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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dodger fan missing. Might have walked off pier

A 27-year-old man reported missing after attending Monday night’s Giants-Dodgers game may have fallen off San Francisco’s Piers 30-32 into the bay, police said.

I’m wondering what his last text was?

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: June 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. smileyy Posted: June 26, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4166849)
I’m wondering what his last text was?


"I shld rly lrn 2 swim sumtim"
   2. Rants Mulliniks Posted: June 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4166857)
Someone should have told this guy that when someone tells you to take a long walk on a short pier they're joking.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4166875)
I just assumed this was a macabre metaphor to convey the recent nosedive of the Dodgers.
   4. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: June 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4166920)
Needs more McCourt jokes...
   5. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: June 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4166971)
Are we sure he wasn't a Royals fan? Because that would make more sense.
   6. Stormy JE Posted: June 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4166982)
The man was wearing a blue Dodgers jacket, a gray baseball cap, a white shirt and blue jeans.

What color was his iPhone?
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4166996)
He would have been fine if this had happened in 2006, 2007 or 2008.
   8. Bhaakon Posted: June 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4167013)
The missing man and his friend came to the game from Woodland (Yolo County)


That explains it, YOLO.
   9. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4167080)
So this is a sad story given that this guy is probably dead. However, the part of me that can't stand how some people seem incapable of going a few minutes without fiddling around on their phone, even if it means being oblivious to the world around them, doesn't feel a lot of remorse. Shouldn't it be common sense that not paying attention to what's in front of you when you're walking near a large body of water is, well, moronic?
   10. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: June 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4167094)
I think everyone has got it backwards. The guy who was texting was the one who didn't fall in the water. The article says nothing about the guy who fell in texting. The awkwardly written money quote:

The man was walking away from his friend's car when his friend looked down to write a text message, police said. When the friend looked back up, the man was gone. The friend believes he fell into the water.


I read this as A was walking away from B's car, B looked down to text, B looked up and A was gone.
   11. Steve Treder Posted: June 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4167097)
Shouldn't it be common sense that not paying attention to what's in front of you when you're walking near a large body of water is, well, moronic?

Indeed, and on this morning's local news coverage, one of the people interviewed made a point that there is no railing on this pier, as if that represented a particular hazard. I suppose it does, obviously, but my reaction is: it's a PIER. You shouldn't need a railing to prevent you from stepping off the EDGE OF A PIER.
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4167098)

Am I the only one who read TFA? It does not say that the missing man was texting when he fell into the water. It says his friend looked down to send a text, and when he looked up the man was missing, therefore he didn't see what happened to him.
   13. Morty Causa Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM (#4167105)
Thanks for the pier review.
   14. geonose Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4167116)
Ferningal and Inge have it right. The man who possibly fell into the bay was not the one texting; the article is clear. His friend looked down to text and when he looked up the man was gone.

   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4167127)
Might alcohol have possibly been involved?
   16. dr. scott Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4167132)
However, there is nothing to suggest he was not texting either.. in general, dont text and drink before you jump off the pier.
   17. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4167136)
Ah, I misread it to mean the guy was texting and disappeared (presumably into the water). I did think it seemed weird that his friend hadn't noticed how his buddy disappeared, but if HE was texting, then I suppose it makes sense.
   18. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4167144)
So this is a sad story given that this guy is probably dead. However, the part of me that can't stand how some people seem incapable of going a few minutes without fiddling around on their phone, even if it means being oblivious to the world around them, doesn't feel a lot of remorse. Shouldn't it be common sense that not paying attention to what's in front of you when you're walking near a large body of water is, well, moronic?


Let's not rush to pillory the poor lad; for all we know he was checking the updates on MLB's excellent At Bat app. My word I love that thing.
   19. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4167152)
#glugglugglug
   20. Morty Causa Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4167159)
Assuming this is a John Dickson Carr impossible/miracle murder, my suspicion is that the guy who reported this is the guy who was supposed to have fallen off the pier. Has anyone checked on him--does the "witness" exist in his own right? Where are his whereabouts now? Have the friends or relatives of the supposedly dead man seen him?
   21. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4167161)
Maybe he was counting the slits failing to recall the old adage: When you're out of slits, you're out of pier.

Thankfully, that particular shaggy dog requires much less setup than the one which ends: enticing young gulls across staid lions for immortal porpoises.
   22. Steve Treder Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:27 PM (#4167166)
#21, FTW.
   23. Morty Causa Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM (#4167170)
If you're intimating he sleeps with the fishes, please, no, I just had a big plate of dingamagoo.
   24. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4167173)
It reminds me of that great Otis Redding song "Texting at the dock of the Bay.........while my friend floats away."
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: June 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4167177)
I think everyone has got it backwards.


