February 17, 2015 2:30 pm -

[su_center_ad]He walked into a Southern California Starbucks, went into the bathroom, and poured flammable liquid on himself.

A man was hurt with “extensive burns” after lighting himself on fire inside the bathroom of a Southern California Starbucks on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Los Angeles fire officials said they “arrived to find a fire out in a coffee shop” in the 15300 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys before 8:20 a.m.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Sets Himself On Fire At Starbucks

  1. Anomaly 100 February 17th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Good grief.

    • tracey marie February 17th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Imagine the depths of sadness, illness or desperation that would make a person do such a painful thing to themselves. How sad.

      • Anomaly 100 February 17th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        I can’t even imagine it.

        • tracey marie February 17th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          Scarey, I hope I never feel that alone

  2. Khary A February 17th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    The symbolism in this man’s act is palpable. A burnt offering of himself on the corporate alter of blind consumerism. I’m not sure whether to lament for the man or commend his resolve.

  3. Larry Schmitt February 17th, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    The comments on the KNBC website are completely heartless. Evidently a lot of people think this is funny. I’m glad there are no similar comments here.

    • Khary A February 17th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      People are cultivating their callous nature. Everyone thinks themselves to be a comedian…especially when the pain is applied elsewhere than them.

  4. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker February 17th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This poor lost soul.
    It’s just heartbreaking that he came to this.
    I’m and atheist but one has to think: “There but for the grace of FSM, go I”.

    • Khary A February 17th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      You could always go Joker and say ” All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.”.

  5. Bunya February 17th, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. It pains me to see something like this.

  6. Candide Thirtythree February 18th, 2015 at 2:52 am

    maybe he was making meth in a bottle, someone did say they heard an explosion.

    They call it shake and bake and a number of people have blow up in bathrooms.