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A Shocking Story

September 4th, 2001 by Howard Skolnik

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In June 2001, a man was found by the Glasgow police, burned to death from a high voltage shock after trying to steal valuable copper cabling from the city‘s rail transit system. Apparently, the unidentified man was quite enterprising with a good knowledge of the railway electrical system. He planned to cut out the special copper during the off-peak time between trains, when no current would be traveling through the system. His plan might have worked but for one small flaw. In the pocket of his charred overcoat, officers at the scene found an out-of-date rail timetable. The train arrived ten minutes before the robber thought it would, sending hundreds of volts of electricity through his hacksaw and into his body!! (Yes….this is true!)

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