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fences. no wires or houses or roads is what i'm hoping for. >> couch touches down in cambridge, idaho, to a hero's welcome. his new cluster balloon distance record, 235 miles. >> so i think the next flight i'm sure i'm going to get enough balloons and ballast to go to 25,000 feet. and then see if i can stay out overnight, i could maybe break my old record and go farther. maybe i could go 500 miles. >> luckily, cluster ballooning is a rare pastime. these homemade aircraft require skill and training to operate safely, as well as a fair amount of luck. i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera."
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if you think the workplace is an uneventful, ho-hum place to be, think again. >> it's my birthday, and i'm taking a bath in the sink at burger king. >> in today's workplace anything can happen. situations ranging from bizarre to life threatening. >> i couldn't believe it. nobody's ever, you know, survived, getting sucked into a jet engine. >> when the pressure's on, there's just no telling how people will react. and now cameras are everywhere recording some moments employees want to remember. >> if you're traveling with more than one child, now is a good time to pick your favorite. >> and some moments they'd rather forget. >> excuse me! that was my [ bleep ] i.d. >> your honor, i can represent as an officer of the court, i am not intoxicated.
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in this hour, "caught on camera: workplace gone wild." welcome to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. wild antics at work have gotten people fired and even put in jail. but our first two stories are about workers who are going about their regular day when extraordinary events unfold. working on a navy carrier isn't really what you might consider a wild gig but wait until you see what happens to a petty officer just doing his job. it happens in the blink of an eye. a man gets sucked into a jet engine and disappears. >> i didn't even want to see what was going to come out of that intake. i was devastated. i was -- you know, this was my best friend. >> mike mcdonald remembers that night vividly. >> this was the guy i spent the past two years almost every single day with. for him to be gone and not to be alive anymore was just totally shocking to me. >> mcdonald and john bridges are
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navy petty officers stationed on the "uss roosevelt" during "operation desert storm." bridges is a green shirt, a navy term for an aviation maintenance officer. he helps launch aircraft from the flight deck. the job is physically demanding. and a lot can go wrong. >> pull him off. wave him off! >> it's one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. i've seen parts break off of aircraft when they land and hit people or bombs actually bounce across the flight deck. it can be pretty hectic. it's really dangerous. you always have to have your head on a swivel. you always have to be alert with what you're doing. >> bridges is four months away from completing his tour of duty. on february 20th, 1991, he's training a new recruit on the flight deck. >> we were doing midnight ops, basically when you operate after midnight in complete darkness. so they turn all the lights off because we're fairly close to the coast of iraq in some dangerous waters. >> mcdonald is watching his best
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friend from an infrared closed-circuit television below the deck. bridges and the trainee are checking a jet that's in full throttle and ready to take off. >> the trainee was going up to the nose gear of the aircraft and looking at it getting hooked up to the catapult. and then j.d.'s job was to come back in from the back to check his work, to make sure everything was hooked up the way it was supposed to be and then to get out also before they launch the aircraft. as j.d. was going in to check his work, he was coming in too high. he was almost standing up. he was supposed to be crouched almost to the ground. and as he leaned over to check the catapult, he got sucked into the intake. >> under the deck, mcdonald watches in horror. he knows how slim the odds are of surviving an accident like this. >> when i saw it, i couldn't believe it. i was like totally, did that just happen? you know, i was like going back
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and forth in my mind, is it real? am i dreaming? you know, i was just amazed. and then i realized it was -- it actually happened. he was in the intake. >> it's pitch black, but the deck crew knows something has gone wrong. the pilot shuts down the plane, and mcdonald rushes to the flight deck to see his friend. >> i thought he was gone forever, you know? i thought he was history, and i was still like just going crazy. and i looked up, and he was crawling out of the intake. >> remarkably, bridges is alive. he's hurt, but incredibly lucky to live to tell his tale. >> the easiest way to explain it is kind of like a person eating a piece of spaghetti. and the intake sucked me in so quick, and as soon as it sucked me in, it sucked off my helmet, my goggles, my gloves, my float coat, and the force of the air rushing into the intake sucked the air out of my lungs, and i blacked out for probably two minutes. >> j.d. survived getting sucked into the intake because he wore
