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2013-10-22 07:53:08 PM
My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB
 
2013-10-22 08:24:17 PM
FTFA: "The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries."

THANKS, OBAMACARE! THEM'S MAH TAX DOLLAHS!
 
2013-10-22 08:54:06 PM
Of course she will sue the homeowner for putting things in her way.
 
2013-10-22 09:02:01 PM
The Toyota is not the first car to have landed in their front yard, so about 10 years ago Mr. Smith installed five 6-by-6 steel beams at the edge of the road.


Lawsuit by the driver in 3... 2...

"If the steel beams hadn't been installed, she wouldn't have been injured." All it will take is one greasy lawyer.

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB


These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death. I ask you ladies and gentlemen of the jury what were the defendant's intentions if not to cause great bodily harm if not (dramatic pause) death.
 
2013-10-22 10:37:01 PM

zamboni: The Toyota is not the first car to have landed in their front yard, so about 10 years ago Mr. Smith installed five 6-by-6 steel beams at the edge of the road.


Lawsuit by the driver in 3... 2...

"If the steel beams hadn't been installed, she wouldn't have been injured." All it will take is one greasy lawyer.

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB

These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death. I ask you ladies and gentlemen of the jury what were the defendant's intentions if not to cause great bodily harm if not (dramatic pause) death.


3.bp.blogspot.com

One of my gradeschool teachers fixed the take the corner through his front yard by installing some lovely landscaping.

2 to 3 foot in diameter white granite river rocks, spaced about 2 feet apart. They were so pretty. And so effective.
 
2013-10-22 10:37:13 PM
www.wnyc.org

Use these next time.
 
2013-10-22 10:37:34 PM

bojon: Of course she will sue the homeowner for putting things in her way.


Can she see for miles and miles?
 
2013-10-22 10:37:41 PM
2 hit-and-runs, high speed chase, mostly likely drunk or otherwise impaired.  That's impressive for 9 am.
 
2013-10-22 10:38:03 PM
The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries.

It seems as if this particular individual is accustomed to racking up enormous bills due to situations that need never have happened, and for no good reason...
 
2013-10-22 10:38:42 PM

bojon: Of course she will sue the homeowner for putting things in her way.


That was my first thought!

The upside is that he could sue her for messing up his beams.
 
2013-10-22 10:39:33 PM

gozar_the_destroyer: [www.wnyc.org image 640x622]

Use these next time.


Nah.  Hire me instead.  I've figure out the kind of fence that'll stop anything short of a charging MRAP and even they won't go far afterwards
 
2013-10-22 10:39:57 PM

Maul555: The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries.

It seems as if this particular individual is accustomed to racking up enormous bills due to situations that need never have happened, and for no good reason...


Yeah - WTF were they doing flying her out if her injuries were minor?
 
2013-10-22 10:40:07 PM
I would be tee'd off as well after repeated infractions, but this man must learn to channel his angle management issues more appropriately - perhaps by taking a moment to type riveting comments some place on the web.
 
2013-10-22 10:40:50 PM

zamboni: The Toyota is not the first car to have landed in their front yard, so about 10 years ago Mr. Smith installed five 6-by-6 steel beams at the edge of the road.


Lawsuit by the driver in 3... 2...

"If the steel beams hadn't been installed, she wouldn't have been injured." All it will take is one greasy lawyer.

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB

These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death. I ask you ladies and gentlemen of the jury what were the defendant's intentions if not to cause great bodily harm if not (dramatic pause) death.


Plus there was the violation of the postal code for installing a mail box and the DOT regulation violation for mailboxes and signs installed near roadways.

He would have been better off rigging a camera trigger and getting a picture of them in the act.
 
2013-10-22 10:41:06 PM
When she was finally extracted from the vehicle she whispered "Ta-Da!" before losing consciousness in the back of the ambulance.
 
