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    A couple of contradictory lessons taken from my day's work today.
    1. If at all possible, avoid physical contact with strong pepper spray and/or those who have been sprayed with such chemicals.
    2. If you want to hit a really impressive high dive - have your opponent really sprayed up good before you hit your move. When you opponent is a) not a wrestler and b) almost blind from the spray it makes the move much easier to execute.
    We had an incident today where one of our prisoners got "stuck on stupid". A staff member used a Mark 9 fogger - about the size of a home fire extinguisher - to apply chemical agents to encourage compliant behavior. This young fool chose to continue risistance. When it appeared that he was going to physically attack staff, I wrapped him up and took him straight over backwards - on a concrete floor. I rolled him over and we applied the handcuffs - problem solved. Except for the fact that he was covered in chemical agent - and I had just rubbed all of it (it seemed like) off on to me.
    That was four hours ago. I have showered twice since then. Each time I shower, it reactivates the pepper. I am BURNING UP! My face, hands, arms, and, OH MY GOD MY ARMPITS are on fire. Under my watchband, and under my wedding ring! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
    What really sets my knickers in a knot - ten minutes after the situation was under control - I am at a computer trying to complete the necessary reports. He is in the shower washing off the spray - AFTER HAVING BEEN SEEN BY A NURSE! (O.K., so maybe his ribs and back did hurt a little after having a heavywieght throw his little punk a$$ - I didn't get to see a nurse, and I had to finish the last 2 1/2 hours of my shift.) It seems to me that I should be able to finish my shift, drive home, and call the facility to say "O.K., I am about to step into the shower. You can let Pumba shower now." I mean, shouldn't he burn as long as I do?

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    Bummer of a workday, M. The worst I get is someone spitting on me, or an occasional bite (hopefully, by accident).

    From the title of the thread, I thought it was going to be about misinterpreted song lyrics, like the line from Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds: ". . . the girl with colitis goes by."
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    Mark, I didn't get pepper sprayed at work but the other day I had a bag of urine thrown at me (I work in a SRTF or secure residential treatment facility). I hope that the burning stops soon. The two times I've been sprayed were not pleasant, and I didn't have to wait nearly that long to shower.
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    Boy, the spit is looking better and better.
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    Boy, the spit is looking better and better.
    You aren't kidding! The worst I get are sore knees from standing on concrete 8-10 hrs a day. Pepper spray, urine bags and spit all sound much worse.

    Now for the burning question (pun intended). Snackem, why have you been pepper sprayed twice? I am secretely hoping for some crazy stories of poor choices made in your youth. I do love an exciting tale.

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    No, no crazy stories leading to pepper spray. I worked as a security guard (rent-a-cop) for a couple of years and both times I was peppered sprayed was by a co-worker who was using pepper spray to encourage compliance with an unruly individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    I was peppered sprayed was by a co-worker who was using pepper spray to encourage compliance with an unruly individual.
    Aha! Now we're getting somewhere. So, do tell, why were you unruly and did you end up complying?

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    Sorry about that incident Mike, but I thought this thread was about The Doors music......or Jose Feliciano.

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    Mike,
    I imagine you've been caught in the middle of a feces/urine war a few times in your career . NO one believes me when I tell them that in Lock down units many prisoners will start throwing piss and shxt on each other and the guards just for the ''fun'' of it. Prison life is so surreal we could probably exchange stories for weeks .
    sorry about the burns man-I've been on the receiving end before.
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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