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    Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    The big news item in DFW this morning. Somehow he managed to live, although it sounds like he is not in very good shape

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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Doesn't this happen at least once a year?


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    It's happened about once a WEEK, this year.

    I'm guessing copper is expensive, right now.


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Manhole covers are being swiped (Flint, Mich.).

    Light poles are being swiped (Miami).



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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Those copper thieves ain't smart. ( unlike MIT guys )



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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    I'm guessing copper is expensive, right now.
    Most basic metal prices have skyrocketed over the last 3 years...copper, steel, stainless steel.


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    It'd better be worth the copper if your riskinging 3rd degree burns on over half of your body for it! OUCH!



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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    What we have here are some REALLY bright people. Pun intended.



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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    With China industrializing, the cost of materials is sky rocketing due to simple economics - supply and demand, price and quantity. Demand for said metals has sky rocketed, I don't think the supply has kept pace to price has increased accordingly


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    With China industrializing, the cost of materials is sky rocketing due to simple economics - supply and demand, price and quantity. Demand for said metals has sky rocketed, I don't think the supply has kept pace to price has increased accordingly


    For paying attention in econ 101.


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    I will never forget my high school econ class... I think the first thing we ever learned was a little diddy that went "Price and Quantity, P and Q". Mr. Grady would have us repeat it through out the trimester...


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    Re: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    As for the copper thieves... I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for them. It's not like big oil foots the bill for this, it's the utility customers that do... aka the general populance (himself included). It's dangerous and stupid... I try to feel for humanity but at some point Darwin's theory on survival of the fitest should come into play...

    Which reminds me, I wanted to rant about why when a beach is closed due to rip currents, cities put more rescue workers on duty... not fewer. If you're too dumb to ignore the signs telling you to stay out of the ocean because of dangerous waters that can and will kill you, you don't deserve people risking their lives to save yours.


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    Re: Update: Emergency workers rescue copper thief from utility pole

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Looks like he's gone from Darwin Award Honorable Mention to leading candidate...


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