2013-10-22 10:41:12 PM
I had some dudebros in their bro trucks that looooved to drive up on the embankment that is on a curve in front of my yard. Hammered a few rebars into the ground where the tire tracks were eroding my yard and the problem mysteriously vanished.

If they try to mow down my Halloween pumpkins again this year they'll be replacing $400 bro-tires too.
 
2013-10-22 10:41:30 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - WTF were they doing flying her out if her injuries were minor?


Because they didn't *know* her injuries were minor at the time? They don't really have X-ray vision, they couldn't have known she didn't have internal bleeding. (And with a crash that bad, I would think you would EXPECT internal bleeding.)
 
2013-10-22 10:41:52 PM
mimg.ugo.com

"......."
 
2013-10-22 10:41:57 PM

Smeggy Smurf: gozar_the_destroyer: [www.wnyc.org image 640x622]

Use these next time.

Nah.  Hire me instead.  I've figure out the kind of fence that'll stop anything short of a charging MRAP and even they won't go far afterwards


Go on...
 
2013-10-22 10:42:18 PM
How fast was she going, that is a lot of inertia to move all those things.
 
2013-10-22 10:43:11 PM

zamboni: These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death. I ask you ladies and gentlemen of the jury what were the defendant's intentions if not to cause great bodily harm if not (dramatic pause) death.


IANAL but I was told by random also-not-lawyers that as long as the improvements are NOT hidden, then it's legal. I may, of course, be horribly wrong.

Our postbox is still in a 5-gal bucket full of cement, above ground. Surprisingly the mail carrier hasn't complained, and the one time we got mailbox-baseballed (wtf is with you country people?!), it took some damage but mostly just fell over. It amuses me. I hope the carrier never makes us bury the bucket. :)
 
2013-10-22 10:43:13 PM

Felgraf: Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah - WTF were they doing flying her out if her injuries were minor?

Because they didn't *know* her injuries were minor at the time? They don't really have X-ray vision, they couldn't have known she didn't have internal bleeding. (And with a crash that bad, I would think you would EXPECT internal bleeding.)


Not to mention a torn liver or spleen.
 
2013-10-22 10:43:28 PM
Before:

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-22 10:44:57 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: FTFA: "The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries."

THANKS, OBAMACARE! THEM'S MAH TAX DOLLAHS!


Technically speaking, that would be Romneycare in Massachusetts.
 
2013-10-22 10:45:05 PM

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB


Strangely, this story seems to happen to everybody's friend's uncle's cousin, in every town in the U.S. of A.
 
2013-10-22 10:45:31 PM
If they're vertical, they're posts. And he should have embedded them in concrete.
 
2013-10-22 10:46:14 PM

Lorelle: Before:

[i42.tinypic.com image 545x285]


I bet that was an eye-opener, like the first time you realize you can mow down newspaper stands in GTA but will be forcefully ejected if you ram a sapling.
 
2013-10-22 10:46:57 PM

Harry_Seldon: Mitch Taylor's Bro: FTFA: "The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries."

THANKS, OBAMACARE! THEM'S MAH TAX DOLLAHS!

Technically speaking, that would be Romneycare in Massachusetts.


It's still Rmoney.
 
2013-10-22 10:47:12 PM
The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries.

Hilarious.

Yeah, I don't think medicare covers being airlifted after commiting felonies.

/If she had money, she doesn't now.
 
2013-10-22 10:47:59 PM
twimgs.com

Approves.

/obscure?
 
2013-10-22 10:48:32 PM

Aidan: Our postbox is still in a 5-gal bucket full of cement, above ground. Surprisingly the mail carrier hasn't complained, and the one time we got mailbox-baseballed (wtf is with you country people?!), it took some damage but mostly just fell over. It amuses me. I hope the carrier never makes us bury the bucket. :)


Round off the bottom of the bucket and make the mailbox into a giant weeble wobble.
 
2013-10-22 10:48:42 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: FTFA: "The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries."

