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(Telegram)   Man installs steel beams to keep reckless drivers off his lawn. Driver accepts challenge. With "after" picture   (telegram.com) divider line 184
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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.
 
2013-10-22 11:09:30 PM  

wildlifer: 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.


Pffffft. You don't even have a motion-tracking turret on top?
 
2013-10-22 11:09:55 PM  

Lorelle: Before:


That is really close to the setback. No wonder they put in posts.
 
2013-10-22 11:10:32 PM  
I knew a guy who drove into a mailbox that was set up on cinderblocks. He didn't have his seatbelt on and sustained a broken collarbone. He wanted to sue the property owner. I asked him what he would do if that was the house that he drove into and not the mailbox. Like, would he sue for maliciously placing a house near the road?
 
2013-10-22 11:11:20 PM  
Looked at the pic... that's not gone well.
 
2013-10-22 11:12:05 PM  

GoodOmens: Lorelle: Before:

[i42.tinypic.com image 545x285]

The home owner's right - that poor maple.


/ditto
 
2013-10-22 11:12:24 PM  

Bonanza Jellybean: wildlifer: 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.

Pffffft. You don't even have a motion-tracking turret on top?


No need. Motion sensor activated claymores line the driveway
 
2013-10-22 11:12:58 PM  

umad: 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


Looks like it would do a good job of either crushing or bisecting any vehicle occupant (depending on the size of the vehicle)
 
2013-10-22 11:13:11 PM  

Mad Mark: 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


My grandfathers mailbox was mounted to the back end of a cival war cannon with the cannon, it was fine for 45 years then 2 months after he died the the post master made us take it down
 
2013-10-22 11:13:14 PM  
Haha I used to live near there. Good riddance I hope she dies.
 
2013-10-22 11:13:26 PM  

umad: 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


That's simultaneously the funniest and scariest thing I have ever seen.  If you're in the drivers seat when you hit that, you're done.  Does ziplock make body bags?  Because you ain't gonna be much more than sammich sized pieces after being shredded by that thing.  Damn physics, you scary.
 
2013-10-22 11:15:00 PM  
i1318.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-22 11:17:37 PM  

somemoron: umad: 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

That's simultaneously the funniest and scariest thing I have ever seen.  If you're in the drivers seat when you hit that, you're done.  Does ziplock make body bags?  Because you ain't gonna be much more than sammich sized pieces after being shredded by that thing.  Damn physics, you scary.


THIS.  Jesus Fark, that is one effective barrier.

DAY-um, physics, you SCARY!
 
2013-10-22 11:19:23 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: I knew a guy who drove into a mailbox that was set up on cinderblocks. He didn't have his seatbelt on and sustained a broken collarbone. He wanted to sue the property owner. I asked him what he would do if that was the house that he drove into and not the mailbox. Like, would he sue for maliciously placing a house near the road?


What are you? A Libtard Commie?

As a red blooded American, he should be able to sue for property damage - to his car - and for personal injury - his incessant back, shoulder, neck, chest and leg pain, along with his tortured and mental anguish - without unneccessary shame and ridicule from his so-called friends.

What's a mailbox doing so close to the road anyway? It's a driving hazard.
 
2013-10-22 11:19:40 PM  

Ivan the Tolerable: 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.


About 25-ish years ago, some woman ran her protected left turn and I t-boned the side of her car as I was driving through my green. She spun around and ended up against a gas pump at a station on the corner and I ended up in the grass on one corner of Texas Tech's campus. While I was out looking at my busted ass car, I saw her and a younger girl riding with her get out, casually lie down on the cement, and start holding their necks. (*rolleyes* sigh... here we go...) They refused to move until the paramedics were there to put them in an ambulance because, clearly, I had inflicted disabling neck and back injuries upon them.

Freaking fortunately, there was a city cop stopped at the intersection that watched the whole thing. He told them that it was going to be their fault, him and his partner witnessed the whole thing, and that they would be liable for any bills resulting from the wreck. Then is was like the hand of God reached down and healed them. Both got up and were just fine after that. Of course, my insurance had to buy my car under my uninsured motorist clause. :/

On the bright side... I royally farked their car up good.
 
2013-10-22 11:19:57 PM  
Friend of ours lost his mailbox only once after he made a good post for it.

6"x8" stainless 16 gauge sheetmetal "post" painted Rustoleum primer white with a bracket welded across the top for the mailbox. It's got rebar and concrete filling & anchoring it to about a cubic yard of concrete poured below it.

He picked up the busted headlight bucket bits and then bolted the mailbox back to its post after banging out the dents.

/crazy redneck sheetmetal guys are fun to watch.
//raised garden beds can surprise you if done right, possibly better that the cheesy barriers the feds keep putting up and much nicer looking
 
2013-10-22 11:20:25 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.


Depends on what state you live in, my mailbox I had made for me by a friend who owns a small foundry and milling plant (mostly he does custom parts for the Navy) it is mounted on a 6x6 steel bar that is set 2 foot deep in concrete, the box itself is the size and shape of a large standard rural box but when ya open it you can see that the walls are just over 1/2 inch thick steel, so the inside is the same dimensions as a regular box, I don't know how many kids have tried to play mail box baseball with it but so far 3 have tried to sue when their precious snowflakes injured themselves smacking it, each time the suit was dismissed because under Florida law any injuries arising from a crime are considered to have been caused by the perpetrator so they can only sue themselves, the last case the lawyer tried the novel argument that the USPS has regulations on the size, type and placement of mailboxes and that my box did not comply, the judge ruled that the lawyer was welcome to file a complaint with USPS but other than that he had no standing to bring suit.
 
2013-10-22 11:20:30 PM  

Mad Mark: 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


I would say not having your mail delivered would be a bonus? The USPS is obsolete anyway.

Six months after buying my house the mail redirect from the previous owners expired, and I started receiving tons of unwanted mail. I got a little perturbed and told the mail carrier to stop putting mail in my box that didn't have my name on it (talking +8 items a day, enough to double my trash output!). The mail person declined. I called the supervisor, she said tough.

So, I simply took my mail box off my house in a "Fark you" move to the postal service. Everyday the carrier would stick a memo on my door saying I needed to put my box back up. I laughed at that. I didn't have to do sh*t.

The memo's became threatening, then pleading. Then after a couple months, finally, a surrender note with a phone number.

They graciously sorted my mail for the next ~2 years. At which point I am guessing someone got promoted, quit or retired because I started getting the previous owners mail again. However, it was only a letter or 2 a day, so I dealt with it at that point.
 
2013-10-22 11:21:28 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!


the driver will undoubtedly receive the bill for the medflight along with heavy fines for her driving prowess.  I'll guess a citizen of her standing won't care enough to pay it, but she'll always have bad credit and no license if she hangs around in Mass.
 
