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2013-10-23 09:42:23 AM  
My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.
 
2013-10-23 10:01:22 AM  

GoldDude: My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from. I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night. The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow. He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going. I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).


We were driving across a remote frozen highway in my friend's Dodge Charger 2.2 (junk) and he was aiming for the big snowy clumps that had slid back into the road from the plowed snowbanks.  Was kind of fun watching them explode into a cloud of snow, until he hit a chunk that was pure ice.  Changing a flat tire at -10 degrees put an end to that behavior quickly.
 
2013-10-23 10:04:55 AM  

Ker_Thwap: My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.



That crosses into 'trap' territory.  He should have said he was working on some wood project and must of forgotten the board out there.  If he had kids, well, my grandfather used to give me a board w/nails and a hammer to keep me amused.  I could have left it out there...

When it comes to barriers they should be both obvious and effective at stopping the car, not just damaging it.  Nice decorative rocks that are also big enough to stop a car, obvious posts, etc...  As somebody else mentioned, it should be done in such a way to protect the people on the property, not just maliciously damage/injure people.
 
2013-10-23 10:06:50 AM  
MythDragon:
My dad lived on a corner lot, and had a problem with a drunk asshole with a truck who liked to shave a few feet off his journey to the liquor store by driving acoss my dad's lawn. It wasn't even a square lot, it was rounded, but the guy just rounded it a little more. Well dad got tired of filling ruts, so he buried some 6 foot rebar poles along the edge. A couple of weeks later, he goes out one morning to find a rear truck bumper and part of a muffler in his yard.

My problem was trespassers/trash-dumpers using the old roads on my farm. Put up a chain and they cut it with bolt cutters. Put up a gate and they tore that down by chaining it off with a truck.

So I cut some six-foot rusty T-posts into 3-foot sections. Pounded them a foot into the dirt among the weeds. They were invisible from a few  yards off. Vehicle full of rednecks heads down road, hit posts which bend forward. Rednecks hear noise, throw vehicle into reverse - and the posts start grabbing and tearing off things.

I have a red plastic bumper, apparently from a Nissan, if anyone wants it.

This is in the rural South, where property rights are still considered holy writ. If anyone complained to the authorities, they just got laughed at.
 
2013-10-23 10:50:28 AM  

Hopjes: Ivan the Tolerable: Hopjes: Been thinking about something like this myself. Fences/walls not allowed by local ordinance. Those hedge plants are a bit taller now so I was thinking some of those concrete posts that you see in public places strategically placed behind the hedges might work. Turns out they cost more than €100 each. My current plan involves a large upside down traffic cone some rebar and a bag of ready mix concrete[img.fark.net image 704x576]

Cardboard Sonotube works and is dirt cheap, also the heavy cardboard tubes that they store sailboat sails in, if you are around any marinas. Both work really well for making bollards, and they help keep the concrete wet as it cures, which makes it much stronger and less prone to cracking/crumbling. Remember to bury them deep so they don't just pull out, and whack the piss out of them as you are pouring them if you don't have a proper concrete stinger, just to make sure you get the trapped air pockets out.

Never heard of sonotube, a quick google and it looks like I can get it locally. How deep is deep. iirc 22 foot telegraph poles only go down 3 feet, but of course the bottom of the pole is wider. I don't think they need to stick up more than 2 feet. Bringing the car to a complete stop isn't necessary, I would be happy to take out a sump or radiator.


 Depends on how stiff the soil is. You may need to either go deeper or widen the base for an anchor (paint bucket of cement) if the soil is loose. 18 inches or so is usually fine though. I just see people putting stuff in 6 inches in, almost just sitting on the ground, and then wonder why it tips over as soon as someone leans on it or when after a season of rain it starts to migrate downhill. Concrete being stiff doesn't help if the ground around it is soft!
 
2013-10-23 10:57:52 AM  

pedobearapproved: scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB

I've heard that story told in different ways. Sometimes it's a concrete filled mailbox, sometimes it's a metal pipe planted in cement. All the stories are just to scare kids. Boogie-man stories to keep bored kids from hitting mailboxes with a baseball bat.

