Fire extinguisher resolves German smoking dispute
Anti-smoker powder coats puffing girlfriend
An anti-smoking German man earned himself a light cuffing last Sunday after his girlfriend declined a request to stop smoking in his flat, and he responded by emptying a fire extinguisher over her and the Bielefeld domicile.
According to Spiegel, the 42-year-old reacted angrily to his missus lighting up, gave her a bit of a mouthful and then, "not completely satisfied with his tirade... grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed the entire apartment with the fine, white powder inside".
Bielefeld police spokesman Michael Waldhecker said: "He just sprayed it all over the flat. With that kind of a fire extinguisher, it looks like it just snowed in the apartment. It's hellish to clean up."
The girlfriend duly called cops, who took the man to the station to allow him to calm down. Waldhecker added: "We didn't want the situation to escalate."
The militant opponent of gaspers is unlikely to face charges, Waldhecker concluded, since it was "his apartment and his fire extinguisher" and his girlfriend was unharmed in the attack.
The current status of the relationship is unrecorded, although the perp admitted to police he doubted it could survive if his powder-coated other half didn't ditch the 'baccy - which seems clear enough. ®
fire fighters and blocked hydrants.
in regards to the mercedes...
why the hell didn't you fellows just get behind it with the truck and shove it up the road?
they do that here in the states... if you're in the fire lane, they just shove your car out of the way with the front of the truck, and you're liable for all damage, to your car, the truck, other cars, buidlings, etc.
fire trucks have more than enough oomph to move it, it's really impressive to watch.
and if they can't get in behind the car blocking the hydrant to get it out of the way, i hear they'll either smash the windows out or just park on top of it, depending on the truck they have.
Nice thought, pity about the powder...
I've hosed smokers down with CO2 extinguishers on a few occasions. It's quite effective, but be aware that if they're caught unawares they may need new underwear.
WRT BCP, I asked the local coppers about the legality of using it on tresspassers and they didn't have an issue with it at all - although one commented it'd probably be more effective to clock whoever wouldn't get off the doorstep with the unit, rather than hosing them down.
The mercedes comment is evil and well justified, but I thought firefighters had the power to move a vehicle blocking access to sites and fire plugs using whatever means possible. Wouldn't it have been easier to just shunt it aside with the tender? (and THEN empty BCP inside it on the pretext that you were preventing anything catching fire after being shunted..)
Yes, I really dislike smokers who insist on doing it when asked not to - something to do with being fairly allergic to some of the chemicals in a lot of tailor-made cigarettes. It's no fun not being able to breathe.
I've been smoking for more than 10 years, with a brief 2 year stint a few years ago - and i still believe the guy was right in using the extinguisher.
After not smoking for 2 years, i discovered that non-smokers actually don't lie when saying that the smell bothers them. Even when entering an apartment where a smoker lived, it smells very bad for a non-smoker.
So as a default, i never smoke inside, anywhere. If i need to smoke, i go outside, or at least open the window and smoke there - and that's in my own home. I never smoke in other people's cars or houses, if they are non-smokers, even if they tell me it's ok.
So, i'd say the girlfriend was really a**-hole-ish for smoking in someone else's house, especially after being told not to.