2013-10-22 11:23:04 PM  
somemoron:


That's simultaneously the funniest and scariest thing I have ever seen.  If you're in the drivers seat when you hit that, you're done.  Does ziplock make body bags?  Because you ain't gonna be much more than sammich sized pieces after being shredded by that thing.  Damn physics, you scary.

Those things are designed to stop things that are charging gates head on at full speed, which is something you're not going to do in a regular traffic accident--you'd glance off of a gate to a building near the road at an angle at lower speed than those tests, unless you had some sort of ill intent.

In short, barriers like that may kill somebody, but in pretty much every circumstance that it would, it was somebody that you'd rather have dead, because their original plan was to make you the dead person.
 
2013-10-22 11:24:15 PM  

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

Use these next time.


www.predatornutrition.com

cdn2-b.examiner.com

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.
 
2013-10-22 11:28:22 PM  

FrancoFile: 2 hit-and-runs, high speed chase, mostly likely drunk or otherwise impaired.  That's impressive for 9 am.


INSANE STUNT BONUS!!!
 
2013-10-22 11:28:23 PM  
myburbank.com

This place is within walking distance of mine. Not too long ago that concrete lane divider wasn't there. And the railing across the front of those two houses was supported only by 4x4 posts. After the house on the left got plowed into by drunk drivers three times in 4 years, the 4x4 posts were replaced by telephone pole-sized posts.

Making matters worse for the poor homeowner, just out of frame to the left are some very busy railroad tracks, with heavy freight, Amtrak and Metrolink traffic at all hours of the day and night.

I don't know if anything would make me want to live there, I don't care how cheap the property is.
 
TWX
2013-10-22 11:28:59 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.


I actually have seen one that was overbuilt to protect against firecrackers and other BS.

The box itself was a piece of pipe, something like 6" nominal, thick steel. One end had plate welded, the street-facing side had a pin at the top, and the front "door" was a metal plate, hung on the pin. The tolerances between the pin and the plate were loose enough that it would hinge out about 30 degrees, and of course it would spin on the pin, to the side and up. The pole was the crankshaft from an inline engine from a tractor or something else big and industrial, and it was bolted to a concrete footing. Cool mailbox.

A firecracker set off inside would just hinge the door forward and up to the side, spinning it on the pin.
 
2013-10-22 11:29:29 PM  
"The female refused to stop," Detective Moody said. "We have no clue why she didn't stop. She knew the police were following her."


That's a tough one...
 
2013-10-22 11:30:29 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]


Is landscaping allowed?

If so one of these more than a foot deep will stop most road vehicles if the slope is on the outside. If you have a really big yard you could make big one (10' or so) with the slope on your side of the Ha-Ha, for shiats and giggles when someone tries to drive over your lawn.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-22 11:32:18 PM  

buzzcut73: somemoron:


That's simultaneously the funniest and scariest thing I have ever seen.  If you're in the drivers seat when you hit that, you're done.  Does ziplock make body bags?  Because you ain't gonna be much more than sammich sized pieces after being shredded by that thing.  Damn physics, you scary.

Those things are designed to stop things that are charging gates head on at full speed, which is something you're not going to do in a regular traffic accident--you'd glance off of a gate to a building near the road at an angle at lower speed than those tests, unless you had some sort of ill intent.

In short, barriers like that may kill somebody, but in pretty much every circumstance that it would, it was somebody that you'd rather have dead, because their original plan was to make you the dead person.


Wonder how they would fair verses a double gasoline tanker with a few road flares on the outside.
 
2013-10-22 11:33:06 PM  

whatshisname: If they're vertical, they're posts. And he should have embedded them in concrete.


Um, they're "bollards."
 
2013-10-22 11:36:50 PM  

fluffy2097: 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.


I appreciate your sense of humor.

The posts planted in front of the house would be considered inappropriate for any civil engineering endeavor. They don't dissipate and redirect the car. But I'd say the homeowner's Cadillac getting trashed was fitting. But I can't come up with a happy middle ground off the top of my head.
 
2013-10-22 11:36:52 PM  

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

Use these next time.

[www.predatornutrition.com image 400x215]

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 448x336]

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.





Then pack your bags son because here ya go

As long as you can pass the background check and have 215,000 plus the 200 dollar transfer tax laying around
 
2013-10-22 11:37:06 PM  

Target Builder: 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]

Is landscaping allowed?

If so one of these more than a foot deep will stop most road vehicles if the slope is on the outside. If you have a really big yard you could make big one (10' or so) with the slope on your side of the Ha-Ha, for shiats and giggles when someone tries to drive over your lawn.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 565x407]


Only concern I would point out for this is drainage or snow buildup. You would probably need to dig a deeper trench, add landscaping cloth and then a very thick layer gravel underneath. Do a smaller layer under and behind the retaining wall part of the HaHa and it will last through decades of winters.
 
2013-10-22 11:38:44 PM  

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

Use these next time.

[www.predatornutrition.com image 400x215]

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 448x336]

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.


images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-22 11:41:21 PM  
Then there's these folks.

l2.yimg.com

A Pennsylvania couple has found themselves in an all-too-familiar situation this week when a car crashed into their home for the fourth time, the third time in the past six months.

The couple plans to go to township officials to fight for a boulder.

"I want a pretty heavy duty one," Schenewolf said. "A truck would have to bring it in. It has to be significant to slow a car down."
 
2013-10-22 11:42:38 PM  

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

Can she see for miles and miles?


No, but she drives like Keith Moon.
 
2013-10-22 11:45:02 PM  

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

Use these next time.

[www.predatornutrition.com image 400x215]

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 448x336]

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.


You're legally allowed to have that. There's a bit of paperwork, of course.
 
2013-10-22 11:45:34 PM  

Ivan the Tolerable: 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.


Never heard of sonotube, a quick google and it looks like I can get it locally. How deep is deep. iirc 22 foot telegraph poles only go down 3 feet, but of course the bottom of the pole is wider. I don't think they need to stick up more than 2 feet. Bringing the car to a complete stop isn't necessary, I would be happy to take out a sump or radiator.
 
2013-10-22 11:47:44 PM  
The out-of-control car came around the bend, catapulted off the road and somersaulted several times in the air, taking out five steel beams and uprooting trees in the yard of the home, before crash-landing on its roof on top of a parked Cadillac.

i.qkme.me
 
2013-10-22 11:48:01 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?


Her daddy/husband is a politician, and she demanded a heli after her little game of GTA: Rural Massachusetts.

/if she was a politician herself, the homeowners would already be in jail
//and the article would be talking about how a local official was nearly killed by a homemade traffic barrier that illegally partially obstructed Route 117
 
2013-10-22 11:49:02 PM  

fusillade762: Then there's these folks.

[l2.yimg.com image 630x473]

A Pennsylvania couple has found themselves in an all-too-familiar situation this week when a car crashed into their home for the fourth time, the third time in the past six months.

The couple plans to go to township officials to fight for a boulder.

"I want a pretty heavy duty one," Schenewolf said. "A truck would have to bring it in. It has to be significant to slow a car down."


