Learning a lesson the hard way

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- It's a case of hose laid where you'd least expect it. The pictures really drive home the point of why not to park at a fire hydrant. Or if you do, leave your windows down.

    Ever since that day a little over two years ago in Merced, California, photos with captions like "5 reasons why you should never park in front of a fire hydrant" have periodically surfaced on the web. In this case the car was blocking a hydrant in front of a fire at a marijuana grow house with 3,000 pot plants inside. Yet it's the car that blocked the hydrant that everyone remembers. Deputy Chief Don Long says, "He just took his hydrant wrench and took out the driver's side, walked over took out the passenger's side..."

    It's exactly like they did in the movie "Backdraft." firemen say it's rare that they have to do this. But it's crucial to keep the hose straight; a serious kink could cut the water supply in half. Or as one New York City fireman put it, "This idiot parked it on a hydrant and left, it just jeopardized somebody's life."

    There's not a nickname for it, so let's call it "hosing". Firemen have been hosing cars when necessary since the days of black and white. No one expressed sympathy for the shattered windows.

    So think twice about parking at a hydrant, or when they say "here comes the water", it may be coming, not in buckets, but across bucket seats.

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