03 June 2005

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (16)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Associated Press (from Thursday, June 2; link good at time of posting):
Authorities have a tip for would-be gasoline thieves: when stealing gas in the dark, do not use a lighter to check on your progress.

Authorities say one man did just that when he was siphoning gas from a dump truck at a business in the Adirondacks.

The sheriff's department says he was transferring the fuel from the truck to a gas can when he used a lighter to see how full the container had become.

That sparked a fire that caused minor burns to his face and hands.

The fire spread to a nearby forklift, which was destroyed in the blaze.

The man has been charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief.

It was his second arrest in a month for stealing gasoline from businesses in the town of Thurman, about 65 miles north of Albany.

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