A South Pole plumber punched a full-timer, breaking his jaw, forcing the full-timer’s medevac to Christchurch on Christmas Day.
A Polie reports that the full-timer was “wasted beyond belief” and “was just fucking with the wrong guy too many times”.
Even though there have been a few other fights resulting in firings this season, and several other medevacs this season, this one caught the attention of the world press which, since the Jerri Nielsen episode, now always has a particular soft spot for medevacs from South Pole.
The timing is good. What better way to commemorate the historic spirit of the International Polar Year than with drunken violence at the South Pole?
Update: Bradford Benson, a Pole astrophysicist, witnessed the fight and wrote about it on his blog.
Five minutes later, Steve comes into summer camp lounge with his mouth full of blood, frozen blood on his jaw, and blood running down his t-shirt.
Now HR is all over me, wanting details on my version of the fight. I already went in for one 30 minute interview, and now they want a follow up.