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(Gawker)   Teenager decides to take a selfie next to an oncoming train. Train conductor decides to give him a reality check with his boot   (gawker.com) divider line 369
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2014-04-16 02:02:25 PM
Nice! But very dangerous.

Better to have actually flicked a kick to his head so he falls away from the train. Or whipped his willy out and pissed on the guy's head.

I would have liked to have seen the later.

http://youtu.be/JaKo3g19E9Y
 
2014-04-16 02:02:37 PM
More of a quick caress than a kick.
 
2014-04-16 02:03:02 PM
He was pushing him out of the way of the train.
 
2014-04-16 02:03:06 PM
Where does on get cell-phone film processed, anyway?
 
2014-04-16 02:03:23 PM
That slow motion gif is priceless
 
2014-04-16 02:03:32 PM
The video on YouTube is titled "Kicked in the head by a train"

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2014-04-16 02:03:41 PM
Err...,"one".
 
2014-04-16 02:04:14 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Close enough to get kicked means he was trespassing, at least here in the States.


This so much this!!!!

Warthog: Plus, the kid is a weapons-grade douchebag who forfeited all his due process rights by standing there. You jump the fence into the junkyard, you're welcoming Chopper to sic your balls.


Also this!!! He was the idiot standing within kicking distance of the train...He's lucky he's not dead... and not as a result of the boot, but being hit by a part of a trailing car with a wider berth than the locomotive.
 
2014-04-16 02:04:21 PM

decloaked lurker: I'd be shocked if he didn't sue or at least try for a settlement.


This was my thought.  While I applaud the actions and method of the engineer, all I can see is the selfie taker suing the railway and the engineer for emotional distress caused by totally messing up his selfie.
 
2014-04-16 02:04:28 PM

cannotsuggestaname: trespassing still does not validate assault, or manslaughter.


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2014-04-16 02:04:30 PM

RollingThunder: BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.

Trying to get somebody THE fark OUT OF DANGER RANGE by pushing them with the only thing that can reach (IE: their foot) is indeed rational and heroic.


If you're in danger of being hit by a protuberance from the train, then a kick from a boot by someone on said train is not significantly less dangerous.  Physics, how does it work?
 
2014-04-16 02:04:43 PM

Warthog: The conductor was doing him a service.  That boot couldn't have extended out more than a foot or two from the edge of the train.  It's possible that cars coming up behind him had similar, harder protuberances, which might have seriously harmed him if he'd stayed in place.  That conductor actually saved his life.   Hero tag totally OK here.

Plus, the kid is a weapons-grade douchebag who forfeited all his due process rights by standing there.  You jump the fence into the junkyard, you're welcoming Chopper to sic your balls.


This, this and this.

I'm also going with the conductor was trying to get him out of the way. Fwiw, the conductor was probably putting himself at risk as well. He had to get out of the cab, extend his foot out and try to hit a stationary object while probably going at least 30mph. If I tried that, I'd probably wind up under the train.
 
2014-04-16 02:04:44 PM

Red_Fox: InterruptingQuirk: Close enough to get kicked means he was trespassing, at least here in the States.

It appears to be a VIA rail train, it's the right colours anyway.  They operate in Canada mostly.


Think about it, if the kid was Canadian he would have apologized for getting kicked in the head.
 
2014-04-16 02:04:51 PM
The kid was acting like an idiot (as teenagers are prone to do) but the conductor is a colossal prick.
 
2014-04-16 02:05:30 PM
As much as the kid may deserve it, conductor needs to be charge for attempted manslaughter!
 
2014-04-16 02:05:36 PM
meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.
 
2014-04-16 02:06:10 PM

edmo: Close enough to get kicked is close enough to get sucked into the train.


I've stood close to speeding trains and never got sucked under.  It's an old wives tale.
 
2014-04-16 02:06:25 PM
Engineers and bulls have a well developed hatred of gunsels and train fans. I've had them throw shiat at me from moving trains because I was standing on public property taking pictures. The fact that train fans are some of the biggest supporters of their dying industry doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. Train bulls are right up there with prison guards in the 'too dumb to be a cop but still craves the power' scale. The kid may have been wrong, but kicking him in the head was just being a douche.
 
2014-04-16 02:06:29 PM

BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.


