Today I drove past a whole bunch of cars, including two cop cars, at a cemetery near my house. I couldn't see much, but two cops were crouching next to what looked like a black bear, unconscious on a tarp. I checked the local police blog, and sure enough, there were apparently two young, non-aggressive black bears walking around the area all weekend. They captured one for relocation, but it looks like the other one is still at large. NO idea where they could have come from. We're not far from rural farmland, but decently far from any comfortable bear habitat.
Since I was at the blog anyway, I read through the reports to see if anyone I knew had been arrested or in a stupid accident. A couple of weeks back, I found a report about a fifth grader damaging computers at my kids' old elementary school.
By peeing on them.
He peed all over a car full of Macbooks. The cart and computers were "damaged beyond repair" (does that mean no one wanted to touch them?) and the total damages equal $36,000.
As a parent, I'm appalled at the amount of damages and can't even imagine what I'd do if I became responsible for a bill like that. As a human being, my response is a little more direct.
Who decides to PEE on a bunch of COMPUTERS? At SCHOOL. It's not incomprehensible that a kid with a lot of troubles at home or at school or both might pull over a cart full of computers, or even smash them with a bat or kick and throw them.
But PEEING?! Who on earth thinks, "let me pull out my dingle and urinate on this equipment?" (Note: "dingle" was my husband's word.) That takes a few more moments of thought and... I don't want to contemplate the state of that kid's brain.
I feel most pity, though, for the cleaning staff. That is a LOT of pee. Good thing the halls are tiled and not carpeted. Ugh.