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New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:48 pm

There's dumb, and dumber but what we have here is a Darwin Award Winner for sure.

Call the lawyers on this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt_r-jO3lKE&NR=1
 
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:51 pm

I love this one! Gotta love the City
 
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:58 pm

Ouch! What an idiot, surely one of them would have realised they'd hit and should have jumped out? It was obvious they would hit right from the outset with the angle he was pulling it. I can't believe they just carried on!

We had something similar the other week when we had the heavy snow. Some idiot had abandoned their vehicle in the middle of the road and the gritter got stuck at around midnight. While trying to turn around they hit the car and smashed the light, ripping the bumper off. The drivers were really concerned about the vehicle and half the street were trying to find out whose car it was. In the end we all had to lift the rear end of the car and push it out the way so the driver could get on their way, but they at least called the police who were going to visit the owners, give them a lesson in where not to leave their car, and advise them to claim on the council's insurance.
 
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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:30 pm

I love that they just keep on minding their business after they hit the car the first time.
 
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:41 pm

I would be more than just a little bit annoyed if that was my car, what a complete numpty.

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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:38 pm

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 4):
I would be more than just a little bit annoyed if that was my car, what a complete numpty.

Are you kidding? I would be ecstatic! The guy got the whole thing on video. There were a good ten witnesses merely visible within the frame, let alone whomever else was leaning out a window. I could take this to court and get well more than the value of that car out of the ruling. I mean, how the hell is a jury of New Yorkers

Nobody got hurt, but someone is going to be getting a big, fat paycheck from the City of New York and probably a shiny, brand-new car. Lucky sonofagun.
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Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:23 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
Are you kidding? I would be ecstatic! The guy got the whole thing on video. There were a good ten witnesses merely visible within the frame, let alone whomever else was leaning out a window. I could take this to court and get well more than the value of that car out of the ruling. I mean, how the hell is a jury of New Yorkers

Nobody got hurt, but someone is going to be getting a big, fat paycheck from the City of New York and probably a shiny, brand-new car. Lucky sonofagun.

Sorry Doc, but the UK isn't quite as bad for litigation as the USofA yet, and personal I really don't really believe in sue for suing sake, I believe that if compensation is justified then it should be for loss only not as a bonus so that you get way more that you lost.

Case in point the four young men that tried to claim whiplash and other damages from my insurance a couple of years ago after I hit them a glancing blow at under 5 mph, my insurance company contacted the police and the were all charged insurance fraud and my insurance company didn't even pay to repair the car I hit in the end         

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:17 am

Most likely nobody is going to pay for this one. Why? I saw this clip on the news tonight and they indicated that the Explorer was not owned by an individual, but by a department of the city of New York. So since it's a city owned vehicle, they'll just file an insurance claim. Well, the idiot driving the towing vehicle may get a slap on the knuckles too.
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:28 am

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 6):

Sorry Doc, but the UK isn't quite as bad for litigation as the USofA yet, and personal I really don't really believe in sue for suing sake, I believe that if compensation is justified then it should be for loss only not as a bonus so that you get way more that you lost.

It won't even get as far as court. With a video like this, they'll probably settle out of court. The owner of that vehicle is going to get a fat paycheck. There is no way out of it. It won't be millions, but I'd go after enough at least to buy a brand-new car.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
Most likely nobody is going to pay for this one. Why? I saw this clip on the news tonight and they indicated that the Explorer was not owned by an individual, but by a department of the city of New York. So since it's a city owned vehicle, they'll just file an insurance claim. Well, the idiot driving the towing vehicle may get a slap on the knuckles too.

So sad...

I'm sorry, I hate sue-happy lawyers, but if ever there was a valid case for "Dude, where's my car?" this is it.
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:33 am

Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
Explorer was not owned by an individual, but by a department of the city of New York.

That explains why the two clowns, doing the wrecking, did not seem to give a hoot that they were destroying the vehicle.
 
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:58 am

Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
they'll just file an insurance claim.

