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(Daily Mail)   Inspector of doomed Philadelphia building commits suicide   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 79
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2013-06-13 10:49:26 AM
Ouch, that's sad.
 
2013-06-13 10:50:02 AM
Took one too many bribes.
 
2013-06-13 10:50:17 AM
I bet his family will feel crushed
 
2013-06-13 10:50:21 AM
Gunshot to the chest? Good lord
 
2013-06-13 10:51:33 AM

Fissile: Took one too many bribes.


Came here to say this.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:38 AM

ole prophet: Fissile: Took one too many bribes.

Came here to say this.


Yup.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:47 AM
Well.  That happened.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:49 AM
All in all, he's just another brick in the wall.
 
2013-06-13 10:53:05 AM
It isn't easy when your emotional state is demolished.  When the ceiling of your soul caves in on you and the walls of your heart crumble it is only a matter of time before the floor falls out from under your feet and you find yourself in shambles with no salvation to support you.
 
2013-06-13 10:54:44 AM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom


Gunshot to the chest? Good lord


Sounds more like a mafia assisted suicide.
 
2013-06-13 10:54:54 AM
We need more of this level of accountability in America.
 
2013-06-13 10:55:33 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Gunshot to the chest? Good lord


But through the windshield first. The police just rubber-stamped the case as a suicide.

/like he did with his "inspections"
 
2013-06-13 10:56:03 AM
Also means any other building this guy inspected needs to be reviewed as well.
 
2013-06-13 10:57:01 AM
It may very well be likely he failed to do his job to maintain safety and that's why these people died.

It's not often you see someone who failed to do their job, which resulted in the death of others, take their own life out of grief anymore.
 
2013-06-13 10:57:12 AM
Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

i.dailymail.co.uk
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)
 
2013-06-13 10:58:04 AM

ole prophet: Also means any other building this guy inspected needs to be reviewed as well.


That would be difficult if they've been torn down.
 
2013-06-13 10:59:35 AM
So we found our scapegoat.
 
2013-06-13 11:03:04 AM

namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)


This.

I wouldn't trust a guy that looks to be half-asleep to turn off a fuse box much less operate heavy equipment.
 
2013-06-13 11:06:04 AM
That's a shame.

And it probably wasn't his fault the building went down, given the record of both the company and the worker who turned himself in. Of course, it's a speculation that the two events were connected--perhaps his suicide had nothing to do with work.

I would suggest that in the future, vulnerable buildings like the thrift shop be closed during the critical stages of demolition.

It looks like the safety measures were inadequate--I didn't see any sign of fences or scaffolding to protect pedestrians from a falling brick, let alone a falling wall. Too much laissez-faire and not enough oversight and accountability.

Thank the gods they weren't using handguns to shoot the building down.
 
2013-06-13 11:08:28 AM

Vodka Zombie: We need more of this level of accountability in America.


"Expect someone to do the honorable thing" is a hell of a concept. And I tend to agree with you- a society where people take full responsibility for their actions is a good thing.
 
2013-06-13 11:08:32 AM
Pre-peat.  The better headline is two links up queue.  Nuke this one and save that one.
 
2013-06-13 11:16:17 AM

AttawaYawattA: It isn't easy when your emotional state is demolished.  When the ceiling of your soul caves in on you and the walls of your heart crumble it is only a matter of time before the floor falls out from under your feet and you find yourself in shambles with no salvation to support you.


That was pretty much my speech at my nephew's 6th grade commencement.
 
2013-06-13 11:16:52 AM
Hmmm, Similar thread... so I'll copy and paste....


So, the real perpetrator of this disaster was a failed building inspection which should have indicated the danger in demolishing this building, but yet gave to "go ahead" to do the demolition. That inspector knew it and killed himself for it. But that wont let the machinery operator off the hook- just because he said he was stoned.

So really Pot Deaths = 0
 
2013-06-13 11:19:34 AM

Stoker: Hmmm, Similar thread... so I'll copy and paste....

Hey, mods...here's an idea. Combine both threads. No copy/paste needed.

 
2013-06-13 11:19:46 AM

vudukungfu: All in all, he's just another brick in the wall.


or not, as the case may be.
 
2013-06-13 11:22:27 AM

brantgoose: I would suggest that in the future, vulnerable buildings like the thrift shop be closed during the critical stages of demolition.


Good luck. Most row businesses have apartments above the store level.

The thrift store didn't, but the also-damaged building to the rear does. So did the building on South Street whose alley collapsed two days ago, due to another building demo. (That one caused by water pooling in the post-demo excavation.
 
2013-06-13 11:26:29 AM

Stoker: Hmmm, Similar thread... so I'll copy and paste....


So, the real perpetrator of this disaster was a failed building inspection which should have indicated the danger in demolishing this building, but yet gave to "go ahead" to do the demolition. That inspector knew it and killed himself for it. But that wont let the machinery operator off the hook- just because he said he was stoned.

So really Pot Deaths = 0


That is the way it is starting to look. But the excavator operator is still going to be the scapegoat.
 
2013-06-13 11:27:27 AM

SBinRR: ole prophet: Fissile: Took one too many bribes.