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his helmet loose, and his helmet came off before he actually went into the intake and blew the engine out, which caused the blades to stop turning. >> and when i came to, i realized what had happened and i was probably in trouble. so i crawled out of the intake and that's the last thing i remember until i woke up in medical. >> given the circumstances, his injuries are quite minor. >> i had a piece of steel in my wrist. i got a little cut on my eye, broken collarbone, a hole in my eardrum, just minor injuries, minor considering i could have and should have died. >> got to be a miracle, you know. i can't describe it any other way. everything that happened that night was a miracle. >> bridges' position entering that intake may have saved his life. >> the only reason i can see that i didn't go through the intake, because i got kind of wedged in between the nose cone, which is in the middle of the intake, and the outside of the intake, and it broke my
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collarbone, and i kind of got jammed in there is the only reason i didn't go through. >> the distance between the front of the intake and the engine blades may also have helped. it's about eight feet and big enough for a person to sleep in. >> he was within fingertip reach of the blades of the actual engine. usually what happens to things that get sucked into the intake, the titanium blades are moving at like 12,000 rpms and they pretty much chop everything or anything that goes into that intake. >> after a month and a half of bedrest, bridges is back at work launching jets. he completes his three-year tour of duty and is honorably discharged from the navy. >> the odds of a person surviving my accident, 1 in 100,000, 1 in a million. you just -- it's an accident you don't walk away from very often. >> he's definitely the luckiest person on earth. coming up -- sentencing day in an ohio courtroom takes an unexpected
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turn when "caught on camera: workplace gone wild" continues.
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prescription for flu. you had so many different options but instead you shot him in the back of the head, execution style. >> in a steubenville, ohio, courtroom, a family grieves the loss of a son and a brother. the man found guilty of his murder is 20-year-old antonio clifford. family members are giving victim impact statements before clifford's sentencing. >> you have 33 years that will be spent behind bars. i'm sorry. but i pray that those years will be full of immense pain and torture for you. >> the father takes his turn, giving his victim impact statement. michael swett walks to the witness stand with a photo of his son. >> and then he got closer, and he was standing at the table. he held that picture right in front of the defendant, in front
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of antonio clifford, and said, do you know this face? >> and then swett's pent-up anger suddenly comes bursting out. >> it was a moment of just jaw-dropping, oh, my gosh, what do we do? >> shelby zorotney is an anchor for nbc in steubenville, ohio. she's covering the sentencing that day, and her cameraman captures the scene. the first to respond to the incident is sheriff fred abdullah. >> we didn't hit him, we didn't strike him, nothing like that. i knew and i could just imagine the pain that he was going through, the hurt. >> i have done a lot of sentencing hearings, and i have had family members be terribly upset and terribly angry, but i had never seen a physical altercation between a victim's family member and the defendant. i was terrified for him that he might get hurt as the officers tried to subdue him. and my honest thought was that he might try to kill the defendant. >> others in the courtroom fear the same thing.
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>> i thought that this was going to be a disaster, and it was. i saw mr. swett's hand moving to try to get to the sheriff's weapon. the sheriff was able to restrain him, and he did not get his hand on the sheriff's weapon, which was holstered. >> clifford can't defend himself. he's handcuffed and remains silent during the struggle. >> he never moved. he never said a word. he never backed off. he never looked afraid. he just simply sat there. and even afterwards when they brought him back into the courtroom to finish the sentencing, he had absolutely no remorse for what he had done, none whatsoever. >> during the struggle, swett's heard crying out for his dead son. >> he's not yelling anything other than his own son's name, josh, over and over again. josh, his baby. josh, his son. >> officers and family members are trying to control swett, but the chaos escalates when someone
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in the courtroom begins yelling at the grieving father. >> that's when he started losing it. now if you watch the video, we have him up. he's getting under control a little bit. he slows down. his lip is bleeding a little bit from just the altercation we were having. nobody struck him. and all of a sudden this woman makes it a point to come over, and she starts pointing her finger at him and starts saying something again and that's when a racial slur came out. >> whatever restraint was there disappears. supporters of the victim and supporters of the defendant start a yelling match. >> you have a situation of different socioeconomic statuses, and you have a racial divide and that really played out in this particular case. >> the judge orders all family members out of the courtroom. swett is taken to the sheriff's office and released after 45 minutes.
