Few things are as frustrating as lawn equipment that won’t work. Kevin found this gem (emphasis added):
A 57-year-old south side man, who might have been struggling with a hangover, is charged today with shooting his lawn mower with a sawed-off shotgun.
“I’ll tell you the truth,” a criminal complaint quotes an apparently inebriated Keith Walendowski. “I got [angry] because my lawn mower wouldn’t start, so I got my shotgun and shot it.
“I can do that. It’s my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want,” Walendowski told police.
I can relate. I had a weed eater go bad once. I got so tired of re-stringing it, among other problems. It finally gave out one too many times and I realized I had to get a new one. I was hot and irritated.
As I walked back towards the house I picked it up over my head and body slammed it to the ground. Twice, I think (details are sketchy). Luckily I didn’t swear – out loud, at least – because it turns out that my youngest daughter (~12) was watching from an upstairs window.
She really helped the situation by deadpanning, “It’s a good thing the riding mower didn’t break.”