Cry-Baby of the Week
This week: A guy who shot a teenager over a Halloween prank versus a water company that's suing one of its customers for criticizing its services.
It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:
Cry-Baby #1: Dale Bryant Ferris
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The incident: A man saw some kids throwing toilet paper around his neighbor's yard.
The appropriate response: Yelling at them.
The actual response: He shot one of them with a shotgun.
Earlier this week, a group of teenagers in Estill Springs, Tennessee, drove to the house of their high school principal to "TP" his house as a Halloween prank.
One of the principal's neighbors, 65-year-old Dale Bryant Ferris (pictured above) saw what the kids were doing and went outside with his shotgun to confront them.
He fired a few shots, hitting one of the teens in his foot, thigh, torso, and waist.
Describing the teen's injuries, Franklin County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sergeant Chris Guess said, "He got peppered pretty good."
Shooting at the teens was only illegal because they weren't on Dale's property, which is terrifying. "The problem is they were not on his property and they were not doing anything to his property," said Sergeant Guess.
The pranked principal, Ken Bishop of Huntland School, didn't seek to file charges against any of the teens.
Dale was arrested for aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He is currently free on a $125,000 bond.
Sgt. Guess urged anyone who sees property being vandalized to call the police, rather than try and kill them. "We want everybody to have a good time, but we want everybody to be safe," he told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Cry-Baby #2: Johnson Utillities
The incident: A woman uploaded a video to Facebook, showing that the water coming out of her tap was yellow.
The appropriate response: Disgust.
The actual response: The company that provides her water sued her for defamation.
Earlier this month, Emily Hughes, of Johnson Ranch, Arizona, said that she had turned on her kitchen tap and yellow water came out.
She took a video of it which she posted to a Facebook group that had been created by other people unhappy with the water service the company, Johnson Utilities, provides.
Other Johnson Utility customers commented on it, claiming they'd experienced similar incidents.
The following week, she was served papers, stating that Johnson Utilities was suing her for defamation and seeking $100,000 in damages.
Johnson Utilities said that Emily intentionally made disparaging comments with the intent to harm them as a company.
Emily's lawyer, Marc Victor, said he's unsure why the water company decided to take action against Emily. "You have to ask the plaintiffs, they are the ones who brought the lawsuit on that," he told AZFamily.com.
Marc said that Emily's actions do not amount to defamation, "In this case the plaintiffs would have to prove a couple of things. Number one, that the statement is false, and then, number two, that she made the statement with reckless disregard for its truth." Adding, "Emily didn't wake up in the morning and decide to be upset with Johnson Utilities."
Despite her lawyers assurances that her actions do not amount to defamation, Emily is still worried that things might "get out of hand." "It is frightening, you know. I am not so much frightened for myself, as I am just for the situation." she said.
AZFamily.com reached out to Johnson Utilities to get their side of the story, but they have yet to respond.
Which of this lot is the bigger cry-baby? Let us know in this poll right here:
Winner: The gay bar guy!!!