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>> we have charged mr. swett with possibly disorderly conduct in a courtroom. probably could have. would it be the wise thing to do? no. and like i said, i would have done the same thing, and i'm sure a lot of fathers out there would have done the same thing. >> the judge sentences clifford to 33 years to life in prison. >> you couldn't see this without being unaffected, but it was a sad, unfortunate case, even if this event had not occurred, just the nature of the case. a family has lost a son and a brother. another family's relative is going off to prison. there are never any winners in that. >> the court later changes the location of where impact statements are given for emotionally charged cases such as this one. >> i'm so saddened inside by situations like this because it just -- it leaves such emotional, painful, gaping holes in people, and you don't know if they ever get fixed, healed, for
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both sides, for the person who's sitting in jail for the rest of his life and for the family who doesn't have their, you know, son anymore. >> nobody should be permitted to get out of line in a courtroom and not suffer some consequences. after all, that's where we come for the justice and that's where we come to enforce the law. and that was a definite breaking of the law. coming up, one burger king employee unwinds at work, but you won't believe where. >> i feel a little frisky, but i get a little clean. make sure to get it all spiced up for you guys. >> a dip in a hot tub you won't forget when "caught on camera: workplace gone wild" continues. uncer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis,
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it's 3:00 a.m. in xenia, ohio, and the staff of this burger king is closing up shop. manager karen craig is counting cash, and machines are being cleaned for the next shift. nothing out of the ordinary, except employee timothy tackett, a 25-year-old aspiring rap
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musician, is taking a bath. >> it's my birthday, and i'm taking a bath in the sink at burger king. >> tim's been working the late shift at burger king for a year, and that utility sink has always captured his imagination. >> i thought about it for a couple of months. because it was big enough to fit in, that's where the whole idea ever came from. and it's got jets in it. >> get the jets working at the old bk. i was like that's just a stainless steel jacuzzi right there. >> tim has a show to do that night. it's also his birthday. he feels the time is right to act on his impulse. >> what made that day different was it was my birthday, and i was excited about the concert i was playing. i was just in the right mood. the sink was actually a good idea, it seemed at the time to me. we had just finished up all the dishes. so cleaned out the sink real good, scrubbed it, ran hot water through it. when nobody was looking, i took off all my clothes except for a little speedo and dove in the sink.
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then i yelled, does anybody have a video camera? it's my birthday. i figured i'm feeling a little frisky, better get a little clean. make sure i get all spiced up for you guys, make sure i'm all clean for the show. you know what i'm saying? >> behind the camera is tim's girlfriend, macy, who usually works the drive-through window. >> i actually keep a camera with me at all times just in case something crazy like that happens. >> i want some eggs or some sausage biscuits, french toast sticks. >> the stunt is an act for tim's myspace page where fans know him as "mr. unstable." >> macy, you should totally go get our manager and tell her that i'm really in the sink. >> but he insists that no one else is in on the stunt before the camera starts rolling. >> hey, karen, he's in the sink. is that okay? do you want to come see? it's pretty funny.
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you can't see his penis or nothing. >> i hope not. >> everybody thought it was funny except for the manager who was still counting money. the whole time she thought we were kidding. she never imagined that i was really in the sink. i would say stuff every night, i'm going to do this. and mike's like, don't do it. like i said, the sink thing, i had mentioned that three months ago. like i'm going to take a bath in that sink. but everybody always brushed it off because i would say crazy stuff all the time. >> the water in the sink automatically gets boiling hot to sanitize utensils, so tim's dip lasts only four minutes. >> so i used a little towel to cover myself up. i didn't think about this part. i didn't bring anything to dry off. >> the video is posted on myspace that same morning, but tim has no idea just how much of a stir his short film will create. tim's bubble bath generates hundreds of thousands of hits on the internet. he's asked to make national television appearances.
