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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:38

What should have been a fun way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend quickly turned tragic for a Custer man who choked to death while trying to speedily eat hot dogs during a competitive eating contest.

The crowd at Way Park in Custer, just across from the county courthouse, was stunned Thursday afternoon when one of six contestants — Walter Eagle Tail, 47 — began to choke while trying to win the contest.

Paramedic who swiftly were called to his side tried in vain to save him. Eagle Tail was transported by ambulance to Custer Regional Hospital, where he died, authorities said.

"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said on Monday. "Basically, he probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they couldn't get it out."

"It all happened within minutes," he added. "I think everybody was pretty well shocked about it."

Eagle Tail's untimely death put a damper on the festivities sponsored by the Custer Chamber of Commerce. Organizers cancelled a planned pie eating contest for the next day.

Wheeler said he was not sure if the death will prompt organizers to make changes to the contest next year.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:12

It is disgusting how these people eat the hot dogs. They look hungry animals.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:30

those who live by the sword ... ;)



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:32

those who live by the sword ... ;)

Die by the sausage  :pinch:



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:34

Never understood these silly eating contests..  it's incredibly dangerous, stupid and winner is crowned for being able to eat lots of hot dogs.. woop de doo



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:11

These contests are stupid. A lot could go wrong and you could end up dead. Always take your time when eating.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:15

This story got me all choked up.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:20

Never understood these silly eating contests..  it's incredibly dangerous, stupid and winner is crowned for being able to eat lots of hot dogs.. woop de doo

 

Completely agree and unfortunately, the guy got what he deserved for being such a dumb a**! Sorry for being such a hard a** myself, but I've watched a couple of these events and have seen people start to gag and throw up.

 

Anybody with even half a brain would know better than to do this. Maybe now, they will outlaw such retarded contests!



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:28

Completely agree and unfortunately, the guy got what he deserved for being such a dumb a**! Sorry for being such a hard a** myself, but I've watched a couple of these events and have seen people start to gag and throw up.

 

Anybody with even half a brain would know better than to do this. Maybe now, they will outlaw such retarded contests!

 

Come on now...he deserved to die???  While I agree that this is a really dumb contest...saying that he deserved to die is absurd.

 

Yes...let us outlaw everything that may kill us!  Or better yet...why don't you just not partake in events which may kill you.  Why outlaw it for others that enjoy (for whatever reason) these things.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:43

Come on now...he deserved to die??? While I agree that this is a really dumb contest...saying that he deserved to die is absurd.

Yes...let us outlaw everything that may kill us! Or better yet...why don't you just not partake in events which may kill you. Why outlaw it for others that enjoy (for whatever reason) these things.

I agreed that is not appropriate to wish someone dead, it is also absurd to outlaw any contest that is absurd as well. Lets common sense be the judge... Common sense is something that has been in decay in this country. Look at the obesity problem... That's lost of common sense and poor education in how to eat properly. In a decade, this country will be screwed up completely.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:45

Man versus Food, and the food did win.... :(



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:37

I was always taught not to gulp my food.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:53

This story got me all choked up.


What a gag!

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:57

So...who won the contest?



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 13:14

They should introduce a new rule: if a contestant does not show they are chewing food for at least two seconds, they will be disqualified.





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