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Here's another one for the helmet debate (BBC Article)

From BBC this time -
BBC News - Should all skiers wear helmets?

Offering discounts to those who have helmets is quite the interesting idea... but the article notes <as many on here have already> about increased idiocy when helmets are put on as well.
I guess - nothing new - just the debate's spreading to a wider audience..
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I actually don't have a problem with that discount plan. If it actually does something for the ski area. Like help lower their insurance rates. If that is the case, then I am okay with them encouraging helmet use with incentives such as discounts on their set prices. Making it mandatory is stupid.

It is a slippery slope, and I hate helmet Nazis...
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that is the fear of the debate spreading to a wider audience - because before you know it, Kyle's Mom will be bored, see this, and get involved... and invade Canada or something.
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Kyle's Mom is a big fat bitch...
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I really dont get why someone would not wear a helmet. Comfort? Looks? Certainly snowboarders arn't known for their sense of "style". Honestly someone who does not wear a helmet looks more ridicules then someone wearing a diaper. No offense to anyone here. It looks even more ridicules when I see an adult not wear one, because they should simply know better. Ill admit i've been a total douche bag and yelled from the chair lift at some guy who was going down the slopes with his kids that had no helmets and said "man your kids looking so fcking awesome not wearing helmets". No one is good enough to not wipe out, and our heads are not that strong. It doesnt take much to end up a vegetable.

I wonder if anyone laying in a hospital bed because of a head injury who did not wear a helmet thinks "man if I only wore a helmet I wouldn't have to wear a bib the rest of my life" , or do they think "man i looked sick on those slopes with no helmet. Where is the nurse? I think I just sht my pants again"

It only pisses me off more that our healthcare covers all the medical bills for these dumb asses.

ok, rant is over. Just keeping it real...
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i don't wear a helmet

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I really dont get why someone would not wear a helmet. Comfort? Looks? Certainly snowboarders arn't known for their sense of "style". Honestly someone who does not wear a helmet looks more ridicules then someone wearing a diaper. No offense to anyone here. It looks even more ridicules when I see an adult not wear one, because they should simply know better. Ill admit i've been a total douche bag and yelled from the chair lift at some guy who was going down the slopes with his kids that had no helmets and said "man your kids looking so fcking awesome not wearing helmets". No one is good enough to not wipe out, and our heads are not that strong. It doesnt take much to end up a vegetable.

I wonder if anyone laying in a hospital bed because of a head injury who did not wear a helmet thinks "man if I only wore a helmet I wouldn't have to wear a bib the rest of my life" , or do they think "man i looked sick on those slopes with no helmet. Where is the nurse? I think I just sht my pants again"

It only pisses me off more that our healthcare covers all the medical bills for these dumb asses.

ok, rant is over. Just keeping it real...
I guess that's one of the points of this article:
The doctor - Dr. Mike - on Ski Patrol there noted that "despite a 40% increase in recent years in the number of skiers and boarders wearing helmets in Scotland, there has been no reduction in the number of people who have sustained head injuries". So I guess that based on that - even if people were all wearing helmets - wouldn't affect your public health care tax burden.

As for why not wear one: I've had major comfort issues when I tried a helmet before.
I've avoided head injuries by staying w/in my means. I guess kinda behind the point of what Dr. Mike said above... I could be one of those idiots that get's the "invincible helmet" complex. That's not to say I still wouldn't get one if i found one that fit very well - just not on the active search yet.
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I really dont get why someone would not wear a helmet. Comfort? Looks? Certainly snowboarders arn't known for their sense of "style". Honestly someone who does not wear a helmet looks more ridicules then someone wearing a diaper. No offense to anyone here. It looks even more ridicules when I see an adult not wear one, because they should simply know better. Ill admit i've been a total douche bag and yelled from the chair lift at some guy who was going down the slopes with his kids that had no helmets and said "man your kids looking so fcking awesome not wearing helmets". No one is good enough to not wipe out, and our heads are not that strong. It doesnt take much to end up a vegetable.

I wonder if anyone laying in a hospital bed because of a head injury who did not wear a helmet thinks "man if I only wore a helmet I wouldn't have to wear a bib the rest of my life" , or do they think "man i looked sick on those slopes with no helmet. Where is the nurse? I think I just sht my pants again"

It only pisses me off more that our healthcare covers all the medical bills for these dumb asses.

ok, rant is over. Just keeping it real...
what exactly are you keeping real, the gear nazi stigma? why don't you just worry about yourself? how can you enjoy this sport if you are raging on people for not wearing helmets? how is it you think your health insurance covers people that get injured on the mtn? are you a retard? you think you are the only one with a job and health insurance? it's just as easy to call you a fucking idiot for not wearing a back protector, a neck brace, or a full face helmet when you ride. if you don't, that's your problem. i don't go enjoy sports to point out how wrong others are doing it. you must lead a very disappointing life if you act that way towards others. good luck with that! just keeping it real...
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what exactly are you keeping real, the gear nazi stigma? why don't you just worry about yourself? how can you enjoy this sport if you are raging on people for not wearing helmets? how is it you think your health insurance covers people that get injured on the mtn? are you a retard? you think you are the only one with a job and health insurance? it's just as easy to call you a fucking idiot for not wearing a back protector, a neck brace, or a full face helmet when you ride. if you don't, that's your problem. i don't go enjoy sports to point out how wrong others are doing it. you must lead a very disappointing life if you act that way towards others. good luck with that! just keeping it real...
Dude.

Read where im from. I live in canada where we dont have health insurance, but a social healthcare system that pays for everyone. The problem I have is that when people are dumb and get injured I have to pay for it, so by definition I am worrying about myself as you suggested.

Trust me, when your country gets social healthcare you will look at smokers, overweight people and people who dont wear helmets completely differently because 40 cents of every dollar you pay in taxes will go to a healthcare system that pays for other peoples dumb choices.

BTW, who said I wasnt enjoying this sport?
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