Literally shocking. From Jay Price in the Raleigh News & Observer:
CHAPEL HILL — After Shawn Turschak saw two sets of McCain-Palin campaign signs disappear from his yard within hours of being planted, he took some unconventional steps to protect the latest pair.
He ran wires from his house and hooked them into a power source for an electric pet fence. Then he mounted a surveillance camera in a nearby tree and wired it to a digital recorder to identify the thieves.
Tuesday afternoon the camera saw this: A nine-year-old-year-old neighbor trotted up with an Obama-Biden sign in his hand, grabbed a handful of volts as he touched the McCain-Palin sign, then quickly ran away.
A few minutes later the boy’s father, Andrew Noble, was at Turschak’s door, demanding an explanation from Turschak’s 13-year-old daughter, who called her parents to say there was a man there yelling at her. They got home within minutes and soon received another visitor: an Orange County sheriff’s deputy…
Turschak, who has a degree in electrical engineering, said that he had tested the shock on himself while wiring the signs, and did so again while a reporter watched Wednesday, touching both signs repeatedly without flinching. Under each was a yellow sign warning that they were electrified.
Turschak, it turns out, isn’t a member of Orange County’s perennially-embattled Republican minority, which is outnumbered nearly three to one by Democrats. He’s registered as an unaffiliated voter and said he doesn’t agree fully with either party.
“This isn’t about politics,” he said. “This is about my right to protect my property and my ability to display my beliefs.” “I could drive around Chapel Hill and fill up a dump truck with Obama signs if I wanted, but that wouldn’t be right,” he said. “I just expect the same degree of respect out of people who disagree with me.”
My first thought when I read this was of Sarah Palin’s ex-brother-in-law trooper who tasered his stepson. This guy probably did not expect a kid to be pulling the sign up though and from the sound of this the shock was not nearly as powerful as that from a taser. I have heard quite a few stories about McCain signs being stolen in NC. I am sure there have been Obama and other signs stolen too. Kids will be kids. Unfortunately many of the kids out there are older than I am.