Cops Confirm: He Was Nailed!
Sometimes the story just isn't complete without a photo ...or two. From True's 30 May 2004 issue:
Weekly Weird News
Complete Nail Care
A construction worker in Lancaster, Calif., is expected to make a full recovery after accidentally being shot in the head with a nail gun -- six times. Three of the nails penetrated his brain; one entered his spinal column, but luckily not his spinal cord. Witnesses say Isidro Mejia, 39, fell from the roof of the house he was building onto another worker who was using the gun below. "The guy holding the nail gun was grabbing to keep from falling, and just gripped tighter on the trigger," said a Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator. "It's a nail gun they use for framing. It can drive nails through 2-by-4s." (Los Angeles Times) ...It's the first time L.A. cops have said it: a Mexican guy really was framed.
And here are the amazing photos:
I was surprised to later get a complaint about the tagline on this story. That was from Lucie in Rhode Island:
In my reply, I noted to Lucie that that it's patronizing and paternalistic for her to presume she needs to speak for others about how they should feel about their own nationality and what should offend their pride. And I noted that her statement that Mexicans all live in poor situations could well be considered racist -- I know plenty of Mexican-Americans that are intelligent, successful, and hard-working pillars of their communities, and it's quite unfair to lump them all together in such a negative way!
To her great credit, Lucie replied: "I know I did lump them all together and that was wrong. It just hit a button with me and I responded. I will try from now on to 'think before I write, and even more before I speak'. I apologize for my inadvertent smugness."
So if a white lady isn't the best spokesperson for the Mexican-American community, who would be? Well, let's see... hmmmm.... I've got it! How about some Mexican-Americans! Several were a bit bothered by the concept of others telling them when to be offended. Here are just two (and I got no opposing letters from anyone, Mexican-American or otherwise, other than Lucie):
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