Play fireplace with Elon Musks and get burned

In the end, Elon Musk decided not to defy the authorities: there would be no Teslaquila. In his place would be the much less cheerful Tesla Tequila, much late, outrageously expensive and yet wildly oversold. This title-giving flexibility means that nobody’s premium electric car branded liquor will be confiscated and disposed of by Mexican appeals authorities, or, I don’t know, any other consequence of a violation of international product naming laws.

In a similar legalistic way, the second richest man in the world sold 20,000 flamethrowers, which were cheekily labeled “no flamethrowers”. Unfortunately, even the Italian authorities were not fooled by this move, much to the horror of his customers.

[Max] Craddock was arrested in the Sardinian port city of Olbia in June 2018 after trying to get on a private party bus with a flame thrower from Elon Musk’s newest startup, The Boring Company. When Craddock managed to find a lawyer, she told him the judge would probably only let him go with a warning. Instead, the judge ordered him to return to his cell. It was then that Craddock learned (pictured below) that owning a flamethrower in Italy could result in a 10-year prison sentence.

A few months later, author John Richardson was sitting in his London home to work when there was a loud knock on the door. He opened it and five police officers carried tasers and tactical gear. “I thought, ‘What’s going on here?’ Richardson remembered, “Then something clicked and I said, ‘Is it about the flamethrower?’ ”….

More than 1,000 flamethrower buyers abroad have had their equipment confiscated by customs officers or the local police, with many fines and gun fees. In the US, the flamethrowers have been involved in at least one local and one federal criminal investigation. There have also been at least three cases of Boring Company equipment being used in arms transports by suspected drug traffickers.

Of course, another Musk customer has yet another reason to be annoyed with the billionaire, because at least one flamethrower – regardless of his legal status – is, as you know, supposed to go up in flames.

A Tesla Model 3 exploded in an underground car park in Shanghai on Tuesday, Chinese media reported.

No people were injured in the fire, Tesla said in a statement to the Chinese media. Preliminary analysis shows the accident was caused by an impact on the underside of the car, the automaker added in the reports.

Suffice it to say, if anything manufactured by one of Musk’s companies catches fire, whether it should or not, it’s pretty bad news.

Elon Musk said it was “not a flamethrower” [TechCrunch]
Tesla Model 3 reportedly explodes in a parking garage in Shanghai [CNBC]
Elon Musk falls to the second richest person in the world after his net worth plummeting nearly $ 14 billion in one day [Forbes]

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