Aren’t Fire Hydrants for Dogs?

One would like to think that if a fire hydrant is not being used to put out fires, ithydrant.jpg should only then be used by the neighborhood canines. Last year, however, some people had a different idea and were actually seen walking around with them. Why would anyone steal a fire hydrant?!? They wanted the copper. I didn’t even know that there was copper inside of fire hydrants, but there is. Who would have thought of such a thing? Who would have cared? The criminal element looking to make a fast buck seems to care a lot.

Copper theft! That’s how it started — with the fire hydrants, but then these vandals, thieves, or whatever you want to call them, went after the street lights and took the copper wiring from inside of those. This left portions of the freeway in darkness. Last summer, these morons darkened seventy street lights along the H-2 freeway. Apparently the demand, and hence the cost, of metal has gone up significantly and some have seen fit to take advantage of it.

There were arrests made last year but all the culprits received in the way of punishment was a one-year jail sentence and five years of probation, or something like that. Needless to say, after this off-the-wall copper theft cost the city over $200,000, prosecutors were not happy with the light sentence that the perpetrators received. The worst part of the whole thing is that the heists are continuing, and in broad daylight! I am just amazed at the audacity of these losers! Get a job!

Until the city is able to stop this nonsense, be advised that if your pooch is going for a walk in the evening, he may not be able to find his favorite fire hydrant. It might be missing altogether. Of course, even if it’s there, the street might be too dark for fido to see it anyway.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Angel // Feb 8, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Now there is something you never think about when you think “Hawaii”.

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 8, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Yep, it sure threw me off! Thanks for visiting again!

  • 3 Carole // Feb 22, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    That is so interesting! Who woulda thunk?

  • 4 Carole // Feb 22, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Now that I clicked, I looked up and noticed that your ad is for fire hydrants on ebay! Too funny. I was wondering what they did with them after they removed the copper.

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