New York-based Occupy Wall Street protester (Occupy Seattle Sympathizer) Logan Price managed to score an invite to the Shell send off for their arctic oil rigs and captures this priceless footage of a novelty, drink-dispensing rig malfunctioning and spraying the elderly person next to it. Amidst motionless spectators, and many confused gasps, one brave woman dives into the scene, rescues the elderly victim and regains control!
Price describes the scene on Occupy Seattle:
“I guess the photo-op was meant to be a symbolic tapping of the Arctic. There was a ridiculous three-foot-high scale model of their Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, and the mini-rig had a tap to pump liquor for the guests.
“The guest of honor was an elderly Japanese man introduced as the original Chief Engineer of the Kulluk rig who used to work at Mitsui back in the ’80s. But when the man went to turn on the ‘rig,’ the liquor went everywhere - and the first to be hit was another elderly guest, the widow of the man who’d actually designed the Kulluk back in the 1980s.
“The guy in charge kept asking the old engineer to fix it but he obviously had no idea how to turn it off. Shell’s PR people got REALLY worked up, and the designer’s widow started yelling. At this point the guy who was presenting the new ad campaign told me to turn off my camera and got pretty aggressive.