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Was that truly necessary? Telling him to scram wasn't an option? He offered you no threat, though was extremely rude, and you shot over 100 rounds at him?
as a pool owner, yes... it is necessary. Police often will not show up in time to catch the morons... And just in case you are unaware: pool repairs are fucking expensive. if those morons rip up your liner its expensive and your pool is down for *at least* 3 weeks (or about 1/4 of the summer in IL) Nevermind the fact that even if your gate was locked and they jumped the fence: its America. Any accidental injury or death would be blamed on the homeowner and the families would probably sue.
open, locked or upside down, private property is private property. It's marked by the square footage not the fence. Unless pool covers are required by the law, no self respecting judge would ever entertain a lawsuit against the owner because the first and only offense is trespassing.
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Have you seen the shit rulings that some judges give? Clearly not. OP will be lucky not to have his pants sued off for shooting at minors, even if he used only a paintball gun. This was a really stupid move on OPs part, so he deserves it.
No... I got jumped once and I've had other stuff happen to me for which I have called the police. They're so scared of getting sued that they don't do anything at all unless they have 999% assurance that the suspect will be charged guilty. They exploit technicalities and refuse to do anything if any can be used by the defense lawyer even though they personally told me they knew that these were probably the right guys
Nope # 49, you could still lose under the tort of negligence because a pool is a place that can, and will, forseeably attract children, therefore, as a matter of law you could be found liable. It all depends on what type of jury is selected: plaintiffs will want sympathetic parents, especially mothers, defendant will want young fresh out of college kids and old people. By the way OP, you kind of just confessed to a crime... and you can also be found civilly liable to each of the kids for Assault and Battery.
And 53, the tort of trespassing is not a bar from being held liable for other torts. It helps because you have less of a duty to protect trespassers from foreseeable risks of harms than those you invite, however, a duty still exists which means a judge would be forced to hear it; applying the facts is left up to the jury.
Nope, a locked fence will still prevent you from being held liable- because you did your duty in fencing it in, and then they trespassed. Your responsibility to prevent others from harm ends with building the fence. The only other thing you should do would be to put up a sign warning against trespassers. If they had to jump the fence, they clearly were trespassing, so you will not be found liable.
Good job! I think they deserved it and the $500 you have to pay was worth every cent ;)
Fun fact, oil and oil based liquids float on top of water. They make oil soap pads and matts, that float on top of the water and suck up oil like a sponge. They dont cost $500. And instead of a paintball gun, how about shooting a round or two into the air with a shotgun. That way they get the point and quickly disperse, and you no longer have to remove paintballs from the pool.
#84 Only problem is that a firearm has to be specially modified to fire a blank. And not only is that frickin' expensive, it also leaves you with a useless firearm. And in most states firing a firearm within city limits is illegal even if they are trespassing, unless they are an instant threat to your life. In Kentucky ( and I don't know about other states) you are only allowed to shoot a person(s) if they have invaded your home or are an instant threat to your life.
Firing a shotgun up into the air does nothing. It is a fist full of tiny BB's that hurt nothing when they fall. Apparently no one knows anything about terminal velocity and grape shot. So let the lesson begin. Firing a bullet in a random direction is bad. It can hit someone. Firing a shotgun with bird shot straight up in the air hurts nothing, except maybe a bird. And since wild birds are cheaper to replace than $500, i think it is still a cheaper solution than a paintball gun.
131 And apparently you know nothing about energy conservation or projectile motion. Since we're talking about a shotgun shooting pellets into the air, we can look at it as though it is simple harmonic motion in an isolated system (meaning that it's frictionless, which it is since air has practically no resistance when it comes to slowing down a bullet or in this case, pellets fired from a shotgun. We'll call the barrel the Equilibrium position and gravity (9.81 m/s^2) the restoring force. In an isolated system, mechanical energy is 100% conserved. So when the gun first shoots, it has maximum kinetic energy. Once it reaches the maximum displacement, or amplitude, from the equilibrium position, the energy has been fully converted to potential energy, while maintaining the same mechanical energy. Now that the pellets have momentarily been halted by gravity, the restoring force can do it's job in pulling the pellets back to the equilibrium point where they will once again reach maximum velocity. So what did I teach you here? That those "handfuls of BBs" have the same god damned velocity when they come back down as when they do when they leave the barrel!! -_-
How did you not see that putting paint in your pool might be an issue..? YDI
'Paint' in a paintball isn't exactly what you might think. It is more closely related to colored vegetable oil than the stuff that is in a can of spray-paint. While some brands do have a nasty 'bad' oil based fill similar to 'real' paint, most have environment friendly biodegradeable gelatin shells and fills that don't stain very much, if at all.
People like #2 make me question If people even actually read these fmls. Like ...tf?
Did that really seem like the best course of action? I wouldn't shoot a paintball gun anywhere near my house
Well you kinda deserve it, what type of redneck reaction is that? You should have told them off your property and eventually threaten them with your paintball gun, not use it.
If one or all of them injured themselves or drowned in the pool, who's responsible? (The property/pool owner) Which then means they can sue them. If they are cheeky enough to climb into someone else's yard and pool without permission, I reckon they would of pissed in there too. They clearly deserved each and every paintball! I know if someone shot my ass with a paintball gun, I wouldn't come back!
Whereas if one of them takes a paintball to the face and is blinded, the lawsuit will probably win them OP's house. Then they'll own the pool and not have to worry about hopping the fence. Fucking around with people on your property is rarely a good idea. You're better off shooting them all dead or calling the cops and holding them at gunpoint until PD shows up. Painting them just sounds like trouble (for OP) waiting to happen.