In keeping with a recent theme apparently! On the news here last night there was a story about how some kids treehouse got pulled down for safety reasons and how terrible that was. The kid and mother were interviewed. They have relatives near my family's farm. Called the cops because the man who had a cattle lease on our land told them to stay off the land. That running around someone else's land during hunting season in camo was a bad idea. (Their story was Lewis threatened to shoot them)
Except.... it wasn't their land. They were complaining publicly that the landowners had removed the treehouse, even though the landowners were still happy for them to ride their bikes through the paths. The landowners were apparently worried about snakes, and also the tree climbing etc. But even if they weren't - it's their freakin' land! If the reason was "Because we don't want you to have fun" that still would have been acceptable because it's their land. It blew my mind that the SSs thought it was reasonable to complain about that or get airtime for it.
I don't want to live in a litigious culture in terms of excessive safety worries, but at the same time people publicly whinging because somebody else won't let them use their land the way they want to is incredibly SS. Very reminiscent of watching my toddler interact with his buddies actually... they're still learning about possessions and ownership.
One of the Dad kept arguing that we had abandoned the land because no one lived on it. We have owned it since sometime in the lat 50's and except for a couple of months in the early 80's no one has ever lived on it. But the taxes have been paid and it has been a hobby farm, cattle lease, and now a wildlife refuge.
There was some back and forth while the deputies got the whole story. Finally they told the "parents" keep your kids off other people's property. If they are tresspassing and get shot - they will be the ones facing charges not the landowner. (Note we wouldn't deliberately shoot a simple trespasser -but after the incident with the bank robbers hiding out on our land we tend to be a little wary)
Sounds like some SS's in my area. A group was recently complaining on a FB forum about a guy who was shooting dogs. Some of these SS had had their dogs shot at and others were outraged as well.
Turns out these people were just letting their dogs run and they all tended to run on this guy's property. This property was multiple acres of wild land and was used as a breeding and nesting area for cranes. He had signs everywhere posting this, it was a protected breeding area. The dogs were killing hatchlings so
after repeated failed attempts to get the owners to keep their dogs home he just started shooting.
The owners were outraged. We live in Alaska, dogs should be allowed to roam free!!
No. We do have leash laws here, keep your darn dogs home.