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all good for his music but not good for his resume. he and his co-workers are all fired. >> i figured i would get fired when i did it but when everybody else got fired, that was the part that surprised me because really no one had anything to do with it, aside from the girl that filmed it. >> that girl, macy, is sorry she and tim didn't edit out their other colleagues. >> i regret that they got in trouble or had to have anything to do with it. >> manager karen craig, a burger king employee for several years, is sorry, too. >> sorry for anything that they think i did. i had no part in it. i feel that burger king has done me wrong. >> burger king released a statement after the incident saying workers are being retrained, and quote, we have sanitized the sink and have disposed of all other kitchen tools and utensils that were used during the incident. as for macy and tim, they're
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both living in xenia, and their job prospects have been few and far between. >> there's really no hope of getting a job. at first i was thinking this cancels out restaurant work. but if i go in anywhere, i'm a pretty recognizable person at this point. so if i go in anywhere for a job, this guy is going to give us problems. he's going to be insubordinate. he's chaotic. we don't know what he's going to do. i'm pretty much canceled out of any kind of real job. and if it's not television or music or something like that, then i don't think it's happening at this point. >> fortunately for tim, his 15 minutes of fame have led to more performances and more fans. ♪ everyone knows that i'm so dirty ♪ >> his experience at burger king even inspired one of his latest songs. ♪ because i took a bubble bath in a sink at burger king ♪ >> trying to just run with it and make the music thing bigger and make my money through that. because i'm an entertainer anyway. that's what i like to do.
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i like to be the center of attention anyway. coming up, there's no telling what some people will do to get out of jail when "caught on camera: workplace gone wild" continues.
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here's what's happening right now. officials say a gunman that ambushed and killed two firefighters in upstate new york yesterday left a note behind of the intention to quote, do what i like doing best killing people. the storm that brought a white christmas to some areas and this pile-up in oklahoma now threatening tornadoes from texas to alabama. defense secretary panetta sending holiday wishes to troops in afghanistan. he called four of them personally. now back to "caught on camera."
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welcome back to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. we've seen danger and drama in the workplace and some outrageous workplace stunts but what you're about to see might top the list. this man's first mistake, acting as his own attorney. his second mistake? you have to see it to believe it. >> did she inform you she had family in another part of ohio? >> it's a scene you would expect to see in a hollywood film. >> excuse me for a sec. >> a man in court facing up to 61 years in prison, if convicted, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, for being here. >> but kefon wilkins is no hollywood actor. the 33-year-old defendant is in a dayton, ohio, criminal court for two felonious assault charges and various weapons charges.
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wilkins' decision to defend himself adds an extra layer of drama to the proceedings. >> i thought i could ask a question. >> from the get-go, he's reprimanded by the judge. >> you are not running the show, sir. the jury complained to the bailiff yesterday that you mumble repeatedly, sir, and they cannot understand a word you're saying. >> this is a lynching. i mean, this is a modern-day lynching. >> at one point wilkins even suggests the court is out to get him. >> this is a modern-day lynching. >> mr. wilkins, now! >> it's a modern-day lynching. >> mr. wilkins! >> that's what it is. >> you are not to speak, sir. >> he doesn't have any formal legal experience, and the stakes are high. >> i told you before, i can't tell you how to practice your craft. but, sir, you can't include evidence in questions. you must ask people questions. >> june 26th is the last day of testimony, and officer shawn humphrey is the last witness to take the stand. his testimony is pivotal.
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it could discredit wilkins' alibi. >> i was there to testify with regards to a female who claims she was with the defendant the day his crime occurred. however, she had reported in to the office to see me that day in dayton. >> mr. humphries, being that sharida didn't notify you that -- >> wilkins begins to cross-examine humphrey, but then all of a sudden, he seems to be having a heart attack. >> excuse me. hold on a second. >> he had asked me, i believe, two questions at the time, and then he grabbed his chest, asked the judge if he could have a minute. >> your honor, excuse me for a second. i need -- i need some time. >> and then collapsed on the floor. >> officer humphrey takes his cue from the judge who clears out the courtroom. security sees to wilkins while they wait for medical assistance to arrive. >> once we got to him, it was obvious that he was faking this.
