Monday, July 28, 2008

Cheeseheads Strike Again

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- A 56-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start.

Keith Walendowski told police he felt he had a right to shoot his mower.

Keith Walendowski told police he felt he had a right to shoot his mower. According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski says he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police: "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want." Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted

I'm tellin ya, some seriously strange people live in Wisconsin. But then again, is it so strange to shoot your lawn mower? I know I've wanted to shoot our computer many times, but I'm afraid my BB gun wouldn't give the satisfying damage I'd be seeking. And why fine and imprison him?? Seems like a bit of overreaction to me.

This story comes courtesy of my talented friend Tom. Tom thinks LawnBoy owes this man a brand-spankin-new lawn mower!


Border Explorer said...

Pray for me, MNMom. I married a man from Wisconson.

michaelg said...

I think the fine and conviction has more to do with discharging a firearm in the city than the act of violence toward the lawn mower. Last I checked, lawn mowers don't have civil rights.
Yup, WI is a strange, strange place.

tshsmom said...

Why didn't he do what I do...just kick it...then limp to the house for a cold glass of lemonade. ;)

Good thing he didn't hit the gas tank.

Cheesecake Maven said...

I totally understand his pain. I nearly shot mine tonight! I'm all for letting the Queen Anne's lace and the daisies, and the purple flowery stalks just keep on taking over my yard. So, let me get this straight, you can kill a deer in your own back yard but you can't shoot your lawnmower? He'll have to use a long bow next time. Hee hee

Anonymous said...

If they're really going to come down on him that hard, I'm guessing this isn't the first time cops have had to deal with his drunken shenanigans.

Scott J. said...

Worst of all, Lawn Boy said he voided the warranty by shooting the thing. Talk about a blow PR opportunity!

Bail, a new Lawn Boy, pictures of smiling Summer interns shaking his hand on a sunny day as he sets off to mow with a can of Milwaukee Chill in his hand... The ads just write themselves, don't they?

Melinda June said...

I think he's completely within his rights. Stupid mowers.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

And you people make fun of us in the south.

Sheleta said...

Exactly, people make fun of southerners! Like we're the only crazy ones in the whole damned country.

Bubs said...

He only shot the lawn mower because he

a) ran out of brandy and was pissed off, or

b) couldn't find a corpse to commit necrophilia with

I do love our neighbors to the north.