(1993, Pennsylvania) I will be the
first to admit that this only qualifies as an At-Risk Survivor -- but how
many people get the *prosecution* to request a mental competency hearing?
In Pittsburgh, my roommate's coworker was gassing up her car. The
automatic shutoff didn't engage, so when the tank was full, a little gas
overflowed. When she realized this, she declared that she wasn't paying
for gas on the ground -- she would only pay for what was in her car. The
attendant stated that she had to pay for all the gas she had pumped. She
reiterated that not all of it went into her car.
She then said, "Watch, I'll prove it."
Prove it she did. She threw her *lit* cigarette on the ground where the gas
spilled. The puddle ignited! Fortunately, they were able to put out the
fire before anything worse happened.
She was arrested for inciting a catastrophe. While listening to the
testimony at her preliminary hearing, the prosecutor stated, "That's crazy.
That's insane!" The defense attorney -- either spotting a good line of
defense, or agreeing with the prosecutor -- asked, "Are you going to
request a psychiatric evaluation?" To which the prosecutor replied, "You
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