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10/31/2008 02:13 AM ID: 74434 Permalink   

Boy Finds McCain-Palin Campaign Sign Shocking


A 9-year-old boy from North Carolina received the shock of his life when he decided to tamper with a McCain-Palin campaign sign in the yard of a local resident.

Shawn Turschak of Chapel Hill grew tired of the campaign signs in his yard being stolen, so he rigged one up to the power source of an electrical fence commonly used to deter pets from leaving the property. He also rigged up a surveillance camera.

Following the boy receiving a jolt from the sign, his father showed up at Mr. Turschak's door. The local authorities arrived shortly afterwards. The boy's father claimed that the child only wanted to see how it was assembled. No charges are expected.

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"the child only wanted to see how it was assembled"?

Is that REALLY the best excuse he could come up with?
  by: opinionated   10/31/2008 02:28 AM     
Just why do it? Does the 9 y.o even understand what the signs mean? I bet the kids family put him upto it knowing full well that he wont get prosecuted.
  by: Red!   10/31/2008 02:36 AM     
  The sign was on private property.  
The kid had no right being there.
  by: walter3ca   10/31/2008 03:05 AM     
  good thing that didnt  
piss on it.
  by: John E Angel     10/31/2008 03:20 AM     
  I bet  
his dad told him to take the sign
  by: Amaze   10/31/2008 03:31 AM     
  you're all too cynical  
Oh, and by the way, it's illegal to booby trap your property.
  by: Manic_Panic     10/31/2008 04:00 AM     
This guy's really serious about his cardboard signs.
  by: lĀ“anglais     10/31/2008 04:26 AM     
The little punk kid was walking up with an Obama/Biden sign and was clearly trying to tamper with the guy's McCain sign and swap it out.

The video makes it glaringly obvious as the kid doesn't even hesitate, he just walks right up and grabs the sign.
The shock was nothing at all, just a little zap, and the owner of the property 4th amendment, put up a warning sign that it was electrical.

I'm fairly sure the kid doesn't give a crap about the election, it's totally his parents' fault he has no respect for his neighbors.
  by: promontorium   10/31/2008 07:23 AM     
  Serves him right  
People shouldn't be taking down signs just because they don't happen to agree with them.
  by: Maxx20     10/31/2008 10:13 AM     
  Pffft. Electrical shock.  
Whatever happened the good old days.

Trap door pits and Rancor monsters.
  by: Dayron   10/31/2008 11:10 AM     
He is a kid. Things like that are fun when you are young (not the shock).
When I was younger the mayor of our area lived around the corner, we would try to change the sign in her garden as often as possible, because it was funny to our child sized brains.
No harm is done.
  by: Convivial   10/31/2008 01:23 PM     
  And if  
he tried to vandalize an obama sign, the media would surely present the boy as being in the wrong!!!!!
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   10/31/2008 02:17 PM     
You guys do realize it was a McCain-Palin sign the kid tampered with right?

no problems i see with that

-awaits some douche to aggressivly lay moral lessons upon my (Sarcastic) ass-
  by: pineal420   10/31/2008 02:23 PM     
Please quote the law you are referring to.

You are allowed to protect your property, by any means necessary.

Regardless of who the sign is for, if someone were to try to take it off my property, I would have done the same thing.

Good on the property owner.
  by: scriz   10/31/2008 02:57 PM     
  I Can't  
seem to agree with this sign tempering, just as much as I can't seem to agree with vandalizing private property.

Lately, I have seen many news report on tasers, that said, fro the owner to rig his sign with electric is simply the dumbest thing to do, even in his own lawn.

He simply disregarded the cause and effect, and not putting up a sign next to it, to warn is also not appropriate.

Human body is a sort of conduit, sometimes even a small
disruption of its electricity can very easily render a person dead.

Over a sign!? I dont care how many have been vandalized, a million of them are not a worth a life of one child/human being.
  by: isuzu     10/31/2008 03:10 PM     
"I dont care how many have been vandalized, a million of them are not a worth a life of one child/human being."

To normal people, you're right. We're not talking about normal people here. We're talking about a McCain supporter.
  by: erasedgod   10/31/2008 05:47 PM     
  Legality of Booby Traps  
Check out this link if you are wondering about the legality of booby traps.
  by: Manic_Panic     11/01/2008 04:59 AM     
I can't find the video at the source link (yahoo) and the source link in that source link (news observer)
  by: joku   11/01/2008 05:03 AM     
  The Iowa Supreme Court Case Law  
concerning booby trapping property to cause severe injury even with NO TRESPASSING signs posted around the property:
  by: luxfestinus     11/01/2008 05:44 AM     
  video at  
click drudge...ann coulter link about half way down her column
  by: elihu   11/02/2008 12:48 AM     
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