Thursday Weisblog: Fire down below!

632530852_56ffb00935_mThere is good-natured fun … and then there’s this.

Everyone knows that one guy who is the designated prankster of the group of friends you run with; hey, it might even be you. Perhaps this person you know has crossed the line of good taste a time or two, resulting in hurt feelings or even a physical altercation.

But what 18-year-old Tyler Quick of Ferndale, Michigan recently did to a fellow attendee at a party (who was 51 years old, by the way) is so far past the line of good taste that it’s not even in the same area code!

Allow me to explain: Quick, the unidentified 51-year-old man and others were whooping it up at a party recently – a party where the alcohol apparently flowed freely – and one wonders what else was going on there.

The 51-year-old man – the host of the party – passed out at some point after engaging in a bit too much frivolity. When young Tyler saw his host passed out, he decided to be the “evil prankster guy” at the man’s expense.

He started out innocently enough, painting the guy’s face with makeup. Harmless fun, right? The man is practically asking for it by drinking so much he passed out, right? He did ask for it, didn’t he? I say no, but that’s up to you to decide and that’s not why I am writing this.

Sadly, Tyler Quick did not stop there – meaning there was no “quick thinking” in this instance. He took a lit candle and placed it under the, uh, crotch area of his pants, setting them and the “equipment” underneath his pants – completely ablaze. The man woke up and extinguished the fire, but not before he suffered third-degree burns to his, ah, “junk.”

A local police officer asked Quick why he felt it necessary to light his friend’s pants on fire, to which Quick replied that he thought it’d be fun.

And he was right … it’s a barrel of laughs. So much fun, in fact, that he’s been charged with (and already pleaded guilty to) assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. The judge sentenced him to probation, and he’ll serve no time as long as he behaves himself over the next period of time – however long that is.

I have to say that this is one of those frequent times when the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. If someone lit my “package” on fire, I’d want him to do at least a minimum of two or three years. There are certain things you do for fun. There are certain things you do for amusement. Lighting someone’s “junk” on fire and causing third-degree burns is NOT one of them.

Maybe Tyler Quick thought it’d be good to play a prank on this unsuspecting man; you know, to get a laugh or two at his expense. Then maybe the chicks would dig him because he’d be the life of the party. He’s drunk, he’s unconscious … an easy target. The perfect target for the idiot prankster.

Sorry, Mr. Quick, but there’s nothing you can say to convince me that you are not an imbecile. You’ve demonstrated that you are in no uncertain terms.

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