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News: Things Not To Do [Sep. 21st, 2007|03:10 pm]
Things which have recently floated by...

  • Pluto goes ballistic - One part of being a character performer is that you can never ever ever do this. No matter what the kid might've done to deserve it. Bad dog.

  • Oregon Duck Beats Up Houston Cougar - Maybe it's more acceptable if it's sports mascots? This is still crossing the line and can't be fun publicity for either of the teams involved. Bad duck.

  • Do Not Put Snakes In Your Mouth - A man was bitten after shoving a rattlesnake in his mouth. As Samuel L. Jackson would say: Motherf***ing snakes on a motherf***ing tongue. In a burst of honesty, the man said, "You can assume alcohol was involved."

  • Do Not Rob Karate Schools - When picking stick-up targets, do not go for that place with all the people gathered together practicing how to beat on bad guys. Can we assume alcohol (or other drugs) were involved here?

  • Do Not Rob Police Training Grounds - When picking a place for a robbery, do not choose the warehouse that's being used to train police dogs. I've been to Antioch and I know it's not exciting, but there have to be better ways to get your kicks.

  • Fighting Dirty for Denture-Wearers - If you're in a fight, you can try to disarm your opponent. But grabbing their false teeth out of their mouth is not generally how it's done. The police charge: robbery.

[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2007-09-21 10:37 pm (UTC)
i have no link, but another piece of sage advice in the form of an actual court case a colleague of mine served as a juror for:

do not perform a B&E on a cop's house. if the cop resident there returns while you are in the act, absolutely do not shoot at him.
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2007-09-22 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re Pluto: I've not yet seen (admittedly I haven't looked very far) anything suggesting for certain that Pluto and the kid were not just engaged in high-spirited chasing-around, of the kind a lot of kids tend to like. Squeals and even screams aren't necessarily an indication that there's anything wrong if that were the case. Of course, the woman who stops Pluto obviously thought something was wrong, as do most of the Youtube commenters and posters of copies of the video, but do you have any better reference to suggest it *was* actually not just a game?

If it *wasn't* a game, then yes, absolutely not. If he had a problem with the kid, his handler should have been the one to have sorted it out. Personally, when I'm in suit, I know I have limited vision and can't be sure what's going on, so I would always be giving kids the benefit of the doubt anyway; if it got beyond that, a handler (in cases where I had one) should have had plenty of time to intervene by that stage.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-09-27 09:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know the background on the situation at all. But I think the performer is still at fault (though less so) for not chasing while clearly in character. He didn't make it look like a game. Additionally, moving that fast with limited vision around guests could result in someone getting knocked over, which is bad practice.
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[User Picture]From: genecatlow
2007-09-23 04:08 am (UTC)
*chuckle* Those "Do Nots" are Darwin Award winners for sure and certain :)
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2007-09-23 01:19 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry - but as a duck i have to say i found that oddly hysterical. i mean it's bad that he was punching the snot out of the other mascot... but it's college football... i have to say "woooooooooooooo! go ducks! even our mascot kicks ass... literally" take THAT beavers!
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