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That picture was being circulated a couple years ago, and the title call the gentleman "rednecks." aka American hillbillies, who we often like to make fun of. But I wasn't fooled, I recognized the the power strip as a european style. HA!
It's a staged photo. There's no heat or smoke from the hotplate, no sign of any food on or off the hotplate, no plates or the room to put the plates down and there is way too obvious a focus on the power cord situation.
If you have a nut that wont cooperate just use a bee smoker or fire extinguisher and gas him. Its harmless but very effective. Lack of breath makes anyone compliant eventually.
If I had to deal with a dummy that climbed a high line pole I wouldn't climb up after him!
Its a mistake that gets too many good people killed every year just over some dumb ass that the world would be better off without if he only fries himself. Just like in the train video.