Sunday, May 1, 2011

Theme Day: Mailbox

What do you do if you are a bored teenager in a rural part of Bloomfield?  Why, you grab some buddies and a baseball bat (and maybe some adult beverages), pile into a car, and take batting practice on the mailboxes.

What do you do if you are a homeowner?  See above.

It is theme day again for City Daily Photo participants. For May, the theme is "mailbox."  Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

23 comments:

J Bar said...

Quite drastic move but necessary I guess.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Cindy said...

Ah, yes and age-old tradition in rural areas!

brattcat said...

Here, you sneak into gardens and snip the blossoms. Mr. Brattcat caught two young intruders two nights ago doing just that to our daffodils and tulips. Ah, to wait all winter for these beauties to emerge, and then to see them broken so thoughtlessly.

Regina K said...

We have exactly the same teanagers in KC and way to many rural roads.

Virginia said...

It must take a lot of adult beverages to make that seem like fun.
V

Halcyon said...

I have heard of this, but never have experienced it firsthand. Hope the "armor" keeps the boxes safe. Too bad that some people find fun in destruction.

Sharon said...

A strange practice. One of my sisters lives in rural Missouri and she told us about having to constantly replace mailboxes. I never could understand why it is so much fun to destroy other people's things.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

clever way to try and prevent the damage.

RedPat said...

Strange rural hobby! It must make a tremendous amount of noise.

youth_in_asia said...

Nice take on the theme. Smart move by the home owner too. I would go with a concrete filled mailbox.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Must be a universal Friday/Saturday evening event as we see it in our area too! We have a brick mailbox and have avoided this problem. ugh!

Bises,
Genie

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Never had this problem. Growing up in St. Louis County, we kept having our mailbox knocked over, but that was from my mother trying to back down the driveway.

Margaret said...

It's an expensive proposition to replace a box a week.

VP said...

It is a shame, but I am not sure I would resist the temptation if I were younger... Good catch in any sense!

SRQ said...

Fortunately, I've never experienced this; however, the 'ol mailbox bashing routine has gained popularity in a friend's neighborhood in Ft. Myers. I wonder what the mailman thinks of this gerryrigged box?

brattcat said...

Do you know Archer? He and I just had a little chat on Elliot Street two days ago. So funny you should mention him in your comment.

JoLynne Lyon said...

I'm sure we have our share of teenagers with bats, but on our street it's the snowplow that really does the mailbox in.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

An inelegant but effective deterrent.

Farmchick said...

We have some of those teenagers here.....I am thinking my Secret Agent Man husband was one of them. He has come a long way! LOL!

cieldequimper said...

Lol, good find!

JM said...

I've seen it in American movies but only the teenager play part, never the owner's! :-)

Leontien said...

oh is THAT why we see those things all the time!?! I thought it was for winter, snowplows not running over them or something... never could figure it out...

thanks!
Leontien

Lynette said...

Superb post, Jack!