/also for the lawsuit guy, I've seen many a decorative brick mailbox, and I have reason to believe they all stem from baseball bat to mailbox interaction.


It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.
 
2013-10-23 11:23:19 AM  
She took then out because you sunk them about one foot in the soft ground.
 
2013-10-23 11:24:29 AM  

Jill'sNipple: my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well.


So, she's single now?
 
2013-10-23 11:31:55 AM  

MadAzza: emersonbiggins: I would be tee'd off as well after repeated infractions, but this man must learn to channel his angle management issues more appropriately - perhaps by taking a moment to type riveting comments some place on the web.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.


Heh...now, see, I read the original post there literally, as "angle" management issues, and was trying to figure out if there was a physics joke or something I was missing...
 
2013-10-23 11:44:32 AM  

Jill'sNipple: It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.


Not necessarily true.  Could have hit a tree, someone's living room, a small child, a large child, a pony, a drug dealer, or any of other people/items which could have resulted in a death had that steel beam not interrupted his selfishness.

That said, the steel beam mailbox is still a stupid idea, as it could have killed someone who wasn't being selfishly reckless with no regard for human life.
 
2013-10-23 12:17:32 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: WTF were they doing flying her out if her injuries were minor?


They'll be sending her a bill.

Now, the odds are she doesn't have the money and she'll never pay. If she does she'll be paying through the nose. Especially if she doesn't have insurance.

That may actually wind up being a bigger punishment than whatever the court hands down.
 
2013-10-23 12:37:34 PM  

Jill'sNipple: It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.


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2013-10-23 12:42:24 PM  

Mikey1969: Genju: Mikey1969: There is a house in Bisbee, AZ where someone has obviously crashed into the front yard on multiple occasions. It's one of those go-over-a-small-hill-then-have-a-sharp-turn-at-the-bottom situations, and the road is rather dark at night as well. Now, when you come upon the house at night, you're greeted with about 4 billion reflectors of all shapes, colors and sizes, and if varying height. I'd have to say that the only people who crash into that yard now are the same people who get drink enough to plow into a cop car when it's strobes are on. There is no way in hell anyone else can miss that house, it actually freaks you out the first time you find it.

Right next to that restaurant... um... sandwich place? Couple blocks from that microbrewery? I was there in 2011 for work and remember seeing something like that.

/brewery was ok. Maybe too much copper in the water.

Haven't been there in about 7-8 years, there wasn't a brewery at the time, but it's right as you're coming into town from the Sierra Vista end... Yeah, I'm not sure how well the water would work for beer there, but the town is one of my favorite places for drinking, a good selection of bars, just close enough to walk to all of them, quiet streets, but still enough of a life to have fun on a weekend, and you can walk back to wherever you're staying in about 10 minutes, tops. Used to do it for the 4th every year, much better than roasting in Phx, then being crammed in some park with 400,000 of my closest friends. Besides, the day's events were fun, too. Small mining town kinda stuff like mucking gravel and a drilling competition where they went out and found a boulder in the desert and had a race to see who could hand drill that thing the farthest in 5 minutes. Also, with all of the hills, they had coaster races(Like soapbox derby), but these things were hella fast...

Mostly a fun place to drink though. Also extremely nice people, the kind that get very drunk so buy you that 'Good to meet ...


Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either.
 
2013-10-23 01:04:34 PM  

Genju: Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either


I have a friend whose mo lives there, so I've spent a lot of time there. That sounds like the same area I'm talking about also...

Funny that you bring up Tombstone. One of my film classes was a comparison of all the different 'OK Corral' movies(Even that goddam 3 hour long Costner epic. My title for the paper on THAT movie was "The movie that Wouldn't Die About the Town Too Tough to Die'... LOL), and we followed it up by a trip to Tombstone, and overnight stay, and a trip to Bisbee the next day. Tombstone had 2 things going for it:
1. The Bird Cage Saloon. That was a cool tour.
2. The guy who ran the hotel the class always stayed at would go out in the desert and find whatever old mine people had most recently broken into, and we got to go down inside one of the mines. There were mine carts and tracks all over the place. Scary but awesome. Place could have easily been 100 years old, and we're lucky nothing collapsed.

