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[–] KinkRaven 0 points 82 points (+82|-0) ago 

No shit they are irked, they lost 60k in kickbackz

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[–] MD7COVENANT 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

Bingo - some politician and their cronies are going to be VERY mad. He is going to face serious retaliation.

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 56 points (+56|-0) ago 

Politicians love spending taxpayer's money. This guy took their graft away.

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[–] Samsquamch 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago 

It makes everyone involved look like an idiot - What company quotes $65,000 - $150,000 for a set of 7-8 stairs?

You could build a small home (with stairs I might add) for that price.

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[–] Shiggz 0 points 37 points (+37|-0) ago 

Good point let's name and shame the company!

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[–] KikeFree 3 points 16 points (+19|-3) ago 

If you've seen the bullshit required to successfully bid on government contracts, $65,000 is entirely reasonable.

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[–] x2501x 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It's likely that the government project would not have just been stairs, but also some kind of ramp to provide wheelchair access as well, and given how steep that slope is, the ramp would have to be pretty extensive (going back and forth a couple times), or else if there's no way to fit a ramp into the area they would have to build a wheelchair elevator and that would include bringing power to the location.

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[–] herbert_west 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The article mentions a bigger project in the surroundings, perhaps they wanted to add some benches and more stuff.

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[–] Fragnostus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

How much of the spent money would've ended up in the pocket of someone who didn't do a thing to get those stairs built?

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Now you're understanding how politics works.

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[–] prairie 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

OPM, as addictive as it sounds.

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[–] Turnip_Time 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Official Playstation magazine?

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[–] tibstibs 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago 

“We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

I see no compelling reason why not.

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[–] Shiggz 0 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago 

That should be read before the public hanging

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[–] BeHereNow 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

I am not an advocate for violence, but stuff like this pushes a man so far...

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[–] 123_456 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Ha. That quote is so laughable. As if people building staircases are going to be mischievous deviants, who want people to get hurt. Jesus.

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[–] l_voated_today 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

You laugh now but without the hard working bureaucrat your parks would be nothing but stairs.

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[–] Turnip_Time 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm sure there is gonna be that one faggot that tries to do it for his prank channel. But not really relevant in the great scheme of things.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

because that’s what they would like to have.

If this is their view, government is failing at it's purpose

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[–] AnmanIndustries 2 points 19 points (+21|-2) ago 

Cant build a handful of stairs without a permit. Look what democracy has done.

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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Ok... so lets take this a bit further.

bureaucracy

a system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives.

Ok, so I can see where this is going.

What sort of government exists as a pure bureaucracy ? None? Ok. So then who allows them to exist in a government?

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[–] AnmanIndustries 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Some governments do not. Specially any where each member is held accountable for their actions and poor results. Including contracted employees. Would you get away with poor business expenses in any decent business? No? Why should you in a government. This will not be the first or the last time this happens and nothing will be done. You can elect whoever you want at any level of government, nothing will change. And if it does, it will just come back. What a useless system.

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[–] x2501x 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The article says the stairs are built unevenly and the hand rail is not secure. If you build a set of stairs that presents and apparently safer way down the slope but is in fact dangerous in a different way, you might wind up with more people being injured rather than fewer.

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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How many injuries occurred without the staircase? How many are occurring with it? Even without the statistics it is clear that it is better as it is. If they had thrown an extra 1000 into it, do you think it would have been better? Being that it was paid for by a couple of locals and not even through tax, meaning, they are out of their own pocket, it is more effort than the council put into it.

How would people have dealt with this problem 100 years ago?

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[–] the_sharpest_knife 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago  (edited ago)

$400,000 wasn't even enough to replace a few windows here in austin. http://kxan.com/2015/02/27/repairing-austin-police-hq-architect-to-start-work-after-nov-shooting/

Typical government bullshit. Their kickback guy didn't get his payout.

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[–] Zaqwert 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

$500 for the stairs

$64,500 for the lawyers, city employees, and crime bosses.

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[–] madhatter67 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Or possibly,

$500 for the stairs, $64,500 for hot dogs (that's about the going rate I hear)

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[–] Sakusha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That's a spicy reference.

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[–] 9896053? 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Why the heck did he put the stringers so close together. 1 fat person away from breaking..

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[–] Alopix 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Support for livestock not in project specs, need at least $100K for that upgrade option

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[–] ShineShooter 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

It's not an issue in the real world. They don't use stairs or parks.

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[–] heygeorge 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

Built by a retired mechanic & a homeless person is the likely culprit. Also looks like he'd had to dig if they weren't so close together.

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[–] x2501x 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Which probably means the city would need to do some kind of environmental impact study prior to the construction, to make sure the excavation and the building of the stairs did not wind up doing something like altering the drainage patterns and creating flooding in the place people were trying to access by going down the hill.

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[–] uvulectomy 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Let the fat people fall and break their already overloaded limbs. Maybe that will teach them to not be fat.

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[–] 9896601? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

We would all get a good laugh until the fat fuck(s) sued the city for thousands if not millions..

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[–] Shiggz 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Reminds me of classic Mark Steyn.

A tale of two bridges: A few weeks back I mentioned a couple of bridges in a neighboring town of mine, both on dirt roads serving maybe a dozen houses. Bridge A: The town was prevailed upon to apply for some state/town 80/20 funding plan, which morphed under the stimulus into some fed/state 60/40 funding plan. Current estimated cost: $655,000. The town's on the hook for 20 per cent of the state's 40 per cent — or $52,400. There's no estimated year of completion, or even of commencement, and the temporary bridge the town threw up has worn out. Bridge B: Following their experience with Bridge A, the town replaced this one themselves, in a matter of weeks. Total cost: $30,000. Government is simple provided two conditions are met: You do it locally, and you do it without unions.

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