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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
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2014-04-16 02:23:35 PM  
There are heroes who run into burning buildings, heroes that jump in front of that bullet, others that dive into roiling sea. Then there are those who do their small, unsung part to amuse us all at the expense of a f*cktard.
 
2014-04-16 02:23:36 PM  

real_headhoncho: Was the conductor a student of Ti Kwan Leep?


Thanks for posting that link. Seriously.
Stopped my day from going down the toilet.


/ You win many Internets
 
2014-04-16 02:23:36 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.

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Yeah, that "douchebag" probably saved the kids life.
 
2014-04-16 02:23:46 PM  
I am rooting for this video to go viral and then have it be the trend to punch or kick this kid in the head whenever he tries and takes a selfie.
 
2014-04-16 02:24:03 PM  
Love the comment. If he was taking a selfie why is he being filmed ?
 
2014-04-16 02:24:05 PM  

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


Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?

I thought not.
 
2014-04-16 02:24:20 PM  

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

He's kicking the duckface out of him.


I'd say he kicked the duckface into him.
 
2014-04-16 02:25:37 PM  

redsquid: The fact that train fans are some of the biggest supporters


What, are railfans are shipping stuff by the carload, now?

redsquid: of their dying industry


Where I live there are a LOT more freight trains passing through lately. A lot of it's crude oil on the way to the refinery and empty tank cars on the way back to North Dakota.
 
2014-04-16 02:26:11 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.


Pretty much this.  Keyboard critics.

A kid standing that close to a freight train is basically standing in the middle of an interstate.  All to try to get a few likes on instagram or facebook.  Must've scared the shiat out of the engineer.
 
2014-04-16 02:26:40 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.


Yeah I thought the kick was a dick move at first no matter how much the kid deserved it, but seeing that it looks like it was potentiality the best outcome.
 
2014-04-16 02:27:04 PM  
He's the wimp of Jenny and the wimp, right?
 
2014-04-16 02:27:10 PM  
Notice the boot was black and the kid was white?

Fox News:  Knockout game - Train edition!
 
2014-04-16 02:27:31 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.
 
2014-04-16 02:27:31 PM  

BSABSVR: 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?


Well a foot-leg combination often has much more "give" and a much larger contact area than a steel train protuberance.

That's how physics works.
 
2014-04-16 02:28:01 PM  

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

Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?

I thought not.


Sadly the law has overlooked our joy once again.
 
2014-04-16 02:29:31 PM  

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Sweep the head


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2014-04-16 02:29:32 PM  

LeroyBourne: I can understand his gut reaction to kick the selfie guy in the head, not saying it was right.


I'm going to go with, perhaps the conductor was simply trying to nudge him away from the train for his own safety.  But, being on a moveing train, he hit him harder than expected.
 
2014-04-16 02:29:34 PM  

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

Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?

I thought not.


It obligates you to notify the trespasser of known dangers and attempt to minimize the harm to the trespasser from those dangers.  Which the engineer did, by blasting the train horn, then yelling, and when that failed, nudging the kid aside with his boot.
 
2014-04-16 02:31:18 PM  

FLMountainMan: It obligates you to notify the trespasser of known dangers and attempt to minimize the harm to the trespasser from those dangers.  Which the engineer did, by blasting the train horn, then yelling, and when that failed, nudging the kid aside with his boot.


Your honor, the defendant was merely delivering a "freedom nudge". It would be prejudicial to call it a well-deserved swift kick to the head.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:06 PM  
I think the conductor did us all a terrible injustice by pushing that narcissistic douche out of the way of danger
 
2014-04-16 02:34:17 PM  
I understand the people arguing that the train conductor was wrong to kick him, but inclined to think the kid was probably in more danger from the rest of the train. It might be the conductor was going to try and push him from behind, away from the train, but misjudged just how close the kid was.

The train can't stop. If the conductor does nothing, that kid might be dead.

The conductor yelled, but the kid is wearing headphones and acting like he doesn't give two shiats the train is going by. At that point... what do YOU do? Let him get killed by the flatbed car three links down that protrudes an extra foot more than the locomotive?

That's what it boils down to... if it is YOU, you can't stop the train in time to save him, so what do YOU do? I'd say he used the least amount of force to save the guy's life.

Of course, we will always have Farkers who will shout "battery!" when a transit worker shoves a potential victim out of the way of an incoming subway train or other similar situation, I guess.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:22 PM  

jst3p: Sweep the head


This made me giggle a lot more than it should have.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:39 PM  
Was always told to stay off the ballast/subballast (the rocks under the tracks) by a relative who worked on trains. One of the reason I remember was  because the metal cargo tie downs (the same type used to secure pallets of wood) that are used on some cars will occasionally snap and drag along side of the railcars.  Supposedly acts like a razor blade.  Never seen one dragging on a passing train, but I can see how that would happen.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:39 PM  
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2014-04-16 02:34:44 PM  

picturescrazy: 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.

Yeah I thought the kick was a dick move at first no matter how much the kid deserved it, but seeing that it looks like it was potentiality the best outcome.


