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A hardware retailer Home Depot has found itself in a sticky situation, defending a lawsuit filed by a man who claims the chain's Louisville store ignored his cries for help after he fell victim to a prank and was glued to a toilet seat.

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20051103/D8DKMTUG1.html

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Why am I not surprized? Whenever I go to Home Depot, I am rarely able to track down an "associate" to help me find items I'm wanting to purchase. When I finally do find someone, I can't count the number of times I've been told, "I'll be right with you as soon as I'm finished with [fill in the blank]." They never come back.
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That will teach him to use the butt-gasket!
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Well we know he went, but did he ever get off the pot?

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Did anyone else notice that yesterday's "From the archives:" article was similar to this story? http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/doctor/framed.asp
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I hope some day I'll stop finding the thought of this happening to people funny.

I know it's not funny, but at the same time it is. [Big Grin] Perhaps it's karma and the guy deserved it.

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Originally posted by TuFurg:
I hope some day I'll stop finding the thought of this happening to people funny.

It's called growing up.

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Is it mean that the first thing I though of was, "I'll bet he looks before he sits down next time."

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
quote:
Originally posted by TuFurg:
I hope some day I'll stop finding the thought of this happening to people funny.

It's called growing up.
When I get that grown up, I'll need a pine box to sleep in.

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
quote:
Originally posted by TuFurg:
I hope some day I'll stop finding the thought of this happening to people funny.

It's called growing up.
Wow. Someone either has sat on a toilet seat laiden with glue and are sore about it (no pun intended) or that was snarky and a half.

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Finding the undeserved misfortune of others funny is juvenile beyond reason. You're damn right I'm snarky about it.

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So, I take it you are mot a fan of slapstick comedy,
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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
Finding the undeserved misfortune of others funny is juvenile beyond reason. You're damn right I'm snarky about it.

Or apparently America's Funniest Home Videos [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
Finding the undeserved misfortune of others funny is juvenile beyond reason. You're damn right I'm snarky about it.

Interesting how my reaction to a single event pretty much sums up my entire level of maturity in your opinion. [Roll Eyes]
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Your post pretty much stated that you find this sort of thing amusing on a regular basis. Then you made a feeble attempt to rationalize it by saying 'maybe the guy deserved it.' Yes, I've formed an opinion of your maturity based on that.

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I'll tell you what's funny: Seeing someone who enjoys laughing at people's misfortunes getting taken down a rung! [lol] Thanks, chillas
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Look, the guy deserved it, alright? Anyone stupid enough to sit down on a public toilet without looking first deserves what they get. Either this guy has the world's numbest ass, or he has a high tolerance when it comes to sitting in a sticky liquid. His sheer stupidity makes it perfectly fine to laugh at him in my book.

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THis reminds me of Jr. High. We had that mean sub that was the principal's sister. This woman was about 300 lbs and always wore these skin tight warmup suits with orange(suposedly blonde)hair. She was super mean and had even cursed a few students out b/c her sis the pricipal would always back her. One day some body smeared nail glue all over her seat when she left to get coffee and she was stuck to the seat. Somebody ran out of the class and was screaming down the hall "ms smith is stuck in her chair". We all took off and ran to stare as she was screaming "it's burning my skin"!!!! They had to call an ambulance that separated the cushion and basically had to hoist her down 3 flights of stairs. I'm sorry but every time I happen to see an old classmate someone brings that up.

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Some glue bonds instantly and is very hard to see, by the time you sit down it could very well be to late.

I think it's immature, and if someone else thinks it's funny, I feel perfectly justified in smacking them across the head. It is never funny to be cruel to random people.

Just thinking about being the victim ofa prank like this makes me nervous to the point of being physicly ill, and my butt is planted safely on my sofa, I could just imagine what would happen if the wrong person got pranked.

Now random freak accidents, or the results of people's own stupididty can be funny. Spreading glue on a toilet seat is juevenile, and mailicious, and yes the people who did it, and those who laughed at it do need to grow up.

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quote:
Originally posted by qualli:

I think it's immature, and if someone else thinks it's funny, I feel perfectly justified in smacking them across the head. It is never funny to be cruel to random people.

So it's ok to hit people who have nothing to do with the situation other than laughing and that's mature?
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The problem in this situation is that the people who think its funny effectively encourage the action of the 'prankster'*. Whoever put the glue on the seat would be killing themselves with laughter and getting their jollies from seeing others find it funny too. Seeing it in the paper and have others snigger along only enforces the view that its ok to do those things. Comments along the lines of that "the guy deserved it" help the idiot believe he bears no responsibility for what happened.

Even without the tacit approval and encouragement that 'laughing along' provides you've got to wonder about the sense of humour involved as the whole of the humour derives from its association with the victim's bum. For people with a juvenile sense of humour anything to do with bums (and probably with poo as well) must be funny. This is just sad.

So I would think a good slap upside the head for those who laugh along is certainly warranted. They can join those people who call out "jump" to people on window ledges.

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*I hesitate to use the word 'prankster' because in my book that word should not be used for people whose actions can result in serious physical injury - skin grafts are a real possibility as a result of that type of "prank" and skin grafts are bloody painful.

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*I hesitate to use the word 'prankster' because in my book that word should not be used for people whose actions can result in serious physical injury - skin grafts are a real possibility as a result of that type of "prank" and skin grafts are bloody painful.

Nail polish, anyone? [Wink]

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Yea all you need is acetone to remove nail or super glue and hot water for regular. I think just the absurdity of the situation is what the hoopla is about. I also wonder if they cant feel any wetness or odd feeling when they sat in the glue. I would think you could feel it right away.

