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(Gawker)   North Carolina carnival operator tampered with ride just to watch 'em fly   (gawker.com) divider line 46
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2013-10-28 03:59:47 PM
I wondered why they arrested the operator; it seemed somewhat knee-jerk, but if true, damn...
 
2013-10-28 04:14:29 PM
oh, you dumb farker.
 
2013-10-28 04:25:05 PM
He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.
 
2013-10-28 04:38:11 PM
But Cherie Berry kept telling me our rides were the safest in the country, the looped recording outside the fair told me so?

What if that's not all they're lying about?

JUST HOW SAFE ARE OUR ELEVATORS, CHERIE?!?!?!
 
2013-10-28 05:11:02 PM
I find it hard to believe a fair carnie could be anything other than a responsible citizen.
 
2013-10-28 06:24:34 PM
This one's for North Carolina!
C'mon and raise up
Take your harness off, drop you on yo' head
Spin it like a helicopter
 
2013-10-28 06:42:08 PM
"I heard three or four bangs, I mean it sounded like baseballs hitting an aluminum floor," witness Jonathan Stanley told ABC.

Least helpful metaphor ever.
 
2013-10-28 06:48:41 PM
Nomads, you know.  Small hands, smell like cabbage.
 
2013-10-28 06:49:40 PM
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2013-10-28 06:51:26 PM

TheHighlandHowler: He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.


Apparently people in the comments agree with you.  Personally, it makes a lot more sense to me that he just wanted to save time/effort instead of actually wanting to harm people.  He was apparently crying afterwards (which certainly doesn't rule out malicious intent, of course).
 
2013-10-28 06:52:12 PM
They bought their tickets they knew....
 
2013-10-28 06:53:23 PM
Maybe it wasn't the operator's fault. Maybe they didn't keep their hands and arms inside the Mixer at all times.
 
2013-10-28 06:53:58 PM
www.doblu.com
Sorry, folks. The park is closed. The moose out front should've told you.
 
2013-10-28 06:55:01 PM
So, it's kinda like Chernobyl, only with less radioactivity and more deep-frying?
 
2013-10-28 06:56:41 PM
Maybe it wasn't the operator's fault. Maybe they didn't keep their hands and arms inside the Mixer at all times.

He was a daredevil!
 
2013-10-28 07:04:16 PM

Anastacya: I wondered why they arrested the operator; it seemed somewhat knee-jerk, but if true, damn...


Probably because he couldn't keep his trap shut when they questioned him.

CSB: There was some road construction near Channing and Boys Ranch Texas where a fairly narrow two lane was cut down to about half width and kept a two lane with traffic cones. A semi truck was creeping along the super narrow roadway when several vehicles began passing him in the ditch on the right side. The last vehicle to pass did so as the truck was coming up on a bridge crossing a ravine and the vehicle shot off the edge and slammed the other side. There were some deaths.

People passing in the ditch on the right side. Totally not the truck driver's fault, right? Except when the DPS walked over to question him, his Weeners was "I didn't mean for no one to get hurt. I was jus' trying to scare them."
 
2013-10-28 07:05:32 PM

TheHighlandHowler: He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.


...or to keep the ride operational.  Stupid but not as nefarious as laziness or malice.  I'm sure if you inspected the average carnival you'd find a whole slew of things like that.

The source article says he tampered with the ride to harm people but I would need a source on that article.  It seems like they are using the charges as intent rather than what his intent was.
 
2013-10-28 07:11:01 PM

MattStafford: TheHighlandHowler: He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.

Apparently people in the comments agree with you.  Personally, it makes a lot more sense to me that he just wanted to save time/effort instead of actually wanting to harm people.  He was apparently crying afterwards (which certainly doesn't rule out malicious intent, of course).


Agreed. He probably got tired of not being able to start the ride with empty seats that still had the safety bar up.
 
2013-10-28 07:11:06 PM

ElLoco: his Weeners


Filterowned.

weeners = the first thing he told them
 
2013-10-28 07:12:27 PM

almejita: Maybe it wasn't the operator's fault. Maybe they didn't keep their hands and arms inside the Mixer at all times.

He was a daredevil!


You know what almejita?  I like you...
 
2013-10-28 07:21:03 PM
"Happy World Land , where the fun never stops at only 80 bucks a pop"
 
2013-10-28 07:33:26 PM
When I was just a baby, my ma took me aside
"Don't disable safety features on a carny ride."
But I tampered with the fail-safes just to watch them fly
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang by head and cry

/First thing that came to mind
 
2013-10-28 07:33:34 PM

MattStafford: Personally, it makes a lot more sense to me that he just wanted to save time/effort instead of actually wanting to harm people.  He was apparently crying afterwards (which certainly doesn't rule out malicious intent, of course).


Was he the one crying?  The article says the "operator" was arrested and the "attendant" was crying.  I got the impression those were two different people, maybe one responsible for interacting with people, helping them on and off, etc., while the other stayed at the controls.
 
2013-10-28 07:35:03 PM
Let's clearly something up, shall we?  If it was deliberate, it was no an accident.  I cannot be both.
 
2013-10-28 07:36:57 PM
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Anton LaVey's not dead.  He just went back to his first job as a carnie.
 
2013-10-28 07:50:08 PM
He broke a ride in Greenville
Just to watch them fly
 
2013-10-28 07:51:09 PM

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They arrested Danny McBride?

/No more jerking off all over my house, McBride! .
 
2013-10-28 07:55:38 PM

ElLoco: Anastacya: I wondered why they arrested the operator; it seemed somewhat knee-jerk, but if true, damn...

