New developments in the case of Hick's cabin intruders!
Hick was at the auction Monday night, minding his own beeswax, when he got a text from a guy up the road. Don't tell anybody this, but it's the guy some long-term landowners out here call The Nudist. That's because very few people lived out here 25 years ago, when we bought the land, and this guy and his wife used to mow their yard au naturale. Not that there's anything wrong with that... Well. There would be NOW, because people live here. But they don't do it any more.
Anyhoo...T-N sent a picture by his front porch camera, on Sunday evening at 4:50. "Do you know who this is? I don't mind people hunting on my property if they ask for permission, but I don't want strangers up here."
It was a picture of two boys carrying guns. Standing on the patio of T-N. I don't know about hunters in your area, but around here, they typically don't hunt from a patio. According to Hick, they were carrying either BB guns, or a BB gun and an AR-15. Which is like the difference between sleeping on a pea under a stack of mattresses, or laying down on a medieval mace. You'd think Hick would be able to tell the difference, as well-schooled in weaponry as he is. Maybe it was not a good picture. But imagine if somebody else encountered these boys, and could not tell the difference.
Hick sent back, "Yeah. I know exactly who they are. You need to take that picture and talk to the parents. They already gave those boys a lecture about staying off people's property."
THEN, on Tuesday morning, Hick talked to another of his cronies, who lives two houses up the road from us. He said he'd seen two boys with guns walking around his shed in his back yard. When he went out to question them, they left! At least he verified that they were carrying BB guns.
Okay. I believe in giving people (especially kids) a second chance for most things. But this, to me, is the last straw. Second AND third strike! The gloves are off. No more coddling. Throw the book at them! Who do they think they are, walking within 10 feet of somebody's front door, carrying guns? Skulking around backyard sheds? Especially after being told to stay on their own (rental) property.
I told Hick that he and T-N and Crony should call the sheriff's office, and make a report with a deputy about the trespassing. Show them the picture. Maybe a visit from the men in uniform might make an impression on these young 'uns. At the very least, a report will be on file, and the kids (and parents) will know that the next time something (more valuable than a bottle of turquoise) goes missing, or is damaged, theirs will be the first door knocked on.
Those kids better hope they never set foot on Crazy Stick-Road Man's property...