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his eyes were closed, but he was trying to peek out of the corners of his eyes. he was, like, trying to gain an angle and kind of look out the side. >> courtroom cameras stopped rolling while medical personnel attend to wilkins. >> i remember looking over, calling him by name. his eyes were kind of closed, squint, and you could see that he was blinking. his respirations were equal, even, unlabored. >> during his checkup, he shows further signs of life. >> i did trip over his arm. then he opened his eyes and moved his hand, and i could feel the hand move. >> they check on his vital signs and confirm wilkins is faking it. so the judge calls court back into session. >> we're on the record. the record will reflect that the jury is not present. the defendant is present and is feigning some medical condition. >> with the cameras rolling again, wilkins is seen slumped over his chair. extra security is now present because of wilkins' unpredictable behavior. >> the defendant is present and
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acting rather uninterested in these proceedings. mr. wilkins, if you persist in this behavior, sir, you will be removed, and you will be waiving your right to give a closing statement. i understand that you choose not to respond to me, sir, but i know that you are hearing me. >> not only does his fake heart attack fail to help him derail the trial, it becomes part of the trial itself. those two medics who have just checked on wilkins are asked to testify. >> he did respond to tactile stimulus. he did raise his head, turn and look at me directly. i could see his eyes. >> i checked his pulse, which was normal. skin temperature, normal. not sweating. normal. >> the record should reflect that the defendant is slouching over to the side and acts like he's sleeping. does he appear to be doing anything to you other than sitting in that chair? >> no, your honor. >> wilkins finally comes to when smelling salts are placed under his nose. >> oh, a remarkable change.
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mr. wilkins, do you have any questions for this witness, sir? i'll take that as a no, sir. i am going to terminate the defendant's right to represent himself because of his deliberately serious and obstructionist misconduct. mr. wilkins, because of your behavior, i am going to have you removed from the courtroom, sir. your behavior is highly inappropriate. it's obstructionist, so you're going to be removed to the jail. >> the hearings resume without wilkins' presence and in the end, serving as his own lawyer, complete with courtroom stunts, backfires. he is convicted and sentenced to 42 years in prison. >> your honor, excuse me for a second. i need some time. >> when your back's against the wall, you know, you never know what's going to happen. what was he thinking? you know, because it sure didn't turn out well for him. he's got to live with that for a very long time.
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coming up -- >> aloha. welcome to honolulu. >> an unconventional flight attendant keeps passengers on their toes. >> once the seat belt sign is turned off, get your stuff and get out. >> i don't like you. and in kentucky, another irreverent flight attendant, this time in handcuffs, you'll never believe what she does next. >> excuse me! that was my [ bleep ] i.d. >> when "caught on camera: workplace gone wild" continues. by the armful? by the barrelful? the carful? how the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. [ cellphon e ch irping ] [ buzzing ] bye dad. drive safe. k. love you. [ chirping, buzzing continues ]
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[ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. ladies and gentlemen, my name is kurt steker. i'm your senior flight attendant, and i am running for president of the united states. >> flight attendant kurt steker is on a mission. >> welcome aboard, all passengers. >> in these days of painfully long lines and overcrowded
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flights, he's determined to lighten the mood. >> let me tell you, as president of the united states, if there is a decompression on this aircraft, every man, woman and child on this aircraft will receive oxygen. when i hear a flight attendant or gate agent, you know, making announcements, you can tell they're just reading. >> place the mask over your nose and mouth, adjust the elastic band around your head -- >> it hurts my ears. i don't want -- you know, people don't want to feel like they're a herd of cattle. people want to be talked to. >> kurt delivers his announcements with a humorous twist meant to entertain passengers. >> oxygen will flow at a rate of $2 for the first minute and then 99 cents for each additional minute. if you're traveling with more than one child, now is a good time to pick your favorite. >> he is definitely trying to make you laugh, but this flight attendant does take his job seriously. >> we're trained to be firefighters.