Well, with that footage out there the insurance company would be justified in denying any claim, for willful destruction of property. Insurance is not supposed to cover you driving yourself against a wall on purpose...
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:58 am

Who knew that Hellen Keller was alive, well, and driving front end loaders for the NYC Department of Sanitation?

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:46 am

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
Who knew that Hellen Keller was alive, well, and driving front end loaders for the NYC Department of Sanitation?

She was cloned. That's why there are two of them - one in the tow truck, and one in the snowplow.

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:53 am

A breathalyzer would have been a good place to start...
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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:46 am

Quoting photopilot (Thread starter):
Darwin Award Winner for sure

You have to kill yourself doing something stupid to win a darwin award. The drivers of the snowplow and the tow truck were not hurt. Therefore, they are disqualified.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 10):
Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
they'll just file an insurance claim.

Well, with that footage out there the insurance company would be justified in denying any claim, for willful destruction of property.

I have a feeling the taxpayers will end up footing the bill.

Quoting KBOS (Reply 13):
A breathalyzer would have been a good place to start...

Also a drug test.
 
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:09 am

Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
the Explorer was not owned by an individual, but by a department of the city of New York.

So what about the car parked in front of the Explorer?
They rammed the Explorer in to the car parked in front.

Quoting bohica (Reply 14):
Quoting KBOS (Reply 13):
A breathalyzer would have been a good place to start...

Also a drug test.

What would be the point of that?
These are City of New York employees?
Nepotism is rampant. Most likely their boss is their uncle so nothing is going to happen to these idiots.
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:33 pm

Quoting bohica (Reply 14):

Also a drug test.

Having worked for the City of New York, a drug screening test is normal when you start employment. However, subsequent tests must be given with 30 days' notice.

Let me explain something about NYC city employees: we had a CLERK in the hospital who DID NOT SPEAK, READ, OR WRITE ENGLISH. Her Spanish (her native language) wasn't so good, either. She did essentially no work. Once, in the middle of a Code Blue situation, she hung up on the anesthesiologist who we were desperately trying to get to come help us secure an airway. The hospital administrator in charge of our department told us that he was very sorry, but given union rules, she simply could not be terminated or even reassigned without standards of documentation that are quite impossible to keep (in the middle of a Code Blue with a dying baby in front of me whose butt I'm trying to save I am not going to stop to write down the incident report on a triplicate form).
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:57 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):

Doc, any idea how that woman got the job in the first place? I would hope that at least a very basic understanding of English would be necessary to work ANY job in this country.

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:02 pm

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 17):


Doc, any idea how that woman got the job in the first place?

I only wish I knew...
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:32 pm

Quoting hka098 (Reply 9):
That explains why the two clowns, doing the wrecking, did not seem to give a hoot that they were destroying the vehicle


1. I have seen a multitude of front-end loaders in action and I am usually amazed by the operators of the equipment. 4 wheel drive with an articulated center and hydraulics to move around. I just find it amazing that most any operator should have been able to get him/herself out of the predicament without a tow truck.
2. The angle the tow truck driver was pulling to the articulating point of the equipment the Explorer did not have a chance. You can bet his buddies love to get him in a game of pool/billiards, looks like a lot of free beer.

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Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:11 am

Quoting okie (Reply 19):
1. I have seen a multitude of front-end loaders in action and I am usually amazed by the operators of the equipment. 4 wheel drive with an articulated center and hydraulics to move around. I just find it amazing that most any operator should have been able to get him/herself out of the predicament without a tow truck.

This loader had the low pressure tires so not a whole lot of PSI on the pavement. If you get a crowned road with snow on top of ice it's not hard to get a machine like this sliding down off the crown and into the curb. Which looks to be the case in this video. BTDT myself, not with a front-end loader but an all -terrain forklift (same chassis, different front end attachment).

Quoting okie (Reply 19):
2. The angle the tow truck driver was pulling to the articulating point of the equipment the Explorer did not have a chance. You can bet his buddies love to get him in a game of pool/billiards, looks like a lot of free beer.

The tow driver didn't have much choice re: the angle due to stuck cars on either side of the loader. Might have been able to stabilize the loader better with a tow truck on each end. Doesn't solve situation though. Ideally a cable and snatch block rig to pull the loader sidewise (and into middle of street) would be the way to go, difficult to rig though due to the stuck cars...