There is a compromise available. 4x4 timbers with a 3-strand tensioned cable would keep cars out of the house, but allow the errant vehicle a relatively slow deceleration when compared to a boulder.
 
2013-10-22 11:49:05 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


A field of claymores?
 
2013-10-22 11:49:22 PM  

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

Use these next time.

[www.predatornutrition.com image 400x215]

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 448x336]

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.

Then pack your bags son because here ya go

As long as you can pass the background check and have 215,000 plus the 200 dollar transfer tax laying around


All I have to say is "Welcome to America! Keep your head down and maintain fire discipline."
 
2013-10-22 11:52:21 PM  
Hope the driver was able to send their text before plowing into the wall. You know....cuz it's so important to text while you drive.
 
2013-10-22 11:54:19 PM  

Hopjes: Ivan the Tolerable: 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.

Never heard of sonotube, a quick google and it looks like I can get it locally. How deep is deep. iirc 22 foot telegraph poles only go down 3 feet, but of course the bottom of the pole is wider. I don't think they need to stick up more than 2 feet. Bringing the car to a complete stop isn't necessary, I would be happy to take out a sump or radiator.


I would go down 3 feet just to be sure. Three feet above ground too, so jacked up 4X4's still get stopped. Use some rebar or concrete that has reinforcing fibers too (or both if you want to really make them durable). A high pressure rated mix is a good idea as well since it is stronger, but can be more expensive. Also, don't forget to round or slant the tops slightly to reduce water penetration to improve the lifespan of the concrete.
 
2013-10-22 11:57:50 PM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Use these next time.


K.
 
2013-10-23 12:02:42 AM  
I like this man Kevin Smith. Add him to the Kevin Hall of Fame. He saved his house and maybe his wife's life with his foresight. I'm sorry this reckless hit and run criminal destroyed his trees and safety posts.
 
2013-10-23 12:07:28 AM  

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

Use these next time.

[www.predatornutrition.com image 400x215]

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 448x336]

Pretty much the only reason I'd want to live in America if I was legally allowed to have one.


Then pack your bags son because here ya go

As long as you can pass the background check and have 215,000 plus the 200 dollar transfer tax laying around



Wow. I felt the sexual tinglings of T-Rex proportions looking at that thing!

Friend has been trying for those Green Card lotteries for a few years; been seriously thinking of joining her.
Or let me make a deal: I buy the minigun AND get citizenship! What a bargain, America.
 
2013-10-23 12:09:38 AM  

Apos: "......."


Dammit, beat me to it... :-)

I was going to mention how he had lost a lot of weight, but that it seemed to really age him.
 
2013-10-23 12:11:06 AM  
90+ posts, and only one mention of Joe's Truck Stop?



"In 1935 Joe Faulkner built a house on Fifth Street, directly in front of a mountain road. Things were fine until around 1950 when Alabama designated the road State Highway 35, and truckers started using it. The truckers would burn out their brakes on the steep, two-mile mountain pass, and the first year thirteen trucks went through Joe's yard. He had a row of trees which they took out, one by one. Trucks, several of whose drivers died, spilled such diverse loads as chickens, watermelons, cows, logs, lumber, and steel onto Joe's yard, porch, and roof. He once had three circus trucks in his yard. In 1959, after various officials failed to make good their promises to remedy the situation, Joe built a four-foot-thick concrete wall reinforced with wire, grader blades, steel pipe, and the chassis from two Dodge trucks. The wall is only about two feet high, so loads still spill into his yard, but trucks have never been able to do anything worse to the wall than knock chunks out of it. In 1989 I went to Fort Payne to see the wall, which local kids have named Joe's Truck Stop."
 
2013-10-23 12:13:31 AM  
There is a house in Bisbee, AZ where someone has obviously crashed into the front yard on multiple occasions. It's one of those go-over-a-small-hill-then-have-a-sharp-turn-at-the-bottom situations, and the road is rather dark at night as well. Now, when you come upon the house at night, you're greeted with about 4 billion reflectors of all shapes, colors and sizes, and if varying height. I'd have to say that the only people who crash into that yard now are the same people who get drink enough to plow into a cop car when it's strobes are on. There is no way in hell anyone else can miss that house, it actually freaks you out the first time you find it.
 
2013-10-23 12:20:19 AM  

Mikey1969: There is a house in Bisbee, AZ where someone has obviously crashed into the front yard on multiple occasions. It's one of those go-over-a-small-hill-then-have-a-sharp-turn-at-the-bottom situations, and the road is rather dark at night as well. Now, when you come upon the house at night, you're greeted with about 4 billion reflectors of all shapes, colors and sizes, and if varying height. I'd have to say that the only people who crash into that yard now are the same people who get drink enough to plow into a cop car when it's strobes are on. There is no way in hell anyone else can miss that house, it actually freaks you out the first time you find it.


Right next to that restaurant... um... sandwich place? Couple blocks from that microbrewery? I was there in 2011 for work and remember seeing something like that.

/brewery was ok. Maybe too much copper in the water.
 
2013-10-23 12:21:02 AM  
It's stuff like this driver that makes me think "You know.........there ought to be something called 'reckless stupidity' if you're convicted of anything which at any point a jury thinks was exceptionally dumb, you get a 5 year reckless stupidity charge, to be served after whatever other sentence you have.  Not in normal jail either, but in a new 'really exceptionally stupid' jail."
 
2013-10-23 12:22:03 AM  

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


As well she should.
 
2013-10-23 12:22:57 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: somemoron: umad: 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

That's simultaneously the funniest and scariest thing I have ever seen.  If you're in the drivers seat when you hit that, you're done.  Does ziplock make body bags?  Because you ain't gonna be much more than sammich sized pieces after being shredded by that thing.  Damn physics, you scary.

THIS.  Jesus Fark, that is one effective barrier.

DAY-um, physics, you SCARY!


The video made my graphics driver crash :( maybe some day I can see it... (and fix whatever is friggin' wrong with this laptop).
 
2013-10-23 12:28:16 AM  
Three words:
Bouncing Bettys
 
2013-10-23 12:31:52 AM  

umad: 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


That one's new to me.  This is the one I remember:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD-Bbd2mavc
 
2013-10-23 12:33:41 AM  

Greek: 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


Dispatch SOP for an MVA in my old department's service area was "Tone out EMS, Tone out FD, put Airlife on standby".  Putting Airlife on "standby" saved about 6 minutes cause they'd get to tha choppa and spool up the engines and sit on the pad until either cancelled or called out.  We could get Airlife out at the accident site about the time the patient came out and then it was a 14 minute flight back to the Level 1 trauma center versus a 45 minute ambulance ride.  I'd rather have my "Golden Hour" spent in the hospital rather than in an ambulance.
 