When I saw the criticism of people getting it backwards, I read the thread to see if I missed the deluge of people getting it backwards, and outside of the first post, I didn't see any.

   26. asinwreck Posted: June 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4167203)
Thanks for the pier review.


Double-blind, apparently.
   27. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: June 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4167239)
When I saw the criticism of people getting it backwards, I read the thread to see if I missed the deluge of people getting it backwards, and outside of the first post, I didn't see any.


#9 and the poster also got it backwards.

And I said "people" rather than calling out individuals so as to not bring shame upon anyone for their ignorance of this issue of vital national import.
   28. McCoy Posted: June 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4167310)
Let's not rush to pillory the poor lad; for all we know he was checking the updates on MLB's excellent At Bat app. My word I love that thing.

The free droid one is absolutely crap.
   29. A triple short of the cycle Posted: June 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4167385)
Jeez I bicycle past this pier twice a day including about 45 minutes ago. Very sad if the man accidentally fell in. There should be a railing IMO - especially if the pier is used as a parking lot for Giants games.
   30. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4167454)
You shouldn't need a railing to prevent you from stepping off the EDGE OF A PIER.

agree

There should be a railing IMO - especially if the pier is used as a parking lot for Giants games.

disagree

I know this area also. You can't simply fence for sheer stupidy or possible drunken behaviour. You get to the point where every body of water, every busy road should have a fence around it so people don't accidently step into or onto it.

   31. esseff Posted: June 27, 2012 at 01:35 AM (#4167457)
This is the site where the Warriors plan to build a bayfront arena.
   32. McCoy Posted: June 27, 2012 at 02:02 AM (#4167460)
They should build a cement trench in front of the edge of the pier.
   33. bobm Posted: June 27, 2012 at 02:21 AM (#4167461)
[32] They should build a cement trench in front of the edge of the pier.

How about a trough urinal instead?
   34. zachtoma Posted: June 27, 2012 at 03:35 AM (#4167465)
It says his friend looked down to send a text, and when he looked up the man was missing, therefore he didn't see what happened to him.


This is kind of fishy (pun most definitely intended lol), right?
   35. Jack Sommers Posted: June 27, 2012 at 06:29 AM (#4167476)
This is kind of fishy (pun most definitely intended lol), right?


Same reaction. I'm sure cops are looking at friend closely, but without a body they won't be able to do much.
   36. flournoy Posted: June 27, 2012 at 07:48 AM (#4167480)
Maybe everyone else was jumping off the pier, and he gave in to pier pressure, and did it too?
   37. Stevis Posted: June 27, 2012 at 07:57 AM (#4167482)
What does Adrian Monk think happened?
   38. . . . . . . Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:17 AM (#4167485)
His friend is RDP. Didn't see him fall in.


Look at my ray-pier wit.
   39. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4167487)
I know this area also. You can't simply fence for sheer stupidy or possible drunken behaviour. You get to the point where every body of water, every busy road should have a fence around it so people don't accidently step into or onto it.


As a connoisseur of possible drunken behavior, I concur with this. I find that fences are more often an enticement than a deterrent within the context of said behavior.
   40. A triple short of the cycle Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4168243)
Have to disagree with y'all on this one. You could not design a build a new facility like this - it would not pass safety codes. I remain surprised it does not have a railing and predict it will have one soon in response to this incident.
   41. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM (#4168263)
I worked on a case a few years ago that involved people going into the SF Bay. I had no idea how dangerous it is, around the piers - tons of jagged crap to get killed on, just below the water-line. And the water itself is very cold, and often moving FAST - think about how big the Bay is, and that when the tides change it's all moving through that fairly narrow Golden Gate. Nasty way to go.
   42. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 28, 2012 at 04:39 AM (#4168304)
What does Adrian Monk think happened?


Wouldn't an opinion from Jonathan Creek hold more water?
   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 28, 2012 at 05:44 AM (#4168305)
Maybe he was counting the slits failing to recall the old adage: When you're out of slits, you're out of pier.

That was almost Pearls Before Swineworthy.
   44. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 28, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4168362)
The free droid one is absolutely crap.
So is the free one for the iPhone.

Looking at the area, I could go either way as to whether or not there should be a rail.

Same reaction. I'm sure cops are looking at friend closely, but without a body they won't be able to do much.
As of current, there's no reason to think that the friend harbored ill intentions... uh, shorely? (punches self in face)
   45. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: June 28, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4168366)
Amazed nobody has made a Nomar joke yet.

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