Tuesday, November 13, 2007

memo: a shotgun is not a lug wrench

Anyone who has ever changed a tire knows that removing the lug nuts from a wheel can be exasperating. Sometimes, they just don't want to move.

Perhaps next time you want to remove a stubborn lug nut, you will want to consider an important life-lesson from a man in Washington state.

A 66-year-old Southworth man had been working for two weeks trying to repair his Lincoln Continental. He got all but one lug nut off a wheel, but just couldn't seem to get the last one. He tried and perspired. No deal.

But he was determined.

In a moment of frustration-inspired genius, the man took out his 12-gauge shot gun and decided to teach the lug nut a lesson it would never forget. From about an arm's length away, he blasted the lug nut with a full load of buckshot.

As any calm person might expect, the lug nut seemed unaffected by the shot but the metal wheel acted as a marvelous reflector for the buckshot. The buckshot from the gun ricocheted and "peppered" the man with gunshot from his legs to his chin.

Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said that the man was not intoxicated at the time, and fortunately, no one else was there to get hurt.

The man took severe injuries to both legs and is recovering at Tacoma General Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery. There is no word on the lug nut.


Hey Jimmy, after you fix that tire, you wanna come over here and help me get this dang splinter out?


Struggling Parents said...

Whoa !!! Thats just crazy...I just read this on someone else's blog...have a great day !!!

Anonymous said...

That's the kind of thing that you'd want to at least pretend you were drunk while doing. I mean, if it was me, I'd tell the cops I'd been drinking all day. Good grief.