It's an image that will stand out as one of the most recognizable images of the 1990's.
On April 29, 1992, the first day of the Los Angeles riots, a truck driver approached an intersection in LA, when rioters threw rocks at his windows. Hearing people shouting for him to stop, he did so in the middle of the street, unaware of what was going on… or what was about to happen.
The end result of Reginald Denny stopping that day was his skull being fractured in 91 places and pushed into his brain. His left eye was so badly dislocated that it would have fallen into his sinus cavity had the surgeons not replaced the crushed bone with a piece of plastic. And a permanent crater remains in his forehead despite efforts to correct it.
Denny had to undergo years of rehabilitative therapy, and his speech and ability to drive and walk were permanently damaged by the attack.
A group of rioters in St Louis tried to stop a FedEx truck last night the same way Denny was stopped, but it didn't exactly end the way they expected.
Having blocked off the street with their cars and starting a fire on the road, the video captures the rioters banging on the FedEx truck, telling the driver to back up. The man, who was seen standing between the truck's two trailers for no logical reason other than to hijack the truck, was dragged by the FedEx when the driver refused to stop.
The aspiring hijacker was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said.
If these criminals would have succeeded in St Louis, like they succeeded that fateful day in 1992 Los Angeles, they would brag for weeks about how they “took FedEx”, how they “curb-stomped” the driver or how they destroyed the evil corporation's truck. But because the FedEx driver refused to play their stupid games, now they want to play the victim, as can be heard on the video.
What did they really think was going to happen?
If you're stupid enough to try to mount a moving truck, like a bandit in a cowboy movie boarding to rob a train, then you deserve everything that could possibly come to you.
That's the way the real world works.
It's not some fantasy that allows you to roam the streets causing madness and mayhem with impunity just because you feel like it. This isn't The Fast and the Furious and it's not The Ridiculous 6.
Honestly, the truck driver probably (more than likely) had no clue that the guy was stuck under his truck.
At the end of the video, one of the criminals seemed angry that his friend was run over by the truck. He was apparently prepared to live stream the robbery but ended up live streaming his “friends” death.
Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That statement is just as accurate today as it was when first spoken by George Santayana in 1905 and again by Winston Churchill in 1948. The way we interact with people, the way airlines are run and, yes, the way trucks should not stop for crowds blocking the street has all changed over the last 30 years.
The idea that people forget what has happened in the past is commonplace in today's society, but even more worrisome, is the thought that people as a whole can change.
A person is smart. People are stupid.
A person is kind. People are evil.
It will always be this way.
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