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Florida police called out to deal with a naked 65-year-old man wandering around a Sarasota neighbourhood, but had to resort to their tasers after he took to his bare heels. The game old bugger resisted attempts to apprehend him, requiring an application of pepper spray and, when that didn't work, the aforementioned tasering.

"Kirk was charged with "prowling and resisting arrest with violence", and released on Sunday from Manatee County Jail after coughing $1,200 bail."

I like to think I'm law-abiding but I think if I was going to be 'arrested with violence' I'd be tempted to resist.

- I'll take the electrically-grounded coat please.

Pat


I don't know about you but I wouldn't want to handle a naked 65 year old geezer.

Bill Fresher


Some police departments classify a taser as a deadly weapon. Also the The ACLU and PERF recommend limits on Taser use on at-risk individuals. i.e. pregnant women and the elderly. According to Amnesty International since 2001 290 people in the US have died due to being tasered. Elderly, children and pregnant women are considered especially susceptible to dangerous side effects/death from tasers. Some police departments have in their "Taser Safety Handbooks" rules that for at-risk individuals tasers should only be used if there is a danger of physical damage, and specifically exclude their use on a fleeing suspect.

Tests show tasers are safe? So they tested tasers on the elderly and pregnant women? I don't think so. They tested them on healthy individuals, and yet there are more cases every year of police tasering elderly and pregnant people. Tasers are considered very dangerous for those with cardiac or neurological problems. An elderly man running round naked looks like he'd fit one or both of these categories.

In 2005 Policie Agencies brought a class action lawsuit against Taser International because they felt they had been misled about the safety of the devices. I don't think tasers should be taken away, I think the police should be retrained in their use and dangers. A police officer who is fully informed is going (I hope) to make better decisions than one who has been told this is a safe easy way of bringing down someone.

Melissa Ter


An employee of Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Iowa was canned after requesting the hotel provide him with a prostitute. He had been provided with a room gratis for one night as a reward for staying in the job for a whole year. This kicked off an interesting debate over just what kind of establishment would deem it necessary to provide such an establishment.

What if he wasnt staff, would they have found him a prossie then? Lets face it, a concierge at a Casino/hotel will have seen everything...

Dan


ONE YEAR? What kind of place gives ANY kind of award for ONE YEAR of service?

My company starts acknowledging you at five years, and then you get, like a box of chocolates.

Anonymous Coward


Maybe after 5 years they get you a prostitute?

One-armed Freddy


You get a box of chocolates?

I've been here for about 8 years and I'm lucky to get the tools needed to do my job.

Anonymous Coward


My colleague has just completed 10 years of service and our benevolent employers sent him an e-certificate to print out in order to mark this momentous occasion.

He was also given special permission to use the colour printer so I guess they do value him very much.

Andy ORourke

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