THANKS, OBAMACARE! THEM'S MAH TAX DOLLAHS!


I know you're being funny, but it's standard procedure in most EMS services to fly the patient to the hospital after any accident that required extrication. The idea here being that if the car sustained enough damage that they couldn't get the patient out by opening the door, then enough force was involved that internal injuries are a strong possibility. Though from the picture, it looks like they didn't necessarily HAVE to cut the car open, but rather, that they were taking spinal precautions- cut the doors and B pillar off, recline the seat, and move the patient to a backboard. Although the "recline the seat" part looks ridiculous with the car upside- down. What did they do, have a few firefighters hold her up while they removed the seat belt? That DOES suggest that the lady was hanging upside down in her seat until the fire department got there.

/I'll take "mentally impaired" for $100, Alex.
 
2013-10-22 10:49:11 PM
I have a friend in Texas, who was tired of cars going wide and taking out his fene. He got some of that pipe used in oil rigs, planted that with a load of concrete,and painted it bright orange. Less than 2 weeks later, a dually hit it, right inside the fence. totaled the truck, just scraped the paint on the pole.The "caution" signs ahelped save him from a suit.
 
2013-10-22 10:50:27 PM
Damn. I drove that road all the time in HS/college. My Grandfather was killed by a drunk driver on that road, maybe a mile or so from there. Weird.
 
2013-10-22 10:51:00 PM

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB


A gearhead friend of mine in the country got tired of his mailbox taking a beating so he mounted his on a coli spring. Never got to see it in action. The postman said it was illegal & refused to deliver his mail till he took it out.
Not CSB
 
2013-10-22 10:51:29 PM

scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB


I've heard that story told in different ways. Sometimes it's a concrete filled mailbox, sometimes it's a metal pipe planted in cement. All the stories are just to scare kids. Boogie-man stories to keep bored kids from hitting mailboxes with a baseball bat.

/also for the lawsuit guy, I've seen many a decorative brick mailbox, and I have reason to believe they all stem from baseball bat to mailbox interaction.
 
2013-10-22 10:51:53 PM
Been thinking about something like this myself. Fences/walls not allowed by local ordinance. Those hedge plants are a bit taller now so I was thinking some of those concrete posts that you see in public places strategically placed behind the hedges might work. Turns out they cost more than €100 each. My current plan involves a large upside down traffic cone some rebar and a bag of ready mix concreteimg.fark.net
 
2013-10-22 10:53:01 PM
Bet this would never happen at Joe's truck stop.
 
2013-10-22 10:53:28 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Maul555: The driver, Diane Rovedo, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University campus in Worcester with what police described as minor injuries.

It seems as if this particular individual is accustomed to racking up enormous bills due to situations that need never have happened, and for no good reason...

Yeah - WTF were they doing flying her out if her injuries were minor?


Prolly because she was howling about her neck or back enough that they were required to. Could have been just impairment+panic, could be she was simply angling to avoid arrest at the scene. EMT's see a lot of both at DUI accidents surprisingly, and they pretty much have to transport regardless of whether they think its bullshiat.
 
2013-10-22 10:56:36 PM

Smeggy Smurf: gozar_the_destroyer: [www.wnyc.org image 640x622]

Use these next time.

Nah.  Hire me instead.  I've figure out the kind of fence that'll stop anything short of a charging MRAP and even they won't go far afterwards


I remember seeing a video a few years ago demonstrating a new kind of barrier designed to stop virtually anything. They drove a semi at it (remotely guided) at very high speed. The semi was stopped dead and its engine was torn out and thrown a good distance. Made quite an impression. Don't think even an MRAP would have penetrated it.
 
2013-10-22 10:58:31 PM

Lorelle: Before:

[i42.tinypic.com image 545x285]


Even the Caddy is in that picture
 
2013-10-22 10:59:34 PM

jjorsett: Smeggy Smurf: gozar_the_destroyer: [www.wnyc.org image 640x622]

Use these next time.

