Highsec carebears always have an excuse for AFK mining.
Usually, the miner's given excuse is intended to paint the miner in a positive light. According to Vaneslya's logic, being a good husband requires him to violate the Code.
Then there are the miners who claim that they were at their keyboard, but for whatever reason couldn't respond to an Agent in local chat. But look closely--Malledon Baur must have shifted his focus away from EVE in order to launch his anti-virus program. So he was guilty anyway, and karma caught up to him.
Some miners' excuses only raise more questions. For instance, Ninja Dougie says he "got up to take a piss" but wasn't AFK. Does that mean he was urinating while standing in front of his computer? Disgusting. Highsec, we can do better.
It's interesting how commonly "emergencies" occur during the exact same moment that a carebear gets ganked. But again, notice that Alpha BlackWolf seems very angry and upset about being ganked, rather than relieved that his daughter's medical emergency is over. It's in times of crisis that we realize what's truly important in life.
Father of the year, folks.
Now we come to ClawingBear RoundTree's EVEmail. It begins innocently enough.
So far, so good. ClawingBear was willing to pledge loyalty to me in his bio. (Side observation: Where can I get a copy of the EVE instruction manual this guy was reading when he got ganked?)
Another terrible coincidence! ClawingBear was killed during the few minutes that his bio was vulnerable to criticism. Bad luck struck again, as ClawingBear was podded while tending to his daughter, who has colic.
According to BabyCenter.com, "Colic is the term used to describe uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby."
I think I know some miners who suffer from this condition.
"If your baby is younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks (phew!), he's considered colicky."
Then again, the symptoms have been observed in mining characters far older than 5 months.
Regardless, the CODE always wins. A miner couldn't be bothered to dock up before walking his dog (it must have been a dog-walking emergency). Nevertheless, he thanked our Agents for encouraging him to pursue a more rewarding EVE career.
Fair warning, though: You won't find many enemy fleets in nullsec who are willing to leave your ship alone while you go AFK to deal with family emergencies. The strange thing is that in a nullsec PvP context, this issue rarely comes up. Almost makes you wonder.