Two Men Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Underground High Tension Electrical Transmission Cables in Panama
Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 11:10 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: In Panama crack heads steal electrical cables for the copper they contain. They take them back to an empty lot somewhere, start a fire, and burn off the insulation. Then they take the roll of resulting wire cable to business that buys metal by weight to be recycled. They get their $5 bill - good for another rock of crack cocaine - and off they go, good for another few hours of chemically induced happy happy joy time. These guys end up electrocuting themselves in the act frequently. Drugs kill, in many ways. That's why these crack heads are always skinny and dirty - they don't care about anything, including food - and they are only concerned about getting enough money for their next fix. Toss a little mental illness on top of the addiction and presto, you've got yourself a homeless street person, Panama style. In Panamanian Spanish they call them "piedreros" - a rock is a "peidra" so they are named after the rocks of crack they smoke. Here's a news clip of two "piedreros" fighting over cans of metal pulled from dumpsters. In the news clip they say (at the time) they can sell the aluminum they find for 30 cents a pound.