2013-10-23 12:35:02 AM  
I hear these things do wonders.

www.ebmedicine.net
 
2013-10-23 12:39:13 AM  

Genju: Mikey1969: There is a house in Bisbee, AZ where someone has obviously crashed into the front yard on multiple occasions. It's one of those go-over-a-small-hill-then-have-a-sharp-turn-at-the-bottom situations, and the road is rather dark at night as well. Now, when you come upon the house at night, you're greeted with about 4 billion reflectors of all shapes, colors and sizes, and if varying height. I'd have to say that the only people who crash into that yard now are the same people who get drink enough to plow into a cop car when it's strobes are on. There is no way in hell anyone else can miss that house, it actually freaks you out the first time you find it.

Right next to that restaurant... um... sandwich place? Couple blocks from that microbrewery? I was there in 2011 for work and remember seeing something like that.

/brewery was ok. Maybe too much copper in the water.


Haven't been there in about 7-8 years, there wasn't a brewery at the time, but it's right as you're coming into town from the Sierra Vista end... Yeah, I'm not sure how well the water would work for beer there, but the town is one of my favorite places for drinking, a good selection of bars, just close enough to walk to all of them, quiet streets, but still enough of a life to have fun on a weekend, and you can walk back to wherever you're staying in about 10 minutes, tops. Used to do it for the 4th every year, much better than roasting in Phx, then being crammed in some park with 400,000 of my closest friends. Besides, the day's events were fun, too. Small mining town kinda stuff like mucking gravel and a drilling competition where they went out and found a boulder in the desert and had a race to see who could hand drill that thing the farthest in 5 minutes. Also, with all of the hills, they had coaster races(Like soapbox derby), but these things were hella fast...

Mostly a fun place to drink though. Also extremely nice people, the kind that get very drunk so buy you that 'Good to meet you, let me buy you a beer!' drink like 4 or 5 times.
 
2013-10-23 12:45:07 AM  

Target Builder: 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]

Is landscaping allowed?

If so one of these more than a foot deep will stop most road vehicles if the slope is on the outside. If you have a really big yard you could make big one (10' or so) with the slope on your side of the Ha-Ha, for shiats and giggles when someone tries to drive over your lawn.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 565x407]


I like this idea, simple, fairly easy, I would drop the slope towards the Ha-Ha a bit to prevent a lucky bounce or a big truck getting over it.
/also Gozar has some sound ideas
//Some 'scapers in this thread
 
2013-10-23 12:49:14 AM  
 
2013-10-23 12:51:03 AM  
People like this are the 0.01% of people who cause 99% of the trouble.

Is there really no consensus for euthanasia for people like this?
 
2013-10-23 12:51:07 AM  

SamFlagg: It's stuff like this driver that makes me think "You know.........there ought to be something called 'reckless stupidity' if you're convicted of anything which at any point a jury thinks was exceptionally dumb, you get a 5 year reckless stupidity charge, to be served after whatever other sentence you have.  Not in normal jail either, but in a new 'really exceptionally stupid' jail."


www.freakingnews.com
 
2013-10-23 12:51:12 AM  

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

Can she see for miles and miles?


Who the fark are you?
 
2013-10-23 12:53:43 AM  
PaLarkin       2013-10-22 10:53:01 PM  Bet this would never happen at Joe's truck stop.


fredklein     2013-10-23 12:11:06 AM  90+ posts, and only one mention of Joe's Truck Stop?

fredklein. You owe PaLarkin, in fact all of us a big apology. Actually not an apology because at first I read that as no mention rather than one mention. But how many mentions would have been sufficient to satiate your royal highness that your loyal subjects failed to provide for thee?
 
2013-10-23 12:56:17 AM  

Mad Mark: 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


Huh.

There were a lot of metal mail box posts on my walk to school back in the day.

Crank shaft from a straight six, huge links of chain welded together, you name it.

Also, i don't think there's anything in the domestic mail manual that is actually about that. Fairly certain, really, because when i bought my house the post office decided to tell me i needed to put out a box at the street.

Turns out that they decided to interpret "new address" as "someone with a different name at an address that has existed for 75 years" in the provision that allows them to dictate the method of delivery for a new address.

Which is bullshiat.

The domestic mail manual is the law of the land. All changes to the domestic mail manual must be approved by a congressional committee. If your post office pulls this kind of crap, hit them over the head with it, and threaten to talk to the district manager.

The postmaster doesn't give a shiat. The district manager is the guy the postmaster doesn't want to hear from.

/fought the post office and won
//csb
 
2013-10-23 12:57:55 AM  
Oh yeah, another one was an axle from an old truck. Mail box welded to the spindle. Differential in the ground. Wasn't going anywhere.
 
2013-10-23 01:02:22 AM  

zamboni: These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death.


I would love to see you find a single case where someone has been criminally prosecuted for installing a hardened regulation USPS mailbox.

If it's on your property and not the right-of-way, it's no different than a telephone pole or a bollard.
 
2013-10-23 01:04:34 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: 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.



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.


I see the huge rock on the corner of the lot trick a lot here in Indiana. My grandpa did that actually.
 
2013-10-23 01:11:00 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: zamboni: These days, that's attempted murder. He knew that his actions would result in injury, possibly death.

I would love to see you find a single case where someone has been criminally prosecuted for installing a hardened regulation USPS mailbox.

If it's on your property and not the right-of-way, it's no different than a telephone pole or a bollard.


Unless the bollard is bollocks.
 
2013-10-23 01:13:38 AM  
www.telegram.com

8/10: Didn't stick the landing.
 
2013-10-23 01:29:30 AM  

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


Come Mr. Taliban, tally me some tank traps, MRAPs comin' me wanna go home...
 
2013-10-23 01:30:29 AM  

noitsnot: 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.


The communal mailbox zone in my rural home.  Though the kids (football players) didn't  usually use the truck they were riding in, just bats/clubs and their hands.  Our back neighbor installed his mailbox in an expensive reinforced housing and stand, so they'd just rip the door off of it.

This also happened around once a year for over a decade, something about jocks and mailboxes.

Still it made an excellent response one time when they were going around begging for money.  "I buy a new mailbox because your team members destroy my old one about once a year.  Call that my donation and fark off."
 
2013-10-23 01:40:23 AM  

wildlifer: 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.


I live on a cul-de-sac in a decent neighborhood without dickheads, so in 15 years nothing has ever happened to my thin aluminum box on a 4x4 post.  Sometimes we go days without even checking the mail.  In another 15 years I expect to give 10x fewer shiats about mail and the boxes it is placed in than I do now.
 
2013-10-23 01:48:45 AM  

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



It'd take a greasy prepaid lawyer.  It's actually settled case law that barriers installed to protect yourself/property are not traps and to not incur liability on the part of the installing party/owner when somebody plows into them.
 
2013-10-23 01:50:02 AM  

fluffy2097: 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.


If I ever again live somewhere that has a postbox at the curb, I just might do this to see what happens...

