The weather is turning warmer here and Memorial Day is just around the corner. Tractors are out on the road, busy doing what they do. Last year I took this photo at the 4th of July parade. I bet the driver figured that since it was a parade, it would be fun to give rides. So two on the roof, two in the cab and two in the bucket….. in foldable chairs no less. The photo is going to the local select board and the 4th of July committee to see if we can get some rules about prohibiting this kind of joy riding.
Shear points are the parts of the tractor that has sharp edges that can cut or shear something, like the edge of the bucket. If the kid riding in the cab distracts the driver, then the bucket lever might be hit by accident and down go the boys, and perhaps their feet get caught between the bucket and the pavement.
Then of course, if they go down and escape the bucket, the might simply get crushed.
Notice the man on top with the fool’s cap. He could fall and maybe be ok, but what of the boy behind him?
The thing about this photo is that everyone is having a good time until something bad happens. I would like to say that nothing did. But something did. No one was hurt, but the demonstration of what NOT to do was given to over 5000 folks who watched the parade. Some of us just shook our heads in wonderment. Other’s might have thought it looked like a lot of fun. Why not put a fold up chair in the bucket and go for a ride?
People imitate what they think looks like fun. If these guys are doing, then why can’t I. Human nature I guess.