Where are the oompah loompahs when you really need them?

August 19, 2006

From today’s newspaper:

Worker trapped in tank of chocolate for 2 hours

Associated Press
Aug. 18, 2006 02:11 PM

KENOSHA, Wis. – It might sound like a chocoholic’s dream, but stepping into a vat of bubbling chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old man Friday morning.

Donovan Garcia, an employee of a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate down into the vat at Debelis Corp. because it was stuck. But it became loose and he slid into the hopper.

“It was in my hair, in my ears, my mouth, everywhere,” said Garcia, who has worked at the company for two years. “I felt like I weighed 900 pounds. I couldn’t move.”

The chocolate was 110 degrees, hotter than a hot tub, said Capt. Greg Sinnen of the Kenosha Fire Department.

Co-workers, police and firefighters tried to free the man but couldn’t get him loose until the chocolate was thinned out with cocoa butter.

“It was pretty thick. It was virtually like quicksand,” said police Capt. Randy Berner.

Garcia was treated for minor injuries at a nearby medical center and released.

Accident, huh? Very fishy. I’d like to see a photo of Mr. Garcia (which I frankly assume to be a pseudonym–I feel quite sure that his birth name was “Gloop, Augustus”).

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4 Responses to “Where are the oompah loompahs when you really need them?”

  1. Alex Says:

    This reminds me — ask Brett about the “Golden Ticket” he won last summer.

  2. pinknest Says:

    he must have really good skin now!

  3. Brett Says:

    Yeah–I need to tell the story of the “Golden Ticket” some time! I wonder if I can find some pictures…

    His skin probably is great now–we’ll probably read of celebrities taking chocolate baths soon. I think a nice hazelnut dermabrasion with some plump rum raisins rubbed on his elbows and knees should finish him up just right.


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