He had set the trap, one of his best yet. Now he had to just wait for the driver to spring it. He was sick and tired of seeing his daughter so unhappy. He would let him make his daughter unhappy one more time, but with his plan in motion, he knew it would be the last time.
He just had to wait now. He slept a little easier that night until waking up to the sound of satisfaction – bending of metal and an angry yell.
Jared Miller lived in Rochester, Minnesota, and worked hard to provide for his children. At the age of 23, he met the girl of his dreams and got married. But there was just one problem, he was a soldier in the Marine Corps.
The married couple had to spend months at a time separated from one another. So Jared made an agreement with his wife that turned their entire world upside down.
Jared agreed to leave the Marine Corps and find a regular, less dangerous job so he could do what he really wanted – spend the rest of his life with his wife. He managed to find a job in construction and when Annie, his wife, fell pregnant he thought he was dreaming.
Fast forward 12 years and Jared was now a 35-year-old dad with a darling daughter, age 12, and a wonderful wife. He thought he had everything figured out, but he had no idea what was coming.
It was now chilly December and his daughter Jennifer couldn’t have been happier. She loved the snow more than anything. Other children were more excited about the presents or the sweets but not his daughter – her favorite thing to do was make snowmen.
He wiped a tear of joy away as he watched her build the snowmen in their front yard. Anyone driving past could see them and maybe take a little joy in the holiday spirit. Except for one person, they had other plans on their mind.
Little Jennifer smiled as she put on the finishing touches on her snowman. She had gotten really good at making them over the years and this had to be her best yet.
It was getting late so Jared called her in for dinner, she couldn’t stay out after dark. He felt a weird feeling in the back of his head. Years of marine training left him with a sense for danger. And when he woke up he was glad he acted on it.
The Next Morning
Jared woke up early the next morning, made coffee, and sat on his favorite armchair while he look out the window. He took a sip of coffee and wondered what the plan would be for the day.
Maybe Jen would make more snowmen today? Maybe he could take them out for a treat afterward? The day had endless possibilities of fun. But then he looked out of the window and couldn’t believe what he saw.
Where his daughter’s snowman proudly stood the previous night, a defeated pile of snow lay heaped. He couldn’t understand why. He walked outside to investigate. It didn’t melt in the night, if anything it was colder.
He had a gut feeling about the circumstances. A gut feeling that he should have listened to.
Same Thing Again
His daughter was sad about the snowman but used it as an excuse to build another. He couldn’t believe the positive way his daughter saw everything. In a matter of hours, she had made a new snowman just as good as the first one.
After it was built he decided to take his family out for a winter treat – ice cream! But when they got back to the house he was surprised to see what had happened again. The snowman was destroyed again, what was going on?
This time it was clear what had destroyed the snowman – he could see tired tracks leading up to what was left of it. Someone had decided to take joy in destroying in young daughter’s creations. But the driver made one mistake.
He didn’t know who he was messing with. Jared immediately got to work hatching a plan to make whoever this guy was regret ever messing with his daughter.
An idea came into Jared’s head that would make the driver be in a world of regret. He made sure to get his daughter in on his brilliant scheme, she would have to help after all.
He made sure it was sturdy enough to work, that it would truly stop this guy’s actions for good. He smiled to himself as he acknowledged his genius. He left a little “present” in the snowman for the driver.
One More Snowman
Jared got his daughter to build one more “snowman” but with a very special center. He knew that what he had put inside would ensure that his daughter was never messed with again.
Once the snowman was completed and out in the front yard that evening – waiting for the driver – Jared slept easy that night. Until he was woken the next morning by the sound of pure satisfaction – the sound of compacted metal, and a loud groan of anger.
A Tree Stump
Jared had found a tree stump and decided it was the perfect core for his daughter’s next snowman. It had all paid off as he walked outside and saw an embarrassed and very angry man slowly reverse and drive off without saying a word to him.
Jared noted that the man’s front bumper was ruined. He could tell that the man wasn’t driving fast enough to hurt himself hitting the stump but just enough to lead to a pricey replacement bumper.
The man never attempted to contact Jared for the destruction of property or for any other reason. He took it as confirmation that this was the man previously destroying the snowmen and that he did have malicious intent.
And to make things even sweeter Jared never even saw the man or his car again. He must have been from out of town visiting the quiet suburbs during the holidays.
Don’t Mess With A Marine
Jennifer asked if she could build more snowmen and he just smiled before tousling her hair and saying “of course, honey. The problem is fixed.” And it really was, the unknown man would have to get his car sorted before he wanted to go plowing through snowmen again.
The driver clearly didn’t know that Jared was a marine, that was his first mistake.
A Happy Holiday
For the rest of the holiday, Jennifer made plenty more snowmen, but none had to have wooden stump cores. Jared knew that driver had learned his lesson and wouldn’t ever try anything like that again.
He continued to enjoy sipping his coffee during the December vacation every morning and watching his daughter have fun in the snow. But he wasn’t the only one who served revenge like a pro.
Seething, he stomped back up the drive. As a cop, he had seen many things in his life. But when he saw what his neighbors had done this time, something inside of him snapped.
He balled his fists to stop himself from shaking with rage. “This is war,” he whispered through gritted teeth. They thought they had bested him. But they had another thing coming.
David Ellis lived in a small and private neighborhood. He’d served his community for four decades as a dedicated officer of the law at the Los Angeles Police Department. Now, in what were supposed to be his golden years, he had traded his badge for a garden trowel on weekends and tended to his beloved garden with just as much care.