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
Your post pretty much stated that you find this sort of thing amusing on a regular basis.

No, it didn't. I said nothing about anything other than this incident. Besides, what other sort of thing is similar to being stuck to a crapper anyway?

Perhaps what you're picturing is an individual pointing and laughing while watching this event unfold and laughing because the guy suffered pain. That's not what I meant by finding it funny. I meant that as I read the article and pictured this guy realizing he was glued to the toilet I laughed- out loud a bit even. As someone else mentioned, it's the absurdity more than anything that was funny. Perhaps you find no difference between the two scenarios- if so that's just dandy.

Besides, I'm in good company. A few profs, a music pastor, my big sister... all some of the people who are considered to some to be unreasonably juvenille. Not a problem [Smile]

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Wrong. The fact you felt the need to rationalize it by suggesting he may have "deserved it" would indicate it was his misfortune and pain you found funny. If you were focusing on the visual you would not have had any need to do that.

As for "being in good company' - age and occupation (sadly) have little bearing on maturity.

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Wrong. The fact you felt the need to rationalize it by suggesting he may have "deserved it" would indicate it was his misfortune and pain you found funny. If you were focusing on the visual you would not have had any need to do that.

As for "being in good company' - age and occupation (sadly) have little bearing on maturity.

The "it" that I was addressing in the first place was "the thought of this happening". That was what I said I found funny. It was a pretty general comment regarding someone's ass being glue to a toilet. While I did address this man in my comment about karma, that wasn't even meant as a rationalization- it was a joke. Having a friend who lives and dies by that belief, I joke about it often because I don't. ETA: Had I known it would be scrutinized I may have expounded.


Do I have juvenille sense of humor? Perhaps. Does that indicate one's overall level of maturity? We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

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Paramedics unbolted the toilet seat. . .
I would love to be there when Home Depot's attorneys argue that there was nothing they could do to help the man. A further irony is that that particular stall will probably be closed for repair for weeks. Anybody in Louisville want to go check it out?

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As a part time employee of HD, I'm trying to figure out what was going through the Associate's mind at the time. All HD employees are trained to follow specific protocols in certain situations. Customers who are in need of medical attention have a certain procedure we are to follow. Calling the head cashier is not even in the steps we are to follow. If a customer requires medical attention, we are supposed to restrict the area, call 911 and then inform the store manger on duty.

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Originally posted by Remarkgullabull:
As a part time employee of HD, I'm trying to figure out what was going through the Associate's mind at the time. All HD employees are trained to follow specific protocols in certain situations. Customers who are in need of medical attention have a certain procedure we are to follow. Calling the head cashier is not even in the steps we are to follow. If a customer requires medical attention, we are supposed to restrict the area, call 911 and then inform the store manger on duty.

One possibility is that it was a female employee that heard the guy and didn't want to enter the men's room. I could see how she'd may want to let a boss, or at least another male check things out.
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Who sits straight down on a public toilet seat, especially without noticing it looks either wet or lumpy? Blech. He's lucky it was only glue, IMO.

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Originally posted by TuFurg:
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Originally posted by Remarkgullabull:
As a part time employee of HD, I'm trying to figure out what was going through the Associate's mind at the time. All HD employees are trained to follow specific protocols in certain situations. Customers who are in need of medical attention have a certain procedure we are to follow. Calling the head cashier is not even in the steps we are to follow. If a customer requires medical attention, we are supposed to restrict the area, call 911 and then inform the store manger on duty.

One possibility is that it was a female employee that heard the guy and didn't want to enter the men's room. I could see how she'd may want to let a boss, or at least another male check things out.
Even if it was a female employee, all HD employees are instructed to call 911 and alert the manager on duty. If it was a female, she could have done that without entering the men's room.

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quote:
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Originally posted by TuFurg:
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Originally posted by Remarkgullabull:
As a part time employee of HD, I'm trying to figure out what was going through the Associate's mind at the time. All HD employees are trained to follow specific protocols in certain situations. Customers who are in need of medical attention have a certain procedure we are to follow. Calling the head cashier is not even in the steps we are to follow. If a customer requires medical attention, we are supposed to restrict the area, call 911 and then inform the store manger on duty.

One possibility is that it was a female employee that heard the guy and didn't want to enter the men's room. I could see how she'd may want to let a boss, or at least another male check things out.
Even if it was a female employee, all HD employees are instructed to call 911 and alert the manager on duty. If it was a female, she could have done that without entering the men's room.
What if his calls for help were just that he was out of toilet paper?

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Originally posted by Remarkgullabull:
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Originally posted by TuFurg:
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Originally posted by Remarkgullabull:
As a part time employee of HD, I'm trying to figure out what was going through the Associate's mind at the time. All HD employees are trained to follow specific protocols in certain situations. Customers who are in need of medical attention have a certain procedure we are to follow. Calling the head cashier is not even in the steps we are to follow. If a customer requires medical attention, we are supposed to restrict the area, call 911 and then inform the store manger on duty.

One possibility is that it was a female employee that heard the guy and didn't want to enter the men's room. I could see how she'd may want to let a boss, or at least another male check things out.
Even if it was a female employee, all HD employees are instructed to call 911 and alert the manager on duty. If it was a female, she could have done that without entering the men's room.
What if his calls for help were just that he was out of toilet paper?
If someone is yelling for help, I'm certainly NOT going to call the head cashier. If it were a female having a problem in the rest room, I would at least try and discern if medical attention was necessary. If it wasn't a medical emergency, as an associate of HD, I have been instructed to always contact the manager on duty with customer problems.

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