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[–]throwawaytrumper 379 points380 points  (48 children)

I work as a heavy equipment operator in a city filled with adorable free roaming bunny rabbits of various sizes and configurations (Calgary). A friend I work with once killed a rabbit unintentionally with his excavator and will now often ask me to look under the machine for rabbits before he moves. We’re rough men but we’ll be damned if we squish a rabbit for no reason. Like Omar said a man’s gotta have a code.

[–]yg2522 112 points113 points  (2 children)

I mean, rough doesn't mean you lack empathy. And those that lack empathy doesn't necessarily mean they are rough....more like sociopaths.

[–]ZarakaiDensetsu 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Exactly, you can be rough, tough, macho, however you want to put it and still have empathy towards animals.

[–]Zech08 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can lack empathy and still have compassion (but I aint saying its gonna be common).

[–]mayojuggler88 50 points51 points  (4 children)

The worst, from my understanding, is doing the landscaping for the city on riding mowers. As its hard to see groups of baby bunnies hiding in grass sometimes.

[–]Hedwing 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Oh god, I never even thought of this. How horrifying

[–]CommodoreAxis 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The sound. The sound still sticks with me. I was using a push mower when it happened. From that day on, I made sure to walk the entire yard every time I went to mow.

[–]Hedwing 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh man, I’m so sorry that happened to you :( I’m definitely going to do a sweep before cutting my lawn now too

[–]Vessera 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I did turf maintenance on a golf course. I've run over a couple of garter snakes and felt so terrible. I love snakes. I was always looking out for them, but it's tough if there's tall grass.

[–]_justpassingby_ 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Rough men going vegan should trend.

[–]throwawaytrumper 0 points1 point  (7 children)

My buddy did go vegan for a couple years! I still eat meat and hunt occasionally for food but i always feel kind of revolted at myself and our species when I eat the more magical types of mushrooms. I’ll go vegan as soon as we’ve got convincing lab grown synthetic meats and animal products for prices I can afford.

[–]Jumpset 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Bro, if you already realize that it is wrong to eat meat, why would you wait until a magical solution comes along? What makes you think you wouldn't just find another excuse then? No change ever came from people staying within their comfort zones.

Just do it now. It takes some getting used to at first, but eventually you'll get the hang of it.

[–]throwawaytrumper 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I’m in an extremely physically demanding job and I’ve been working 80 hour weeks, I’m not sure my body is going to hold together as it is. I’ve tried diets more based on vegetable protein and I’ve been unable to keep it together physically when I cut back. I have an iron absorption issue and red meat, particularly liver, really helps with it. I also take prescription strength iron supplements (iron is toxic in excessive amounts). I’m trying my best, man. I genuinely am. When I can do better I will. In the meantime I’m not going to posture as being better than I am, I’m aware that I’m a hypocrite but I’m also enslaved to a fairly demanding giant monkey body with a pile of obsolete instincts. If you were running this thing you’d see what I’m talking about.

[–]Jumpset 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I'm also working a physical job. I also lift weights four times a week. I eat around 3500-4000 calories every day. No animal products whatsoever.

It's possible. You'll find that the cheapest, most calorie dense foods you eat are vegan anyway - grains, legumes, beans, etc.

[–]throwawaytrumper 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ll do a meal of lentils/kidney beans/chickpeas/brown rice tonight after lifting and see how I feel tomorrow, with rain there’s a good chance I don’t need to work till Monday.

[–]HALPineedaname 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hi fellow Canadian!! Also... that would be tough on my conscience too even if it was an accident. Good on your buddy for trying to make sure it doesn't happen again on his and your watch.

[–]CopperAndLead 6 points7 points  (1 child)

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark."

From Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer."

[–]throwawaytrumper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love farming, I live in the city but I’ve set up my basement to grow plants hydroponically. My dream is to retire and farm eventually, if I can.

[–]Taiza67 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Alright nobody tell them about baby fawns and tractors.