Probably because he couldn't keep his trap shut when they questioned him.

CSB: There was some road construction near Channing and Boys Ranch Texas where a fairly narrow two lane was cut down to about half width and kept a two lane with traffic cones. A semi truck was creeping along the super narrow roadway when several vehicles began passing him in the ditch on the right side. The last vehicle to pass did so as the truck was coming up on a bridge crossing a ravine and the vehicle shot off the edge and slammed the other side. There were some deaths.

People passing in the ditch on the right side. Totally not the truck driver's fault, right? Except when the DPS walked over to question him, his Weeners was "I didn't mean for no one to get hurt. I was jus' trying to scare them."


Given that the truck driver apparently had multiple penises and that the penises were capable of speech, I'd say that that really IS a cool story, bro!

/penises
 
2013-10-28 08:10:55 PM

MattStafford: TheHighlandHowler: He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.

Apparently people in the comments agree with you.  Personally, it makes a lot more sense to me that he just wanted to save time/effort instead of actually wanting to harm people.  He was apparently crying afterwards (which certainly doesn't rule out malicious intent, of course).


I suspect that blaming the operator is the most convenient way for the carnival and/or its insurance company to avoid financial liability. With the 'evidence' they have obtained, the investigators had no choice but to press charges against an employee who is probably not capable of constructing a coherent/cohesive defense.
 
2013-10-28 08:29:28 PM

airplayne: Let's clearly something up, shall we?  If it was deliberate, it was no an accident.  I cannot be both.


Schrodinger's carnival ride?
 
2013-10-28 08:36:49 PM
I lived in Vincennes, IN moving out or getting hit by a bus are your best options.
 
2013-10-28 08:37:58 PM
^ oops, wrong thread
 
2013-10-28 08:42:13 PM

yopparai: ^ oops, wrong thread


Maybe not, it seems apt.
 
2013-10-28 08:53:00 PM
I'm shocked at the lack of love for this headline.
 
2013-10-28 09:23:29 PM
yopparai


How bout flying out the machines?
 
2013-10-28 09:24:19 PM

UNC_Samurai: But Cherie Berry kept telling me our rides were the safest in the country, the looped recording outside the fair told me so?

What if that's not all they're lying about?

JUST HOW SAFE ARE OUR ELEVATORS, CHERIE?!?!?!


The Parody Cherie Berry Twitter, @ElevatorQueen, is having a ball with this.
 
2013-10-28 09:50:23 PM
Witness Jonathan Stanley told ABC it sounded like:

[ ] a war zone
[ ] a bomb went off
[ ] a tornado hit
[ ] something out of a movie
[X] baseballs hitting an aluminum floor
 
2013-10-28 10:19:39 PM
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Reeeeealy!?
 
2013-10-28 11:03:51 PM

Fireproof: The Parody Cherie Berry Twitter, @ElevatorQueen


I find the fact that someone takes the time to do that hilarious.  I also liked the #chickenplantfire throwback.

/ and that's Cherie K. Berry
 
2013-10-28 11:26:30 PM
Wasn't this a SNL skit a few years ago?
When Dana Carvey was in the cast?
During one of the Bush administrations?
They wondered why the ferris wheel would even have a
Super-Speed setting on the control lever.
 
2013-10-29 12:31:23 AM
But with that shaved head and all the mouth hair, he looked so trustworthy ...
 
2013-10-29 01:06:45 AM
When I was just a baby, my mama told me, son
Always be a good boy, don't ever play with critical safety systems...
 
2013-10-29 01:44:16 AM
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Approves...
 
2013-10-29 02:35:13 AM

MattStafford: TheHighlandHowler: He probably bungied some fail-safe mechanism to save himself some minimal effort.

Apparently people in the comments agree with you.  Personally, it makes a lot more sense to me that he just wanted to save time/effort instead of actually wanting to harm people.  He was apparently crying afterwards (which certainly doesn't rule out malicious intent, of course).


Dunno, I've seen some evidence that many murder-suicides start out as someone not thinking through the consequences of injuring and/or killing people in what they think will be a spectacular way, only to have a mental breakdown and kill themselves when nothing goes like the movies told them it would go and they realize how badly they farked up.
 
2013-10-29 03:12:42 AM
FTA: "...police say they've found evidence that the accident was deliberate."

Isn't a deliberate accident a contradiction in terms? I just hope it's the author, not the police, trying to look stupid here.
 
2013-10-29 09:01:19 AM

ElLoco: Anastacya: I wondered why they arrested the operator; it seemed somewhat knee-jerk, but if true, damn...

Probably because he couldn't keep his trap shut when they questioned him.

CSB: There was some road construction near Channing and Boys Ranch Texas where a fairly narrow two lane was cut down to about half width and kept a two lane with traffic cones. A semi truck was creeping along the super narrow roadway when several vehicles began passing him in the ditch on the right side. The last vehicle to pass did so as the truck was coming up on a bridge crossing a ravine and the vehicle shot off the edge and slammed the other side. There were some deaths.

People passing in the ditch on the right side. Totally not the truck driver's fault, right? Except when the DPS walked over to question him, his Weeners was "I didn't mean for no one to get hurt. I was jus' trying to scare them."


Okay, now I'm curious. What was the deliberate act of negligence on the part of the truck driver?

(I just got back from a road trip and dealt with more than my share of douche drivers. A lot of them seemed to get off on creating situations specifically designed so that if the police had any questions, they could look innocent and say "Who me?" as the paramedics were pulling body parts from the wreckage.)
 
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