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(KMOV St. Louis)   A homeowner tired of pranksters driving on to his lawn decides to lay a trap consisting of a board with nails hammered through it buried along the street and painted black to make it harder to see. And of course someone has a problem with this   (kmov.com ) divider line
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2014-07-20 07:51:07 AM  
6 votes:

fusillade762: Bathia_Mapes: feckingmorons: Journalism is in the toilet.

How was he fined if the city doesn't have the proper ordinance yet. Did that not occur to anyone when they were making this 'news' story.

Idiots.

Perhaps they fined him under an existing city ordinance.

At any rate I do understand this man's frustration, but he was opening himself for a lawsuit. What if someone minding their own business was walking by & stumbled and fell onto the concealed board and was badly injured? What if a child riding by on his bike hit a rock and was thrown from his bike onto the board? I'm sure he wouldn't want either of those scenarios to happen, but they easily could.

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Won't be set off by anything lighter than a vehicle. Problem solved.


Many Americans weigh as much as a vehicle.
2014-07-20 01:31:43 PM  
3 votes:
The "hidden" part is where he went wrong.  You need to put up some decorative edging fence like this
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Then add the tire-puncturing spikes immediately behind it.
I had an a$$hole Jeep driver who was driving down my street during winter nights intentionally running into snow piles at the edge of driveways to scatter the piles in front of the driveways.  I wet down my snow pile during the day and let it freeze into a block of ice then threw a couple more shovel-fuls of powdery snow on top.  He hit it pretty hard and I imagine that Jeep probably needed an alignment job after that.  And he seemed to get the message, as there were no repeats of the behaviour.
2014-07-20 07:45:15 AM  
3 votes:

fusillade762: Bathia_Mapes: feckingmorons: Journalism is in the toilet.

How was he fined if the city doesn't have the proper ordinance yet. Did that not occur to anyone when they were making this 'news' story.

Idiots.

Perhaps they fined him under an existing city ordinance.

At any rate I do understand this man's frustration, but he was opening himself for a lawsuit. What if someone minding their own business was walking by & stumbled and fell onto the concealed board and was badly injured? What if a child riding by on his bike hit a rock and was thrown from his bike onto the board? I'm sure he wouldn't want either of those scenarios to happen, but they easily could.

Won't be set off by anything lighter than a vehicle. Problem solved.


Hey, leave your mother out of this. She's a classy lady.
2014-07-20 02:42:12 PM  
2 votes:
Should have run a cable a foot off the ground. No way that's a booby trap. It's a fence.
2014-07-20 09:43:52 AM  
2 votes:

kroonermanblack: I've tried to read that first book like 10 times. I just can't get into it. Does it get better after the first few chapters?


I liked it quite a bit, but I also like Titanic, Armageddon, top 40 songs and Stephen King books, so there's a good chance I have no taste.
2014-07-20 08:49:46 AM  
2 votes:
He should just shoot any pranksters on his lawn. I mean, that's allowed in America, right?
2014-07-20 08:11:01 AM  
2 votes:
www.chud.com

/Approves
2014-07-20 07:42:44 AM  
2 votes:
25.media.tumblr.com
2014-07-20 02:32:55 AM  
2 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: feckingmorons: Journalism is in the toilet.

How was he fined if the city doesn't have the proper ordinance yet. Did that not occur to anyone when they were making this 'news' story.

Idiots.

Perhaps they fined him under an existing city ordinance.

At any rate I do understand this man's frustration, but he was opening himself for a lawsuit. What if someone minding their own business was walking by & stumbled and fell onto the concealed board and was badly injured? What if a child riding by on his bike hit a rock and was thrown from his bike onto the board? I'm sure he wouldn't want either of those scenarios to happen, but they easily could.


s.hswstatic.com

Won't be set off by anything lighter than a vehicle. Problem solved.
2014-07-20 03:53:57 PM  
1 vote:
My neighbor had a problem with the neighborhood kids always running over his mailbox with their truck. After many times he used a buried I-beam as the post and surrounded it with wood boards so you couldn't tell. Next time he found pieces of bumper and headlight around his mailbox. Never happened again.
2014-07-20 03:25:14 PM  
1 vote:
I know I've posted this one before, but here it comes again.

My ex was one of those 'if I can't have you, no one else can either' types, so when I moved, I made sure not to be followed.  It lasted about 3 or 4 years, but he finally found my new home. Since it was on a dead end, he would drive off the road, into my yard, and trench it up really well.  Gwinnett county cop told me to go buy some azalea bushes, and lots of heavy duty spikes to prop them up with.  And since I was a blonde, no one would question some ditz who didn't have enough sense to put the pointy ends into the dirt.  He came back only one more time.  Several years later we heard that he had to have a tow truck in the middle of the night because he ended up with 3 flat tires, and his new wife was not happy when she saw the credit card bill.
2014-07-20 03:10:32 PM  
1 vote:
My brother-in-law had a problem with people breaking into his vacation cabin, trashing it, and stealing anything that wasn't nailed down. The first couple times it happened he just fixed the cabin back up and bought new stuff and a stronger lock.

