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#1 Posted by Frostily (42 posts) -

I am at a McDonald's grabbing lunch turn to leave, and there is a employee sitting cross legged under the toy display with a lit blowtorch going over a loose pipe no safety gear just torching. In the middle of the customer area and no one is paying any attention to this. Am I crazy thinking that this is crazy?

#2 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

Seems pretty legitl to me.

#3 Posted by Imsorrymsjackson (855 posts) -

You are crazy for eating at McDonalds to be honest.

#4 Posted by Toxeia (729 posts) -

I imagine if you eat at McDonald's, dying from a gas-leak explosion isn't high on your list of worries.

#5 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

You are crazy for eating at McDonalds to be honest.

Especially with their ads today. They make all of their food look fake and just unappealing whenever they show something new. I swear their commercial make me not want to eat there. Carl's on the other hand... their burgers always look so good on TV.

#6 Posted by RazielCuts (2954 posts) -

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

You are crazy for eating at McDonalds to be honest.

#7 Posted by Frostily (42 posts) -

I will agree on poor food choices forgot my lunch at home :(

#8 Edited by Kidavenger (3553 posts) -

What exactly do you think is going to happen?

I'm all for safety, but it seems like the regulations are going overboard now.

Adults are more protected now than toddlers were 30 years ago and if you are at work, you'd better wear every piece of safety gear ever invented to keep you safe so you can go kill yourself rock climbing on the weekend.

#9 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

Haha that's pretty funny.

#10 Posted by RazielCuts (2954 posts) -

@Scooper: Oh shit! Where's your avatar from?! I remember him, wasn't he called 'The Head'? or something like that, on an art kids show in the UK. I don't think it was Art Attack with Neil Buchanan, was it?

#11 Posted by CaLe (3985 posts) -

McDonald's do great coffee.

#12 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -

McDonald's is great, you guys.

#13 Edited by Raven10 (1790 posts) -

Well I'm sure he broke about 500 company rules, but unless he blows everyone up I don't think customers have much to worry about. Did you try their new, what was it? Bacon Cheddar burger? Or was that Burger King?

Also, I would recommend Wendy's. They no longer put it on the menu but ask for the triple baconator. Best burger in fast food.

#14 Posted by NMC2008 (1237 posts) -

Fucking McDonalds haters everywhere, I love McDonalds, I just hate how expensive their Filet O'Fish has gotten, fucking dicks. lol

#15 Posted by super2j (1694 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

What exactly do you think is going to happen?

I'm all for safety, but it seems like the regulations are going overboard now.

Adults are more protected now than toddlers were 30 years ago and if you are at work, you'd better wear every piece of safety gear ever invented to keep you safe so you can go kill yourself rock climbing on the weekend.

Well a company has to make sure everything is as safe as possible because if a customer can sue McDonalds for giving her "hot" coffee without telling her its hot, then I am sure using a blow torch without protection is a much more riskier endeavor in the courts. Also, I dont go rockclimbing so i would appreciate it if someone had me be careful, especially if there is a potential to injure myself. It is ultimately better to be safe then sorry. If something did happen, you are the one to suffer, right? While you are correct that the amount of safety we have for some things are excessive but I am sure someone somewhere almost died because of not having that thing.

#16 Edited by Yummylee (21652 posts) -

@RazielCuts said:

@Scooper: Oh shit! Where's your avatar from?! I remember him, wasn't he called 'The Head'? or something like that, on an art kids show in the UK. I don't think it was Art Attack with Neil Buchanan, was it?

I'm 98% that you're correct. Fucking choking on the nostalgia over here!... Such a fun show. I was always too lazy to actually attempt all of the models and drawings ect., but I loved to watch it all the same. The Big Art Attack segment in particular was always my favourite.

#17 Posted by believer258 (11911 posts) -

IMcDonald's comes in handy when I need cheap food fast. I don't hate them.
On topic, most people have probably noticed but aren't saying anything because a) no one else has and b) it hasn't hurt anyone thus far.

#18 Posted by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

What exactly do you think is going to happen?

I'm all for safety, but it seems like the regulations are going overboard now.

Adults are more protected now than toddlers were 30 years ago and if you are at work, you'd better wear every piece of safety gear ever invented to keep you safe so you can go kill yourself rock climbing on the weekend.

I can see the idea that regulations have gone overboard to a point, but don't you think it's maybe a little much for someone to be sitting there welding with no safety gear? I mean the thing that's going to happen is probably nothing, but the thing that could happen is him severely hurting himself and maybe even other people. It's not like this kind of thing doesn't happen even when people do use safety gear, and if he had hurt himself or others we'd be sitting here saying "Well, it was dumb to not wear any safety gear".

