A Florida woman who started a fire in her office so she could get off work early has been jailed for nine months, the St Petersburg Times reports. Michelle Perrino, 40, of New Port Richey, executed her cunning plan on 12 May 2009, at Bayonet Point Oxygen. However, she subsequently blew it when she "mentioned the fire's origin - …
Bayonet Point Oxygen ?
Oh come on!
Sounds like a lot of very hard work in order to skive off...
... wait a minute.
Just in time for the birth?
She did what?
Setting a fire something in a company with the word "oxygen" in the title?
Only nine months is a pretty good option, compared to a Darwin Award.
She Is Lucky...
...the charge was not arson.
If she hadn't made that mistake, nobody would have suspected anything. Filing cabinets burst into flames all the time.
So was she...
fired for stupidity?
nine months free holiday too
The company sells oxygen...
and she started a fire? Isn't that exceptionally dangerous?
You know, what really matters is whether there was bottled oxygen near the filing cabinet rather than whether the company sells oxygen or had "oxygen" in its name.
You sound a bit like one of those police or security types who might stop someone for being in possession of a picture of a gun somewhere in the vicinity of an airport. You can't be too careful where children might be involved ...
re: that depends
Indeed - technically speaking setting fire to an O2 shop would presumably have the same hazard. Or setting fire to BP's head office building. Not that I'm condoning that sort of thing.
@ That depends
Of course, because we all know fire doesn't spread and 9 out of 10 businesses put words in their name for no reason.
I hoped she enjoyed her afternoon off with pay...
... as it's probably the last one she'll ever have. Has no one in the USA heard of a 'sickie'?
...they've never heard of 'overkill' either (reminds me of that Merkin who tried to loosen a stubborn car wheelnut by shooting it with his shotgun, thus spraying himself with ricocheting buckshot at point-blank range...)
Since it's the US
a sickie probably wouldn't be paid
pint, caused many a sickie
Not onl;y that
It seems no-one in the USA has heard of the BOFH.
You sir are incorrect Mr. Larrington. I write this from my desk across the pond where BOFH is a valuable training tool that I use to teach our inexperienced IT professionals.
Bayonet Point Oxygen.
Why do I get the mental image of a group of soldiers standing round a prisoner and saying: "We have ways of making you breathe...."?
Criminal Mischief?? Isn't that like 'illegal naughtiness' or something??
Sounds like somehting the Hamburglar would get picked up for.
Beer, 'cos I'm off now as I can smell smoke.
"...they've never heard of 'overkill' either (reminds me of that Merkin who tried to loosen a stubborn car wheelnut by shooting it with his shotgun, thus spraying himself with ricocheting buckshot at point-blank range...)"
My favourite is the attempt to remove the rotting whale carcass through the ingenious and subtle use of dynamite.
fairly old trick
Some years ago one would see, along about lunch time, unusually dense crowds milling around the NE corner of Connecticut Ave. and K St. NW in Washington, DC. These crowds had cleared out of building being searched for a bomb. Eventually the police found that some meathead would call in a bomb threat so that the building would be evacuated and his meathead friend could enjoy an unhurried lunch with him. Both got prison sentences.
Could have been worse
She was ordered to pay $4,800 damages and to have "no contact with Oxygen".
It's been worse before
In 2007 a nurse in Houston Texas started a fire in her office to conceal the fact that she had failed to complete some paperwork on time. She killed three people and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
9 months off work?????
Just enough time to squeeze out another drug dealer.
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Bayonet Point is a town in Florida, for those who are wondering.
That explains a lot
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Use common sense and read the damn article. It was in an *office* it didn't say that there was oxygen processing facilities present or even on the same site. It may be that the oxygen plant was on the same site in an entirely separate building, it may be that the plant was not even on the same site as the offices mentioned here. It may also be that they *resold* oxygen and said oxygen wasn't stored anywhere near the office as well.
It is idiotic to presume that just because they handle oxygen as a company that there would be oxygen present at an office, of which they may have more than one in multiple sites potentially for sales purposes.
Don't get out much? Just about any modest or larger factory facility has an office of some sort in it... what do you want to bet that companies that handle oxygen have an office in the same building? You have to have somewhere for the management to put their chairs.
Oxygen is not explosive....
.. it is only an oxidizer.
Fuels, like paper, wood, plastics, some metals, fine powders, some gases and petroleum products burn better w. additional oxygen or explode when in the right concentration with oxidizers.
You can't ignite oxygen so it won't explode and the gas bottles are designed to withstand typical fires w/o bursting.
What are you doing?
Are you seriously trying to bring logic and common sense into a discussion ON THE INTERNET?
@ Oxygen is not explosive
Yes, oxygen isn't explosive, it just makes other things oxidize so rapidly, potentially explosively if not an instant inferno which when it comes to human survival is a similar effect given it is not an environment comprised of 100% oxygen.
Gas bottles may be designed to withstand typical fires, but what about atypical fires... like those enhanced by a high % oxygen environment? I certainly wouldn't want to be in the building to find out.
...it's not an oxidizer either
It's just oxygen, one of the three essential elements of fire.
re @ That depends
True, god forbid a fire spread from our offices to our warehouse, that would be about 80 miles of the United Kingdom decimated!