Man Shoots Lawnmower, Voids Warranty

Do you ever kick your lawnmower in frustration when it won't start? Well, Keith Walendowski took it a step further when he got pissed at his lawnmower ... the inebriated 57-year-old man took a shotgun and shot it!

“I’ll tell you the truth,” a criminal complaint quotes an apparently inebriated Keith Walendowski. “I got pissed because my lawn mower wouldn’t start, so I got my shotgun and shot it.

“I can do that. It’s my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want,” Walendowski told police.

Shooting your lawnmower, unfortunately, voids the factory warranty: Link


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Reminds me on the Dead Kennedys song "A Child And His Lawnmower lyrics"

"Some clown in Sacramento was dragged into court
He shot his lawnmower
It disobeyed, it wouldn't start
Might makes right, it's the American wayR
They fined him $60 and sent him on his way

You know, some people don't take no shit
Maybe if they did they'd have half a brain left"
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Really, the issue was that the weapon he used was an UNREGISTERED short-barreled shotgun. SBSs are legal, as long as one registers it with the ATF and gets a $200 tax stamp for it. (This is assuming that one's state allows such weapons. They're legal nationally, just heavily controlled by the 1934 National Firearms Act.)

The article says nothing about a prior record, but considering he wasn't charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, odds are that if he'd filed the paperwork and got the tax stamp, he'd have saved himself the felony charge.
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