36 thoughts on “Twisted Firestarters

  1. Sheila

    I saw two sets of kids in Stoneybatter on Saturday around 6pm.

    One set had a stack of pallets on a wheeled cart.

    The other had a pile of tyres… these had been stopped by the Gardai in a squad car. Didn’t hang around to see what happened.

    1. lorcan nagle

      I think I saw the same ones, they were heading towards the flats between Stoneybatter and the Park.

    1. Llareggub

      I’d say you’re right. Enterprising young men indeed. Urban upcycling of ‘vintage’ pallets is all the rage these days. There’ll be sanding and decoupaging and chalk painting happening tonight.

  2. Debra

    I am not familiar with this practice. Is that not theft? Pallets cost a lot and are reused in industry. Anyone? Oh.. what do the lads do with them on Halloween?

      1. Miami Dolphin's Barn

        They are also made into life rafts that are used to save stranded sea lions that are suffering from dementia.

    1. Odis

      No – pallets are usually crap and broken in one way or another. This can create problems, if for instance. a pallet truck or fork lift can’t lift it. Or the forks damage the goods.
      The exception being the blue pallets that are made of hardwood, and are returnable, have deposits on them etc.
      Usually transport firms, that use pallets have a load of crap, busted, pallets they want to get rid of.

      Only the blue pallets are any good, and consequently a big deal.

  3. Flembot

    Was driving down Dorset Street on Saturday night when a load of kids were running across the road with tyres towards the flats. Thought it was strange as they still had stickers on the grip side.

    50 metres down the road I see them spilling out of a garage that they’d forced a massive fence down on top of a car.

    Managed to alert the Gardai however the garage owner is going to be out of pocket for no good reason…

      1. Spartacus


        We tolerate them because they’re just kids doing what kids have done since the human race discovered how to make fire. May miserable bastards like you never change that.

        1. will-billy

          back then folks needed the actual fire. i also object to the rodent comparison though, actual rodents to be fair have a vital role in ecosystems

        2. Medium Sized C

          I think your timeline is a bit fupped.

          Kids have not been breaking into commercial automotive repair facilities to steal tyres to burn since the human race discovered fire.

        1. Spartacus

          In many ways, I’m looking forward to the Caliphate (coming soon to a city near you). Public floggings and amputation of hands for thieves, execution for apostates such as yourself, Jihadist flags for others. There won’t be any pallet-burning vermin in that little utopia.

    1. will-billy

      there is nothing in them worth burning. beard hair only singes and smoulders and them silly specs, bikes and cloth caps have negligible calorific values

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