Thursday, December 14, 2006

Call it a prejudice if you want, but...

If you turn up at trucking school and:

1) Really, really want a hazmat license.

2) Want it fast.

3) Don't want to learn to back up the truck.

4) Are named Mohammed.

...then don't be surprised if folks start reaching for their phones and the heat takes an inordinate amount of interest in you.

10 comments:

Marko said...

Something's a bit fishy, all right.

OTOH, why would he try to get a hazmat license if he intended to commit mass murder? Isn't that like making sure you pass the CCW course so you're legal on the way to committing a mass shooting at the Chuck-E-Cheese?

wnezouwq!

Tam said...

It depends on whether there are any weigh stations or roadblocks between you and Chuck-E-Cheese...

Arcticelf said...

>snip< On Tuesday, Mullawala went to state police headquarters thinking he was responding to another matter. He was then apprehended and turned over to ICE. >/snip<

Nice contrast to the last two links you've posted about police response. Seems to me this would have been a better time for a SWAT raid then either of the others...
AE

Tam said...

How 'bout that?

No muss. No fuss. Please put these handcuffs on, sir.

Justin said...

OTOH, why would he try to get a hazmat license if he intended to commit mass murder?

Cost. You can snag a pistol for a couple of hundred bucks. An 18 wheeler filled with who-knows-what is a little harder to come by. So, you get your license then get a job to furnish you with your required equipment and raw materials.

Sorta like buying a plane ticket instead of buying your own plane.

Diamondback said...

Is it just me, or wouldn't it just have been easier to rent a Ryder 24' truck that can carry up to 33,000 pounds? I rented one of these to move six years ago in less than 20 mins.

3yellowdogs said...

I'm sure our friend at CAIR, as they have with the flying imams, will soon be on the case, alerting us to the horrors of racial profiling and Muslimophobia that's rampant in American culture.

LawDog said...

Most places that handle transport and distribution of Hazardous Materials ask to see a drivers license sometime during the process -- usually to photocopy it for their records.

No HazMat company wants to hear that they released a load of Something Nasty to a dude who turned out not to be certified to haul that sort of thing -- after he flips the truck in the middle of downtown Deepinahearta, Texas. Lawyers just drool at the thought of that kind of thing.

Joe Falafel shows up to acquire a load of Nastium Hydrochloride, and can't show a HazMat-certified license -- the company is going to show him the door, file a complaint with his trucking company and generally raise a bit of a stink.

Dan said...

This is one of those times that I can't stop hearing those old time Westerns I used to watch growing up.

"We're gonna give you a fair trial and a first class hangin'."

Dan

cleanhead said...

I don't think deporting this guy actually addresses the problem. Prison sounds closer to a reasonable response.