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“Fighting is What Rednecks Do”

I had not been to our South Carolina office in a while. So, when I started into the parking lot, I couldn’t help but notice the surrounding brick wall outside the office,  had crumbled in an unusual way. It  looked like a car had tried to ram through the wall.

When I came in, I asked one of the paralegals, “what happened to the wall out there?” She tilted her head and shook it with a grin. “Well” she said, “a man without a shirt came racing through the parking lot and then pulled around into the road. Then, for some reason, he went back up on to the curb and halfway went through the brick wall”.

Now my curiosity was in full question mark mode. Why, how, who and what happened? In short, the man opened the car door after impact. His leg was now going in a couple different directions. But, he didn’t seem in pain as he sat there and refused to get out of the car or do anything. Almost like maybe it would all just go away.

Soon, a Greenville policeman came up but the man kept hollering to just leave him alone. This, all right outside our office windows, which explains the ability to see that he was driving without shirt. Finally, he agreed to get out of the car for emergency treatment. The officer apparently collected beer and pill bottles, which might be explanation and evidence about the erratic driving, sitting and arguing.

All that seems a bit strange, but so does the fact that the landlord has allowed the hole, bricks and wiring to just remain over one of the parking spaces, for over 2 months without anything being done. Something to do with an uneven foundation, non-matching bricks and required replacement of about 25 feet of brick wall.

Right now, I’m fascinated to see what will happen next. My guess is a continuing hole in the brick for at least another year. This sequence of events reminded me a little bit about the Florida guy that thought it was OK to fire a gun in his own yard.

Mark Wach of Palm City could not understand why the officer was arresting him for firing a gun at a lawn mower that was in his own yard. The man originally had argued with his son; Pointed a pistol and then a shotgun at his son and then jumped on top of his son, after the son had wrestled the guns away from him. All this, after the man had opened gunfire on the mower.

When the police came, they ordered the intoxicated man to stop fighting and to surrender to the deputy.  He failed to do so and refused to cooperate until the police shocked him with a taser. Finally, they got him under control and arrested him.

As he was headed off to jail, he kept asking the officer why he was arresting him. They tried to explain to him that you can’t fight and also fire a gun in your neighborhood, including at a lawn mower. He argued that, “Fighting is what redneck people do”.

The arrest report did not indicate if he shot a riding or push mower.  Can’t you see why that story reminds me of the brick driver with a pretzel leg?

Pic O’ Day is really a cartoon. Something to think about!

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