I used the search bar and the only things that came up were old threads. I figured I'd start a new one, as these interesting stories happen on a daily basis globally.
It's not secret that in emergency services, whether one is a volunteer or paid, that we see some of the most bizarre people and behavior. People that must've been swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool commit to some of the most brainless acts I've ever seen. Other instances may include drunks or anything that is, well... bizarre.
Here's the latest call that I went on where one of the people we came in contact with should be given a pat on the back by Mr. Darwin himself:
I was en route to the FD to help out with a fundraiser when we get toned out for a commercial alarm - heavy smoke in the building, according to eyewitnesses on the scene already. It's a nail salon of some sort in the middle of a strip of stores.
Upon arrival with engine the front door of the salon is closed, but we can see that the place is filled with smoke through the front window. We get to the front door and a small asian woman opens the door, some smoke billowing out from the front door. She smiles an awkward, crooked smile and we walk in, a dense smoke in the air. What was she and her friends doing?
Well, we walk into the back area where our Chief is now standing - an old-styled charcoal BBQ sitting right outside the back door... now. Apparent her and her friends were BBQing inside of the store because it was drizzling outside (barely).
The woman looks at us with a dumbfounded look and says, in broken English, "So sorry, so sorry." She smiles again.
To top it all off, since it was in a strip there was one panel which was in a Dunkin Donuts at the end of the strip. When we got in there the panel was blocked off by some sort of rolling deli station to the point that it was not openable. Great, right?
I have other stories, but I'll share as this threat progresses, if it does.