period on both busy & rural roads.  Ok, just how many thousands of cars missed the turtles to get your four?  I'm not really sure what they're trying to prove anyway, there aren't too many people I know that would deliberately steer into what is essentially a small boulder.  You can screw up your rims or alignment that way.

What a stupid story.  What's next for these geniuses?  Phoning in a bomb threat to an office building to see how many people hold the emergency exit door open for others?
 
2013-05-06 09:25:38 AM  
I like how at no point did they think 'wow this stupid stunt could cause an accident'.... even after it almost did....

idiots
 
2013-05-06 09:35:20 AM  

NickelP: I like how at no point did they think 'wow this stupid stunt could cause an accident'.... even after it almost did....


Exactly. I'm sure that if they did cause an accident they'd jump out of the bushes and take full responsibility too, right?
 
2013-05-06 09:41:14 AM  
I stopped to move a turtle from the road last week so I'm getting a kick...
 
2013-05-06 09:44:35 AM  
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-06 09:49:57 AM  
One motorist steals the fake turtle

Did he look anything like this?
 
2013-05-06 10:09:41 AM  
And not one newsflash on Senator McConnell's kidnapping.

Shows you how low his popularity had dropped.
 
2013-05-06 10:16:16 AM  
So there's a law against purposefully striking an animal in the road with a vehicle. It seems there's also probably some law against putting an object in the road where it might interfere with safe driving practices.
 
2013-05-06 10:16:49 AM  
LOL... so they willingly admit to almost causing an accident?  Pretty sure that since THEY provide they fotoage of THEM doing this and THIS admit to doing it they can be charged.
 
2013-05-06 10:17:00 AM  
How is it stealing if it is abandoned in the middle of the road?
 
2013-05-06 10:17:38 AM  
Ah yeah, when I see an animal with a hard shell made out of a bone like substance, I always swerve to hit it and lodge pieces of it in my tires.  Because you know, I love the free water and magazines at Discount Tire that much.
 
2013-05-06 10:19:21 AM  
I know this thread is about turtles...  But this reminds me of a story that had my wife and I laughing so farking hard...

We were at Hurricane Harbor.  My wife and I went out to the car to down a beer, and left the kids in the park.  On the way out, I found a little plastic frog.  It looked so real, I would have thought it was, except that poison dart frogs are not exacly indegenous to NJ.  So, I picked it up and put it in the shadow under the car for later.

When we brought the kids out later for lunch, I pointed out the frog to my son.  He ever so carefully, in true Steve Irwin fashion, was bending down to catch it.  Slowly, and slowly.  Then he stops and says, "That's a FAKE!!"  (Cue the Romulan senator)

I almost got him.  But not that time...
 
2013-05-06 10:20:26 AM  
aaaaaand intentionally leaving things on the road to try to cause an accident?
 
2013-05-06 10:20:42 AM  
I once saw a very large snapper striding through the breakdown lane of a major road. Someone behind me promptly pulled over and hopped out, presumably to rescue his ass before he turned into a turtle pancake. I hope they were able to do it without losing a limb.

/Likes turtles.
 
2013-05-06 10:21:10 AM  

gambitsgirl: I stopped to move a turtle from the road last week so I'm getting a kick...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzBInt4zljQ

it's dusty in here
 
2013-05-06 10:22:17 AM  
Every year turtles cross the road by my house to get to the pond from their winter grounds. And without reading the article, if the people in it are anything like the people who live by me, the reaction would be to run them over as if they aren't there.
 
2013-05-06 10:23:27 AM  

moothemagiccow: One motorist steals the fake turtle

Did he look anything like this?


Yes.  He was invisible.
 
2013-05-06 10:24:45 AM  

sxacho: So there's a law against purposefully striking an animal in the road with a vehicle. It seems there's also probably some law against putting an object in the road where it might interfere with safe driving practices.


I assume the footage of the local PDs telling them to get the hell out of there before they get arrested was left on the cutting room floor.  Hence why they did their survey in four counties.
 
2013-05-06 10:25:00 AM  
CSB:

As a kid (8 or 9 maybe) my family and I went for a walk along the Mount Vernon Parkway.  There sunning itself on the rocks along the edge of the Potomac River was a fully grown water moccasin in a perfect coil.  Stupid me thinks "wow, someone left this cool rubber snake on this rock!" and jumped down to grab it at which point it snapped at me, barely missing my hand.

