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Taxi Driver Shoots Man in Bin Laden Mask

by C1ay / December 14, 2004 6:04 AM PST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) take note: You wouldn't be safe in Costa Rica. A startled taxi driver shot and wounded a jokester wearing a plastic mask of the al-Qaida leader, police said Tuesday.

Leonel Arias, 47, told police he was playing a practical joke by donning the Bin Laden mask, toting his pellet rifle and jumping out to scare drivers on a narrow street in his hometown, Carrizal de Alajuela, about 20 miles north of San Jose.

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Now there's a guy that belongs next to "dumb" in the dictionary. If that driver had been a better shot this guy would be eligible for a Darwin...

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(NT) (NT) Another Darwin Awards contestant heard from.
by Ziks511 / December 14, 2004 6:50 AM PST
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Senor Arias only would have qualified for the Darwins...
by Paul C / December 14, 2004 6:33 PM PST

...if, as Clay alluded to in his post, the taxi driver had killed him. If he decides to try again, might I suggest Lower Manhattan as a site for his effort?

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(NT) (NT) What a moron.
by caktus / December 15, 2004 3:35 PM PST
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Even without a Bin Laden mask
by Roger NC / December 15, 2004 11:09 PM PST

how smart is it to jump out at cars waving a weapon? not likely the driver going to be able to tell at a glace what kind of rifle or what the intentions are.

Even an "unarmed" driver isn't hardly defenseless. Afterall, if someone jumped out in street and pointed a gun at you, just not stopping or avoiding him would be a darn good defensive move in itself.

Adding the Bin Laden mask, if the driver recognized it quickly, with a rifle in hand.......

Well, isn't that sort of like the "police assisted suicide" idea? when someone forces police to fire at them?

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