Came here to say this.

Yup.


If only the perpetrators of: Bengazi, gulf oil spill, financial collapse, IRS scandal, fast and furious...  ... the guy to took my bike.... ...Iraq war....   .....Anthony Wiener... ... fox and friends, briebert.com....

/amidoinitrite?
 
2013-06-13 11:27:44 AM

Fissile: Took one too many bribes.


That's a job requirement for most building inspectors. One article said there was an argument before the shot.
 
2013-06-13 11:28:44 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom


Gunshot to the chest? Good lord


Sounds more like a mafia assisted suicide.


What would the Mafia gain by assisting this suicide?
 
2013-06-13 11:29:57 AM
Right. He committed suicide. With a shot to the chest. And left no note. But sent a text to his wife. Riiiiight.
 
2013-06-13 11:30:50 AM
If he was running into trouble in Philadelphia, perhaps he should have considered relocating; maybe with relatives on the west coast.
 
2013-06-13 11:31:16 AM

theotherles: What would the Mafia gain by assisting this suicide?


Because it's entirely possible that the inspector was on the take, and a Mafia assist would prevent him from talking.
 
2013-06-13 11:31:20 AM
I wonder what was going through the heavy equipment operator's mind as he was hittin' dat blunt before his shift.

"fark the man, my job farking sucks"

or

"Hellz yeah, 'notha day in the sun!"

or whatever.  What innocuous thought was in play at the moment he made the decision that would kill six people?
 
2013-06-13 11:34:59 AM

Gonz: Vodka Zombie: We need more of this level of accountability in America.

"Expect someone to do the honorable thing" is a hell of a concept. And I tend to agree with you- a society where people take full responsibility for their actions is a good thing.


Well, considering the Wall Street shenanigans, if we had these sorts of "honorable" people there, I'd imagine the mop and shovel and bucket industry would be booming.  Those sidewalks won't clean themselves, ya know?
 
2013-06-13 11:45:32 AM

The Crepes of Wrath: theotherles: What would the Mafia gain by assisting this suicide?

Because it's entirely possible that the inspector was on the take, and a Mafia assist would prevent him from talking.


Mafia builders say they are already highly regulated.
 
2013-06-13 11:51:47 AM
Too bad. His death will slow down the investigation into the others who are just as responsible as he is. He should have turned informant and revealed what he knew if anything.
 
2013-06-13 12:00:09 PM
Liked the all caps SUICIDE.
 
2013-06-13 12:02:05 PM
Doomed or domed?

/dnrtfa
 
2013-06-13 12:05:34 PM

namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)


That's the crane operator who knocked the building over onto the thrift shop next door, not the inspector.
 
2013-06-13 12:07:53 PM

namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)


looks like a typical union worker to me.
 
2013-06-13 12:10:29 PM
Apology accepted.
 
2013-06-13 12:13:50 PM

LemSkroob: namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)

looks like a typical union worker to me.


www.tokeofthetown.com

Soooooo, look for the union label...
 
2013-06-13 12:14:37 PM

Stoker: Hmmm, Similar thread... so I'll copy and paste....


So, the real perpetrator of this disaster was a failed building inspection which should have indicated the danger in demolishing this building, but yet gave to "go ahead" to do the demolition. That inspector knew it and killed himself for it. But that wont let the machinery operator off the hook- just because he said he was stoned.

So really Pot Deaths = 0


Not only did he give the go ahead, he went back after people complained and reported no violations.
 
2013-06-13 12:16:27 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom


Gunshot to the chest? Good lord


Sounds more like a mafia assisted suicide.


So he fell on to some bullets?
 
2013-06-13 12:17:44 PM

Rusty Shackleford: If he was running into trouble in Philadelphia, perhaps he should have considered relocating; maybe with relatives on the west coast.


Somuchwin.jpg
 
2013-06-13 12:18:49 PM
self inflicted in the.....chest......rrrrrriiiiiiiiiight....
 
2013-06-13 12:21:13 PM

Moodybastard: Random Anonymous Blackmail: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom


Gunshot to the chest? Good lord


Sounds more like a mafia assisted suicide.

So he fell on to some bullets?


Yeah.  That happens, and it's pretty embarrassing.  But, it's nowhere near as embarrassing as backing into and bumping your head on some bullets.

That happens more often than you think.
 
2013-06-13 12:24:15 PM

buckler: namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)

That's the crane operator who knocked the building over onto the thrift shop next door, not the inspector.


The inspector killed himself, not the operator. This incident happened in Philadelphia.

/we are playing "Let's point out the obvious", right?
 
2013-06-13 12:24:24 PM

offmymeds: namegoeshere: Really? Did anyone think this guy was not on drugs?

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]
/HOT (the pic, not this guy)

This.

I wouldn't trust a guy that looks to be half-asleep to turn off a fuse box much less operate heavy equipment.


The guy inspected buildings, not drug test the operator of the crane/ball that was knocking the building down.  Technically it wasn't his fault that the crane operator was on drugs.  And even if the crane operator was not on drugs, can anyone actually say that the accident could not have happened anyway?
 
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