That was the only time I've actually shiat my pants.

/CSB
 
2013-05-06 10:25:09 AM  
We have to throw 3-4 turtles a year off the road at the entrance to my neighborhood. Retention pond is full of those suckers.
 
2013-05-06 10:29:17 AM  
I think the species of turtle is relevant here.  Screw the snapping turtles, let the others go.
 
2013-05-06 10:29:45 AM  
I live in a protected watershed area, so I will stop and help them scoot across.
Usually, they don't want help because they are basking.
 
2013-05-06 10:29:47 AM  

gambitsgirl: I stopped to move a turtle from the road last week so I'm getting a kick...


I've done that as well for several box and softshell turtles, and one rather feisty and animated snapping turtle.

/her I just prodded along with a pole
//she was kind of bitey
 
2013-05-06 10:31:43 AM  
I stop and rescue turtles.   My wife and daughters are proud of me.

/dad stopped for turtles when I was small
//so did my father in law
///hit a dog once, stopped the owners were grateful I didn't sue for damages
////slashies come in fours (inflation)
 
2013-05-06 10:38:55 AM  

Queensowntalia: I once saw a very large snapper striding through the breakdown lane of a major road. Someone behind me promptly pulled over and hopped out, presumably to rescue his ass before he turned into a turtle pancake. I hope they were able to do it without losing a limb.

/Likes turtles.


Same here and we have lots of them around this area.

Some years ago on the back road to my house I came across one of those. Huge SOB and he was in no mood to move from the road. Some dumbass woman approached from the other direction, ran it over (badump badump) and skidded to a stop about 50 feet away. All it did was piss it off further.

So now, instead of just an irritated snapping turtle I have to deal with a seriously pissed off snapping turtle and a moran who kept yelling "I never saw it. I never saw it!" I asked her how the f*** she never saw it and she said she was on the phone at the time. Ugh....thankfully his shell was fine, other than a tire track running lengthwise.

I grabbed it by the shell behind it's head and the base of it's tail it was popping it's jaws plus hissing while trying to bite the crap out of me.

As a rule, if at all possible, I try to save the toitles anytime I come across them. I just move them off the road in the direction they were headed.

/not so csb
 
2013-05-06 10:43:50 AM  

Recoil Therapy: So, four deliberate strikes over a two day period on both busy & rural roads.  Ok, just how many thousands of cars missed the turtles to get your four?  I'm not really sure what they're trying to prove anyway, there aren't too many people I know that would deliberately steer into what is essentially a small boulder.  You can screw up your rims or alignment that way.

What a stupid story.  What's next for these geniuses?  Phoning in a bomb threat to an office building to see how many people hold the emergency exit door open for others?


Don't give them any ideas! That is exactly the kind of stupid shiat the FBI wastes our money on.
 
2013-05-06 10:49:41 AM  
I know I would just flip it on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun. Not sure why.
 
2013-05-06 10:50:04 AM  
Every spring, we have snapping turtles all over the place. This didn't look like it was going to turn out well.

/saved the kitty

i783.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-06 10:50:08 AM  
turtle trifecta in play?
 
2013-05-06 10:50:12 AM  

Medic Zero: What a stupid story. What's next for these geniuses? Phoning in a bomb threat to an office building to see how many people hold the emergency exit door open for others?

Don't give them any ideas! That is exactly the kind of stupid shiat the FBI wastes our money on.



They are taking their show national, and headed out to the Rockies to put mirrors just around blind turns on mountain passes to see how many people are driving too fast and swerve off the cliff.
 
2013-05-06 10:50:13 AM  

graeth: aaaaaand intentionally leaving things on the road to try to cause an accident?


it's sweeps week (month?) and they are putting stuff like this on.  This is the same reporter who, in the spirit of journalism, was tased, road a bull, and I believe had live ammo fired at him to test some bullet resistant armor or housing material.  Granted Lance West has a set of big ones, but then a couple years back we got subjected to his "grueling" recovery from back surgery.  I would wager it probably stemmed from all of his attempts to garner ratings.

/oh and this is the same guy who to test a straw that was supposed to remove 99% of impurities in water slurped water from the toilet in the KFOR women's restroom.
//stay classy KFOR.
 
2013-05-06 10:50:25 AM  

oakleym82: gambitsgirl: I stopped to move a turtle from the road last week so I'm getting a kick...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzBInt4zljQ

it's dusty in here


Aw crap. Now I have some feels.
 