/Somewhere, at my folks' house, there could still be my weeble wobble haunted house.
//When I previewed, I got curious and went to find pictures to see if it was as I remembered it, and I had forgotten about the treasure chest!  Good times.
///Slashies come in threes.
 
2013-10-23 01:59:38 AM  

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.


Ha, I guess you're right! :-)
 
2013-10-23 02:02:40 AM  

Greek: 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.


Well, I was trying to be funny, but you reminded me of a friend who died in a motorcycle accident. He was conscious and mobile, got in the back of the ambulance and died on the way to the hospital from internal injuries. Now I haz a sad :-(

/ RIP Gary
 
2013-10-23 02:03:52 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: 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!

the driver will undoubtedly receive the bill for the medflight along with heavy fines for her driving prowess.  I'll guess a citizen of her standing won't care enough to pay it, but she'll always have bad credit and no license if she hangs around in Mass.


Maybe jail time, too? I think several crimes were committed during the chase, no?
 
2013-10-23 02:05:26 AM  
img.fark.net


"Yeah, I found the problem.  Seems you have an oil leak."
 
2013-10-23 02:27:14 AM  

noitsnot: 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.


It was an episode of C.S.I.
 
2013-10-23 04:12:13 AM  

lilyleftthevalley: fluffy2097: 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.

If I ever again live somewhere that has a postbox at the curb, I just might do this to see what happens...

/Somewhere, at my folks' house, there could still be my weeble wobble haunted house.
//When I previewed, I got curious and went to find pictures to see if it was as I remembered it, and I had forgotten about the treasure chest!  Good times.
///Slashies come in threes.


brofist to those that remember the weeble wobbles!

/had the treehouse
 
2013-10-23 04:34:28 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Wonder how they would fair verses a double gasoline tanker with a few road flares on the outside.


Given that part of the intended use is against VBIEDs?  Quite well.  At that point you don't give a hoot about how intact the barrier is AFTER the impact, as long as it stops(and keeps stopped) the rammer.

So your gasoline tanker might catch fire, but then it's burning in an open area NOT next to the critical buildings you're protecting with the barriers.
 
2013-10-23 05:05:11 AM  

Firethorn: gozar_the_destroyer: Wonder how they would fair verses a double gasoline tanker with a few road flares on the outside.

Given that part of the intended use is against VBIEDs?  Quite well.  At that point you don't give a hoot about how intact the barrier is AFTER the impact, as long as it stops(and keeps stopped) the rammer.

So your gasoline tanker might catch fire, but then it's burning in an open area NOT next to the critical buildings you're protecting with the barriers.


Good to know.

CSB time: There is a community college on an old air base where I got my first Associate's degree. The air force used one of the disused dorms and the adjacent airport to house a wing of planes while their base's runway was repaved completely and had new building built (full base renovation to replace the 30 year old stuff that was falling apart). They put up barriers to protect the dorm they were using as barracks from vehicles being driven into them, but only on one side. You could literally come from the other direction and there was nothing to stop a vehicle. And it wasn't all that odd to see trucks on that side of campus because of the CDL classes and deliveries to the welding school's building.

I guess they figured that terrorists were too dumb or spontaneous to do a basic look before attacking.
 
2013-10-23 05:30:16 AM  

UsikFark: 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.


I just want you to know it's your fault I woke everyone up in the house after laughing like a hyena because I was remembering that I totally have done that, many times, and it's still as funny the five hundredth time as the first, especially when drunk.
 
2013-10-23 06:08:25 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Hopjes: Ivan the Tolerable: 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.

Never heard of sonotube, a quick google and it looks like I can get it locally. How deep is deep. iirc 22 foot telegraph poles only go down 3 feet, but of course the bottom of the pole is wider. I don't think they need to stick up more than 2 feet. Bringing the car to a complete stop isn't necessary, I would be happy to take out a sump or radiator.

I would go down 3 feet just to be sure. Three feet above ground too, so jacked up 4X4's still get stopped. Use some rebar or concrete that has reinforcing fibers too (or both if you want to really make them durable). A high pressure rated mix is a good idea as well since it is stronger, but can be more expensive. Also, don't forget to round or slant the tops slightly to reduce water penetration to improve the lifespan of the concrete.


A hypothetical acquaintance of mine used sawn-off telephone poles; as you say, 3' down, and 3' up.  Worked pretty good for 45 years, so far.

Hypothetically.
 
2013-10-23 06:21:26 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: They put up barriers to protect the dorm they were using as barracks from vehicles being driven into them, but only on one side.


The designers of this barrier are good, and static barriers in general are hard to screw up.  However as you point out that's only as effective as you deploy them.

Not knowing the specific situation you had, it could be that the force protection measures were improperly deployed, that there were 'hidden' protections you didn't recognize*, or that there were specific restrictions that prevented them from placing more barriers, so they did what they could, accepting the rest of the risk.

Sandbags and HESCOs can only do so much, especially if you want your barriers to 'blend'.

*remember the Ha-has earlier? I've seen them, and they're really only visible from the proper spots
 
2013-10-23 06:52:19 AM  

ruta: noitsnot: 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.

It was an episode of C.S.I.


It was a bullshiat story long before it showed up on C.S.I.
 
2013-10-23 07:40:48 AM  

Mad Mark: 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


My parents have a mailbox wherr the bottom of the post is a spring. we don't get much of kids and bats but the plow trucks take out mailboxes every storm. they've had it for probably ten years now
 
2013-10-23 07:40:53 AM  

emersonbiggins: 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.


Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.
 
2013-10-23 07:42:41 AM  

Firethorn: gozar_the_destroyer: They put up barriers to protect the dorm they were using as barracks from vehicles being driven into them, but only on one side.

The designers of this barrier are good, and static barriers in general are hard to screw up.  However as you point out that's only as effective as you deploy them.

Not knowing the specific situation you had, it could be that the force protection measures were improperly deployed, that there were 'hidden' protections you didn't recognize*, or that there were specific restrictions that prevented them from placing more barriers, so they did what they could, accepting the rest of the risk.

Sandbags and HESCOs can only do so much, especially if you want your barriers to 'blend'.

*remember the Ha-has earlier? I've seen them, and they're really only visible from the proper spots


They didn't have anything on the back side and the MP's only paroled the campus about once an hour, the rest of the time they were at static positions. I would guess they were asked not to put anything back there because it was the college's baseball fields and the program was ran year round for practices.
 
2013-10-23 07:59:03 AM  
Oh another csb...had some kids try to run down our garbage one night...just so happened it was the night we througy out our cast iron fire grate...tore through their oil pan and jacked up the bottom of daddys car. cops found them fifty feet down the road where the car died
 
2013-10-23 07:59:57 AM  

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.


Actually, no. I (not my uncle's brother's sister's neice) built a mailbox filled with concrete for my parents after we went through four mailboxes and posts in one summer. I put a large mailbox on a metal post, filled it with concrete, embedded a standard maibox, and waited.