That said, once he had slid to the curb and had no traction it was time to stop and think the situation through. Bucket of sand might have done wonders early on....
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:16 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 20):

That said, once he had slid to the curb and had no traction it was time to stop and think the situation through. Bucket of sand might have done wonders early on....

How about stopping and calling for back-up?
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:18 am

Quoting okie (Reply 19):

1. I have seen a multitude of front-end loaders in action and I am usually amazed by the operators of the equipment. 4 wheel drive with an articulated center and hydraulics to move around. I just find it amazing that most any operator should have been able to get him/herself out of the predicament without a tow truck.
2. The angle the tow truck driver was pulling to the articulating point of the equipment the Explorer did not have a chance. You can bet his buddies love to get him in a game of pool/billiards, looks like a lot of free beer.

Okie

I was a bit surprised to see the front-end loader stuck. The only thing I could come up with is that the vehicle could not get traction. Odd, despite the vehicle's weight, but I have seen stranger things like tanks skidding on ice.
 
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:28 am

Quoting hka098 (Reply 22):
The only thing I could come up with is that the vehicle could not get traction.


I believe he could have walked his way out with the hydraulics on the bucket and lift in combination with the articulating chassis.
I am not trying to be over judgemental here but guessing he was someone that was "pressed" into service because of the storm that would not normally be driving this equipment.

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Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:22 am

Quoting okie (Reply 23):
I believe he could have walked his way out with the hydraulics on the bucket and lift in combination with the articulating chassis.

No traction, back end would have just pivoted around the bucket or articulation point. Needs a winch & snatch block or a couple of recovery trucks with a boom.. or a couple of buckets of sand...


Actually I think the funniest part of this video is the half naked new yorker standing in front of an open window in the middle of winter yelling at someone in the street....
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:02 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
Having worked for the City of New York, a drug screening test is normal when you start employment. However, subsequent tests must be given with 30 days' notice.

The sad part is that you still have people that will fail it.
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:15 am

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 25):
The sad part is that you still have people that will fail it.

What's sad is that they still consider marijuana a drug which can stay in your system up to 6 months. So yes, some will fail the test after a 30 days notice because pot can stay in your system longer than 30 days.
The real drugs (the had stuff) is gone out of your system once their 'high' is finished.
I seriously doubt drugs was an issue with these idiot city workers.

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 17):
Doc, any idea how that woman got the job in the first place?

Read my reply #15.
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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:42 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
I could take this to court and get well more than the value of that car out of the ruling.

No you wouldn't, unless you were in the vehicle and injured.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
indicated that the Explorer was not owned by an individual, but by a department of the city of New York. So since it's a city owned vehicle, they'll just file an insurance claim. Well, the idiot driving the towing vehicle may get a slap on the knuckles too.

If that is the case then perhaps they radioed in the situation and were told to just get the loader out and not worry about the vehicles.
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Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:26 am

Doc...I'm hesitant to ask, but how did things turn out for the patient?
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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:36 pm

Kinda makes you wonder if some of it was on purpose?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/s...w_slow_mo_qH57MZwC53QKOJlekSSDJK/0

Quote:
Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.

...

But multiple Sanitation Department sources told The Post yesterday that angry plow drivers have only been clearing streets assigned to them even if that means they have to drive through snowed-in roads with their plows raised.

And they are keeping their plow blades unusually high, making it necessary for them to have to run extra passes, adding time and extra pay.

One mechanic said some drivers are purposely smashing plows and salt spreaders to further stall the cleanup effort.
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RE: New York's Dumbest Snowplow Driver......

Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:24 pm

Just typical for city workers apathetic attitude...Here it is New Years eve and the city streets are still not all plowed. This was an intentional "work slow down" to demonstrate the workers "push against city budget cuts"...I say... " can them all"!. City needs budget cuts?...hire new workers for less $$...budget issues solved along with current workers bad attitudes...That video portrays worker ineptness on both ends of the towrope.

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