But something was about to rudely jolt the usually mild-mannered man right to the end of his tether.
Enough Is Enough
Every weekend, David would lovingly trim and shape the decades-old cypress trees that bordered the small fence that surrounded his property. This mechanical activity calmed his mind after a heavy week of law enforcement. But it wasn’t long before some audacious neighbor ruined this hobby for him, too.
David and his neighbors — who were all distantly related — had been locked in a bitter battle for decades, and he’d been more than accommodating. But this was the last straw.
More Than Generous
The crux of the ongoing drama centered around the gravel road that bordered David’s property. For years, David had taken it upon himself to personally fix the potholes that seemed to form overnight.
Being a conscientious neighbor, he constantly worried that there would be an accident. He didn’t want to see anybody get hurt. But his neighbors had other ideas…
“Everybody here is a complete nutjob,” said David’s daughter, who couldn’t remember a time when the neighbors weren’t in dispute with her father.
She begged him to find a way to end the drama. But, instead of being grateful that David made an effort to ensure there were no accidents in his neighborhood, the audacious neighbors decided to take advantage.
Passing The Buck
You see, according to his ungrateful neighbors, the responsibility of getting the gravel road asphalted fell entirely on David’s shoulders. But how was that fair? They all made use of the road in their gated community, so why should David pay the cost?
But instead of telling them all off, David came up with a compromise. He was, after all, a reasonable man.
Trying to appease the ill-tempered residents, David offered up a 3 sq ft plot on the corner of his own land to make the turn around the property easier on drivers as they navigated the tricky gravel road.
But despite the gesture of goodwill, his neighbors threw it right back in his face. But that wasn’t even the worst part.
The Last Straw
Since sacrificing the corner of his land, David watched in horror as drivers swerved even closer to his property. Then came the straw that broke the camel’s back.
One of the neighbors had ordered a truckload of wood. But, as the truck driver tried to cut the corner to drive onto David’s property, he took the corner too wide. The truck driver plowed over David’s fence. And nobody wanted to pay for the damage. David was incredulous!
“We had to replant these plants and place a new metal fence,” David’s daughter wrote. My father told me this was not the first time this happened, but actually the third. I couldn’t believe it when I heard this.”
After mending the metal fence for the third time, the police officer vowed to protect what was his — no matter the cost. Now, they had gone too far.
After he had inspected the damage, David was seething as he stomped back up to the house. Now, this was war. After he had been so generous to this entire undeserving neighborhood, he’d had enough of being taken advantage of.
That day, something inside him snapped as he inspected the broken cypress trees. But he’d get his revenge.
No one seemed to mind when the officer stationed a series of barrels around the plot of land he’d allowed them to drive on. It was his property, after all.
But while they looked like innocent plastic barrels on the surface, the neighbors would soon discover there was more to them than met the eye.
One morning, David was awoken by a loud banging at the door. His neighbor was furious that he’d driven into one of the heavy rock-filled barrels and damaged his car. But his intimidation tactics didn’t end there… he threatened the startled cop with a “pickaxe to the back.”
Knowing the law, David calmly informed him that the barrels were on his land. But his plan soon hit a snag…
Despite the huge deterrent, David found that so many drivers were hitting the barrels that they eventually split and became useless.
Going back to the drawing board, he contemplated various ways to deter the inconsiderate drivers for good. Then one night, he set about laying something that would earn him the respect he deserved.
The first neighbor on his way home that night was calmly driving along the road as usual. He knew that David let people cut across his property, so he swung his car around generously — not caring about the freshly laid flowerbed under the wheels.
The next thing he knew, the driver found himself in a heated conversation with his insurance company. You see, David had turned his petty revenge into pro revenge.
Poles And Cement
“My dad was furious,” David’s daughter recounted on the Reddit thread #ProRevenge.
“He cut some wood to use it as a mold. He bought cement, sand, and metal poles,” she continued. “One peaceful afternoon, my father and I cemented that whole part of the land and placed some lovely flowers on top.”
The disrespectful driver had happened upon the police officer’s new solution to the fence wrecking neighbors — a small concrete wall hidden under an attractive flowerbed right on the corner of his land.
It was working! The crafty cop’s neighbors couldn’t destroy any more of his property — although it took them a while to catch on before the matter was dropped completely.
Learning A Lesson
A total of five neighbors wrecked their vehicles while cutting the corner — on the perfectly legal wall. Not having a leg to stand on, drivers eventually learned to steer clear of the property and stopped knocking on the police officer’s door to complain.
But one particularly angry neighbor escalated matters further, sending lawyers to snoop around the troubled street.
Some neighbors seriously damaged their vehicles, leading to insurance claims that required the cop to prove what he’d done was perfectly legal.
Of course, he’d done his due diligence and could quickly show lawyers that he’d done the right thing. It was, after all, still his land. When Reddit users read the satisfying revenge story, they clapped back.
A Viral Story
“I’m very amused by the logic some people go by,” one incredulous user wrote. “For example If I intentionally hit your property and it damages my vehicle, it’s still your fault (the owner of the property) for trying to protect your property and not letting me just destroy your property… and you should compensate me for the damage caused by my stupidity.”
“They ran over your trees? OHHH BOY,” another user wrote. “If they run over any more of your trees look up your local laws about trees. People have been sued for TONS of money over destruction of trees because they take so long to grow so they have a lot of value”
Do you think David went a little too far with his revenge?