The next Friday night, I got to watch the carnage as the boys in the pickup truck hit it with a baseball bat. Bat bounced back into their truck, too. Mailbox lasted for quite a while until the neighborhood went plastic.
 
2013-10-23 08:09:37 AM  

Kevin72: PaLarkin       2013-10-22 10:53:01 PM  Bet this would never happen at Joe's truck stop.


fredklein     2013-10-23 12:11:06 AM  90+ posts, and only one mention of Joe's Truck Stop?

fredklein. You owe PaLarkin, in fact all of us a big apology. Actually not an apology because at first I read that as no mention rather than one mention. But how many mentions would have been sufficient to satiate your royal highness that your loyal subjects failed to provide for thee?


Oh, I expect my subjects to provide a full-on discussion of any and all things related to the thread topic, of course.

Or... I wanted to one-up him and post a pic, which didn't make it.
 
2013-10-23 08:17:27 AM  
technomuse:

Actually, no. I (not my uncle's brother's sister's neice) built a mailbox filled with concrete for my parents after we went through four mailboxes and posts in one summer. I put a large mailbox on a metal post, filled it with concrete, embedded a standard maibox, and waited.

The next Friday night, I got to watch the carnage as the boys in the pickup truck hit it with a baseball bat. Bat bounced back into their truck, too. Mailbox lasted for quite a while until the neighborhood went plastic.


I love these stories. Did any of the little shiats get a broken wrist?
 
2013-10-23 08:27:52 AM  

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]


My dad lived on a corner lot, and had a problem with a drunk asshole with a truck who liked to shave a few feet off his journey to the liquor store by driving acoss my dad's lawn. It wasn't even a square lot, it was rounded, but the guy just rounded it a little more. Well dad got tired of filling ruts, so he buried some 6 foot rebar poles along the edge. A couple of weeks later, he goes out one morning to find a rear truck bumper and part of a muffler in his yard.
 
2013-10-23 08:28:48 AM  

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


Exactly what my dad did. Painted the pole to look like rotten wood, and sunk a smaller mailbox into a larger one and filled the void with concrete and rebar then painted the box to look all rusted out.
Took out five cars, three baseball bats and numerous stupid vandals.
Never a lawsuit.
Always the cops charged the drivers.
They had to run a stop sign to approach it with a speed over 5 MPH, anyway, so if you hit it, you had already run a stop sign.
If you hit it hard enough to damage your car in a 25 MPH, you were speeding, too.

Fark them if they can't obey the law.
 
2013-10-23 09:04:33 AM  

noitsnot: 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.


In Denver, there was a radio station where the morning show would prank someone over the phone on their birthday. One guy had filled his mailbox with concrete b/c it had been baseballed so many times (installed a smaller normal box on the far side).

They called this guy, posing as the father of a teenage boy who had broken his arm last night trying to destroy the mailbox. The "father" said he was going to sue the hell out of the homeowner. The homeowner freaking flipped. "Tell your boy to come over here so I can break his other farking arm and shove his bat up his ass!!" He went on for a good minute before they played him the happy birthday song.

Used to love those calls.

/csb
 
2013-10-23 09:29:52 AM  

Medic Zero: lilyleftthevalley: fluffy2097: 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.

If I ever again live somewhere that has a postbox at the curb, I just might do this to see what happens...

/Somewhere, at my folks' house, there could still be my weeble wobble haunted house.
//When I previewed, I got curious and went to find pictures to see if it was as I remembered it, and I had forgotten about the treasure chest!  Good times.
///Slashies come in threes.

brofist to those that remember the weeble wobbles!

/had the treehouse


I was always so excited to play with them, and then bored 5.7 seconds later.

But having a mailbox weeble-wobble is a fantastic idea.
 
2013-10-23 09:34:30 AM  
I can't speak for every town ordinance but it's illegal to do this to a mailbox. The reasoning being that in an accident, the mailbox breaking instead of the car protects the people in the car.

Road barriers/bollards/posts/rails/etc are perfectly legal as they are meant to protect building occupants. If there's a reasonable expectation that an uncontrolled car could impact your house (or some potentially occupied structure like a garage, guard shack, or toll booth), then you have every right to put up protection. Fairly certain you need a permit (like any building project) but that's about it.
 
2013-10-23 09:35:06 AM  

MadAzza: emersonbiggins: 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.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.


Whoosh!
 
2013-10-23 09:39:58 AM  

noitsnot: 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.


While this is mostly urban legend, I'm sure there probably are a few instances where it really did happen.

My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from.  I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night.  The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow.  He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going.  I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).
 
2013-10-23 09:42:23 AM  
My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.
 
2013-10-23 10:01:22 AM  

GoldDude: My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from. I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night. The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow. He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going. I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).


We were driving across a remote frozen highway in my friend's Dodge Charger 2.2 (junk) and he was aiming for the big snowy clumps that had slid back into the road from the plowed snowbanks.  Was kind of fun watching them explode into a cloud of snow, until he hit a chunk that was pure ice.  Changing a flat tire at -10 degrees put an end to that behavior quickly.
 
2013-10-23 10:04:55 AM  

Ker_Thwap: My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.



That crosses into 'trap' territory.  He should have said he was working on some wood project and must of forgotten the board out there.  If he had kids, well, my grandfather used to give me a board w/nails and a hammer to keep me amused.  I could have left it out there...

When it comes to barriers they should be both obvious and effective at stopping the car, not just damaging it.  Nice decorative rocks that are also big enough to stop a car, obvious posts, etc...  As somebody else mentioned, it should be done in such a way to protect the people on the property, not just maliciously damage/injure people.
 
2013-10-23 10:06:50 AM  
MythDragon:
My dad lived on a corner lot, and had a problem with a drunk asshole with a truck who liked to shave a few feet off his journey to the liquor store by driving acoss my dad's lawn. It wasn't even a square lot, it was rounded, but the guy just rounded it a little more. Well dad got tired of filling ruts, so he buried some 6 foot rebar poles along the edge. A couple of weeks later, he goes out one morning to find a rear truck bumper and part of a muffler in his yard.

My problem was trespassers/trash-dumpers using the old roads on my farm. Put up a chain and they cut it with bolt cutters. Put up a gate and they tore that down by chaining it off with a truck.

So I cut some six-foot rusty T-posts into 3-foot sections. Pounded them a foot into the dirt among the weeds. They were invisible from a few  yards off. Vehicle full of rednecks heads down road, hit posts which bend forward. Rednecks hear noise, throw vehicle into reverse - and the posts start grabbing and tearing off things.

I have a red plastic bumper, apparently from a Nissan, if anyone wants it.

This is in the rural South, where property rights are still considered holy writ. If anyone complained to the authorities, they just got laughed at.
 
2013-10-23 10:50:28 AM  

Hopjes: Ivan the Tolerable: 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.