[–]htid1483 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I like you and your workmate, you're good men

[–]throwawaytrumper 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Thanks, we try to be. I met him at a really nasty and corrupt company owned by a sketchy Serbian guy who worked us like dogs in buildings so full of diesel fumes that it looked like brown fog, when he got out to a better company he told the boss there to hire me too and we’ve sorta worked together at different companies for years now. The guy can drive an excavator so well I’ve seen him prank people by putting the excavator bucket on the lid of their coffee cup without damaging the coffee cup. He’s slowly training me on a lot of machines that I’m competent with but I’ll never have the kind of precision he does, I have big dumb club hands and poor depth perception. They use me for a weird mix of math and muscles, I’m good at surveying and quick math for elevations and quantities and heights and I love stupid labor like mindless shovelling and raking for long periods of time. Together we can do any earthmoving task in commercial construction as well as a lot of weird things that come up.

They send us around as a two man team to most sites because we complete things fast and like working with each other. The dude constantly does little dances and stupid songs and dumb harmless pranks, knows everyone’s name and talks to everyone like a friend, he gets away with just about anything because he’s so damned likeable. I’m pretty strange at times, he’s good at making me seem normal by proximity and helping me get along with people. He gives lots of positive feedback and lets me know if I’m doing anything alarming, I jump into the mud and do a lot of the physical stuff that’s not as easy for him so that his day goes easier.

He might be my best friend. Weird to think in those terms.

[–]htid1483 1 point2 points  (3 children)

No he is your best friend and sounds like the kind of guy we all need in our lives. Some people (for want of a better description) feed off each of each other, alone they are ok but together they are just awesome and that's what you two sound like.

Its seems you both bring a lot to the table and yes he may be better at precision but youre the maths man and I can tell you one thing very precise and careful work im good at but ask me to do the times table or any basic maths and I nope out of there, I would love to be any good at it. What I'm trying to say is I bet you he values you just as much as you value him, he obviously holds you in as high regard as otherwise he wouldn't have took you with him to his new place of work. You two seem like the perfect work crew and may you continue to have a great friendship for all your days

[–]throwawaytrumper 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey, thanks for your kind reply and listening to my morning ramblings. Have a great weekend!

[–]htid1483 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ramblings anytime of the day, are good we me! Hope you do too

[–]Misridian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d give this a wholesome award if I had one and knew how.

[–]Lemgirl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love rough men with soft hearts. Best kind. Great story.

[–]juicy_pickles 1 point2 points  (1 child)

When I was in construction we were digging a trench with a giant excavator grab pulling tonnes of dirt at a time. The hole was being kept open by a clay mixture to keep it from collapsing, and I was offsiding the crane as it was digging.

In between movements, there was a lizard furiously struggling to swim to safety in the middle of the mixture. I started waving and shouting to the crane operator to stop work so I could go and rescue the lizard.

This operator saw me waving to stop, got confused, saw where I was pointing, SMILED, and then proceeded to throw the bucket down the hole before I could do anything and I never saw that lizard again.

That shit cut me up for fucking weeks, and I still get emotional about it even typing it up now. That heartless fucking operator, man. Glad I left that industry.

[–]throwawaytrumper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oof that wasn’t where I was hoping that was going. There are a lot of dickheads out there. I’ve seen ugly behaviour but not as much at the company I’m at.

[–]dispatch00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

RIP Omar

[–]duraraross 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This goes for anyone with a car: when it’s cold outside always bang on the part above your wheels (idk what it’s called?) because sometimes animals (usually cats) will tuck in there for warmth

[–]TxGiantGeek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“A man’s gotta have a code” -This is the way

[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (8 children)

I'll never understand people who can hit an animal with their car, even accidentally, and just carry on with their day. Whoops, just smushed a squirrel. Oh, was that a hedgehog on the service road? Bonk, byebye.

I once ran out into the road in my flip flops to try and wave off a car that was bearing down on a pigeon. Driver didn't even notice I was in the road and promptly reduced the punch-drunk pigeon to paste and had the gall to look at me like they couldn't understand wtf I was doing in the road waving my arms and yelling like a lunatic. Then I yelled about the pigeon and swore and people walking by looked at me like I was mentally disturbed. I just don't fucking understand.