Ditto. It doesn't look like the engineer could have possibly caught the kid on a forward swing of the leg- more like the guy was aware of that hunk of metal and stuck his foot in front of it to protect him.

I wouldn't be shocked if the engineer at least had a bruise from that metal loop... he could have broken his ankle trying to save that stupid shiat of a teenager.
 
2014-04-16 02:34:46 PM  

SpectroBoy: FLMountainMan: It obligates you to notify the trespasser of known dangers and attempt to minimize the harm to the trespasser from those dangers.  Which the engineer did, by blasting the train horn, then yelling, and when that failed, nudging the kid aside with his boot.

Your honor, the defendant was merely delivering a "freedom nudge". It would be prejudicial to call it a well-deserved swift kick to the head.


I resent the categorization of the nudge as a kick.  A kick entails forward movement of the leg.  As the video clearly indicates, the engineer's leg was stationary, cushioning the wayward youth's skull from the metal protuberance.  Additionally, as you'll see in the counterclaim, the engineer suffered severe bruising to his left leg, hindering his ability to work and provide for his wife and the four Botswana orphans they've adopted.  Additionally, he has developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the dangerous situation the youth created.
 
2014-04-16 02:35:02 PM  
That's a teenager? Seems a little too Dylan McKay...
 
2014-04-16 02:35:18 PM  
FALCOOOON KICK!
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2014-04-16 02:35:52 PM  
I bet train conductors see people do this kind of stupid shiat all the time.

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.


Sounds like they still need them.

CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.
 
2014-04-16 02:35:59 PM  

RRicochet: Justice served. Too bad Darwin was robbed.


Don't worry, I'm sure it will be just a matter of time.
 
2014-04-16 02:36:30 PM  
Could have ruined his selfie even better:
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2014-04-16 02:36:33 PM  

LeroyBourne: I can understand his gut reaction to kick the selfie guy in the head, not saying it was right.


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2014-04-16 02:38:20 PM  

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.


Horsepuckey, the engineer was just standing his ground...
 
2014-04-16 02:38:34 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.


I was thinking Canada as well without knowing anything about the train. The teen just seems too happy in the aftermath to be part of our American population.

This is what I expect from an American at a minimum
 
2014-04-16 02:39:10 PM  
I'm wondering if he wasn't trying to kick him clear.  Being that close to varying width cars, something could easily have hit him.

/still like to think he was just trying to kick some sense into him.
 
2014-04-16 02:39:27 PM  
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2014-04-16 02:39:41 PM  

spamdog: I bet train conductors see people do this kind of stupid shiat all the time.

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.

Sounds like they still need them.

CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.


Trainspotting made a world wide gross of $72 million. I'd say that's pretty popular.
 
2014-04-16 02:39:57 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.


Would you say he was in a zone of danger?
 
2014-04-16 02:40:04 PM  

Tenatra: This is what I expect from an American at a minimum


fail - img too large. http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2363368/burn-after-readind-punch-o.g i f
 
2014-04-16 02:40:38 PM  
Boot to the head!
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2014-04-16 02:41:01 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]


I believe the defense rests.  Case dismissed.

BTW, railroads have weird domain and other arcane legal chicanery available to them.  For instance, did you know, if worked on a train, coontil 1963), you got a special social security number?

700-728 - Railroad Board**
http://www.ssa.gov/employer/stateweb.htm
 
2014-04-16 02:41:11 PM  

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

Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?

I thought not.


This is Florida my man.  The law lets us shoot trespassers in the face if we feel threatened.
 
2014-04-16 02:41:45 PM  
Based on the photos I'd be curious to see how much damage the back of the conductor's leg took from acting as a buffer between those steel edges and that kid's head.
 
2014-04-16 02:42:06 PM  
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Seems like a weird place to have a protruding piece of metal, right at the top of the step ladder...
 
2014-04-16 02:43:19 PM  

durbnpoisn: 'm going to go with, perhaps the conductor was simply trying to nudge him away from the train for his own safety.  But, being on a moveing train, he hit him harder than expected.


I'm going to go with, if you're close enough to a moving train to be touched by the engineer in any fashion, you are too goddamned close and deserve to be kicked in the head.
 
2014-04-16 02:44:17 PM  

spexandwally: 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.

Would you say he was in a zone of danger?


Possibly too large, link here:

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2014-04-16 02:44:17 PM  

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

Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?


No, but estate law does.

/And one more for Jenny and the whimp.
 
2014-04-16 02:44:33 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?


Whole lot more flex in a human leg and boot than a piece of steel. Perhaps you should learn more physics? You can watch the conductors foot move in relation to the train thereby mitigating the impact in a way that a metal protuberance would not.

This is why you want to hit your airbag, not the steering wheel in a car crash.
 
2014-04-16 02:44:36 PM  
That train conductor needs to be permanently banned from any work in the transportation sector, holding a driver's licence, or even operating a motorized scooter. He clearly doesn't understand the responsibilities that come from operating (or being associated with the operation of) motor vehicles.
 
2014-04-16 02:45:15 PM  
...aaaand totally staged.
 
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