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2021-08-01 3:48:11 PM  
Must.Punish!
 
2021-08-01 3:51:57 PM  
"Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.
 
2021-08-01 3:58:22 PM  

wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.


Yeah, A for effort but D- for planning and execution. Could have earned himself a hero tag if it had worked out differently.
 
2021-08-01 4:00:02 PM  
Lots of people make their own mudslides.

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2021-08-01 4:03:28 PM  
fat: Everybody couldn't believe how much he did...

That's because he wasn't earning union scale while doing it and didn't take 3x longer than necessary.
 
2021-08-01 4:06:43 PM  
fta "He saw a loader, opened the door, the keys were in it. He knows how to operate it, so he started operating it during the middle of the night,
A Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) official later confirmed that the equipment belonged to them and had been sitting there because it needed repairs."

I am surprised that CDOT doesn't use the "Lock out, Tag out." system for their equipment. There is a reason for having such a system.
 
2021-08-01 4:09:27 PM  
"The cop came in and was going to arrest him, and they started saying, 'No, he was helping us out,' " said Mark Allen

Another example of when your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

In contrast:

CDOT leaders laughed off the incident "The nice thing about it is the individual that was operating it was kind enough not to ruin it and turned it off when they realized the check engine light came on, so a valiant effort but unfortunately grabbed a piece of equipment we were waiting to work on," Goolsby said.
 
2021-08-01 4:23:52 PM  
"Hey everybody! Get a load of the size of the bootstraps on this guy!"
 
2021-08-01 4:36:51 PM  
I'm taking wagers on how long before the state sends him a bill for damages to the loader.
 
2021-08-01 4:38:08 PM  

Hey Nurse!: fat: Everybody couldn't believe how much he did...

That's because he wasn't earning union scale while doing it and didn't take 3x longer than necessary.


That's a vast understatement.
 
2021-08-01 4:52:24 PM  

wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.


The only reason it got marked for repair is because the leak got big enough they couldn't carry enough buckets onboard to fill it over a days work.

Most of this equipment is in terrible state and losing gallons of fluids a day isn't unheard of.
 
2021-08-01 4:56:04 PM  

Fara Clark: I'm taking wagers on how long before the state sends him a bill for damages to the loader.


It would be appropriate if they did.
 
2021-08-01 5:14:46 PM  

Surrender your boo-tah: Fara Clark: I'm taking wagers on how long before the state sends him a bill for damages to the loader.

It would be appropriate if they did.


And the man turns around and send them a bill for his services.
 
2021-08-01 5:24:46 PM  
The important thing to remember here is that the Western Slope is receiving huge amounts of rain, which will eventually make its way down to benefit golf courses in Arizona and Las Vegas.
 
2021-08-01 5:35:08 PM  
The keys are always inside, usually hidden under the seat. I learned that in junior-high from a friend who's family owned a construction business. He proved it by starting up and driving a city-owned tractor into a pond.
 
2021-08-01 6:01:37 PM  

FleshFlapps: wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.

The only reason it got marked for repair is because the leak got big enough they couldn't carry enough buckets onboard to fill it over a days work.

Most of this equipment is in terrible state and losing gallons of fluids a day isn't unheard of.


CAT and HD, the only companies still building machines with total-loss oiling systems.
 
2021-08-01 6:11:01 PM  

C18H27NO3: Must.Punish!


One part involved really wanted to.  But the other actually let common sense prevail.  If it were up to the cop he'd have been arrested and charged, but in this case it was up to CDOT to press charges and they didn't want to.  And for once, in a very long while, common sense actually won out.

Yes what the guy did was technically trespassing and theft, and if you're an authoritarian dildo that's precisely where you stop listening to anything else and start with the punishments.  But when you actually look at the circumstances surrounding the situation and you can't really blame the guy.
 
2021-08-01 6:11:37 PM  
There was a front end loader with a back hoe parked in front of my sister in law's house over Thanksgiving a couple years ago. Didn't have keys, but a keypad to start the machine up. After a few failed attempts, the code ended up being 1111. Really wanted to take it for a spin, but my much more level headed daughter talked me out of it
 
2021-08-01 6:43:31 PM  

Hey Nurse!: fat: Everybody couldn't believe how much he did...

That's because he wasn't earning union scale while doing it and didn't take 3x longer than necessary.


It's amazing the motivation you find for tasks when you voluntarily do them rather than having to be coerced through pay and threat of homelessness
 
2021-08-01 6:45:39 PM  

Neondistraction: C18H27NO3: Must.Punish!

