Whenever I meet a girl’s parents and her dad tries the whole “I ain’t afraid to go back to jail” shtick, I can’t help but laugh. Pops, if you think this is the first time I’ve done this whole song and dance, you’re greatly mistaken. There were many overprotective dads before you, and I’m sure there will be plenty after you, but just know damn well I’m plowing your daughter for the time being. Cleaning your rifle as soon as I step foot into your household will not deter me. Just tolerate it, I’ll be as respectful as humanly possible, and we’ll go on with our lives in an ignorant bliss.
With that said, you can’t be a complete pussy as a father, either. There are certain lines you just can’t allow punks to cross, and some creeps spying on your underage daughter with a drone falls way beyond that boundary.
From Daily Dot:
“It was just right there. It was hovering. I would never have shot it if it was flying,” William Merideth said in an interview with Ars Technica. “When he came down with a video camera right over my back deck, that’s not going to work.”
Merideth claims that the drone was first spotted hovering over his neighbor’s house—a claim his neighbor confirms—and he had no intentions of taking any actions against it until it entered onto his own property. Merideth’s 16-year-old daughter was laying out by their pool at the time, and when the drone pilot decided to stop his vehicle and get an electronic eyeful, he decided enough was enough.
The homeowner fetched his shotgun and pumped three helpings of birdshot into the $1,800 drone, taking it out of the air in short order. Shortly thereafter, the drone pilot and three of his friends arrived at Merideth’s property.
“If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting,” Merideth says he told the men.
The police eventually arrived and Merideth was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment, both related to his discharge of the firearm. The 47-year-old Merideth is confident that the charges will be reduced or thrown out entirely once his trial date arrives.
Where many hardass dads will talk a big game, this dude let his actions speak on his behalf, turned his backyard into his own personal skeet shooting range, and treated an $1,800 drone like it was a clay bird. I can only hope to be half the father this man is..
[via Daily Dot]
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