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Old 11-03-2006, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dumbest business idea ever

OK, one of my coworkers has an account in that she just asked me about since she's at a complete loss. I have to say that this is the singularly dumbest idea I've ever heard of.

This guy runs an aligator farm. That in and of itself isn't bad at all as far as I'm concerned. Then add in that they serve alcohol, and it's a little worse but still not too bad. The big thing that gets me is that guests are allowed into the alligator pit with no protective gear, no supervision and no safety equipment and allowed to wrestle the gators. That's right, you can walk right up and pet the gators. I've got pictures that I'll try to post later of a customer doing exactly that.

The pit is actually a big mud puddle/manmade swamp surrounded by chainlink fence. Apparently you can take a big stick, some twine and a chicken in with you if you want, since that's what one of the guys in the picture has done. The insured himself labeled the pictures to tell us what was going on, and it's a freaking nightmare.

The best part is that the guy is now buying insurance because he wants to start taking alligators to schools. For some reason, the schools are insisting on insurance coverage before he even steps foot on campus. Imagine that!
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm thinking that the premiums are gonna be REALLY expensive.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some of my favorite Internet videos are the ones where people are hitting the alligators in the face with sticks and wood and slapping them to show how helpless they are. Then they stick their arm in and the alligator bites down on it and does a deathroll until the arm is a meat rod. I sorta hope this happens to the idiots at this place.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it's only a dumb idea if it doesn't make money..

Hell I would go just to wait and see if someone was eaten alive.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Some of my favorite Internet videos are the ones where people are hitting the alligators in the face with sticks and wood and slapping them to show how helpless they are. Then they stick their arm in and the alligator bites down on it and does a deathroll until the arm is a meat rod. I sorta hope this happens to the idiots at this place.
So you like watching people get maimed and sorta hope it happens to this guy?
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I recall a Jackass segment that must have been filmed at a similar business. I don't mind that the business exists or that customers can choose to go, but I would go non-linear if my child's school did more than shred their junk mail.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Less alligators in the mud, more supermodels in bikinis in the mud, possibly wrestling. That I'd insure.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If customers want to go to the farm and play with aligators, then by all means, please...please get yourself kill and Darwin will be pleased once again.
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Speaking of Darwin... I smell a few new nominations coming soon...
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm with Will on this!
Let's get drunk and poke alligators with sticks.

Sounds like a wise business plan!
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There could be worse business ideas.

ie:
Step 1) Steal underpants
Step 2) ?????
Step 3) Profit
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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lol I'd go to this place.....because on Saturdays if he has good beer specials everyone is gonna be jumping in trying to box the gators

just think how much he will save on gator food!
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Im assuming this farm is in the U.S., does the U.S. have laws relating to cruelty to animals?
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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As long as they pay their workers a living wage, I'm game

Am I the only one who got that?
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Im assuming this farm is in the U.S., does the U.S. have laws relating to cruelty to animals?

It does, but they're generally not enforced much or allout ignored unless it's a dog or a cat. . . maybe a bunny. Watch Fear Factor if you want evidence. They're whipping snakes around, mashing rats, etc, all in the name of entertainment, without sparing a thought as to what the animal thinks of it.
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Old 11-04-2006, 10:16 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Am I the only one who got that?
no, we just didn't take the bait
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Old 11-04-2006, 11:21 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 11-04-2006, 11:23 AM   #19 (permalink)
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So you like watching people get maimed and sorta hope it happens to this guy?
Yes, I do like watching people get maimed if they're mistreating animals. People who get their arms completely bitten off for punching an alligator in the face deserve it. If the people at this farm go "wrestling" with an alligator, I hope they get hurt and realize how idiotic they're acting.
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:47 AM   #20 (permalink)
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ditto what willravel said.
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:20 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Less alligators in the mud, more supermodels in bikinis in the mud, possibly wrestling. That I'd insure.
I've got one of those on the books already. Seriously. The girls may not be supermodels, but they wrestle in various substances. What makes it special is that audience members are allowed to "wrestle" the girls with their hands tied behind their backs (the guys, not the girls). There was a near-drowning in a vat of pudding a couple of years ago.

I also write the liability coverage for a chain of bars that feature live bull riding. No mechanical bulls, just the real thing.

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Old 11-06-2006, 08:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
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This is true comedy. Wild and crazy business ventures meets the orderly world of insurances. I find it strangely funny that the alligator farmers and mud wrestlers all have to balance the accounts, fill in tax forms and pay insurances. I wonder what union the mud wrestling women belong to? Do they have a dental plan?
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Old 11-06-2006, 04:18 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I am glad I decided to check this thread out, pretty good stuff in here. Only in the states, makes me kind of lonely living up in Canada. Maybe up here we could try and wrestle some moose or something.
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