One part involved really wanted to.  But the other actually let common sense prevail.  If it were up to the cop he'd have been arrested and charged, but in this case it was up to CDOT to press charges and they didn't want to.  And for once, in a very long while, common sense actually won out.

Yes what the guy did was technically trespassing and theft, and if you're an authoritarian dildo that's precisely where you stop listening to anything else and start with the punishments.  But when you actually look at the circumstances surrounding the situation and you can't really blame the guy.


He at least didn't hurt anybody, got some shiat done, and most importantly turned it off and quit it when it was apparent there was a serious mechanical problem.  If he'd wrecked the thing, I have a feeling the DOT might have had a different perspective on this
 
2021-08-01 6:52:14 PM  

comrade: The keys are always inside, usually hidden under the seat. I learned that in junior-high from a friend who's family owned a construction business. He proved it by starting up and driving a city-owned tractor into a pond.


I wasn't expecting those last three words.
 
2021-08-01 6:57:08 PM  
I did something similar as a teenager.  Got my car stuck driving through a gravel pit owned by a distant relative on a weekend when nobody else was there.  So I found a loader with the keys in it and upon realizing I didn't have a tow strap proceeded to lift the back end of the car and push it while my cousin steered.  Put it back exactly where and how I found it.

/Cousin later ratted me out to the owner.
//Luckily he thought it was funny.
 
2021-08-01 8:10:00 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Neondistraction: C18H27NO3: Must.Punish!

One part involved really wanted to.  But the other actually let common sense prevail.  If it were up to the cop he'd have been arrested and charged, but in this case it was up to CDOT to press charges and they didn't want to.  And for once, in a very long while, common sense actually won out.

Yes what the guy did was technically trespassing and theft, and if you're an authoritarian dildo that's precisely where you stop listening to anything else and start with the punishments.  But when you actually look at the circumstances surrounding the situation and you can't really blame the guy.

He at least didn't hurt anybody, got some shiat done, and most importantly turned it off and quit it when it was apparent there was a serious mechanical problem.  If he'd wrecked the thing, I have a feeling the DOT might have had a different perspective on this


Right, if he'd been some random jackass that didn't know how to use the equipment and then totally trashed it they'd have likely pressed charges and let the cops arrest him.

This should inspire CDOT to do a better job of securing their equipment though.  If this guy hadn't known what he was doing and ended up hurting someone they could and likely would be held liable for it.
 
2021-08-01 8:35:17 PM  

spacechecker: "Hey everybody! Get a load of the size of the bootstraps on this guy!"


Yeah, that's just plain good old fashioned gumption that is.
 
2021-08-01 8:42:37 PM  
Pig thinking: Good deed! Must punish!
 
2021-08-01 11:32:30 PM  

dinch: There was a front end loader with a back hoe parked in front of my sister in law's house over Thanksgiving a couple years ago. Didn't have keys, but a keypad to start the machine up. After a few failed attempts, the code ended up being 1111. Really wanted to take it for a spin, but my much more level headed daughter talked me out of it


"I know I can figure out the secret code to this thing!"
(Notices the 1 key is worn smooth and all the others have layers of undisturbed mud and dust.)
 
2021-08-02 9:14:47 AM  

wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.


See, I picture this as being like "used it until they ran out of engine oil", but maybe it isn't that bad.  Can someone one-to-ten it for me?
 
2021-08-02 12:31:13 PM  

flondrix: wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.

See, I picture this as being like "used it until they ran out of engine oil", but maybe it isn't that bad.


It's about that bad - you're looking at catastrophic failure if you keep running it.
 
2021-08-02 7:45:36 PM  

flondrix: wxboy: "Unfortunately the loader they got in was one that was waiting to get repaired. They used it until they ran out of hydraulic fluid."

So, leaked hydraulic fluid spilled everywhere.  Not great.

Probably liability issues as well.

But I admire his spirit.

See, I picture this as being like "used it until they ran out of engine oil", but maybe it isn't that bad.  Can someone one-to-ten it for me?


Hydraulic fluid that is used to operate the various excavating equipment, it is different from motor oil to keep the engine lubricated.  Although both are an "oil" they are completely  different. Different systems. He can run out of hydraulic fluid, but the motor would still run. He just couldn't operate the bucket. He leaked all the fluid out. So basically he had a useless tractor.
 
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