“The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of
the human genome by honoring those who
accidentally remove themselves from it...” ~ The Darwin Awards ~
If you think you’re having a bad day, it’s not as bad as James Brienzo, who was spotted by police as a suspected shoplifter when he exited (with a shopping cart full of merchandise) through a fire door at a Walmart store in Alliance, Ohio at approximately 6:00 AM, Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
According to reports, Brienzo spotted the police, fled on foot and decided to hide in a dumpster, which was behind the Walmart store. Bad idea. Moments later a garbage truck picked up and proceeded to compact the trash along with Brienzo.
Fortunately for Brienzo, he had the presence of mind to use his cell phone, calling a friend for help and was subsequently tracked by GPS by the police.
Once the police located and stopped the truck, they couldn’t immediately extract Brienzo, so he was taken to the Alliance Recycling Center where the trash was emptied.
According to police, Brienzo had been “compacted” a few times during his ride.
Presently, Brienzo is in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center, and the incident is still under investigation.
If he survives, he will forfeit the opportunity for a “Darwin Award.” IMHO, I think he would prefer not to receive the dubious honor. (If you are not familiar with the awards, simply follow the link that has been provided.)
Thanks to Cleveland Fox 8 News for the embedded video footage below.
I think I’ll file this post under “Bad Timing.”