After it happened a few times he got pissed. He baked a batch of cookies with generous quantities of rat poison mixed in and left them in a cookie jar in the cabin. His cabin was broken into again and the cookies were stolen or eaten. They never came back.
2014-07-20 01:17:02 PM  
1 vote:
Giltric:Free mumia!*

*With the purchase of a murderer of equal or lesser value.
2014-07-20 01:11:09 PM  
1 vote:

LoneWolf343: Oh, look, it's that thread where a bunch of tiny-dicked rageaholics justify attempted murder in retribution for vandalism again.


I thought it was the thread where bleeding hearts defend criminals and tell people they are bad humans for not rolling over for said criminals.

Precious snowflakes indeed.

Free mumia!
2014-07-20 12:23:51 PM  
1 vote:
Had same problem of some jack-ass driving over hedges. Put large rock behind them. One morning found rock moved and lots of oil on the ground. Never had problem again.
2014-07-20 09:55:25 AM  
1 vote:

Laobaojun: Bathia_Mapes: Triumph: Tearing up someone's lawn with your truck is not a "prank."

I agree, but that doesn't mean the homeowner can endanger others by booby trapping his property.

Cue the puzzled dog.
If people wouldn't use vehicles to vandalize the guy's lawn, they wouldn't even know or care about the nails.  The guys driving into other people's yard uninvited are the ones endangering people.


rzrwiresunrise: Bathia_Mapes: Triumph: Tearing up someone's lawn with your truck is not a "prank."

I agree, but that doesn't mean the homeowner can endanger others by booby trapping his property.

It's called the "right of self-defense." It's legit. Nations use it all the time.


Christ, this is hilarious. Just look at how f**king stupid these people are.
2014-07-20 09:39:16 AM  
1 vote:

lackadaisicalfreakshow: jankyboy: Reminds me of when my grandfather used to toss thumbtacks onto a stretch of grass that was adjacent to his house. The grassy section did not belong to him, but he took care of it since the town ignored it.

He got tired of neighbors treating it like a dog park, walking their dogs there and not cleaning up afterward. Sucks that it was the dogs who paid the price.

/he was a grumpy man; he was a great man
//RIP grandpa

Your grandpa was not a great man. He was a busybody that tried to kill/wound dogs in what sounds like a city-owned public lot.


It IS delightful when idiot dog owners meet idiot homeowners.
2014-07-20 08:59:05 AM  
1 vote:
In America, a board with nails = bad. Come outside and shoot the kids = quite possibly OK.
2014-07-20 08:33:03 AM  
1 vote:

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: I'm sure Mr. Greenjeans violated the Easement.  Your property ends several feet before the roadway.


Know how I know you don't understand how easements work?

Access rights don't equal ownership. You still own it and are responsible for maintaining it. I'm sure the city of Pevely would have no problem coming out and repairing/re-sodding the damage at their expense every time, right?

Go ahead and call your city and tell them you want them to maintain the lawn on the easement, see how well that works out.
2014-07-20 08:24:28 AM  
1 vote:

Triumph: Tearing up someone's lawn with your truck is not a "prank."


Everything is a prank. Just like everything anyone builds is a hack, every picture is a selfie etc...
2014-07-20 08:05:48 AM  
1 vote:
What year did this happen, was this after the invention of the fence?
2014-07-20 08:02:36 AM  
1 vote:
Reminds me of a story I heard, probably apocryphal, about a guy whose VCR was stolen from his house. When he replaced it, the replacement was stolen. So he bought a broken VCR from a repair shop, put in a few ounces of plastique, shoved the AC leads into the explosive, and let them steal that one. They didn't come back.

/The story does not say where he got the plastique.
//paging Chris Rock...
2014-07-20 07:56:38 AM  
1 vote:

MBrady: Maybe the homeowner can get a few of those Russian missiles that are normally used to shoot down commerical airliners.


You're talking about surface-to-air missiles, likely won't work here, but the Dukes of Hazzard should be getting a little nervous.

/My eleven yro self just had a fun image, thinking of the general lee getting shot out of the sky.
2014-07-20 02:21:19 AM  
1 vote:

Bathia_Mapes: Triumph: Tearing up someone's lawn with your truck is not a "prank."

I agree, but that doesn't mean the homeowner can endanger others by booby trapping his property.


Well I'm not so sure I'd go that broadly. He could dig a two foot deep, two foot wide ditch sort of a big |_| that would catch the wheels of people driving on his lawn. It isn't a real danger to anyone, but it is a booby trap.

Personally I'd put up cameras and sue the owners of the vehicles and nail their asses to the wall in civil court. In many jurisdictions, and from a cursory reading of Missouri's 'trespass to realty' statute they can get 3X actual damages.

When my brother owned a laundromat kids used to break into the change machine. He put in security cameras, identified the kid and sued him and his parents. He won. They didn't want to pay. He had the kid's car towed by the sheriff. Then they paid, but they called him all sorts of names. The kid is now in prison for something completely unrelated.
 
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