You know the neighbor everyone was scared of when you played baseball or street hockey? The guy who, when a ball strayed into his yard, would scream at you if you tried to get it back? Yeah that guy. He was a cranky SOB who reminded you of the old man they always unmasked at the end of every Scooby Doo episode – the one who blamed the failure of his plot on those meddling kids. Theodore Van Beveren’s the same kinda guy with two differences – he has guns and he likes to drink . . .
A neighbor kid was shooting hoops last night near his home in Palm Coast, Florida when the ball got away and rolled into Beveren’s yard. As you’d expect, the yoot went to get it back. Here’s firstcoastnews.com’s description of what happened.
Van Beveren was in his garage when the ball rolled into his yard, (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Debra) Johnson said. As the teen walked over to retrieve the ball, Ven Beveren walked out of his garage and down the driveway, carrying a firearm.
Van Beveren then fired the firearm one time into the ground, Johnson said. The teen told police he was not injured and ran away after Van Beveren fired the gun.
When he arrived, the local sheriff found a couple of shootin’ irons and a half-empty bottle of vodka in the garage and Van Beveren, for some reason, declined a breathalyzer test. Now he’s charged with breach of the peace, culpable negligence and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. So we’ll raise a glass to him as our IGOTD though we’ll certainly understand if he fills his with Diet Coke.