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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:21 PM
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Park Service Fines Tourists For Walking On Old Faithful
WYOMING - Some national park jaywalkers get busted by a webcam viewer from thousands of miles away. The National Park Service provided video of a group of tourists illegally walking on the "Old Faithful" geyser in Yellowstone National Park last week.

A webcam viewer called park rangers, who came and found about 30 people trespassing and taking pictures. Rangers issued three citations, at $125 each, to the group leader, bus driver and one other person.

Old Faithful erupts every 90 minutes, and park officials say the visitors could have been seriously hurt by boiling hot water

http://www.kztv10.com/news/park-service-fines-tourists-for-walking-on-old-faithful/
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lob1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:26 PM
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1. What the tourists did was really stupid.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:44 PM
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5. The danger is unbelievable
The crust in the area is very thin with boiling water under it. When the geyser goes off, you have pressurized boiling water.

Stupid would be an understatement.

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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:52 PM
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7. You can hear water boiling under the ground there!
Parts of that place look like an alien planet, and some of them are just as toxic and dangerous. About a score of people have died in Yellowstone from falling into scalding water.

It's a really cool park, though. :)

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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:01 PM
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9. Love Yellowstone
We have not been able to get there for several years and miss it.

We used to go every 2 - 3 years and were there the year of the great fires.

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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:28 PM
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2. You know
when you read a site like Not Always Right, you quickly learn just how downright stupid so many people really are.

I'm not the least bit surprised people were doing that. No sense. At all.

Good on the webcam viewer alerting park officials and good on them for issuing a citation to everyone :)
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:43 PM
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4. "Not Always Right" is hysterical!
:rofl:
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:00 PM
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8. OK, Now I will be lost for hours
:rofl:

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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:46 PM
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15. There went a half hour I'll never see again.
Hahaha...
Thanx for the link.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:07 PM
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17. I'm sorry I got all of you hooked on that site.
Well, no, not really :P

It is a great site, though, to use as examples of the truly stupid out there :D

Maybe one of the park rangers will post their experience with these people on it. That would be cool to see :)
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:21 PM
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18. OMG the site is hysterical. Did you read the following post about the armadillo?
An older gentlemen calls the technical support line. Hes whispering.)

Me: Thank you for calling . How may I help you?

Caller: Theres an armadillo on my porch.

Me: I am sorry sir, did I hear you correctly? You said you have an armadillo on your porch?

Caller: Yes, it just keeps staring me down through the patio door.

Me: Sir, have you tried calling animal control?

Caller: Theres no time for that! I am deathly allergic to armadillos.

(There is a long pause while I try to figure out what I can possibly say next.)

Me: Sir, I understand you are frightened. But, you do know this is you are calling?

Caller: Of course! My grandson sent this to me. I downloaded it with your internet!

Me: Pardon me?

Caller: My grandson mailed this to me with your internet this morning.

Me: Sir, I do not mean to offend you. But, I am going to repeat whats going on, so I can better understand the situation. Your grandson sent you an image this morning in your email of an armadillo. And now that same armadillo is on your porch, staring you down?

Caller: Yes! Thats what Ive been telling you this whole time!

Me: Sir, the internet does not work that way. The armadillo on your porch was not placed there by us. You need to call animal control.

Caller: I guess getting to help me was too much to ask for! *hangs up*



:rofl:



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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:49 PM
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21. Now you've done it!
I had not seen that site before.

Oh, the armadillo on the porch.
:rofl:
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:38 PM
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25. wonder what happened to the stupid people before they had 24-hour video surveillance?
Edited on Fri May-06-11 10:39 PM by Hannah Bell
a lot of people have been to yellowstone since it became a national park.

were they all boiled alive?
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Sonoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:36 PM
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3. I'll bet they were millenials.
I live in Wine Country and am appalled at the idiotic things these young people do.

My landscape is very unique and involves some very rare flora. I have lost count of the number of times I have pulled up behind a Wine Tour limo parked in front of my driveway and found a half-dozen entitled young fucks horsing around on my lawn (which is actually a meadow). If I was still in Texas, I would shoot them. I cannot get away with that, here.

They actually walk right up to my entry veranda to have their pictures taken.

I got so pissed off yesterday that I made a suspension of habanero peppers and worm tea. I can spray my grasses and leave a residue that could put a person in the ER.

I wish those fines could have been $1,000 each.

Sonoman
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:10 PM
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14. Seeing as how you're in California,
you could go over to Hollywood and buy yourself a fake gun. The intimidation factor usually works in instances like that ;)

Or, how about a sign that reads "Caution: Poison Ivy-Infested Meadow" :P
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:37 PM
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23. Right, like you geezers weren't any different.
Young people are, as a whole, always are "dumb and stupid".
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 05:46 PM
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6. these are the same type that stop their car
In the middle of the road and walk up to a buffalo for a close up picture. Every year some moron visiting SD blackhills does just that.



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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:05 PM
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11. I have seen some of those idiots in Yellowstone as well
People actually think they are tame animals.

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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:02 PM
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10. They're lucky all they got was a citation...
Edited on Fri May-06-11 06:06 PM by regnaD kciN
I was there last summer --



-- the danger from walking off the boardwalk is nothing to laugh at. Generally, it's just some moran of a tourist who gets his fingers burned when he decides to see "if that water is really all that hot." Actually walking out on the geyser is a whole new level of stupidity. :crazy:



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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:56 PM
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22. Beautiful pic. I spent a few growing up years in Montana--
every summer we would camp for a GLORIOUS week in Ye3llostone. I went back with my own 12 yo son the summer before last and he was just as enchanted as I was at a younger age.

As an Arizonan, of course I've seen the Grand Canyon many times, but Yellowstone never ceases to amaze me.
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:05 PM
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12. Sounds like people who have never opened a hot radiator cap
Trust me, you'll only do that once, and Old Faithful is obviously a billion times bigger.
I guess our national parks are a learning experience, even on the most base level.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 06:06 PM
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13. You wonder how people managed to become adults sometimes
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 07:04 PM
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16. They do have a legal obligation
To protect even insane people from harm. Can't fault them.
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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:43 PM
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19. While visiting Yellowstone
I had to tell a Asian woman that she could not walk off the paths... she was polite and embarrassed.

I was polite too.

That said, that whole Yellowstone/Teton area is awesome.
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:49 PM
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20. Dystopia in action.**nm
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:37 PM
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24. What a bunch of morans.
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