r/todayilearned Jun 28 '22

TIL A Brinks Trucks driver, Joseph Trombino was hit in the head with a bullet, survived the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and died during September 11th. All while working for Brinks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Brink%27s_robbery#Robbery
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u/cakeandwhat Jun 28 '22

Trombino was able to fire a single shot from his handgun, but was struck in the shoulder and arm by several rounds, nearly severing his arm from his body.

Soooo, not his head.

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u/KillaCookBook87 Jun 29 '22

It's was the driver who was shot in the head, somehow recieveing the least severe injury on the side of the Brinks guards and police

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u/cakeandwhat Jun 29 '22

I know…the human body is absolutely fuckin wild sometimes.

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u/KillaCookBook87 Jun 29 '22

I was at a gas station by the big hospital in my home town at around 3a.m. one morning when a young guy was there showing everyone where he had been shot 3 times with an assault rifle the previous evening. Twice in his abdomen, and once in his forearm. It was hard to tell if he was more hopped up on pain meds or revenge. This was a few years after I'd met a man how'd survived being shot in the face at close range by a 9mm. The bullet had hit his cheek bone, and ricocheted out of his neck.

I also once met a young woman who's head had been crushed in a car accident. The zig zag maze of stitching and her missing right eye, ear, and most of her nose made me wonder just how close to death she came.

It really is fucking wild sometimes, and then some people just die suddenly of the most petty random shit. I'll never understand any of it.

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u/capo4ever88 Jun 29 '22

Wherever you live just please don't be nj. Anyone who meets you seems to get shot and I'm not about that

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u/cakeandwhat Jun 29 '22

I sprained my ankle about 20 years ago & still haven’t fully recovered lol

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u/critfist Jun 29 '22

I mean the head is a real gamble. It's one of the strongest parts of the human body, covered in thick bone, the trouble comes when something breaches it.

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u/Krakenspoop Jun 29 '22

His mostly-detached gun arm swung around and domed him as he fell though...

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u/snausagesinablanket Jun 29 '22

Soooo, not his head.

He wasn't shot in the head, he was hit in the head by a bullet silly.

it probably ricocheted off his arm bones. (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ pew... pew

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u/kellzone Jun 29 '22

The bullet exited his shoulder, paused, in mid-air, mind you, made a left turn, and subsequently struck him in the head.

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u/Fine_Ad_9964 Jun 28 '22

good luck or bad luck...

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u/ChampTimmy Jun 28 '22

Rule of threes.

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u/MeanGreanHare Jun 29 '22

I was going to say "third time's the charm" but figured it would be in bad taste.

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u/Darthsexi Jun 28 '22

At least it wasn't a boring life 🤷

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u/ebikr Jun 28 '22

It’s not a job, it’s an adventure.

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u/SavingsMonitorijmnre Jun 29 '22

He would have great leverage when asking for raises.

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u/Tokasmoka420 Jun 29 '22

I temporarily hate my job a little less after reading this.

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u/TerribleAttitude Jun 29 '22

That is not a well paying job, either.

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u/spaghettiThunderbalt Jun 29 '22

Another fun fact: the son of one of the terrorists is the recently-recalled San Francisco DA who refused to prosecute basically anything that actually mattered.

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u/capo4ever88 Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

From which attack 93 or 01?

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u/spaghettiThunderbalt Jun 29 '22

Sorry, should've clarified. One of the terrorists who carried out the robbery in the linked article.

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u/Darthsexi Jun 29 '22

Thats how I found out about this.

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u/No-Big-9170 Jul 01 '22

They weren't terrorists at all. They committed a robbery to fund an activist movement dedicated to civil rights. Terrorists commit violence for the sake of violence.

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u/spaghettiThunderbalt Jul 01 '22

What? Terrorists don't "commit violence for the sake of violence." They commit violence to scare people into conforming to their agenda. The two groups who carried out this robbery were basically the textbook definition of terrorist organizations: carrying out bombings, kidnappings, arsons, and whatnot to try and use fear to advance their agenda.

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u/No-Big-9170 Jul 01 '22

I wrote out a big semantic argument but the most important thing is that terrorist is a statist buzzword and the black panthers had a noble pursuit, and any violence committed in the name of civil rights is heroism, not terrorism. Was John Brown a terrorist? Only someone who is pro-slavery would say yes. I say he's a hero.

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u/spaghettiThunderbalt Jul 01 '22

Why are you bringing up the Black Panthers?

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u/itwillmakesenselater Jun 29 '22

Bet they don't put that on their hiring brochure

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u/DaveOJ12 Jun 29 '22

I knew I read it recently:

https://reddit.com/comments/vil67z

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u/Mildebeest Jun 29 '22

I was hoping to see a post like this. Thank you.

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u/xX609s-hartXx Jun 29 '22

Note to self: Never work for Brinks.

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u/IusedtoloveStarWars Jun 29 '22

TIL people post the same TIL over and over and over again.

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u/Atreides464 Jun 29 '22

He would have great leverage when asking for raises.

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u/raddrobb67 Jun 29 '22

So, don't work for Brinks then?

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u/yackmehof Jun 28 '22

Hmmm. Number 1 suspect

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u/sleepless_86 Jun 28 '22

He should had take the hint and quit after you know... getting shot in the head

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u/wgpjr Jun 29 '22

Shoot me once, shame on you. Shoot me twice, shame on me

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u/Rxsforeveryone Jun 29 '22

He was the Forrest Gump of Bad luck. Where as the character got to take part in good (or at least safer) things, this guy chose all the bad ones to show up at. For work of all things....

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u/supppbrahhh Jun 30 '22

Talk about living life on the brink.

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u/Rossicliff Jun 29 '22

I would have told him that his job would have killed him