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Suicidal NYC Man Saved By Garbage Pile

From a bemused Reuters:

Suicidal New York man leaps, but saved by garbage pile

Mon Jan 3, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A would-be suicide jumper in New York was alive on Monday after leaping from a ninth-floor window but landing in a giant heap of garbage uncollected since the city’s massive snowstorm a week ago.

Vangelis Kapatos, 26, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after jumping from his apartment on West 45th Street on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Sanitation workers have not collected trash since the December 26 storm dumped more than a foot and a half of snow on the city. Mounds of garbage several feet high line many sidewalks.

"Everybody is complaining that the trash hasn’t been picked up," Kapatos’ aunt said on Monday. "But me, I’m thankful that it was never picked up."

It’s yet another miracle brought about by New York’s selfless public sector unions.

Police said the trash bags below broke Kapatos’ fall and that he left no suicide note before jumping.

The Department of Sanitation, which was only resuming garbage collecting on Monday, estimates 77,000 tons of trash have been left uncollected since the storm.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he expects workers to be caught up with trash collection by Friday.

"It will take a few days to catch up," Bloomberg said. "But they’re out there today and hopefully in the next three to four days, we’ll be done with it."

But what about the suicides that won’t be prevented, Mr. Bloomberg?

Katharina Capatos, who spells her surname differently from her nephew, told Reuters he was severely depressed and had spent a month in the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital before being released last week.

He also was worried about the possibility of being evicted from his $572-a-month rent-stabilized apartment, she said.

Kapatos’ eviction hearing was scheduled to proceed on Tuesday, according to the New York City Housing Court.

How come Charlie Rangel never tried this approach?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Suicidal NYC Man Saved By Garbage Pile”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    … taking out the trash gets a whole new meaning ….

  2. mr_bill says:

    I’ll give 20:1 odds the AP story originally had the headline “Heroic union members save mid-town man from certain death”

  3. proreason says:

    mixed feeling.

    another democrat saved.

    4 more votes for Obamy

  4. canary says:

    well, thankfully auntie will surely let her nephew move in with her and provide long care medical for the poor fellow that failed. Maybe he will sue the union for the garbage that caused his

    “was hospitalized in critical but stable condition”

    he fell on sharp dangerous and toxic items. Let’s hope he’s not paralyzed or brain damaged.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Probably never got his Obama money in the mail. You know how deranged boot lickers get around the holidays and their Oracle is on vacation in the tropics.

      OT….. Welcome back Steve. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looks like you’re rearing to go now!

  5. potus4 says:

    “How come Charlie Rangel never tried this approach?”

    You mean jumping off of a building? We’d never be so lucky.

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    So we lose an infant and an old lady due to these thuggish overpaid public sector union bums doing what they do best, and in trade preserve this…person. In the new world order, that’s what they call compromise.


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