2013-05-06 10:50:53 AM  
What? No
silkpathdiary.files.wordpress.com
/leaving disappointed...
 
2013-05-06 10:52:29 AM  

Snort: How is it stealing if it is abandoned in the middle of the road?


Next to an armored car, yes. This no.
 
2013-05-06 10:55:06 AM  
Were any of the drivers that hit the turtles happen to be small, Italian plumbers?
 
2013-05-06 10:56:53 AM  

Recoil Therapy: So, four deliberate strikes over a two day period on both busy & rural roads.  Ok, just how many thousands of cars missed the turtles to get your four?  I'm not really sure what they're trying to prove anyway, there aren't too many people I know that would deliberately steer into what is essentially a small boulder.  You can screw up your rims or alignment that way.

What a stupid story.  What's next for these geniuses?  Phoning in a bomb threat to an office building to see how many people hold the emergency exit door open for others?


Geniuses, indeed. FTFA: "One guy nearly caused a rear-end collision sticking his neck out for our authentic-looking turtle."

Ummm... no. You morons nearly caused a rear-end collision by putting out road hazards.

Can you spell "lawsuit"?
 
2013-05-06 10:59:17 AM  

Snort: How is it stealing if it is abandoned in the middle of the road?


It's not.  The law they reference makes it a crime to "take" an animal from your car, in the sense of hunt, not steal.  It's the law they use to make blinding deer with spotlights and just running them down on the side of the road illegal.

There actually should be absolutely NOTHING illegal about claiming an abandonned fake turtle in the middle of the road, but as noted above, there's probably some civil penalties for the news crew that left it if any cops pursued it.
 
2013-05-06 10:59:44 AM  

TerrorTony: What? No
[silkpathdiary.files.wordpress.com image 500x238]
/leaving disappointed...


HA!

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I know I would just flip it on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun. Not sure why.

 
2013-05-06 11:01:24 AM  
Another CSB about turtles:

There was a big pond next door to where my grandparents lived when I was kid.  There were at least 6 or so HUGE snapping turtles in there.  I had caught a few of the smaller ones by hand a couple of times.  But one day, I decided to go all "River Monsters" and actually catch one with hook and line.
So I rifled through my grandfather's garage and found some REALLY heavy test fishing line, and a couple of really large hooks.  I baited them with hot dogs, and tossed the line into the middle of the pond.

I came back about an hour later, and lo and behold, the largest snapper I'd ever seen was munching on the hot dogs.  What's really strange about this is that, he didn't swallow the hooks.  He was just too damn stubbord to let them go, even as I pulled him out of the pond and on to the shore.

Looking back on this now, I kinda can't believe that thing didn't take a digit or two.
 
2013-05-06 11:02:33 AM  

oakleym82: That was the only time I've actually shiat my pants.


Your story had me a little bored, but this mental image made it all worth it.
 
2013-05-06 11:11:09 AM  

Radak: [i.imgur.com image 450x336]
[i.imgur.com image 350x259]


You magnificent bastid
 
2013-05-06 11:11:31 AM  

learn2fly: Every spring, we have snapping turtles all over the place. This didn't look like it was going to turn out well.

/saved the kitty

[i783.photobucket.com image 719x387]


That's not a snapping turtle. Looks more like a red-eared slider.

/has one in a 75 gallon tank at home
//ravenous little critter
///likes shrimp shells and crickets
 
2013-05-06 11:11:53 AM  
When I was a kid, we had some neighbors who returned from a High Desert vacation with a injured desert tortoise. Someone had run it over. Their kid, who was in pre-med, nursed it back to a semblance of health, literally gluing the outer shell back together. It still was sickly, and had one amputated leg. They kept it in their home as a "house-turtle" for about a decade until it finally died.

I found out later that all this was apparently illegal.
 
2013-05-06 11:13:57 AM  

Bendal: learn2fly: Every spring, we have snapping turtles all over the place. This didn't look like it was going to turn out well.

/saved the kitty

[i783.photobucket.com image 719x387]

That's not a snapping turtle. Looks more like a red-eared slider.

/has one in a 75 gallon tank at home
//ravenous little critter
///likes shrimp shells and crickets


I'll be damned. Well, that just makes that photo totally insignificant now. :)
 
2013-05-06 11:19:15 AM  

Nefarious: The one motorist knew that there was good eating in one of those.


About that...
 
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