The next day, we did Bisbee, saw the mine, walked through the town, and checked out the mining museum. I was the only one that had been there, but everyone agreed that it was the better town. Tombstone has become too much like a Disney attraction. Also, the Bisbee Mining Museum had more overall info than we had learned the entire weekend, it's well worth taking the tour.
 
2013-10-23 01:07:16 PM  
I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.
 
2013-10-23 01:15:11 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Stand. Your. Ground.
 
2013-10-23 01:19:29 PM  

Mikey1969: Genju: Taking the main road in from Sierra Vista, just before the mall and tourist area you take a left on a pretty narrow road. Brewery is just up there. Loved the view of the town from up the mountains, seeing all the terraced houses on the sides of the hills. Not as ridiculously windy as Tombstone was, either

I have a friend whose mo lives there, so I've spent a lot of time there. That sounds like the same area I'm talking about also...

Funny that you bring up Tombstone. One of my film classes was a comparison of all the different 'OK Corral' movies(Even that goddam 3 hour long Costner epic. My title for the paper on THAT movie was "The movie that Wouldn't Die About the Town Too Tough to Die'... LOL), and we followed it up by a trip to Tombstone, and overnight stay, and a trip to Bisbee the next day. Tombstone had 2 things going for it:
1. The Bird Cage Saloon. That was a cool tour.
2. The guy who ran the hotel the class always stayed at would go out in the desert and find whatever old mine people had most recently broken into, and we got to go down inside one of the mines. There were mine carts and tracks all over the place. Scary but awesome. Place could have easily been 100 years old, and we're lucky nothing collapsed.

The next day, we did Bisbee, saw the mine, walked through the town, and checked out the mining museum. I was the only one that had been there, but everyone agreed that it was the better town. Tombstone has become too much like a Disney attraction. Also, the Bisbee Mining Museum had more overall info than we had learned the entire weekend, it's well worth taking the tour.


I can see what you mean about Tombstone. There are people there who dress like the olden days kind of like how cartoon characters walk around Disney. I hated the wind pretty badly too. I was staying in the town of Sierra Vista (because Fort Huachuca) for a month so we frequented Bisbee on the weekends just to chill out in a better environment. We only went to Tombstone once, and half the reason we went is because they were having a gun show. I'm sure a lot of their tourism comes from people like me who were working at the base and decided to take a weekender at those places.
 
2013-10-23 01:32:54 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Rolling gate? Block driveway with car? Re-design driveway?
 
2013-10-23 02:01:31 PM  

waterrockets: FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.

Rolling gate? Block driveway with car? Re-design driveway?


Leave Floriduh
 
2013-10-23 02:58:07 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: [myburbank.com image 600x399]

This place is within walking distance of mine. Not too long ago that concrete lane divider wasn't there. And the railing across the front of those two houses was supported only by 4x4 posts. After the house on the left got plowed into by drunk drivers three times in 4 years, the 4x4 posts were replaced by telephone pole-sized posts.

Making matters worse for the poor homeowner, just out of frame to the left are some very busy railroad tracks, with heavy freight, Amtrak and Metrolink traffic at all hours of the day and night.

I don't know if anything would make me want to live there, I don't care how cheap the property is.


It's not LAUSD.
 
2013-10-23 03:37:17 PM  
Googled the vehicular acrobats name and according to linkedin she's a "legal services professional".
 
2013-10-23 03:52:27 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Park a baby stroller in the driveway and put a motion activated sensor on for th lights, and camera (because we want to see the reactions) Put in speakers (hidden) and when they pull in and hit the baby buggy, let her rip with a prerecorded scream and shriek. And make sure to have a stuffed baby and a couple of blood bags in the buggy, too. make sure the loop plays sirens approaching, too. Yeah.
 
2013-10-23 04:09:45 PM  
I'm with
RatMaster999

what would Jack do?
 
2013-10-23 04:27:22 PM  

vudukungfu: FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.

Park a baby stroller in the driveway and put a motion activated sensor on for th lights, and camera (because we want to see the reactions) Put in speakers (hidden) and when they pull in and hit the baby buggy, let her rip with a prerecorded scream and shriek. And make sure to have a stuffed baby and a couple of blood bags in the buggy, too. make sure the loop plays sirens approaching, too. Yeah.


image.guardian.co.uk

Is not amused by your shenanigans.
 
