Moron of the New Year

January 5, 2011 by admncc

Happy New Year!  I truly apologize for only accomplishing a few posts throughout the holidays.  In addition to time-consuming family obligations, that is also the busiest time of the year for my day job.  So needless to say, I didn’t have much free time.  Thus, I’m behind on posting on here, I’m behind on reading other blogs and I’m behind on commenting on other blogs.  LOL.  What a great way to start out the New Year!  But I plan to update this site repeatedly over the next few days with a “Best Of 2010” series that I’ve been working on.

In the meantime, in honor of the New Year, I thought it would be appropriate to name our first “Moron of the Week” award winner.  You know…I actually feel bad for this guy…he’s lucky to be alive and I hope he gets the help he needs.  According to this story in the New York Daily News, Vangelis (Angelo) Kapatos, 26, wearing only pajama bottoms, jumped from his family’s apartment building in an attempt to commit suicide.  However, he wasn’t successful in ending his life, because after falling nine stories, he landed on a pile of 100 trash bags that were outside the apartment building (The New York Sanitation Department had suspended trash collection after a December 26th snowstorm paralyzed the city).

Before jumping, Kapatos, who was upset over a possible eviction, also slit his throat.  According to neighbors, he’s alive because of the trash bags.  Now…for what it’s worth, if you’ve seen any pictures of the New York streets that weren’t plowed for days after the blizzard or of the trash that had built up, you might argue that the city, and not Kapatos, is the “Moron of the Week.”

Photo Courtesy of Leighton Edmondso and The New York Times

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  1. Leo Nevoli says:

    Reading the article reminded me of a kid I went to high school with. He was made fun of, and considered a loser. People even told him he was a bigger loser when he tried to hang himself in the family garage, but he made the rope too long. He was able to get help, but unfortunately not many people can get help. Not many people are optimistic that things will get better. I feel for this guy that things in his life are so bad that he took that path. Maybe he can realize that landing on the trash bags is a sign that things will get better, and that there is a reason he was kept alive.

  2. NeoConDon says:

    I’ve never been in a situation where I ever thought death would be better than life, so I can’t pretend to even empathize with this person…

    But I do know this – he didn’t want to kill himself. This was simply a cry for help after no one had been listening to him. Hopefully, someone is listening now.

  3. kittycat says:

    Damn that sucks, and WOW that is alot of snow. We didnt even get any. just a flake here or there.
    so dissapointing for Christmas.

    So glad to see you back.

  4. TallElf says:

    Interesting how something that we take for granted, actually saved this man’s life. He is lucky that his cry for help was actually answered by something that everyone else was just trying to get rid of. Maybe he will see that he has some worth, and will be able to make a turn around.

  5. Well….er…hum… Everyone else had such nice sincere comments. Me? I just wanted to know if there was a lot of blood on the snow.


  6. Jen says:

    There is nothing more embarrassing than a botched suicide attempt – especially when you go to such lengths! Sorry, I can’t feel sorry for this guy…

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