Drones that don’t respect boundaries are starting to face a threat: getting the end of a firearm pointed at them.
Last year, a Kentucky man shot down a drone that was spying on his teen daughter. And Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe seriously considered doing the same thing.
Rowe posted to Facebook his interaction with a drone, starting off by being woken up by the sound of the flying contraption. He quickly got up to open the drapes see what was going on outside, only to see a camera attached to the drone. This all happened while he was in the buff since he had been sleeping naked.
Realizing that somebody must be spying on him, he grabbed the Mossburg 12-gauge from under his bed and his cell phone. But just as he was squeezing the trigger, he decided against shooting the drone down.
[Placeholder for https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1285580754785398:0 embed.]
He writes in his post, “I’d like to tell you I stopped because I realized that discharging my weapon in such a fashion would be frowned on by the local constabulary. But really, what stopped me was the realization that somewhere nearby, a drone operator was staring at his monitor, pondering the image of a very naked guy with a very familiar face, pointing a shotgun into the lens of his Go Pro and looking every bit as crazy as Gary Busey and Nick Nolte at the nadir of their careers. I froze, because I could see the video that might very well appear on the local news, (with considerable blurring, naturally.)”
With the drone getting away, now we only have to wonder where that footage is going to end up. And all filmed from a Peeping Tom drone? Now that sounds like a dirty job.
Gabe Bergado is a Daily Dot alumnus who covered dank memes, teens, and the weirdest corners of the Internet. One time, Ted Cruz supporters turned him into a meme—or at least tried to. In 2017, he started reporting for Teen Vogue's entertainment section.