Gardener Ordered to Remove Barbed Wire Fence on Grounds It Could 'Wound Thieves'
"A British gardener’s local council has ordered him to remove a 3-foot high barbed wire fence around his property in case thieves hurt themselves on it, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.
Bill Malcolm, 61, installed the wire at his Worcester property after burglars robbed his tool shed and vegetable plots three times in four months, stealing more than $500 worth of hardware.
But Malcolm’s local council told him the wire was a health and safety hazard and warned him they would remove it by force if he did not do it himself, the Mail reported.
“The council said they were unhappy about the precautions I had made but my response was to tell them that only someone climbing over on to my allotment could possibly hurt themselves,” Malcolm told the Mail. “They shouldn't be trespassing in the first place but the council apologized and said they didn't want to be sued by a wounded thief."Friend of mine had his truck broken into the other night. All that was stolen were a pair of binoculars, so we joked that it had to be a certain type of crook or crooks... you know, the sort who'd leave his tools alone for fear of touching something that might lead to work. Eugene is a trusting soul, but I think I convinced him to clean up the old 10 gauge and load it for bear. Serious bear.
Therein lies the major difference between us and the Brits. They worry about giving the bad guy a boo-boo. We fret over not blowing both his legs off without the hassle of a reload.