2013-10-23 05:48:53 PM  

FarkingBabs: I'm enjoying reading some of the solutions y'all have come up with to hinder folks who drive on your property.  So let me ask for y'alls input on this.

I live on a very busy road.  I have a circular driveway (only one on this road for miles).  People are ALWAYS--farking always--using my driveway as a public turnaround.  I had a car pull into my driveway one night, pull up to the top of the circle (right outside my front door), puke out the passenger door, and drive away.  I'm tired of this nonsense.  The last douchenoodle missed my car by about two inches, just smiled and waved.

I have many dreams about the methods I'd like to use to keep these clowns out of my driveway, but none are completely satisfactory.  What would you farkers do if it were you?  I live in Floriduh if that makes any difference.


Maybe invest in some of those "Severe Tire Damage" spike strips they have at the rental car places.
 
2013-10-23 07:12:21 PM  

Snort: MadAzza: emersonbiggins: I would be tee'd off as well after repeated infractions, but this man must learn to channel his angle management issues more appropriately - perhaps by taking a moment to type riveting comments some place on the web.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.

Whoosh!


Yeah, I deserve that.
 
2013-10-23 07:20:34 PM  

PunGent: MadAzza: emersonbiggins: I would be tee'd off as well after repeated infractions, but this man must learn to channel his angle management issues more appropriately - perhaps by taking a moment to type riveting comments some place on the web.

Wanting to keep cars from smashing into your house and killing your family is an "anger management issue"? What an odd little world you must live in.

Heh...now, see, I read the original post there literally, as "angle" management issues, and was trying to figure out if there was a physics joke or something I was missing...


I missed that, and I also somehow skipped over everything after the dash, so I'm feeling rather foolish. :-)

Hate when I do that!
 
2013-10-23 07:26:31 PM  
Jill'sNipple:
It's not just to scare kids - my friend's fiance was drag racing on a country road some years back and hit one of these. It tore his car in half, and him as well. Obviously, he shouldn't have been driving so fast, but nobody would have died if the homeowner hadn't sunk an I-beam six feet into the ground he hadn't chosen to disregard everyone else's safety. The better thing would have been to have built a fence all the way around the property.

He took out an I-beam, and you think a fence would have stopped him?

How about just not driving like an asshole? I'm not unsympathetic (we all drive like assholes on occasion), but it's not the homeowner's responsibility to put up an expensive fence so street-racers have something flimsy to crash through.
 
2013-10-23 08:50:02 PM  
We've got one of those "constant accident" spots in my town, about an hour and a half southeast from the town in TFA.  It's a T-intersection where the trunk of the T is a mile from the previous stoplight, mostly downhill, and completely straight, passing a couple of farms, some HOA-ish developments and a golf course.  Needless to say, the house at the end of said street had plenty of unwelcome visitors for man years, until they built this:

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The wall you see a bit of is about 20 or 25 feet wide, six feet tall tapering about eight feet back to the house.  And obstructed by trees, all behind a guardrail.  Honestly can't remember how often said spot gets hit now, but needless to say, the house isn't getting touched anytime soon.

\fun part about this spot is, if you turn right from this spot and go down about a mile, you're going downhill through a 30 degree left turn, a 45 degree right turn almost immediately after, and a hard 80 degree left turn all within a quarter mile.  All of which has a downward sloping hill and ginormous trees along the north side of said road.
\\needless to say, this road is the reason they'll never shut down the fire/EMS station at the end of the road.
 
2013-10-23 10:30:43 PM  
GoldDude:
My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from.  I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night.  The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow.  He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going.  I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).


So you admit to illegally moving snow onto a roadway and are then complaining about someone correcting the infraction?

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.8, Section X
Deposit of snow on roadway
181. No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 181.

Supplementing this is this Toronto bylaw:
Toronto § 719-5. Moving snow onto streets.
No property owner, occupant or other person shall move or permit to be moved snow or
ice from private property onto a highway, sidewalk or lane way.
 
