A Virginia man put up an electric fence to keep kids off his lawn
Today in ridiculously heartless news, a man in Virginia put an electric fence right near a school bus stop so that kids would keep away from his property. He later took the fence down – not to keep the children safe – but because he found out that he had accidentally erected it on county property.
How nice of him.
Bryan Tucker told WTVR that he lives right near a school bus stop and is tired of kids fighting, cursing, and littering on his property. He added that he had put up a “No Trespassing” sign to no avail. “They don’t respect other peoples’ land,” Tucker said. “I pick up trash every day.”
So, Tucker thought the next natural step was to put up a battery-operated electrified fence. Yes, it is super annoying if people are trespassing on your property. No, that doesn’t make it okay to set up a system to literally electrocute them.
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WTVR noted that parents were already expressing their concerns over the fact that their kids are standing right beside an electric fence every single day.
“I touched it, I got a slight shock, it wasn’t that great,” James Mehfoud, a local in the area, said. “I understand his concern. I just don’t think he understood the neighbors’ concern about their kids. One of them could touch it, fall into it, and get shocked.”
Meanwhile, it turns out that Tucker’s fence was not actually on his property. County officials told him that he needed to move it back 18 feet in order for it to be legal. He agreed, and emphasized that he was only taking it down because he was complying with county laws. Not because some kid could fall into the fence and get hurt, damnit. “I went ahead and moved it today because it was not in the right place,” Tucker said.
Right now, he’s not sure if he’s going to erect another fence or not. He said that he’s hoping that his first fence delivered enough of a warning bell to kids and families to get off his lawn. “The message has gotten across,” he noted. “Parents are posting and talking about it.”
Here’s hoping that kids stay away from Tucker’s property, Tucker stops trying to electrocute them, and this is officially the end of the Virginia Fence tale. Please and thank you.