Disgruntled Worker Lynn Benson Bulldozed His Office, Causing $1.5 Million In Damage, Police Say

After a particularly trying day at the office, an employee may fantasize about shredding the boss's paperwork or taking a baseball bat to his computer. But one disgruntled salesman in Houston actually plowed a bulldozer through the office where he had worked for 12 years, leaving an estimated $1.5 million path of destruction, police say.

Lynn Benson, 52, was arrested Monday evening, after allegedly driving a D-6 bulldozer through a chainlink fence and into the empty registration area of Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, reports Houston TV station KTRK, shattering its windows and tearing out ceiling beams.

Benson's alleged rampage also broke a water line, reports the Houston Chronicle, flooding the company's ground floor. Ritchie Brothers is the world's largest buyer and seller of used heavy equipment, according to its website. The weapon that Benson purportedly chose was apparently equipment used by the lot inspector as part of his regular job, reports The Associated Press.

"You know, obviously he needs some help," Frank Wilson, the vice president of Ritchie Brothers, told KTRK. "His family needs some help. Our staff and everybody is safe. So that was the biggest issue."

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Wilson said that nothing in Benson's behavior suggested that he was about to snap. ""At the end of a sale, everybody is pretty tired because of the long hours," he told the TV station. "Was he tired and a little beat up from the sale? Sure, but that's not abnormal."

Benson was arrested at the scene, and later charged with felony criminal mischief. The bulldozer still sits there, surrounded by rubble and covered in dust.

As AOL Jobs recently reported, some experts believe threats of workplace violence are on the rise with the difficult economy. According to official statistics, however, roughly two Americans are killed in their workplaces every day at the hands of co-workers -- a number that's been steady for the past two decades.

If the allegation against Benson is true, hurting his colleagues doesn't appear to have been his goal though; the bulldozer barreled through the office two hours after everyone else had gone home.

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I can't believe that so many people think this drunk did the right thing.
Lots of jobs have lots of different stress factors, and if you can't put your big girl panties on and deal with it for eight hours a day, you need to find something (ANYTHING) else.
It's not a right to bulldoze a building and cause lots of damage because you're having a bad hair day.
If somebody (ANYBODY) caused a million dollars of damage to my building, I'd personally drag their drunk ass off that bulldozer and put them under the blade of it.
NO ONE has the right to ruin someone else's property because they don't like their own job.
The people who are cheering on the insane actions of this jerk should have him drive his little dozer that could across THEIR property. Let's see then if they thought he was such a hero.
The people who had given this psycho a job might not have even known he was mad.
What would have been wrong with going to his supervisor and having a talk with them about his anger issues???
If every angry person got some power equipment and started mowing down buildings, the whole earth would soon be as smooth as a marble. We all sometimes get angry, but we all are responsible for how we handle our anger issues. You don't just go out and push down a building because you're angry!
The man who perpetrated the Amish School House Shooting was angry, but his actions could not then and have never sinse been justified.
The psychos who shot all those students at Columbine were angry, but that was no way to handle their anger.
Can't we all just get along?????

September 27 2012 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nyc being what it is you'd have to get the bulldozer into the elevator. hardly worth the trouble when you can put a voodoo curse on them.

September 04 2012 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 01 2012 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A sales office....pretty much explains it. Salespeople are the worse when working on commission. They stab each other in the back and steal each others leads and sales. This poor guy mostly likely was robbed of a commission and lost it. At least he waited until everyone went home.

August 30 2012 at 5:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

See what happens Bloomberg? See what happens when you take away a man's big gulp?

August 30 2012 at 1:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lets send Mr. Benson and his dozer to D.C. and then on to Hollywood. He could be the savior of America.

August 30 2012 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He could not bear the exploitation any longer. You may think only illegal immigrants are experiencing dog treatment from employers. That is not so. Exploitation is all around us.

August 29 2012 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Take this job and shove it......I ain't workin here no more!!!!!

August 29 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to samsiewamsie's comment
Hi Den

yall don't work here no mo either

August 30 2012 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good Job. That'll teach em.

August 29 2012 at 9:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I'm not so sure he was more drunk than disgruntled !

August 29 2012 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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