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Frohickey
May 18, 2004, 05:10 PM
Camper van thief siphons off raw sewage instead of diesel
(http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=14248320&method=full&siteid=89488&headline=sucker-name_page.html)

By Calum Macdonald

A BUNGLING thief tried to siphon diesel from a camper van but got a mouthful of raw sewage.

The would-be raider missed the fuel tank in the dark and put a tube into the van's septic tank by mistake.

And after sucking up the foul-smelling waste, he threw up on the spot and fled.

Pensioner John O'Hare found a puddle of vomit and an abandoned petrol container when he stepped out of the van in the morning.

And last night he smiled: 'I hope the thief has learned from his experience and given up his evil ways.'

John, 73, and wife May, 69 of Arden, Glasgow had spent a week touring Scotland before stopping off for the final night of their holiday in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire.

John said: 'We made sure everything was safe and secure and settled down for the night. The following morning we were disgusted to find that under the cover of darkness a thief had attempted to siphon off diesel from the fuel tank.

'But fortunately for us, he was left with a nasty taste in his mouth.'

John found a plastic siphon tube and an empty fuel container next to their camper.

The contents of the septic tank had been drained and lay on the ground next to a pool of the thief's vomit. Also abandoned at the scene was a pile of pound coins which John believes may have been stolen from a vending machine earlier in the night.

John and May donated the abandoned pound coins to Oxfam.

John said: 'We hope this thief will give up robbing visitors and tourists seeking a peaceful and pleasant holiday after what happened to him.'

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Nasty.

Chip NoVaMac
May 18, 2004, 05:18 PM
There is "sweet" justice after all.... :D

jimsowden
May 18, 2004, 05:36 PM
that guy got owned.

Makosuke
May 18, 2004, 07:38 PM
I'm pretty sure I've heard of that happening before, although the last time I read about it the guy was so sick he couldn't even get away.

You'd think even if you were a stupid and desperate enough criminal to siphon deisel out of a motor home, you'd have the sense to maybe take a whiff before you start to make sure it wasn't raw sewage you were about to start sucking on.

Of course, you'd have to be pretty stupid to try to start siphoning any kind of fuel by sucking on the hose--haven't these people ever heard of a hand pump? Might be a worthwhile purchase with some of the change he/she stole from that vending machine.

michaelrjohnson
May 18, 2004, 10:45 PM
highly amusing...

perhaps it serves them right.

virividox
May 19, 2004, 12:41 AM
damn!!! that is some nasty stuff!!!

wdlove
May 19, 2004, 11:43 AM
He is lucky that he didn't die from a massive infection. The high gas prices are causing people to do such stupid things. :eek:

Frohickey
May 19, 2004, 02:30 PM
damn!!! that is some nasty stuff!!!

Nah... its just the new fangled style of motorhome... the ones that run on bio-fuel. :eek: :p

CAM
May 20, 2004, 07:43 AM
Ran off, huh? Well, I'm sure he'll be back with a lawyer to sue the owners and/or the RV manufacturer for not using neon signs to mark the tanks. ;)

jxyama
May 20, 2004, 09:10 AM
Ran off, huh? Well, I'm sure he'll be back with a lawyer to sue the owners and/or the RV manufacturer for not using neon signs to mark the tanks. ;)

only in america, my friend. only in america... :D

krimson
May 20, 2004, 09:11 AM
Sounds kind of like this from Snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/autos/theft/siphon.asp)

pooky
May 20, 2004, 12:35 PM
Sounds kind of like this from Snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/autos/theft/siphon.asp)

This is getting irritating, it's the second time today I've read an urban legend posing as news, and one of them from a source that many people consider to be reliable mainstream news. Has the media gotten so bad that they just publish any idiotic story that comes across the desk, without even checking?

Hemingray
May 20, 2004, 04:48 PM
I was laughing my you-know-what off at this until I read the snopes.com article and realized... Duh, there's no way this could have happened!

The sewage outlet is always on the underside of the camper, and considerably bigger than a gas cap. It wouldn't even be possible to siphon out of that... gravity is what empties the sewage tank, and on top of that nothing will even come out unless the valve is opened.

Oh well, it's funny in imagery at least. :)

CAM
May 20, 2004, 08:47 PM
only in america, my friend. only in america... :D

Yeah, my mistake. Next time I'll try paying attention. It helps! :D

redAPPLE
May 21, 2004, 03:36 AM
on the contrary, my family have used or have rented a camper van in which the opening (of the sewage) is on the side (maybe not on the same side of the van).

to empty the "stuff", one has to pull out the container and dump it "somewhere". thank God i did not have to do that.

i think this is for smaller camper vans...

while this story may be a hoax. i can say that it is more probable, that something like this will happen, than impossible.