A curmudgeon in the truest sense of the word, one man from Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia has installed a functional electrical fence around his house to stop the neighborhood kids from stepping onto his lawn and leaving behind trash. Bryan Tucker told local news outlet WPXI that his previous signs weren’t working, so he decided to up the ante.
Local parents thought the gesture was overkill and called the police when they realized that a live electric fence was just a few steps away from the place where their kids wait for the bus every morning. The police, not sure what to do, called the public works to determine whether the fence was on county property or not. Tucker doesn’t really care if it upsets anyone though.
“I’m not in charge of other people’s children. I’m not directing people’s children what to do. All I can do is protect myself and that’s why I’ve got a fence up,” he said.
After some deliberation, public works determined that the fence was partially on county property and ordered Tucker to take it down. Even though Tucker complied with the order, he can still put the fence back up so long as it only touches his property.
“Show me what’s the truth. You know everybody’s just giving me different words,” he said
The whole thing sounds like the plot of a hypothetical Gran Torino sequel. Still, while Tucker is actually well within his right to build an electric fence around his house, his ‘get off my lawn’ tactics could lead to kids getting seriously hurt. Let’s just hope no one gets too close again.