Try not to laugh at this story (I know it's easier said than done), but a man had to be rescued from an abandoned Chinese restaurant in California last December after the would-be burglar spent nearly two days stuck in the restaurant's grease trap.
Don't believe me? Take a look at the picture for yourself.
What you see there is a man clearly stuck in a grease trap. See? I wasn't lying.
But how did the man find himself in such a slippery situation? According to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, police and firefighters responded to the vacant Chef Kwong Chinese Restaurant in San Lorenzo, Calif., in mid December 2018 after the tenant in the adjoining businesses heard what he thought was someone moaning in the restaurant. Knowing that the restaurant was closed, the tenant called the authorities who, upon entering the shuttered restaurant, found this:
"When we first got in there and removed the grease covers above the stove, we could see a pair of high tops, his lower legs, and we could tell he was in a kneeling position. He was able to speak to us and just basically said he could not get out on his own, he was too weak, he had been there for two days," John Whiting with the Alameda County Fire Department told KRON 4.
Authorities said that the man was attempting to enter the business from the roof when he became lodged in the grease trap.
"We suspect he was possibly intent on committing a burglary, we can't confirm that at this time but we know that suspects do try to break into abandoned buildings to steal copper and wiring and try to recycle that material for money," Sergeant Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told the news station.
It took firefighters and deputies approximately an hour to remove the 29-year-old man from the grease trap and into an ambulance that transported him to an area hospital where he was treated for dehydration.
Well, there might be some good news to all of this. In an interview with the Washington Post, Kelly said that no charges had been filed against the man at this point, but the Sheriff's Department could hold him liable for any damage he caused to the building.
“We’re looking at a couple misdemeanor charges. But we thought, in the spirit of the law, we would let him go and submit the report at a later time,” Kelly said. “He’d been through, obviously, a lot after two days stuck in there."
At least the authorities see the humor in this and can accept that this poor fool has been through enough.
Let's hope this guy learns his lesson and stays out of grease traps from now on.
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