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#19 Posted by Frostily (42 posts) -

Holding the thing you are blow torching with one hand and torch I'm the other is dumb as fuck

#20 Posted by Frostily (42 posts) -
@Frostily
Holding the thing you are blow torching with one hand and torch I'm the other is dumb as fuck
In fucking iPhone
#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@super2j said:

if a customer can sue McDonalds for giving her "hot" coffee without telling her its hot

There's FAR more to the case than that.

#22 Edited by NeVeRMoRe666 (268 posts) -

I think the biggest issue with this is that McDonald's is primarily known as a kid restaurant, there's a ton of toddlers running around. A person with a blow torch wielding the toy case shut is probably a recipe for disaster.

#23 Posted by ModernAlkemie (363 posts) -

Sounds like the guy was just doing some basic soldering. I think using a blowtorch is likely less dangerous than working the deep fat fryer or cooking over one of the stoves.

He certainly wasn't welding and wouldn't require a face mask with a filtered viewing port. Gloves and some goggles would be a good idea, but even holding what you are working on isn't a huge danger as long as you don't have your hand right next to the flame. The torch provides pretty localized heating and you would feel the metal getting warm before you were in any sort of danger of getting a burn.

#24 Edited by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@super2j said:

if a customer can sue McDonalds for giving her "hot" coffee without telling her its hot

There's FAR more to the case than that.

Holy cow, third degree burns. Why would coffe be that hot?

#25 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Rainbowkisses said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@super2j said:

if a customer can sue McDonalds for giving her "hot" coffee without telling her its hot

There's FAR more to the case than that.

Holy cow, third degree burns. Why would coffe be that hot?

Here's why.

#26 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

@RazielCuts said:

@Scooper: Oh shit! Where's your avatar from?! I remember him, wasn't he called 'The Head'? or something like that, on an art kids show in the UK. I don't think it was Art Attack with Neil Buchanan, was it?

Rofl I just had the exact same reaction! I did a fucking double take and then the nostalgia just came pouring in. Art Attack, man. Holy shit.

#27 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

@believer258 said:

IMcDonald's comes in handy when I need cheap food fast.

Same here. I'm poor and often times hungry. McDonalds will do. I am not above eating there. Also, Mickey D's is rad in Germany. Nothing like the American outlets.

#28 Posted by Gargantuan (1882 posts) -

Soldering pipes doesn't require any safety gear. Hell, even in school we didn't need to use gloves and at work no one cares. Welding requires gloves and a mask though.

#29 Posted by JasonR86 (9707 posts) -

What was the pipe for? Hopefully not gas. Then that shit would be crazy.

#30 Posted by Trav (241 posts) -

@super2j said:

@Kidavenger said:

What exactly do you think is going to happen?

I'm all for safety, but it seems like the regulations are going overboard now.

Adults are more protected now than toddlers were 30 years ago and if you are at work, you'd better wear every piece of safety gear ever invented to keep you safe so you can go kill yourself rock climbing on the weekend.

Well a company has to make sure everything is as safe as possible because if a customer can sue McDonalds for giving her "hot" coffee without telling her its hot, then I am sure using a blow torch without protection is a much more riskier endeavor in the courts. Also, I dont go rockclimbing so i would appreciate it if someone had me be careful, especially if there is a potential to injure myself. It is ultimately better to be safe then sorry. If something did happen, you are the one to suffer, right? While you are correct that the amount of safety we have for some things are excessive but I am sure someone somewhere almost died because of not having that thing.

To be fair, the woman that was scalded was somewhat elderly, had 3rd degree burns covering a large portion of her inner thighs, and only sued for damages that would assist her in paying for the medical bills that resulted in the accident. Once McDonald's refused to assist in this small way, things got out of hand.

#31 Posted by gaminghooligan (1447 posts) -

haha sounds like McDonalds!

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#32 Posted by Inkerman (1451 posts) -

The McDonald's cheeseburger is still the pinnacle of the lower caste of fast food. And by that I mean it's fucking amazing.

#33 Posted by supermonkey122 (817 posts) -

Fuck you guys I love McDonalds.

#34 Posted by MiniPato (2741 posts) -

Everyone eats at McDonalds, even people who hate McDonalds.

#35 Posted by TheHT (11266 posts) -

This blowtorch employee, do you see them often? In your own home? Does s/he ever tell you to do things? I think maybe you shouldn't listen to them.

#36 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1576 posts) -

It's what the kids play with today. I blame Obama.

#37 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

@Sploder said:

@RazielCuts said:

@Scooper: Oh shit! Where's your avatar from?! I remember him, wasn't he called 'The Head'? or something like that, on an art kids show in the UK. I don't think it was Art Attack with Neil Buchanan, was it?

Rofl I just had the exact same reaction! I did a fucking double take and then the nostalgia just came pouring in. Art Attack, man. Holy shit.