Nah.  Hire me instead.  I've figure out the kind of fence that'll stop anything short of a charging MRAP and even they won't go far afterwards

I remember seeing a video a few years ago demonstrating a new kind of barrier designed to stop virtually anything. They drove a semi at it (remotely guided) at very high speed. The semi was stopped dead and its engine was torn out and thrown a good distance. Made quite an impression. Don't think even an MRAP would have penetrated it.


Link
 
2013-10-22 11:00:54 PM

Hopjes: Been thinking about something like this myself. Fences/walls not allowed by local ordinance. Those hedge plants are a bit taller now so I was thinking some of those concrete posts that you see in public places strategically placed behind the hedges might work. Turns out they cost more than €100 each. My current plan involves a large upside down traffic cone some rebar and a bag of ready mix concrete[img.fark.net image 704x576]


Cardboard Sonotube works and is dirt cheap, also the heavy cardboard tubes that they store sailboat sails in, if you are around any marinas. Both work really well for making bollards, and they help keep the concrete wet as it cures, which makes it much stronger and less prone to cracking/crumbling. Remember to bury them deep so they don't just pull out, and whack the piss out of them as you are pouring them if you don't have a proper concrete stinger, just to make sure you get the trapped air pockets out.
 
2013-10-22 11:01:27 PM
I have huge boulders.
Mailbox is 8 inch pipe buried 6 feet into rock, filled with rebar, and high density concrete. Box is made from 1/2 inch plate with expanded metal cage.
 
2013-10-22 11:02:39 PM
As long as the steel posts are on his property line, no problems.... In the article, she may of used the posts as a launch platform. Next time, deeper and with some concrete.

/Hate the turds who put 30 pound rocks along the edge of the road(!!!!MY LAWN!!!!!) to keep vehicles from parking/driving.
//Car shifts off the road and damages the vehicle, so legally the rock placer can pay for vehicle repairs and get a nice big ticket for littering the public easement with potential accident increaser's.
 
2013-10-22 11:03:35 PM

Lorelle: Before:

[i42.tinypic.com image 545x285]


The home owner's right - that poor maple.
 
2013-10-22 11:03:53 PM

pedobearapproved: scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB

I've heard that story told in different ways. Sometimes it's a concrete filled mailbox, sometimes it's a metal pipe planted in cement. All the stories are just to scare kids. Boogie-man stories to keep bored kids from hitting mailboxes with a baseball bat.

/also for the lawsuit guy, I've seen many a decorative brick mailbox, and I have reason to believe they all stem from baseball bat to mailbox interaction.


It's a popular story to scare kids, true, but it does happen fairly often. I knocked over my neighbors mailbox by backing into it (accidental - dumb and late for work). When i got home in the afternoon i went by to offer to fix it or pay for it he was just waiting for the concrete to set.

Nice guy though, refused my offer to pay for it.
 
2013-10-22 11:04:19 PM

Smeggy Smurf: gozar_the_destroyer: [www.wnyc.org image 640x622]

Use these next time.

Nah.  Hire me instead.  I've figure out the kind of fence that'll stop anything short of a charging MRAP and even they won't go far afterwards


   Phase 1                     Phase 2                                Phase 3                                     Phase 4
Make it cheap -  Sell it to Doomsday Preppers - get your own tv show on discovery - Profit
 
2013-10-22 11:08:20 PM
He should have tried

http://www.steelydan.com/
 
2013-10-22 11:09:23 PM

Ex-Texan: I have a friend in Texas, who was tired of cars going wide and taking out his fene. He got some of that pipe used in oil rigs, planted that with a load of concrete,and painted it bright orange. Less than 2 weeks later, a dually hit it, right inside the fence. totaled the truck, just scraped the paint on the pole.The "caution" signs ahelped save him from a suit.


I've been told I have a friend in Pennsylvania.

Sorry, I'll stop now.
 
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