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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Don't Text and Maul.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Alonzo, safety advocates are trying to make people more and more aware of the dangers of texting while walking. Well, we got a real cautionary tale this week when a California man was texting and failed to notice what as he almost walked into it?

ALONZO BODDEN: A building.

SAGAL: No. That happens every day.

BODDEN: Yeah.

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BODDEN: A hole in the ground.

SAGAL: No.

BODDEN: No. Let's see, he was texting and walking and...

SAGAL: He finally looked up when it growled.

BODDEN: Oh, a bear.

SAGAL: A bear.

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SAGAL: A 400-pound bear right in front of him. The man was walking out of his house area in a residential area in California. He was texting his boss to tell him he was running late. He looked up and OMG giant bear.

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SAGAL: Excuse me, WTF?

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JESSI KLEIN: Tots almost walked into bear.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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SAGAL: He turned and ran for his life, after of course stopping to Instagram it, you know.

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SAGAL: It took three tranquilizer darts for game officials to bring the bear down. With an additional two darts, they were able to make the man stop texting.

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SAGAL: Running from game officials.

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BODDEN: I think at that point it's not your fault. I think if you're walking in a neighborhood, it is reasonable to not expect there to be a bear.

MO ROCCA: Yeah, that's true.

BODDEN: Now, I can see you walk into, you know, a fence or trip over a tricycle, but when there's a bear in the neighborhood, you're like OK, wait a minute, this is not my fault.

KLEIN: Well the reason the bear was there was that the bear was also texting.

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KLEIN: And the bear just wandered out and didn't realize where it was.

SAGAL: And the bear was like...

KLEIN: Oh my god, I'm in LA.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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