Never heard of sonotube, a quick google and it looks like I can get it locally. How deep is deep. iirc 22 foot telegraph poles only go down 3 feet, but of course the bottom of the pole is wider. I don't think they need to stick up more than 2 feet. Bringing the car to a complete stop isn't necessary, I would be happy to take out a sump or radiator.


 Depends on how stiff the soil is. You may need to either go deeper or widen the base for an anchor (paint bucket of cement) if the soil is loose. 18 inches or so is usually fine though. I just see people putting stuff in 6 inches in, almost just sitting on the ground, and then wonder why it tips over as soon as someone leans on it or when after a season of rain it starts to migrate downhill. Concrete being stiff doesn't help if the ground around it is soft!
 
2013-10-23 10:57:52 AM  

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 not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.
 
2013-10-23 11:23:19 AM  
She took then out because you sunk them about one foot in the soft ground.
 
2013-10-23 11:24:29 AM  

Jill'sNipple: my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well.


So, she's single now?
 
2013-10-23 11:31:55 AM  

MadAzza: emersonbiggins: 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.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.


Heh...now, see, I read the original post there literally, as "angle" management issues, and was trying to figure out if there was a physics joke or something I was missing...
 
2013-10-23 11:44:32 AM  

Jill'sNipple: It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.


Not necessarily true.  Could have hit a tree, someone's living room, a small child, a large child, a pony, a drug dealer, or any of other people/items which could have resulted in a death had that steel beam not interrupted his selfishness.

That said, the steel beam mailbox is still a stupid idea, as it could have killed someone who wasn't being selfishly reckless with no regard for human life.
 
2013-10-23 12:17:32 PM  

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


They'll be sending her a bill.

Now, the odds are she doesn't have the money and she'll never pay. If she does she'll be paying through the nose. Especially if she doesn't have insurance.

That may actually wind up being a bigger punishment than whatever the court hands down.
 
2013-10-23 12:37:34 PM  

Jill'sNipple: It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.


tinyviolin.jpg
 
2013-10-23 12:42:24 PM  

Mikey1969: Genju: Mikey1969: There is a house in Bisbee, AZ where someone has obviously crashed into the front yard on multiple occasions. It's one of those go-over-a-small-hill-then-have-a-sharp-turn-at-the-bottom situations, and the road is rather dark at night as well. Now, when you come upon the house at night, you're greeted with about 4 billion reflectors of all shapes, colors and sizes, and if varying height. I'd have to say that the only people who crash into that yard now are the same people who get drink enough to plow into a cop car when it's strobes are on. There is no way in hell anyone else can miss that house, it actually freaks you out the first time you find it.

Right next to that restaurant... um... sandwich place? Couple blocks from that microbrewery? I was there in 2011 for work and remember seeing something like that.

/brewery was ok. Maybe too much copper in the water.

Haven't been there in about 7-8 years, there wasn't a brewery at the time, but it's right as you're coming into town from the Sierra Vista end... Yeah, I'm not sure how well the water would work for beer there, but the town is one of my favorite places for drinking, a good selection of bars, just close enough to walk to all of them, quiet streets, but still enough of a life to have fun on a weekend, and you can walk back to wherever you're staying in about 10 minutes, tops. Used to do it for the 4th every year, much better than roasting in Phx, then being crammed in some park with 400,000 of my closest friends. Besides, the day's events were fun, too. Small mining town kinda stuff like mucking gravel and a drilling competition where they went out and found a boulder in the desert and had a race to see who could hand drill that thing the farthest in 5 minutes. Also, with all of the hills, they had coaster races(Like soapbox derby), but these things were hella fast...

Mostly a fun place to drink though. Also extremely nice people, the kind that get very drunk so buy you that 'Good to meet ...


Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either.
 
2013-10-23 01:04:34 PM  

Genju: Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either


I have a friend whose mo lives there, so I've spent a lot of time there. That sounds like the same area I'm talking about also...

Funny that you bring up Tombstone. One of my film classes was a comparison of all the different 'OK Corral' movies(Even that goddam 3 hour long Costner epic. My title for the paper on THAT movie was "The movie that Wouldn't Die About the Town Too Tough to Die'... LOL), and we followed it up by a trip to Tombstone, and overnight stay, and a trip to Bisbee the next day. Tombstone had 2 things going for it:
1. The Bird Cage Saloon. That was a cool tour.
2. The guy who ran the hotel the class always stayed at would go out in the desert and find whatever old mine people had most recently broken into, and we got to go down inside one of the mines. There were mine carts and tracks all over the place. Scary but awesome. Place could have easily been 100 years old, and we're lucky nothing collapsed.

The next day, we did Bisbee, saw the mine, walked through the town, and checked out the mining museum. I was the only one that had been there, but everyone agreed that it was the better town. Tombstone has become too much like a Disney attraction. Also, the Bisbee Mining Museum had more overall info than we had learned the entire weekend, it's well worth taking the tour.
 
2013-10-23 01:07:16 PM  
I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.
 
2013-10-23 01:15:11 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Stand. Your. Ground.
 
2013-10-23 01:19:29 PM  

Mikey1969: Genju: Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either

I have a friend whose mo lives there, so I've spent a lot of time there. That sounds like the same area I'm talking about also...

Funny that you bring up Tombstone. One of my film classes was a comparison of all the different 'OK Corral' movies(Even that goddam 3 hour long Costner epic. My title for the paper on THAT movie was "The movie that Wouldn't Die About the Town Too Tough to Die'... LOL), and we followed it up by a trip to Tombstone, and overnight stay, and a trip to Bisbee the next day. Tombstone had 2 things going for it:
1. The Bird Cage Saloon. That was a cool tour.
2. The guy who ran the hotel the class always stayed at would go out in the desert and find whatever old mine people had most recently broken into, and we got to go down inside one of the mines. There were mine carts and tracks all over the place. Scary but awesome. Place could have easily been 100 years old, and we're lucky nothing collapsed.

The next day, we did Bisbee, saw the mine, walked through the town, and checked out the mining museum. I was the only one that had been there, but everyone agreed that it was the better town. Tombstone has become too much like a Disney attraction. Also, the Bisbee Mining Museum had more overall info than we had learned the entire weekend, it's well worth taking the tour.


I can see what you mean about Tombstone. There are people there who dress like the olden days kind of like how cartoon characters walk around Disney. I hated the wind pretty badly too. I was staying in the town of Sierra Vista (because Fort Huachuca) for a month so we frequented Bisbee on the weekends just to chill out in a better environment. We only went to Tombstone once, and half the reason we went is because they were having a gun show. I'm sure a lot of their tourism comes from people like me who were working at the base and decided to take a weekender at those places.
 
2013-10-23 01:32:54 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Rolling gate? Block driveway with car? Re-design driveway?
 
2013-10-23 02:01:31 PM  

waterrockets: FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.

Rolling gate? Block driveway with car? Re-design driveway?


