• Dec 28, 2010
Tow truck and loader vs. parked Ford Explorer – Click above to watch the video after the jump

First, we'd like to go on the record as saying that we appreciate the people who keep our streets clean as much as the next guy. But let's face it: working for a sanitation department doesn't always require a finely honed intellect. Still, the incident caught in this video footage sinks to new lows.

With storms ravaging New York City and its surrounding areas, one rather large front-end loader somehow managed to get stuck in the snow and had to be pulled out by a tow truck, so city workers got to it. Just one problem: it was on a city street in between parked cars. But as you can see from the video, that didn't seem to concern the sanitation department personnel on the scene, to the unfortunate destruction of one snow-covered Ford Explorer parked adjacent. Follow the jump to watch the cringe-inducing footage for yourself, just be mindful of the explicit language. Thanks for the tip, Stan!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      saddest thing about that was the front end loader driver checking his loader for damage (near the end of the clip).
      • 4 Years Ago
      For NYC sanitation workers this IS completely normal...the highest form of dumbest...it is a requirement on their applications. And yes, most times they need a supervisor to help them...usually to no avail. This is also one of many, many situations of abuse of sanitation workers in NYC. You should see on a normal day, how they can block streets for 20 to 30 minutes while they s-l-o-w-l-y load garbage into the rear of their trucks. Their foul language on the street, harassing woman, often times in front of children. No, it is not a stressful job, its a lazy, privileged job with very good pay, and many, many benefits. People in Starbucks work harder than these people, and no, I don"t work for Starbucks. The police do not help in these situations, as they are part of the problem...government workers! Live here, as I have for twenty two (22) years, and you'll understand the dire need to rectify these situations. And it"s all politics. G
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope all involved in that "rescue" attempt were fired without any recourse. I also hope that the owner of that Explorer sued those people for all damages and then some.

      That was absolutely silly for two main reasons.

      1. Not giving two sh_ts about the damaged that they caused.
      2. Not even giving it a half a thought on the best way to get the stuck front end loader out.

      • 4 Years Ago
      A competant frontloader operator would have used his bucket to get free without destroying anybody's property. I live in Michigan where sights like these are reasonably common, but I've never seen or heard of an operator crushing somebody elses transportation to get his dumb a$$ out of the snow.
      Bill
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm one of those "dumb" workers. You desk jockeys, sitting at work, posting comments while you're suppoed to me working, amaze me. Try spending 30 hours in a plow or loader trying to get roads open so you jerks can get to work or fire trucks can get through. You get stuck and right away you have a boss on the radio screaming about getting out and back to work. Yes, you can sometimes use the bucket to move the loader over. He may very well have tried that before rhe barefoot boy started filming. We're supposed to feel bad because you live in NYC and parking garages are expensive. Well then, don't buy a friggen car, take the subway! Spend one storm in the truck with me and you will never think like you do again. These guys are far from idiots. In the summer months thay do things like rebuild roads, bridges and water mains. Things that keep you safe, but you just take for granted. If you want to get rid of government workers, fine, shovel the damn street. I can't wait to retire and get my good unoin pension!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bill
        Thank you for doing all that. But there's tons of better ways to deal with that situation than slamming the car. Understand your (and their) jobs are hard, and you do a lot, but that isn't an excuse for stupid behaviour.

        You think it'd be okay if a soldier decided to shoot a civilian so his life would be easier?

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bill
        Nope, those guys are still idiots. Sorry.

        You defending their actions is ridiculous in my opinion. What they did was inexcusable, and just 100% proved their stupidity. They could have waited 5 minutes for another plow truck to show up and hooked from both ends to pull out sideways. They never tried to use the blade to move the loader, you would have CLEARLY seen the blade marks on the pavement. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to have come up with a better plan than these fools.

        Lazy ass governement workers, protected by useless unions and get a fat salary and a fat pension for pretty much doing nothing. What they do, they do poorly.