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we're trained to do cpr. we're trained to use the defibrillator. people don't realize that. but we're really there for your safety. >> kurt works for ata airlines, and his most popular route is phoenix to hawaii. long five-, six-hour flights. videotaping his announcements proves to be a fun distraction. >> someone is in the lavatory. this is the lavatory police. come out with your pants up. >> kurt's antics enliven the flight for the whole crew. >> their names are barbara, donna, and julie. and my name is kurt, and i am the man. >> when he can't man the camera, he gets other flight attendants and staff to take over. the result is a video journal of kurt's greatest hits, captured during hundreds of his round trips to hawaii, and then he posts them on his myspace page. >> okay. you people are not listening. i can tell that. i could be doing this whole thing in chinese, and no one would even know. >> kurt's funny rants started in part from frustration that passengers ignored him. now they're making him an online star. he's attracting thousands of hits on the internet. >> then we're going to dim the
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cabin lights because it makes the flight attendants look nicer. >> kurt's encouraged by the positive feedback, but he insists the announcements are all in the line of duty. >> in 14 years of doing those announcements, nobody ever said, kurt, we don't like that. you shouldn't be doing it. >> instead, he's received a lot of fan mail and compliments from frequent flyers who appreciate his humor. >> people don't expect you to say anything funny. and when you do say something funny, it's a surprise. and, you know, you've got the best audience you can have. place the yellow cup over your nose and mouth, and as soon as you're done screaming, secure the mask to your face with the elastic band. >> unfortunately, kurt's good humor can't save the airline. he and 2,200 other ata employees lose their jobs when the airline goes bankrupt in 2008. >> ladies and gentlemen, aloha. welcome to honolulu. once the seat belt sign is
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turned off, i will tell you the same thing my parents told me when i turned 18, get your stuff and get out. >> after more than a decade as a flight attendant, kurt is setting his sights high, training to become a pilot. >> my instructor's actually taken some video of me in the cockpit doing all the maneuvers and things that we do. i would like to make a video of that, and obviously, it's not going to be as silly as this video because people don't want to see that in a pilot. >> not all flight attendants approach work with the same gusto. this next story takes a look at one who might want to consider a career change. imagine learning that your flight attendant is acting so drunk she has to be hauled off the plane and is sent to jail for belligerent behavior like you see here. >> i don't like you! i want to go home. that was my [ bleep ] i.d. >> you're arrested --
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>> [ bleep ]. >> i'm in jail. >> that's what happens on august 5th, 2007, at lexington, kentucky's, bluegrass airport. 26-year-old sarah mills is the only flight attendant scheduled on an atlantic southeast airlines flight bound for atlanta, but the plane never leaves the runway. >> some passengers aboard that plane said they were afraid to fly after what they saw aboard the delta connection flight. they said their flight attendant, sarah mills, was very drunk. the captain concurred and called police. >> airport police report that mills is unstable and wreaks of alcohol. she admits she's been drinking jack daniels on board the plane. mills threatens the pilot as she's removed from the aircraft. videotape shows her being carried off the flight in a wheelchair. >> she made a comment to the pilot, an off-the-cuff comment, and the comment was "you're dead," and so, therefore, they charged her with terroristic threatening.
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>> police tests at the airport reveal a .032 blood alcohol level, well below the .08 drinking limit to drive a car. but for a flight attendant, drinking eight hours prior to any flight is illegal. >> when she was hauled off to jail, she was kind of screaming and crying and all upset with the airport police. >> mark kennedy breaks the sarah mills story for wkyt in lexington. >> the fact that she was a flight attendant on a plane, the only flight attendant on that plane because it was a small plane, and was carried off in handcuffs really caught a lot of people's attention. >> he follows her trail to the lexington/fayette detention center. >> then she gets to the jail, and this is where we hear that there was some sort of altercation. >> i just want to go home! >> i understand that. i want to, too. i wouldn't want to be here either. >> i don't like you people. >> i heard from a lot of people that she did some very crazy things, said some real crazy things.
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>> i've already lost my job because of these people! >> mills' situation goes from bad to worse when she gets hostile at the police station. >> when they walk her in, she's trying to fall to the ground, and all the jailers are holding her up. >> you guys have already forced me to lose my job. >> her behavior has very unfortunate consequences. cameras record her every move. kennedy obtains the video and can't believe what he sees, especially since her blood alcohol level is reported as being fairly low. >> do you require immediate medical attention? >> yep. >> what for? >> because i'm thinking about punching some people. >> okay. you need medical attention because you're thinking about punching some people? >> actually -- excuse me! that was my [ bleep ] i.d. >> mills resists, and police throw her to the ground in order to restrain her. >> the thing of it is is i don't even think she realized she was on camera.