Leave Floriduh
 
2013-10-23 02:58:07 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: [myburbank.com image 600x399]

This place is within walking distance of mine. Not too long ago that concrete lane divider wasn't there. And the railing across the front of those two houses was supported only by 4x4 posts. After the house on the left got plowed into by drunk drivers three times in 4 years, the 4x4 posts were replaced by telephone pole-sized posts.

Making matters worse for the poor homeowner, just out of frame to the left are some very busy railroad tracks, with heavy freight, Amtrak and Metrolink traffic at all hours of the day and night.

I don't know if anything would make me want to live there, I don't care how cheap the property is.


It's not LAUSD.
 
2013-10-23 03:37:17 PM  
Googled the vehicular acrobats name and according to linkedin she's a "legal services professional".
 
2013-10-23 03:52:27 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Park a baby stroller in the driveway and put a motion activated sensor on for th lights, and camera (because we want to see the reactions) Put in speakers (hidden) and when they pull in and hit the baby buggy, let her rip with a prerecorded scream and shriek. And make sure to have a stuffed baby and a couple of blood bags in the buggy, too. make sure the loop plays sirens approaching, too. Yeah.
 
2013-10-23 04:09:45 PM  
I'm with
RatMaster999

what would Jack do?
 
2013-10-23 04:27:22 PM  

vudukungfu: FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.

Park a baby stroller in the driveway and put a motion activated sensor on for th lights, and camera (because we want to see the reactions) Put in speakers (hidden) and when they pull in and hit the baby buggy, let her rip with a prerecorded scream and shriek. And make sure to have a stuffed baby and a couple of blood bags in the buggy, too. make sure the loop plays sirens approaching, too. Yeah.


image.guardian.co.uk

Is not amused by your shenanigans.
 
2013-10-23 05:48:53 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Maybe invest in some of those "Severe Tire Damage" spike strips they have at the rental car places.
 
2013-10-23 07:12:21 PM  

Snort: MadAzza: emersonbiggins: 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.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.

Whoosh!


Yeah, I deserve that.
 
2013-10-23 07:20:34 PM  

PunGent: MadAzza: emersonbiggins: 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.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.

Heh...now, see, I read the original post there literally, as "angle" management issues, and was trying to figure out if there was a physics joke or something I was missing...


I missed that, and I also somehow skipped over everything after the dash, so I'm feeling rather foolish. :-)

Hate when I do that!
 
2013-10-23 07:26:31 PM  
Jill'sNipple:
It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground he hadn't chosen to disregard everyone else's safety. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.

He took out an I-beam, and you think a fence would have stopped him?

How about just not driving like an asshole? I'm not unsympathetic (we all drive like assholes on occasion), but it's not the homeowner's responsibility to put up an expensive fence so street-racers have something flimsy to crash through.
 
2013-10-23 08:50:02 PM  
We've got one of those "constant accident" spots in my town, about an hour and a half southeast from the town in TFA.  It's a T-intersection where the trunk of the T is a mile from the previous stoplight, mostly downhill, and completely straight, passing a couple of farms, some HOA-ish developments and a golf course.  Needless to say, the house at the end of said street had plenty of unwelcome visitors for man years, until they built this:

i199.photobucket.com
The wall you see a bit of is about 20 or 25 feet wide, six feet tall tapering about eight feet back to the house.  And obstructed by trees, all behind a guardrail.  Honestly can't remember how often said spot gets hit now, but needless to say, the house isn't getting touched anytime soon.

\fun part about this spot is, if you turn right from this spot and go down about a mile, you're going downhill through a 30 degree left turn, a 45 degree right turn almost immediately after, and a hard 80 degree left turn all within a quarter mile.  All of which has a downward sloping hill and ginormous trees along the north side of said road.
\\needless to say, this road is the reason they'll never shut down the fire/EMS station at the end of the road.
 
2013-10-23 10:30:43 PM  
GoldDude:
My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from.  I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night.  The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow.  He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going.  I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).


So you admit to illegally moving snow onto a roadway and are then complaining about someone correcting the infraction?

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.8, Section X
Deposit of snow on roadway
181. No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 181.

Supplementing this is this Toronto bylaw:
Toronto § 719-5. Moving snow onto streets.
No property owner, occupant or other person shall move or permit to be moved snow or
ice from private property onto a highway, sidewalk or lane way.
 
2013-10-23 10:58:23 PM  

Firethorn: Ker_Thwap: My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.


That crosses into 'trap' territory.  He should have said he was working on some wood project and must of forgotten the board out there.  If he had kids, well, my grandfather used to give me a board w/nails and a hammer to keep me amused.  I could have left it out there...

When it comes to barriers they should be both obvious and effective at stopping the car, not just damaging it.  Nice decorative rocks that are also big enough to stop a car, obvious posts, etc...  As somebody else mentioned, it should be done in such a way to protect the people on the property, not just maliciously damage/injure people.


Hey, it's my new landscaping. I didn't really know what I was doing... must not have pounded those nails in quite right... my bad.
 
2013-10-23 11:35:32 PM  

Frowzy: GoldDude:
My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from.  I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night.  The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow.  He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going.  I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).

So you admit to illegally moving snow onto a roadway and are then complaining about someone correcting the infraction?

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.8, Section X
Deposit of snow on roadway
181. No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 181.

Supplementing this is this Toronto bylaw:
Toronto § 719-5. Moving snow onto streets.
No property owner, occupant or other person shall move or permit to be moved snow or
ice from private property onto a highway, sidewalk or lane way.


1. This is re-locating the snow that the road plow moved from the middle of the road to the side of the road, so not applicable.
2. This was not in Toronto (but rather in Kingston when I lived there), no not applicable.
 
2013-10-24 12:38:02 AM  

FriarReb98: We've got one of those "constant accident" spots in my town, about an hour and a half southeast from the town in TFA.  It's a T-intersection where the trunk of the T is a mile from the previous stoplight, mostly downhill, and completely straight, passing a couple of farms, some HOA-ish developments and a golf course.  Needless to say, the house at the end of said street had plenty of unwelcome visitors for man years, until they built this:

[i199.photobucket.com image 800x485]
The wall you see a bit of is about 20 or 25 feet wide, six feet tall tapering about eight feet back to the house.  And obstructed by trees, all behind a guardrail.  Honestly can't remember how often said spot gets hit now, but needless to say, the house isn't getting touched anytime soon.

\fun part about this spot is, if you turn right from this spot and go down about a mile, you're going downhill through a 30 degree left turn, a 45 degree right turn almost immediately after, and a hard 80 degree left turn all within a quarter mile.  All of which has a downward sloping hill and ginormous trees along the north side of said road.
\\needless to say, this road is the reason they'll never shut down the fire/EMS station at the end of the road.


OK, I have to see this on Google Earth. What's the location?
 
2013-10-24 01:40:52 AM  

noitsnot: 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.


Probably because mailbox bashing and other stereotypical shiat seems to happen in every small town with bored kids. The responses would be more original if the problems were.
 
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