Freon bored (again?)

He’ll huff, and he’ll puff, and he won’t blow anything ever again:

Mona Casey’s 15-year-old son, Charles Gray, was found slumped over the air conditioning compressor outside their home. He died after huffing or inhaling the refrigerant right out of the AC compressor, investigators said. The refrigerant had displaced the air in his lungs, and Gray suffocated.

Charles Darwin, asked for comment, merely smiled.

It occurs to me that families of R-22 huffers might be the first non-trivial supporters of that twit who thinks we ought to get along without air conditioning.

(Via the Consumerist.)


  1. Jeffro »

    6 August 2010 · 3:23 pm

    My sympathy meter is pegged at zero.

  2. ak4mc »

    6 August 2010 · 5:15 pm

    Me, I’m like the old lady in Mars Attacks! after the Martians blow up Congress.

  3. Joan of Argghh! »

    6 August 2010 · 6:11 pm

    Oh, but 15 is so sad and stupid an age to die!

    I was such a chicken-shit goody-two-shoes and innately in need of the control of myself and surroundings that I never once did drugs. An unnatural vigilance was my lot as a youth. Perhaps I should be glad for that backward religious training!

    Took me years and years to feel safe enough to get a bit tipsy on a few glasses of wine.

  4. unimpressed »

    6 August 2010 · 6:34 pm

    I’m in total agreement with Jeffro.

    How damn far must the rest of us go to protect the terminally stupid from offing themselves? It’s Darwinism at work.

    Refrigerant will severely burn the nasal passages, throat and lungs so there are immediate and grave dangers from the inhalation. I’ve gotten an accidental whiff a time or two while working on/around HVAC systems. There was no high, just pain from the intense cold.

    The UPROAR bunch’s diatribe is just nanny-state crap: requiring new HVAC installations (I didn’t read all through it, they may also be lobbying to retrofit existing installations) to have locking access port covers which will require techs to purchase and carry yet another tool (and if retrofits are required, to keep more parts in stock in the limited space on the truck) which only further serves to drive up the costs associated with service.

  5. Mark Alger »

    7 August 2010 · 7:58 am

    Think of it as evolution in action.


  6. Tatyana »

    7 August 2010 · 8:40 am

    You all look the wrong way. Look here:
    “Through her grief, Casey founded the group United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerant, or UPROAR. ”

    Maybe we should fund a group “Regular people united against caseys access to public ear”.
    Maybe that woman, instead of advocating yet another government interference into people’s lives should ask herself: what did I do wrong when raising my son? Why other 15yo, raised by other parents, didn’t die of inhaling poisonous gas? Could it be I didn’t pay much attention to my son? And that was the reason he died – not “open access to refrigerants”?

    Maybe someone should send her an American Classic, Long Goodbye by R. Chandler:

    “They all blame the wrong things. If a guy loses his paycheck at a crap table, stop gambling. If he gets drunk, stop liquor. If he kills somebody in a car crush, stop making automobiles. If he gets pinched with a girl in a hotel, stop sexual intercourse. If he falls downstairs, stop building houses.”
    -Aw shut up!
    -Sure, shut me up. I’m just a private citizen.”

  7. Andrea Harris »

    7 August 2010 · 3:45 pm

    Nonsense. Her son was a perfect angel until the evil temptation of the HVAC unit overcame his mind.

    This is the way people think now. Person does something stupid that ends in a death. The outcry starts: “The government needs to Do Something! We need to Sue Someone!” I want a new planet.

  8. ak4mc »

    7 August 2010 · 6:32 pm

    Hey! How come Andrea gets a new planet and not me! STOP BUILDING NEW PLANETS!

  9. Mel »

    7 August 2010 · 11:04 pm

    Yeah, the mother also said “Don’t make the same mistake I did. I didn’t think my child was going to do this. I taught him better and he knows better,” Casey said.

    I’m sure she meant to say “he knew better” … which he obviously didn’t.

  10. unimpressed »

    8 August 2010 · 10:04 pm

    How about we found our own organization? People Against People Against Darwinism At Work, maybe?

  11. CGHill »

    8 August 2010 · 10:10 pm

    I suppose that would be a Good Thing, what with OSHA concentrating on the possibility of employees coming down with hangnails and whatnot.

    Still, what could we do with a self-destructive individual — other than to sell tickets to his anticipated demise, of course?

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