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they had a handheld camera that was following her for the entire time, but i guess she didn't realize that. >> you guys are so dumb. all i did was get drunk, and you don't know anything about me, so shut the [ bleep ] up! >> mills is transferred to a holding cell. >> you're arresting a [ bleep ]! >> we didn't arrest you, ma'am. >> yeah, thank you. >> she was pretty belligerent. she's, you know, crawling on the floor, acting like a dog, looking through the little window at the bottom of the door in her holding cell. looking out the window, peeking out the window. >> mills spends the night in jail. one day after her arrest, she's seen in this videotaped arraignment asking the judge for leniency. >> i'm not from here. it's a job. >> she wasn't from kentucky. she was from missouri, so nobody could come and bond her out because she was from so far away. >> the next day she's able to make bond and is released. >> tonight, we have new information in the case -- >> the disturbing video of mills in jail was broadcast on
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television before her hearings begin, and before her lawyer, derek gordon, has even seen it. he asks the judge for more time to review the case. >> we haven't been provided the evidence yet, so it's hard to make any decisions as to what we're going to do yet. >> when he does see the video, gordon has this to say. >> well, in two short words, not good. her behavior on the video and from talking to people that had also viewed that video, it appeared perhaps that she may have been on, you know, something. she, from what i could tell, was not herself. >> mills is not tested for drug use. at the hearing she lets her lawyer do all the talking. >> obviously, she was very embarrassed about the incident and just wished it never would have happened. >> the prosecution later learns this isn't mills' first run-in with the law. this video, obtained from police
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in missouri, shows mills in jail wearing scrubs and acting in a belligerent manner just four months earlier. police records show charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer. in the courtroom, the judge has some stern words for her. >> this is a community that has, in fact, you know, suffered a major airplane crash in the last couple of years. and an incident like this at the airport is a major concern for the public. >> the judge in court kind of told her, you know, you need to get your stuff together. you know, i want you to go to rehab back home, and you obviously have a problem, and you need to get it taken care of. >> four months after the incident in lexington, the charges of making a terrorist threat are dropped. >> guilty. >> mills pleads guilty to charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place and operating under the influence as a crew member of an aircraft. she attends rehab and is
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sentenced to pay a $660 fine. >> this was a case that i never thought would have gotten the attention that it did, but the interest and the publicity on the local news and people just calling me and asking me about it was amazing. >> mills loses her job with the airline and could not be reached for an interview, but her lawyer talked to us. >> quite frankly, i'm not sure she wanted to be a flight attendant again after this incident. coming up -- >> your honor, i did do shots of tequila last night. >> a high-profile lawyer makes a court appearance you won't forget. >> judge, i don't want to make this a soap opera, and i apologize. >> well, you have. >> i know i have. >> i've never seen anything like this in my entire life. >> when "caught on camera: workplace gone wild" continues.
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arriving an hour and a half late for a trial when you're the
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defense attorney is never a good idea. >> i remember someone asking me, where in the hell is joe caramagno? >> but when you're late and stumble in drunk with implausible excuses, you're really asking for trouble. >> your honor, i did do shots of tequila last night. >> right when i saw mr. caramagno, i knew something was very wrong. >> judge, i was heading east on sahara drive, and i was rear-ended. it was a hit-and-run, your honor. >> you called the police, obviously? >> i did not, your honor. i'm not in favor of dialing 911. >> one thing you don't do is tell a lie to the judge. >> scott hoper is attorney joe caramagno's stand-by counsel. >> when you have two district attorneys sitting next to you who have access to las vegas metropolitan department detectives and street patrol who quickly phoned in the location of the accident the story, it kind of changed a little bit. >> courtroom cameras capture his entire exchange with the judge. >> i was traveling west on sahara. >> you were traveling west on
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sahara now? >> pardon me, east. judge, i was actually hit from behind. i was pushed into a car in front of me. >> so it was a double hit-and-run. >> i guess. >> i was actually trying to make a hush sound to joe when i was behind him and he just wouldn't listen. he kept going on and on and on. >> i can tell your honor, that it was a hard hit from behind. >> it was a hard hit from behind, but i've got a detective who says there is absolutely no damage. i think you should just really kind of -- i can't even count up how many different stories you've told me thus far. >> caramagno's client, dale jakuchunas, can hardly believe what's unfolding before him. he's facing a possible lifetime in jail if convicted of first-degree kidnapping and coercion charges. >> i felt very frustrated with them and disappointed. i definitely needed the attorney i paid for at that time. >> i may have suffered a concussion, your honor. >> because you hit your head? >> because of the whiplash, your honor. i've had multiple concussions before.
