Gator Ropin' on the Night Shift

Sometimes things can get a little dull when you’re working the graveyard shift. But things were anything but boring when seven pressmen at a Bossier City, La. printing plant decided they’d lasso an alligator during their break about 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Earlier in the week, some of the workers at Custom Printed Products spotted a gator in a nearby cement culvert they estimated to be about five feet in length.

So, someone came up with the bright idea to capture the critter, contain it, and summon animal control to come haul it away. The plan components included chicken meat, a rope and a truck.

You know the saying about “the best laid plans of mice and men,” right?

Well, things really started to go south when the pressmen-turned-gator-hunters discovered that their initial approximation of the reptile’s size was a tad on the short side.Printersgator_3

Like, by about six feet.

According to a report in the Shreveport Times, when they discovered their rope was around the business end of a gator measuring nearly 12 feet in length, the merry band of printers did what any self-respecting, strategic offensive force would do in a similar situation.

They called 911.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department soon dispatched a licensed
nuisance hunter to the scene, and the gator was shot and removed.

In retrospect, Stacy Brown, the print shop’s night supervisor, told the paper that trying to capture the gator probably wasn’t a wise idea.

“That is right up there with the stupidest thing I’ve ever done,” Brown said, adding, “That thing could have eaten us.“

Richard Nicholson, president of Custom Printed Products, said he’s just happy none of the men were hurt during their late-night escapade.

“If one of them had gotten injured, I was going to have a hell of a time explaining this to the workers’ comp people,” Nicholson admitted.

And Nicholson said he’s already implemented a new company policy.

“No more gator hunting on the clock,” he said.