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    Yabba-Dabba-Doo! AlmostTrick's Avatar
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    Did This Person Get Whacked?

    While riding through James "Pate" Philips State park on my way to work this morning I seen a human body lying in the middle of the path up ahead! Since nobody would lay there on purpose I figured this person must have gotten whacked. I stopped about 30 feet short of it and looked all around to see if anyone else was nearby. Then I called out to see if the person would or could respond. There was no response. As I slowly rode past the young male I could see that he was sleeping and snoring, but did not appear to be harmed in any way. (Although it was in the upper 40's at daybreak and he had nothing but shorts and a tee shirt on)

    There is a strip club nearby so my guess is he probably had too much to drink and passed out on his way home. I wasn't going to start poking him, and I don't have a cell phone, so I just continued on. What would you have done?
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    Done? If he was snoring and not in any apparent danger, probably nothing.

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    Yeah...just a drunk who passed out like you thought, I'd suspect. I'd have probably woken him just because it was so cold he could get hypothermia if there too long, but likely he'd have woken up before that happened and gotten himself somewhere warm. No probs either way.
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    Practice my bunny hop.

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    I wouldn't have poked him either.

    Seriously, I remember a guy freezing to death several years ago. He was wandering around drunk and got lost. Tried to enter a house, but the lady who lived there turned him away. He was found lying in the snow frozen the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truman View Post
    Done? If he was snoring and not in any apparent danger, probably nothing.
    Temperature in the upper 40s, and the guy is in shorts and a T-shirt? I probably would have woken him up, and if I couldn't wake him, I would have called the EMS.

    http://www.outdoorplaces.com/Feature...ypothermia.htm

    Moderate hypothermia takes over when the core temperature is in a range from 93� degrees F to 95� degrees F. Shivering slows down. This is because the blood vessels have become so restricted in it's effort to prevent loss through circulation. Movement is very uncomfortable. The victim can appear drunk with slowed slurred speech, poor coordination and a lack of balance. Confusion, apathy, and an inability to make proper decisions set in. As the temperature moves to 93� degrees F breathing may become shallow, drowsiness or a euphoric urge to sleep will start to set in. As above victims of hypothermia are very difficult to deal with. Victims in this state have been known to plead to be left alone and allowed to go to sleep. You need to ignore these pleas; anyone in this state needs professional medical attention immediately.
    It is of course possible that this person was just fine, but I wouldn't chance it.

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    Any railroad tracks nearby?

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    If I had a cell phone, I would have called 911 and reported it to the police. I personally wouldn't try to wake the person or move them. Too much risk involved and I don't know CPR anyway. Best to leave that sort of thing to the professionals.

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    could have drug him over to the railroad tracks and waited for the train.

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    Call the cops.
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    it he was really drunk you could have tied a box of firecrackers to his ankle. really funny on TV or you tube.

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    Police non-emergency number. Somebody might have been looking for him.

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    If I had no cellphone on me, I would've called it in to the local police division HQ non-emergency number. Other than that, nothing. If he looked unharmed, I wouldn't start prodding him or agitating a potentially angry (ie, hungover/drunk/drugged) nutter.. shorts & T? heh, brave.

    Let's hope he's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    it he was really drunk you could have tied a box of firecrackers to his ankle. really funny on TV or you tube.
    Remind me to never pass out in a park anywhere near where you live .

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    This thread reminded me of a South Park episode.


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    One morning we found a woman lying in the garden in front of our apartment. We poked her and while she responded enough that we knew she wasn't dead, she wasn't really concious either. So we called the cops.

    We went back out and tried to rouse her. She was slowly coming to conciousness. We talked to her, and finally mentioned that we had called the police to help her.

    That did the trick. "The Police!" That got her attention and she got up quickly. It was a slow Sunday morning, so just as she was getting up, the cops arrived.

    She tried to run away. But they stopped her. That led to a little interrogation, which led to a little search of her purse, which led to a free ride in the cop car.

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    A person lying motionless in a park and this is a big deal? I see 'em all the time in NYC. Pff! you guys are too nervous.

    But seriously, there's an apparently homeless couple that's been sleeping on the same spot of the Hudson Greenway for weeks if not months. Wonder what they'll do when it gets cold.
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    We found a person in the same apparent condition as in the OP on the grounds of the apartment complex where I work. We thought he was drunk, slured speach, stumbling etc.. so we called the cops. It turned out he was a diabetic in need of serious medical attention.

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    I'd have called the cops. I would have no way of knowing if the guy had a legitimate problem such as a diabetic in shock, etc.

    On the flip-side I have been to NYC a few times, mainly Manhattan, and it did cross my mind to see how much I could make sleeping on the sidewalk dressed in ratty clothes with a little tin cup beside me.

    Hey, bhchdh, we were replying at the same time and brought up the same point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericy View Post
    Remind me to never pass out in a park anywhere near where you live .
    Oh, I am really cool, I would never hurt anyone, but I talk a lot of ^&&% on the internet. Really just kidding.

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    I probably would have reported it too if possible. It would not be a common sight around here. I concur with the no poking idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy View Post
    A person lying motionless in a park and this is a big deal? I see 'em all the time in NYC. Pff! you guys are too nervous.
    I know, but not everyone lives in an area that has bodies in various conditions lying all over the place. Had he been on a bench or something I would have been less concerned. But the fact the he was collapsed in the center of the path seemed quite odd.

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    Oh, I am really cool, I would never hurt anyone, but I talk a lot of ^&&% on the internet. Really just kidding.
    As inappropriate as it would be in reality, the thought of a firecracker hot foot gag did make me laugh. (but don't try this at home kids)
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    I agree with bhchdh and others about calling 911. The guy was unresponsive, laying in a path, in cold weather, and not dressed for that weather. That's not a good picture. Whatever the problem was, I'm thinking that guy needed help of some sort.

    BTW, unresponsiveness and snoring respirations are common in diabetic emergencies. And diabetic emergencies are, well, more common than you might think. I just ran on one earlier this evening. I'm not saying that's what the guy's problem was, but it's a reasonable possibility.

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    There's a 2 km long section of MUP coming into downtown from the East. Every spring/summer, it's possible to encounter multiple persons passed out across the pathway. The highest I've heard of was 6 in a 300 m stretch. The rollerbladers just jump 'em, but the cyclists run it as a slalom.
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