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>> you've had multiple concussions? >> yes, your honor. >> because -- >> i played professional ice hockey, and i also played college football. >> oh, okay. so you know what it feels like? >> yeah. my head has been the subject of many severe contacts. >> caramagno just can't keep his story straight. the judge decides to question a young woman he's brought to court with him to see if she might know something about the accident, and things get even more bizarre. >> you know, mr. caramagno, you told me she was your ex-girlfriend. and so now i'm very upset with you. >> your honor -- >> you've got yourself in this web. >> i certainly don't want to mislead the court. >> you don't even know her based upon what she has told me. >> i do, judge. i've known her for at least 20 minutes. >> it was turning into quite a little circus. >> judge, i don't want to make this a soap opera, and i apologize. >> well, you have. >> i know i have. >> i've never seen anything like this in my entire life. >> word spread like wildfire
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through the courthouse that judge levitt was, in essence, interrogating a criminal defense attorney. >> did you have three shots of tequila before you came to court this morning? >> your honor, i did -- i did do shots of tequila last night. >> okay. what's last night to you? >> 3:00 in the morning. >> okay. >> i was in my office until 3:00 in the morning preparing the case. >> right. >> and i did consume alcoholic beverages from 3:00 to 4:00. >> finally, the judge asked him to take a breathalyzer test, but he resists. >> i can represent as an officer of the court i am not intoxicated. >> okay. you can't even represent to me anything so far. >> i apologize about -- >> you said she was your ex-girlfriend. turns out you only knew her for 20 minutes. you said you were rear-ended. your car has absolutely no rear-end damage. it has substantial front-end damage. it's not even registered to you. it's registered to a person who is incarcerated in the nevada department of corrections.
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i'm not quite sure it can get much worse. so just go ahead and blow, and let's get it over with. >> as soon as they brought the breathalyzer, i knew he was in some serious, serious trouble. >> the court marshal administers the test. >> i've never had to do this before for a lawyer. in fact, it was a little uncomfortable for me because i knew him. i had seen him in my courtroom a few other times. but i had to do my job. >> my professional livelihood is at stake here. >> i know. you think i want to do this? >> the odor of alcoholic beverage was very prevalent in the courtroom and on him, so i knew that he had had a lot to drink. >> take a deep breath. just blow in it. >> okay. for the record your blood alcohol is .075. >> i admit that i did have drinks last night. i lost my grandmother about two weeks ago, and i've been under a lot of pressure. >> the drunk driving limit in nevada is .08, and it's been ten hours since he says he had his last drink. caramagno still insists he can
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move forward with the case. but the judge has had enough. >> my only desire at this point is to protect mr. jakuchunas. i don't think you have a concussion. i think you're dazed and confused and can't tell a straight story because you're too intoxicated. >> and just when you think caramagno might wise up, he makes another convoluted attempt to defend himself, and it backfires. >> your honor, i can represent to the court that i had a heineken at lunch yesterday. >> you drank a beer at lunch yesterday? >> i did, your honor. >> before we picked the jury? >> yes, ma'am. and the reason i raise that issue is that, judge, because if i have one beer at lunch, it's not going to affect my ability to effectively represent my client. >> you really can't have a heineken during lunch when you're in a jury trial. you just can't. that's bizarre to me. >> at this point even the prosecution is concerned that he is ill-prepared to defend his client.
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after 2 1/2 hours, the judge finally declares a mistrial. >> dale was pretty emotional. he was sad. there were tears in his eyes. >> it was very painful. it was embarrassing. >> i didn't put tequila on my cornflakes, if that's what you're asking me, no, i didn't. >> he later speaks to the local news. >> i did have some drinks the night before. i did have a nominal amount of sleep, i'm going to estimate between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. i didn't wake up and start drinking. >> jakuchunas later negotiates a deal with his new attorney. he pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit battery and receives a sentence of probation after spending a total of five months in jail. as for caramagno, he attends rehab, and the nevada supreme court transfers his law license to disability inactive status. >> i just can't imagine how somebody who's worked so hard,
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