Man saves Mass. car washer whose scarf got caught

A quick-thinking customer saved the life of a 19-year-old car wash worker who lost consciousness when her scarf got caught on a spinning scrubber brush and began strangling her. Full Story
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AOL

#1 Feb 11, 2009
simply awesome job

Since: Aug 08

Troy, NY

#2 Feb 11, 2009
Why was she wearing a scarf around equiptment like that and why was she working alone? Both situations created an unsafe working environment. She's lucky he knew what to do to help.

I'm really glad this story turned out well, having a woman working alone in a situation in which a guy has a knife...it could have been a whole dsifferent story. Just goes to show you, there are good people out there.

“Let's Just Think About It...”

Since: Jan 09

Beautiful Berkshires

#3 Feb 11, 2009
FINALLY a "good news" story. This is nice to see.

Since: May 08

Chester, MA

#4 Feb 11, 2009
Another Reader 1 wrote:
Why was she wearing a scarf around equiptment like that and why was she working alone? Both situations created an unsafe working environment. She's lucky he knew what to do to help.
I'm really glad this story turned out well, having a woman working alone in a situation in which a guy has a knife...it could have been a whole dsifferent story. Just goes to show you, there are good people out there.
"Having a woman working alone in a situation in which a guy has a knife" "It could have been a whole different story"
What kind of story might it have been? Man leaves knife at home,car wash worker dies!
I would bet that a majority of men have some kind of a multi tool,or knife on their person,and we do frequent places where women work alone,like convenience stores,and car washes!
You make it sound like a guy with a knife is dangerous to women!
bibble

Queensbury, NY

#5 Feb 11, 2009
No matter where you work,there should always be at least two people there for safety reasons.

“Let's Just Think About It...”

Since: Jan 09

Beautiful Berkshires

#6 Feb 11, 2009
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>
"Having a woman working alone in a situation in which a guy has a knife" "It could have been a whole different story"
What kind of story might it have been? Man leaves knife at home,car wash worker dies!
I would bet that a majority of men have some kind of a multi tool,or knife on their person,and we do frequent places where women work alone,like convenience stores,and car washes!
You make it sound like a guy with a knife is dangerous to women!
Good point! It simply amazes me how some people are constantly complaining about all of the horrible things that happen, and then when there is finally a good news story, they rip it apart and put a bad news spin on it. God forbid we read this story and say "Whew" or "Thank goodness that guy had the wherewithal to quickly grab his knife instead of being a loser and worrying about what IDIOTS might think about him having a LEGAL pocketknife on him." "AnotherReader 1" - get a life and realize the GOOD in a AN ACT OF KINDNESS. And, I hope that if you ever find yourself in the same situation,(God forbid) that the guy sitting there with a sharp instrument in his pocket doesn't think the same way you do.

Since: May 08

Chester, MA

#7 Feb 11, 2009
bibble wrote:
No matter where you work,there should always be at least two people there for safety reasons.
Get real,can I have a shotgun rider in my truck?
Two clerks in every convenience store at 2 in the morning?
There is very little to do at a car wash as most equipment is automated!
You never wear loose clothing around machinery,and you always lock out and tag out equipment that is being maintained!
This person was stupid and is very fortunate to be alive!
Let this be a lesson to everyone!

Since: Aug 08

Troy, NY

#8 Feb 11, 2009
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>
"Having a woman working alone in a situation in which a guy has a knife" "It could have been a whole different story"
What kind of story might it have been? Man leaves knife at home,car wash worker dies!
I would bet that a majority of men have some kind of a multi tool,or knife on their person,and we do frequent places where women work alone,like convenience stores,and car washes!
You make it sound like a guy with a knife is dangerous to women!
In all honesty, he could have been. As I said beofre, this situation COULD have been a whole different story had he had bad intentions...come on now,Ramdan...do you really think that I meant ALL men are dangerous to ALL women?

This is one time when having a guy with a knife turned out positively, lucky for her.
anonomous reader

Easthampton, MA

#9 Feb 11, 2009
Bravo to Mr.O'Leary and his quick thinking and actions. It is surprising an employee of such an establishment would not have known to have a scarf tucked inside of a jacket to prevent such an accident from occurring. However, it is nice to know she is able to thanks to the quick thinking of Mr.O'Leary recover and return to her position with a hard lesson learned and a few battle scars to remember this lesson by. The employer should post a sign so all can clearly see it and in the future use common since, NO SCARFS OR OTHER DANGLING ITEMS WHICH MAY BE A DANGER TO YOUR SELF OR OTHERS WHILE GOING THROUGH THE CAR WASH. I think I have seen something like this as a disclaimer in some already.
IRA

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Feb 11, 2009
The first "rule in safety" is "Know your environment".Nice work on Mr O'Leary,s part, bravo to you .

Since: May 08

Hadley, MA

#11 Feb 11, 2009
Another Reader 1 wrote:
<quoted text>
In all honesty, he could have been. As I said beofre, this situation COULD have been a whole different story had he had bad intentions...come on now,Ramdan...do you really think that I meant ALL men are dangerous to ALL women?
This is one time when having a guy with a knife turned out positively, lucky for her.
Do you go through life looking at every man you see,and wondering if he has a knife and what his intentions are if he does in fact possess a knife?
In all honesty he could have been what?
You sound a little paranoid to me!
Free

Altamont, NY

#12 Feb 11, 2009
This man is a true hero. I hope they reward him with free car washes for life. Kudos.
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you go through life looking at every man you see,and wondering if he has a knife and what his intentions are if he does in fact possess a knife?
In all honesty he could have been what?
You sound a little paranoid to me!
Haha. Ramdan, you never cease to amuse me. I believe you have set a record for most exclamation points used in your 6,000+ posts. Just thinking of you speaking makes me wince.
Keith

United States

#13 Nov 10, 2013
anonomous reader wrote:
Bravo to Mr.O'Leary and his quick thinking and actions. It is surprising an employee of such an establishment would not have known to have a scarf tucked inside of a jacket to prevent such an accident from occurring. However, it is nice to know she is able to thanks to the quick thinking of Mr.O'Leary recover and return to her position with a hard lesson learned and a few battle scars to remember this lesson by. The employer should post a sign so all can clearly see it and in the future use common since, NO SCARFS OR OTHER DANGLING ITEMS WHICH MAY BE A DANGER TO YOUR SELF OR OTHERS WHILE GOING THROUGH THE CAR WASH. I think I have seen something like this as a disclaimer in some already.
I actually became the manager of this car wash a few months after this incident. Company policy states that employees should NEVER wear loose clothing while working! Unfortunately this is what can happen when safety policies are ignored....fortunately there was a wonderful human being there to help her! The company made many changes at this location after this event to keep this from happening to anybody....including employees who ignore the safety hazards! One of the best companies I have ever worked for....cared about their customers, their employees and the community! I'm very happy that she was ok in the end and hope that she learned a valuable lesson!

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