You calling it "attempted murder" is equally rational.
 
2014-04-16 02:06:41 PM

jaybeezey: InterruptingQuirk: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: Close enough to get kicked means he was trespassing, at least here in the States.

trespassing still does not validate assault, or manslaughter. There were so many things that could have gone wrong there, as noted above he could have actually pulled the kid in to the wheels of the train, he could have broken his neck, he could have caused irreparable harm. The engineer is a just as big of a dumbass as the kid is.

You read a lot into what I wrote there.

Obviously he's pro-trespass.


The movie was ok, but I wouldn't align myself with it.

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2014-04-16 02:06:44 PM

wellreadneck: More of a quick caress than a kick.


No, this Is a caress.

That was a boot to the face.
 
2014-04-16 02:07:47 PM

buckler: Where does on get cell-phone film processed, anyway?


"I think I got it on flash memory!" doesn't roll off the tongue as smoothly.  That, and he's an idiot.
 
2014-04-16 02:08:02 PM
img.fark.net

He's kicking the duckface out of him.
 
2014-04-16 02:08:31 PM

BSABSVR: RollingThunder: BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.

Trying to get somebody THE fark OUT OF DANGER RANGE by pushing them with the only thing that can reach (IE: their foot) is indeed rational and heroic.

If you're in danger of being hit by a protuberance from the train, then a kick from a boot by someone on said train is not significantly less dangerous.  Physics, how does it work?


The leg attached to that boot probably absorbed more of the force than a wider train car that would have hit him would have. I can't see how anyone would conclude anything other than the boot was significantly less dangerous.
 
2014-04-16 02:09:39 PM
Both sides are bad so vote for the idiot kid who knows nothing about how big train cars are against the engineer who has to live with the results of accidents and suicides.
 
2014-04-16 02:10:01 PM
I'm all for breaking some rules to get a good pic.
I'm also for spur-of-the-moment assault on someone whose stupidy might have a great negative effect on your life.
 
2014-04-16 02:10:33 PM

BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.


Did the boot leave a mark on your face?
 
2014-04-16 02:10:34 PM
"Pardon me sir, is this the Chattanooga choo----OWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!"
 
2014-04-16 02:10:59 PM
Warthog: The conductor was doing him a service.  That boot couldn't have extended out more than a foot or two from the edge of the train.  It's possible that cars coming up behind him had similar, harder protuberances, which might have seriously harmed him if he'd stayed in place.  That conductor actually saved his life.   Hero tag totally OK here.

Even without any extra-wide protuberances on the train it's a dumb idea to stand that close to a moving train, the engineer may have been trying to push him a safe away. The kid is an idiot, but then that's what teenagers usually are, and the engineer may have been trying to protect him from himself.
 
2014-04-16 02:11:10 PM
The kid is lucky that the person wearing standard, relatively anonymous work boots accidentally slipped, yelled out in surprise, and pulled himself back to safety while accidentally hitting a kid in the head while said kid was taking a selfie, an act that was likely in violation of warning signs and as such provide some measure of protection from liability for the railway and the railway workers.
 
2014-04-16 02:11:45 PM

uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.


Rock salt doesn't shoot very well.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot33.htm
 
2014-04-16 02:11:52 PM
Some dude on the reddit pointed this out - I'll take the boot over a loop of steel welded to a locomotive any day.
But then I wouldn't be within a shoe's length of a passing train in the first place.

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2014-04-16 02:12:14 PM
Train conducter saved the kid from the jagged piece of metal right behind his boot. I'd say he did the right thing.
 
2014-04-16 02:12:33 PM
It wasn't even a "kick". He hung his leg out there and let it slap dumbass in the head. If he was trying to injure the kid he could have hit him a lot harder.
 
2014-04-16 02:13:46 PM

gunther_bumpass: Some dude on the reddit pointed this out - I'll take the boot over a loop of steel welded to a locomotive any day.
But then I wouldn't be within a shoe's length of a passing train in the first place.

[i.imgur.com image 642x435]


Yeah, I could see that the engineer couldn't tell for sure if the metal would hit him or not and did the kid a favor just in case.
 