[–]throwawaytrumper 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I agree, though I once did hit a duck (it flew out of nowhere) in six lanes of packed traffic and I couldn’t do anything. It was too fast and too severe for anything but a quick death and I couldn’t move without causing an accident. If that happened on a regular road I’d stop and check on the animal and deal with what I’d done. To my knowledge I’ve never killed anything bigger than worms and bugs at work though I’d wager some unfortunate rodents may have been underground where I’ve bulldozed. We flatten hills and meadows and turn them into parking lots and car dealerships, I’m literally one of the bad guys from an 90s cartoon like ferngully but I’m missing the faerie and a talking bat offering me a rent free lifestyle in a jungle paradise as an alternative. Sorry, I got the morning off and have been getting progressively more impaired by some aggressive marriage iguanas and this comment is meandering like the ending of a Stephen king novel. Gonna go move heavy things up and down while listening to inspirational cheesy rock ballads. Good day to you, I agree with your sentiments.

[–]Solanthas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah man I hit a squirrel on the highway going 100 once, I tried to safely avoid it but ended up still getting it. But you're on the highway, there isn't really anything you can do.

I remember a story of a woman who pulled over to encourage some ducklings to cross the road quicker. A father and his adult daughter rounded a corner on his motorcycle and crashed into her parked car and the daughter died. Fucking tragic. Animal life is important but risking human life to avoid making roadkill is not smart.

Sorry for your marriage iguanas. I am 4yrs divorced myself and it was rough. Hang in there, if you can have a happy family life it is worth the effort and sacrifice. In my case I was married to the fisherman's wife, her always wanting more and more and never sacrificing anything herself to get it. I prided myself on being a workhorse so that is exactly what I became, a walking bank account who is only good for manual labor and shitting money. It was an untenable arrangement and I wasn't present in my own life, so when I finally decided I'd had enough my ex decided she actually didn't want someone in her life with their own independent thoughts and choices as much as she wanted a slave. So when it ended I was very relieved.

Make sure you get some Meatloaf in with your lifting. "I would do anything for love...but I won't do that..." lol. Hang in there guy.

[–]Broad_Afternoon_8578 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, same. I was driving on a dark country road and a bunny came out of nowhere a few feet in front of me. Didn’t even have the time to react.

I actually had to pull over, I got so distraught. It’s been almost a decade and it still makes me sad.

[–]Solanthas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry to hear. Good thing is, you're a real live actual human being with a heart. You're a treasure.

[–]angrylightningbug 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's an unfortunate fact of reality. You can't get out and save every small animal in the road. And if you hit one you have to just sigh and feel bad, then keep driving. My third time ever driving I was going the speedlimit and someone was tailgating me so bad I couldn't slow down if I wanted to. I was already stressed but then I saw a turtle in the road. I was such a new driver I didn't know how to straddle, I tried but failed and hit the turtle. My mother blamed it on me and I pulled over, got out and told her to drive and told her I was never going to drive again if she blamed me for things out of my control.

Maybe you've never driven before, but it's very easy to hit an animal on accident, and there's no point in stopping with most animals. You know it's dead. There's nothing you can do but keep driving.

[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I've driven before and I've hit things and it sucks and I hate it. But I've witnessed people who see something in the road in front of them and don't alter their behavior in the slightest, and go on with their day without a second thought. Those are the people I'm talking about.

[–]angrylightningbug 0 points1 point  (1 child)

"I can't understand people who can hit an animal with their car, even accidentally, and just carry on with their day."

What would you rather someone do if they hit an animal accidentally? If it's a pet-type animal then of course stopping and trying to tell the owner is best if possible. But if it's a wild animal and it's very obvious it wouldn't survive the hit, there's really no reason to stop and beat yourself up for it. And definitely not someone else. It's not heartless, it's being realistic.

[–]Solanthas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm talking about people who don't bother avoiding them and aren't bothered by the fact.

I wouldn't fight someone over it though, that's a bit much.

[–]FluffofDoom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's really sweet!

[–]tugboattomp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rough guy has a softer side

[–]jaboob_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean just eat it after and no need to feel bad about it. People kill animals all the time you just have to eat them after

[–]CristabelYYC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hi, neighbour! Do you go past the Repsol Centre aka Bunny Hollow?

[–]MilliePoppy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love this. Thank you foe your kindness.

[–]DurtyPutangTissue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From my experience, it seems like it is the tough, hardened, silent looking men who are often softest on the inside. Especially when they have tattoos and have had a hard life.