My co-worker emailed me this story about some crazy guy that ran naked onto the tarmac at LAX trying to board a moving plane.
As it turns out, this guy is a co-worker of ours.
I am in awe!!
Now I know that mental illness is no laughing matter, but this story is just so bizarre that I can't believe it. I had to walk by my friend's work area to contemplate this guy who is behind all the madness.
I'm not worthy.
Apparently, this story is a few years old.
Salon.com Nov. 4, 2004 | Los Angeles -- A man was charged with trespassing after he stripped naked, scaled a airport fence, ran across the tarmac and climbed into a plane's wheel well before firefighters talked him out, officials said.
The man had earlier tried to buy a ticket for a Qantas Airways flight to Australia with only a credit card receipt. He told authorities at Los Angeles International Airport that he stripped off his clothes Monday to protest the airline's decision to deny him the ticket, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.
The man, XXXX XXXXX, 31, of Canada, suffers from bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive illness) and had been listed as a missing person in Canada, Castles said. He was booked on a tresspassing charge, and was released from custody Tuesday.
Baggage handlers saw the man climb an 8-foot, barbed-wire fence that separates public and private areas of the airport and run to a departing plane as it backed from the gate. He climbed into a wheel well before the plane stopped.
He ignored police officers' commands to come out, but complied when city firefighters arrived. The Boeing 747, bound for Melbourne, Australia, departed an hour late.
Airport authorities will look into improving the fence, said Paul Haney, a spokesman for the agency that operates the airport.
**This particular version of the story neglects to mention the barbed wire atop the fence. He scaled it unscathed.
On another note, Happy Birthday Tommy Hunter!!
In case you aren't from Canada, Tommy Hunter is a HUGE icon. He doesn't have the fame of Stompin' Tom Conners, but if you grew up in the boonies of Canada, where you only got 2 television stations, chances are you have encountered this man. He had a variety show with a tinge of country. I mean, look at the guys hair!
Cheers Tommy, and thanks for all those great years of tv!!
Go and check out his awesomeness:Tommy Hunter