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06-17-2015 09:12 AM  5 years ago
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Noobyflyer

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Balcony Collapse
13 people drinking on a small balcony late at night and it gives out. Now they want to blame the owner of the building.

How bout some personal accountability for doing dumb shi+?.....and not a single person has said a damn thing about the size of the balcony and the amount of people standing on it.

Darwin whether you like it or not....
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06-17-2015 03:34 PM  5 years ago
GyroFreak

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Makes you wonder ?
Was it a old cram phone booth type attempt,
'Lets see how many we can cram on this balcony.'
'Ohh yea, lets dance to a jump up and down to a beat.'
This is only conjecture but young party people do strange and sometimes down right dangerous things.
The case against politicians simply is that when they legislate for all men, they always omit themselves
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06-17-2015 03:40 PM  5 years ago
RM3

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bunch of liberal arts majors too probably... you wouldnt see a bunch of physcs majors or mechanical engineers doing that dumb $hit.

I feel bad for the parents of those stundents... most were just dumb kids that didnt think before they act like may kids do nowadays.

they will try to sue the building owner and fail as the building was built according to code and they exceeded the rating of what is allowed on a balcony... you cant sue for damages when your purpose was to induce damage in the first place.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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06-17-2015 04:49 PM  5 years ago
ssmith512

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they will try to sue the building owner and fail as the building was built according to code and they exceeded the rating of what is allowed on a balcony... you cant sue for damages when your purpose was to induce damage in the first place.
The Owner should the families of the injured and deceased for vandalism/damage to his building.
Steve
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06-17-2015 06:13 PM  5 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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2 questions.

1. Was the load rating of the balcony posted?

2.
you wouldnt see a bunch of physcs majors or mechanical engineers doing that
Why just mechanical engineers?
There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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06-17-2015 07:28 PM  5 years ago
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You know, the first balcony that ever collapsed, I'll excuse the people who were on it.

But when these are so common as to make the news about once a year or so, you'd think people would be a bit more cautious about walking out on a crowded balcony.

Darwin, indeed.

Maybe we need an assault balcony ban.
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06-18-2015 02:21 AM  5 years ago
Noobyflyer

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The first time I saw the story, and subsequently the next 20 times after that, not a single reporter pointed out the size of the balcony and the amount of people on it.

At what point did "reporters" completely stop making independent analysis of a story and ask basic common sense questions to humor their audience?

I watched the first story for 5 seconds and said "too many people on a small balcony"....drinking too. Now, after a week of fuss, finally someone has started to make the point that the structure may have failed from overloaded stress. Ever get into an elevator and see the max capacity sign in there? Have you ever been compelled to pull as many people as you can into it to test that limit. NO! Why?!? Cause you like life and you're not stupid!!!!
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06-18-2015 02:46 AM  5 years ago
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Ever seen an elevator with a "no farting" sign?

Well, dang it, there should be!
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06-18-2015 03:16 AM  5 years ago
RM3

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1. Was the load rating of the balcony posted?
guess you need a sign on your cars steering wheel that states just cause the speedo says 135mph does not mean you should try it.

or a sign by the pool that says the water is wet...

or that fire burns and you should now need to post a sign by your BBQ pit saying so.

they were stupid, drunk and paid the price.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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06-18-2015 04:10 AM  5 years ago
gologo

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Reminds me of the Hyatt Skywalk disaster, with the balconys 'pancaking' like
that...

Design of the support rods were blamed in the way they were attached, and
very well could have been, but there were a LOT of people on the walks that
night and no one seemed too concerned about limiting the number......until IT
happened. Then it was time to sue sue sue!
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06-18-2015 04:12 AM  5 years ago
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Rotted wood is to blame. Building was defective.
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06-18-2015 04:26 PM  5 years ago
fla heli boy

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Looks to me like it was a type of "French balcony".
Doors open in and the balcony is simply meant to hold up a railing so when the doors are open, it's simply for the purpose of giving a view.
No real intent to have people walking around on it, much less hold 13 drunken idiots.
I don't do them often, but we do them occasionally.
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06-18-2015 08:06 PM  5 years ago
nitro fun

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Rotted wood is to blame. Building was defective.
The only thing that was defective is the moron that has no clue on how to waterproof a deck...

And I bet all the other balconies on that building are in the same condition...
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06-18-2015 08:21 PM  5 years ago
Life_Nerd

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Agreed
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06-18-2015 09:16 PM  5 years ago
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fla heli boy
Looks to me like it was a type of "French balcony".
"French balcony" loaded with drunk Irish students...sounds like a recipe for disaster.
90% of life is "showing up"
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