Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

This December, when we look back over 2017 and start selecting the best pictures, events, and quotes of the year, look for this one to be in the top ten dumb things anyone said:

"I'm drunk. I'm stupid. I'm a Pats fan."
The author of that quote, one Dennis Harrison, is 25, and to paraphrase Casey Stengel, in ten years, he's got a chance to be 35.  
But don't expect him to be much smarter than he is now.

In the middle of the night last Saturday night/Sunday yawning, young Harrison ALLEGEDLY left a party of his fellow intellectuals and went to the hotel where the Pittsburgh Steelers were asleep prior to Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Boston New England Patriots. 

Everyone left their rooms.
His "friend" drove Harrison in his own car to the hotel, and said he'd wait for him. Harrison ankled through the lobby of the hostelry and up the second floor, where he pulled the fire alarm to rouse the Steelers. And, of course, every other man, woman and child in the place.

Then, he beat feet back to the street, only to find his wheelman gone, and the car sitting there, with no keys.

So Harrison walked away, and that's where he was arrested, in one of the easier cases for Boston PD to crack since they busted Whitey Bulger.

What troubles me is that every report I've seen about this whole stupid prank mentions how inconsiderate it was of Harrison to mess with Ben Roethlisberger's night of golden slumber and the others in the Holidaze Inn.

No one talks about the risk that firefighters and police undertake to respond to the false alarm.  For all they know when they get the call, fire is busting out windows and smoke is filling the hallways and people are climbing onto the roof to be rescued. Check the statistics from the National Fire Protection Association to see just how often people who have lost some of their marbles decide to pull a fakeroo. First responders have been injured and killed during these incidents, and other citizens as well, from collisions with responding apparatus.

And add to that, someone two blocks away from the hotel might really need fire, EMS, or police assistance for a true emergency.

Not the look of a wise man.
The Boston Globe reports that Harrison pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and setting off a false fire alarm charges. He's due back in court on Feb. 13.

I for one hope he gets, at the very least, some time in the Walled-Off Astoria. He doesn't look like it's easy for him to learn this is a bad habit, but maybe others can learn from his stupidity.

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