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UER Forum > US: South > Bum Fights or Maybe There Really IS a God. (Viewed 4285 times)
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Bum Fights or Maybe There Really IS a God.
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There are two office buildings in Midland, TX that I have been keeping my eye on for quite some time, looking for a POE to develop. To my utter shock, amazement and delight I found one today! I ran back to my car, grabbed my gear and paused. Do I really want to lug that tripod around? Normally I leave it behind but today I figured I may use it to do some bracketed shots from the roof or the top floor so I slung it over my shoulder and went in.

Overall the first two floors were pretty unimpressive. Typical high-rise offices, mostly empty, and shitty graffiti. I found the stairs and made my way up to the 3rd floor. Below are the only pics I got. But this is where things got interesting.

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As I opened the door from the stairs, I was in a small hallway that went left and right so I turned left and there was a door on my right. I could immediately smell that stale urine smell that you get in a lot of abandonments. As I opened the door, the first thing I noticed was a sleeping bag on the floor. I looked up to see the rest of the room, and noticed movement out to the corner of my eye to my right.

I was pretty startled, but just as I turned my head I saw a black guy dressed in dark clothing lunging at me! Call it instinct, call it fear, I have no idea but my left hand swung around just as this guy grabbed me and I hit him in the side of the head with the tripod.

I swung a few more times, I think a couple connected, but I was absolutely terrified! I ran back down the stairs and could hear the guy chasing me and yelling as I made my way back to the open door. Being a fat, middle-aged smoker, I cannot believe I made it out so fast. When I got back to my car I was shaking for 30 minutes and literally lighting one cigarette with another.

I have never been more scared in my entire life. Needless to say I will NOT be going back to that place again.




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wow I know everyone around here recommends that but Ive never owned a tripod (manfrotto and sun) that would be worth damn as a weapon theyre just too light




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holy crap, man. Glad you made it out of there in tact.




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Meh, I told you I had a bad feeling about those bumholes...
lol, can you feel it now?




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I was pretty startled, but just as I turned my head I saw a black guy dressed in dark clothing lunging at me! Call it instinct, call it fear, I have no idea but my left hand swung around just as this guy grabbed me and I hit him in the side of the head with the tripod.

I swung a few more times, I think a couple connected, but I was absolutely terrified! I ran back down the stairs and could hear the guy chasing me and yelling as I made my way back to the open door. Being a fat, middle-aged smoker, I cannot believe I made it out so fast. When I got back to my car I was shaking for 30 minutes and literally lighting one cigarette with another.

I have never been more scared in my entire life. Needless to say I will NOT be going back to that place again.


I think I pooped a little reading this !! Glad you became a fleet footed gazelle just when you needed to !!




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Damn..... glad you made it out ok. Everyone is aways worried about the police but from my experience it's the bums, drug addicts and scrappers that are the real danger.




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Damn man glad you're okay. I've always wanted to explore a high-rise but never like that, violent squatters are my real worst nightmare. I remember once I was with a couple friends exploring an old packaging factory and we stumbled into a dark room that was filled with bottles of urine and an old mattress in the middle of it. Thank GOD no one was home at the time.




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Man, glad you're OK. If that was me, the bum probably couldn't have caught me because he would have been slipping on the trail of pee I was leaving.

You might start carrying some bear spray. I keep a can on me in a holster that looks like a fire extinguisher. It's pretty cheap and works great once you get a little distance on a pissed off bum.




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Thanks everyone. I was scared shitless. I too have heard people say they would use the tripod as a weapon but thought it pretty impractical myself. Normally I have pepper spray but it's gone missing along with the glove for my right hand...

The whole reason I don't usually take the tripod is is BECAUSE it's so heavy. It's really been bothering me since the incident that I may have hurt this guy. I know I didn't kill him because he was chasing me.

I just think about this poor guy. Here he is with nothing, living in an abandoned building and he hears some noises. Maybe he's crazy, strung out, probably woke him up and now he's scared. A total stranger walks into his "house" and has no idea who I am or why I'm there. He was probably just as scared as I became and gets smashed in the face with a large blunt object.

As I've said before, my experience with homeless people is usually 50/50 split between them being either cool or batshit crazy. Not sure where this guy fell on that scale but I'm glad I was able to get the hell out.





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glad you got away safely soiled britches notwithstanding..




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I was pretty startled, but just as I turned my head I saw a black guy dressed in dark clothing lunging at me! Call it instinct, call it fear, I have no idea but my left hand swung around just as this guy grabbed me and I hit him in the side of the head with the tripod.



oh man, you got lucky. if those hits didn't connect....




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Being a fat, middle-aged smoker, I cannot believe I made it out so fast. When I got back to my car I was shaking for 30 minutes and literally lighting one cigarette with another.



No super-sized fries and a Big Mac to swallow away all that fear and adrenaline rush?



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wow I know everyone around here recommends that but Ive never owned a tripod (manfrotto and sun) that would be worth damn as a weapon theyre just too light




I was worried that TSA wouldn't let me on my flight because my camera is pretty heavy duty (although it its in my backpack).




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I was worried that TSA wouldn't let me on my flight because my camera is pretty heavy duty (although it its in my backpack).


They forced my friend to check his camera bag because his tripod has the "hidden" feet spikes.



It didn't matter to them that you can screw the feet over the spikes. He's since glued a black plastic cap over the hole to hide them and hasn't had any more problems.



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Crazy story!!! Glad you’re ok, that must have been insane. Stories like this remind me why I don’t explore alone. I also always have pepper spray on me but I don’t think it would have been readily available for a scenario like you described. To each their own though.

Your empathy for your assailant is commendable, especially given the circumstances. Sometimes it can be hard to remember that bums are real people too.

That escalator shot is super cool by the way…now I gotta find a site with a good set of escalators, haha.




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Thanks. Here's my favorite escalator shot. I took it last summer at an abandoned shopping mall in St. Lucia.

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Edit: It's an escalator not an elevator....



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Now THAT'S what I'm talkin about! I really gotta find me an abandoned mall.




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Ask Seph Lawless ... He does the same ones all the time.




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Oh man I do love me a good Seph Lawless joke. I was in the process of challenging some stupid comment he made on instagram one time and lo and behold he deactivated his account mid conversation. LOL




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That's crazy. I've done minimal urbex but I've never encountered anyone. Stuff like this only gets me motivated to work out more. Glad you're okay and yeah if I stuck a dude like that I'd feel guilty too, even if he he was out to get me.




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