An Australian man nearly wrote himself right into the Darwin Awards when he started playing with his lighter (which produces fire) while he was filling his car up at the pump (which produces flammable liquid).
The unidentified man can be seen on CCTV playing with his cigarette lighter while casually pumping gas at an ACPO station in Thomastown, Australia at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, according to NY Daily. Watch the video. This guy can’t be bothered. Of course, the gas he’s pumping into his car bursts into flames, and he starts to panic, so I suppose he is at least bothered by the potential for immolation. He leaps over the hood of his car and books it just as fire begins to engulf his car.
Wait, there’s more!
A quick-thinking Cory Booker-esque hero ran up to the flames with a bucket of water and put out the fire as the attendant shut down the pump, reports the Huffington Post. The hero has since been identified as Dr. Hussei Zaini. Also, Superman.
What’s a hero got to say for himself? “There could have been serious damage, so I decided to do something straight away, rather than waiting for the fire brigade,” said Zaini. Members of the “fire brigade” (isn’t culture fun?) applauded Zaini for his heroic deed, though said things could have been a lot worse. “He’s very lucky the Gods were on his side, because it was a splash. Any more than that and it could have gone against him,” said Melbourne Fire Brigade Deputy Chief Robert Taylor. “He has recognized the danger of the situation … his bravery is to be commended.”
Of course, leave it to YouTube commentators to point out the ironies in the video. You can clearly see lighter-boy jump over a fire extinguisher and the pump’s emergency off-button on his way out, reports Gawker.
Here’s video. Go nuts!