Hahaha. Art Attack was great. I'm going to set my ringtone as the themetune I think

Great way to derail a thread lol

#38 Edited by Farmer (328 posts) -

: Art Attack. a.k.a. 101 things you can make with "loo roll"

#39 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

OSHA has a bunch to say about this.

#40 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

@Gargantuan said:

Soldering pipes doesn't require any safety gear. Hell, even in school we didn't need to use gloves and at work no one cares. Welding requires gloves and a mask though.

Open flame work does not require gear?

#41 Posted by Fattony12000 (7416 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@RazielCuts said:

@Scooper: Oh shit! Where's your avatar from?! I remember him, wasn't he called 'The Head'? or something like that, on an art kids show in the UK. I don't think it was Art Attack with Neil Buchanan, was it?

I'm 98% that you're correct. Fucking choking on the nostalgia over here!... Such a fun show. I was always too lazy to actually attempt all of the models and drawings ect., but I loved to watch it all the same. The Big Art Attack segment in particular was always my favourite.

That is, and always has been, correct.

#42 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

also if he nicks the plastic you got black smoke all over the place. Im not a nervous ninny and probaly nothing happened, but its pretty dumb.

WELDING, CUTTING, AND HEATING IN WAY OF PRESERVATIVE COATINGS - §1926.354

Before welding, cutting, or heating is commenced on any surface covered by a preservative coating whose flammability is not known, a test shall be made by a competent person to determine its flammability. Preservative coatings shall be considered to be highly flammable when scrapings burn with extreme rapidity.

When coatings are determined to be highly flammable, they shall be stripped from the area to be heated to prevent ignition.

Protection against toxic preservative coatings:

  • In enclosed spaces, all surfaces covered with toxic preservatives shall be stripped of all toxic coatings for a distance of at least 4 inches from the area of heat application, or the employees shall be protected by air line respirators meeting the requirements of Subpart E.
#43 Edited by tourgen (4500 posts) -

@Frostily: a blowtorch? so they were cutting steel with oxy-accetaline? because I seriously doubt that is what was going on. Do you mean a mapgas tank from home depot and they were brazing a pipe? that's about as dangerous as a pair of sharp scissors.

#44 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

Also i thought that the was actually going to say the guy was blazing up in front of the toy display. I didn't know that we would be talking about welding and stuff.

#45 Posted by Gargantuan (1882 posts) -

@RenMcKormack said:

@Gargantuan said:

Soldering pipes doesn't require any safety gear. Hell, even in school we didn't need to use gloves and at work no one cares. Welding requires gloves and a mask though.

Open flame work does not require gear?

Do you need safety gear when using a lighter or barbeque?

#46 Posted by Frostily (42 posts) -
@tourgen Can't say I can say this guy had no idea what he was doing and it was not a copper pipe and had been painted at some point.
#47 Posted by PenguinDust (12517 posts) -

You can't weld with such a little flame...stupid kids.

#48 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

It sounds just slightly less dangerous than the food.

#49 Edited by Sanity (1907 posts) -

@Gamer_152 said:

@Kidavenger said:

What exactly do you think is going to happen?

I'm all for safety, but it seems like the regulations are going overboard now.

Adults are more protected now than toddlers were 30 years ago and if you are at work, you'd better wear every piece of safety gear ever invented to keep you safe so you can go kill yourself rock climbing on the weekend.

I can see the idea that regulations have gone overboard to a point, but don't you think it's maybe a little much for someone to be sitting there welding with no safety gear? I mean the thing that's going to happen is probably nothing, but the thing that could happen is him severely hurting himself and maybe even other people. It's not like this kind of thing doesn't happen even when people do use safety gear, and if he had hurt himself or others we'd be sitting here saying "Well, it was dumb to not wear any safety gear".

He wasn't welding, it sounds like he was soldering a pipe, i'v done that in many times and honestly what kind of gear do you want him to wear? Im sure hes not quite up to OSHA regulations but fuck OSHA. If people followed all there bullshit no one would ever get anything done. Also... its not exactly that dangerous of a job, id agree if he was actually putting other people in danger but it was harmless assuming it was a water or heating pipe.

Clearly a lot of people on this site never done some home improvement.

#50 Posted by Karkarov (3102 posts) -

I don't know dude, what was he doing exactly? Sealing something with a blow torch? Other than protective glasses to cover his eyes (maybe) he really isn't in any danger unless he turns the thing on himself or does something patently stupid. Personally I would have maybe waited until after closing hours to see it fixed if it was something that wasn't a big deal but who knows what he was fixing?

I mean I just watched a video on tested today where they were showing the basics of welding and they full on said "I weld only with safety glasses, you might want gloves but if you don't mind the sparks and a little pain it is fine". Then proceeded to do a few fast weld examples using nothing but a safety mask.