        You might not be stupid, but these guys are.
        Bill
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bill
        I have now seen a more complete video that someone else took. There was a bus stuck just out of site on this video. The loader was trying to get it out. The operator did not use his bucket to try to free himself as he should have. However, 400 people in the dept. where recently laid off and it quite possible that he was in the machine without the proper training. Thats not an excuse, if he wasn't trained in it he should not be in it. Sadly I have heard, too many times, "Just get it done, if you don't, you're fired and I'll put someone else in it" In this economy no one wants to lose his job. This guy most likely did anyway.
        Please remember that unions are far from useless. There are people in any profession that don't do there job properly. Some are protected by a union, some by a friend and some by their Uncle Joe who happens to be their boss. Union contract have set a floor that everyone, weather they are a member or not, benifit from. 40 hour weeks, overtime, health care, pensions, child labor, vacations and more. A rising tide raises all boats
        Sorry about the spelling, I'm a truck driver not an english teacher.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, it looked like a bunch of people came out of the woodwork AFTER all the crunching. Why couldn't they go out and offer advice BEFORE they tore up the SUV?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure how this will be handled, but some cities make you use your OWN insurance to pay for damages caused by city equipment..... even when you are not at fault.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's the first I've heard of that. Link us?
        • 4 Years Ago
        New York is a no-fault state, isn't it? That means the owner of the SUV will be claiming the damages on their own insurance and then will have to take civil action in court to recover the cost of repairs.
      enjirya
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, really those individuals in the trucks were clearly wrong, but this jackass was video taping it, He could have just as easily took his self down the possibly three flights of stairs and informed them of what he could see from a higher position. It's always easier to condemn someone than help them. A very good reason NOT to live in New York
        • 4 Years Ago
        @enjirya
        If the guy went down to confront the two idiots, he could have been arrested for harassment second. New York State penal law section 120. Fines and possible jail time. This is just what he needed to do....post it for all to see.
      TBG358
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once the again the simple mentality of an individual with no concept of the larger picture. Accidents happen. Unfortunatly this one involved a parked car. Most likely an illeagly parked car.The guy in the loader has probaly been working non-stop since the storm started. He mis-judged his distance or slid into the car. Accidents happen. And there are times when brute force & ugliness occur to to resolve the siutation. In reference to the dumb remark about tire chains... Sure it would have been nice to have them. Not in the budget since they only get used once every 10 years or so if needed. Make out the reports, file the claims, see the Judge. That's how it works. oh yeh... Don't for get to issue the parking ticket to EVERYONE that was parked on the street in VIOLATION of the snow parking ban !!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TBG358
        The cars are legally parked. This is Brooklyn Heights, and Joralemon St. is held to once-a-week street cleaning rules. We don't have snow parking bans in NYC in legal spots. Too many cars. Where would they possibly be put?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TBG358
        Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the snow parking restrictions everybody is saying should have been in effect only occur if a snow emergency is declared... which it was not in NYC (though it should have been). From http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2010/dec/28/one-blizzard-two-markedly-different-approaches-nj-and-nyc/, "Quinn said she is not clear why the Bloomberg administration did not declare a snow emergency as was done in New Jersey."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TBG358
        Is that why after they hit the car, they continued with the assault, this just seems like two guys who know that they will not have to answer for their carelessness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You Ruined the video with your constant repeating unnecessary comments( next time shut up and let the images speak for themselves)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes they are stupid ....but i lived in NY ....what happened to altenate street parking? I got enough of those tickets to know you have move your car to the other side of the street to enable snow plows and emergency vehicles to get through .... I saw cars parked on both sides ..so on top of having his car destroyed... he's probably liable for a ticket on top of that
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are way wrong. When it snow in NYC alternate side parking is suspended. So the SUV owner won't get a summons. Also due to the magnitude of the damage, the city will pay for the damages.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, moron, clearly. Its not like that stopped after they hit it the first time. Instead, they just kept smashing into it over and over again.

      Second, why didn't the loader have chains on? There is zero excuse for that.
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