2013-10-23 10:58:23 PM  

Firethorn: Ker_Thwap: My neighbor in the 70s had some kids routinely driving across his lawn.   He put out a 2 x 6 with nails.  Of course it got caught up in the front axle/suspension and did some damage to the vandals' mommie's car. The police were not amused, and made a lot of noise about pressing charges, although nothing came of it.

I am not suggesting anyone use this method.


That crosses into 'trap' territory.  He should have said he was working on some wood project and must of forgotten the board out there.  If he had kids, well, my grandfather used to give me a board w/nails and a hammer to keep me amused.  I could have left it out there...

When it comes to barriers they should be both obvious and effective at stopping the car, not just damaging it.  Nice decorative rocks that are also big enough to stop a car, obvious posts, etc...  As somebody else mentioned, it should be done in such a way to protect the people on the property, not just maliciously damage/injure people.


Hey, it's my new landscaping. I didn't really know what I was doing... must not have pounded those nails in quite right... my bad.
 
2013-10-23 11:35:32 PM  

Frowzy: GoldDude:
My true story is of an @sshole in a Jeep with big offroad tires that was taking great amusement in driving down our street and knocking all the piled snow at the edge of the road back in front of the driveways where it was cleared from.  I cleared the driveway again, and then hosed down the snow pile turning it into a big "slushie", which then froze that night.  The next day we got a new snowfall with nice light fluffy snow covering it all.
That night I hear the Jeep coming down the street, and managed to make it to the window in time to see him hit what he thought would be a nice big pile of loose snow.  He hit hard and the Jeep went up onto two wheels briefly and came down hard again, but he managed to keep going.  I never saw him again, so I think he learned a lesson (at least not to pull that sh*t on MY street).

So you admit to illegally moving snow onto a roadway and are then complaining about someone correcting the infraction?

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.8, Section X
Deposit of snow on roadway
181. No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 181.

Supplementing this is this Toronto bylaw:
Toronto § 719-5. Moving snow onto streets.
No property owner, occupant or other person shall move or permit to be moved snow or
ice from private property onto a highway, sidewalk or lane way.


1. This is re-locating the snow that the road plow moved from the middle of the road to the side of the road, so not applicable.
2. This was not in Toronto (but rather in Kingston when I lived there), no not applicable.
 
2013-10-24 12:38:02 AM  

FriarReb98: We've got one of those "constant accident" spots in my town, about an hour and a half southeast from the town in TFA.  It's a T-intersection where the trunk of the T is a mile from the previous stoplight, mostly downhill, and completely straight, passing a couple of farms, some HOA-ish developments and a golf course.  Needless to say, the house at the end of said street had plenty of unwelcome visitors for man years, until they built this:

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The wall you see a bit of is about 20 or 25 feet wide, six feet tall tapering about eight feet back to the house.  And obstructed by trees, all behind a guardrail.  Honestly can't remember how often said spot gets hit now, but needless to say, the house isn't getting touched anytime soon.

\fun part about this spot is, if you turn right from this spot and go down about a mile, you're going downhill through a 30 degree left turn, a 45 degree right turn almost immediately after, and a hard 80 degree left turn all within a quarter mile.  All of which has a downward sloping hill and ginormous trees along the north side of said road.
\\needless to say, this road is the reason they'll never shut down the fire/EMS station at the end of the road.


OK, I have to see this on Google Earth. What's the location?
 
2013-10-24 01:40:52 AM  

noitsnot: scottydoesntknow: My 10th grade history teacher loved to tell the story of how punk kids would drive their pick-up down his street when he was young and slam their door into his family's mailbox and knock it over.

After about the 4th time, his dad decided to install a new mailbox. This mailbox was dug 5 feet into the ground, had a metal pole (with wood around it to hide the pole), and concrete poured in. One day they're all sitting around inside and they hear a really loud crunching noise outside. They go out and there's a door to a Chevy wrapped around the mailbox and two teenagers dazed and wondering what the hell happened.

His dad called the cops who then called their dads and he never saw the kids again.

/CSB

Strangely, this story seems to happen to everybody's friend's uncle's cousin, in every town in the U.S. of A.


Probably because mailbox bashing and other stereotypical shiat seems to happen in every small town with bored kids. The responses would be more original if the problems were.
 
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