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Have any of you nay-sayers actually encountered a residential electric fence before? They're almost always very low voltage and do no damage. The shock startles you; it doesn't "hurt".

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I like how everyone is assuming that it is going to turn out like the little boy in Jurassic Park. My grandmother had an electric fence around her yard and all it did was feel like someone was pinching you when you touched it.

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74 - it's not the neighbors place to PARENT the child. Why a 5 year old is left to their own devices when their parents can't even keep them out of the neighbors yard is beyond me.

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so if you had a five year old son who was electrocuted by touching (not climbing, not pushing, Touching) a fence, you would say: "its his own damn fault!" no, no you wouldn't, you would blame the man who put up the fence, because through his actions your son came to harm. plus electrocution isn't common, it is entirely likely that your five year old wouldn't know the ramifications of touching it. and yes, i realize that the kid shouldn't be unattended, but you cant watch them at all times. having a fence is fine, in fact it is a good idea, but having a electric fence is dangerous and stupid. please, think before you go blaming five year olds for getting hurt by something they most likely don't understand

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yes, I have, and they do "hurt", admittedly not badly but it is still painful. also I assume you are fully grown, in witch case you have no ground to stand on, as the person most at risk is FIVE. to elaborate, electricity has less of an effect on you the older,and subsequently larger, you are so at five it will be much more hazardous. I doubt the child will be seriously injured, but all the same the fence should not be electric, a fence alone will do just as well

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"so if you had a five year old son who was electrocuted by touching (not climbing, not pushing, Touching) a fence, you would say: "its his own damn fault!"" No, you would say 'It's my fault'. "you would blame the man who put up the fence, because through his actions your son came to harm" No, you not watching your kid is what caused him 'harm' "it is entirely likely that your five year old wouldn't know the ramifications of touching it" That's why parents exist. To teach them not to touch things they shouldn't. "but you cant watch them at all times." It's a five year old OUTSIDE. Yes, you very much SHOULD be watching them at ALL times when outside at that age. That mild shocking fence could just as easily be fucking car. I hope if you ever decide to have kids, you stop and rethink your perspective on blaming the world any time they get hurt rather than watching them and educating them.

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5 - I don't think we know enough to know if it's overkill or not. If OP has repeatedly been asked to keep their offspring out of the neighbor's yard because they're doing damage of some kind, I don't see this as overkill at all. Court/lawsuits can't be everyone's first stop in conflict resolution.

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My neighbors had a six year old girl. She crawled in through our dog door, got into our backyard, and ripped up $300 worth of flowers. We had security cameras up from the last owners, and when we caught them the mother played it off as "oh, she is just a child." We were putting in a pool, so by law we had to get a fence. We decided just to keep everyone out by getting a six foot fence with a huge lock on it. The mother had the nerve to complain that her daughter now had nowhere else to run around on because we had blocked off our property and she was not doing damage to her mother's yard. Then asked to use it.

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I think her exact words were, somewhere along the lines of, "I think this is just so rude of you to do. Where is my daughter supposed to run around now? She needs space or she starts to damage property." Then she wanted to know when would be a good time to bring her daughter over to use the pool. Mind you, there is a part literally a block from her house. She was just too lazy to take her kid out. Some people just assume because their kid is young, that the world should to tolerate them. I am sure Op is not as psycho as my chain-smoking, whore of a neighbor... but obviously the kid did something to the neighbor for them to purchase an electric fence. It might have been to prevent any arguments or damage, but people don't usually spend tons of money to keep someone out unless that person is being an annoyance.

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When I was young we lived in a neighborhood with houses really close together. We never had problems with keeping unwanted people off our property. This is just a lack of the parents parenting. Tell your child "no" and actually punish them when they don't listen, and you wouldn't have this problem.

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