2014-04-16 02:13:52 PM

Brawndo: Warthog: The conductor was doing him a service.  That boot couldn't have extended out more than a foot or two from the edge of the train.  It's possible that cars coming up behind him had similar, harder protuberances, which might have seriously harmed him if he'd stayed in place.  That conductor actually saved his life.   Hero tag totally OK here.

Plus, the kid is a weapons-grade douchebag who forfeited all his due process rights by standing there.  You jump the fence into the junkyard, you're welcoming Chopper to sic your balls.

This, this and this.

I'm also going with the conductor was trying to get him out of the way. Fwiw, the conductor was probably putting himself at risk as well. He had to get out of the cab, extend his foot out and try to hit a stationary object while probably going at least 30mph. If I tried that, I'd probably wind up under the train.


There is no way that train is going 30 mph
 
2014-04-16 02:15:26 PM

KidneyStone: uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.

Rock salt doesn't shoot very well.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot33.htm


You do realize how close the conductor would have been to the kid right?

Hint: It's not going to be found on the first page
 
2014-04-16 02:15:27 PM
i171.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-16 02:15:35 PM

Gotfire: [img.fark.net image 635x322]

He's kicking the duckface out of him.


There's a photo that deserves to be a meme.
 
2014-04-16 02:17:24 PM
Did I miss the memo, or is everyone now taking selfies with video instead of snapshots?
 
2014-04-16 02:17:36 PM
Foot bone connected to the jaaaaw bone!
 
2014-04-16 02:17:38 PM
Nice kick (if it indeed was a real human in that boot) I'd by that engineer a beer.

GTFO the tracks, asshole.
 
2014-04-16 02:18:18 PM
Dear all the people who think the engineer was being a "douche" for "assaulting" that kid.

You are what is wrong with America.
 
2014-04-16 02:18:39 PM
www.kickinrad.tv
 
2014-04-16 02:19:33 PM

abhorrent1: edmo: Close enough to get kicked is close enough to get sucked into the train.

Mythbusters busted that one.


IIRC, what they tested was if someone standing on a station platform could be sucked under a speeding train, which is slightly different from this situation.

Also IIRC, above a certain speed, Buster did get blown over, though not sucked under. It is at least conceivable that getting blown over while standing down low in the gravel could cause you to fall in towards the train where you will get hurt. Even if that's not the case, there is still a difference between a mannequin and a person: when blown over, Buster just topples. A human might try to protect his or herself from the fall by extending an arm into harm's way.

/Still one of my favourite tv shows
 
2014-04-16 02:20:50 PM

Superjew: Dear all the people who think the engineer was being a "douche" for "assaulting" that kid.

You are what is wrong with America.


Exactly. Sometimes a kid needs a wake-up call proportional to the stupidity they are engaged in.
 
2014-04-16 02:21:06 PM
Why don't they look.

/Hipster got lucky - don't turn your back on a passing train - esp that close.  Engineer/conductor has a case that he was pushing him outta the way.

//I agree, looked a bit like a VIA loco
 
2014-04-16 02:21:21 PM

BSABSVR: RollingThunder: BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.

Trying to get somebody THE fark OUT OF DANGER RANGE by pushing them with the only thing that can reach (IE: their foot) is indeed rational and heroic.

If you're in danger of being hit by a protuberance from the train, then a kick from a boot by someone on said train is not significantly less dangerous.  Physics, how does it work?


Setting aside the "sucking in" effect that others have mentioned, if you can't appreciate the difference between being struck by a rigid, sharp edged piece of metal, versus a boot that's on a human leg that has some give, then you shouldn't be trotting out "Physics, how does it work", because you don't understand the physics of energy transfer and impulse.
 
2014-04-16 02:22:29 PM
I am not convinced kid was taking a selfie since it was a video.

Even if he was, seems to me the train dude had his feet out and kid happened to be too close. I am not seeing anything that suggests TC delibaretly tried kicking the kid.
 
2014-04-16 02:23:13 PM

gunther_bumpass: Some dude on the reddit pointed this out - I'll take the boot over a loop of steel welded to a locomotive any day.
But then I wouldn't be within a shoe's length of a passing train in the first place.

[i.imgur.com image 642x435]


Holy Carp. The driver was trying to keep the kid from getting hit in the head by a hunk of metal. This wasn't a smack-down, the driver was saving the prat's life.
 
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