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Old 04-23-2020, 08:27 PM
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So, I live on a fairly small tidal creek and have a jet dock to keep my boat out of the mud at low tide. There are a lot of boaters in our neighborhood, especially us lucky enough to live on the creek - I like to think we all get along and I've never had any problems with anyone that I'm aware of. But yesterday after work I went out on the boat for a quick trip and when it came off the lift, slid back, I bumped it forward and heard the prop scrape. We have oysters in our creek, so I assumed I nicked an oyster shell or something - at the same time, I thought it was odd, as I keep the mud around my area of the creek pretty blown out from constant use.

Today I get home and at lower tide, something caught my eye, so I walked out on the dock to take a look. Someone has dumped a bunch of oyster shells and at least one brick in the mud - directly opposite of my jet dock. The tide was coming up, so I know there is probably more below where the water line was today. I am certain they weren't there a couple days ago. On that side of the creek is a golf course, so I know they didn't come from them and they're far enough down into the water, they had to be dumped by boat. If they were thrown from the bank or something, that brick would have sunk in the pluff mud. I've obviously pissed off someone I guess.

I don't get it though - we're all a friendly group, I know everyone on my creek and get along with all of them. I can pretty safely say this wasn't an accident or some kind of coincidence. And I can't see a boater doing that to a fellow boater. We have kayakers and paddleboarders and stuff in here too, but I don't think it'd be someone carrying all that by paddleboard.

I have cameras and one of them is pointed at the dock, but it's not low enough to see where this would have happened at, and it's not sensitive to pick up on something that far away. So, I'm going to add another camera at a spot that will be aimed roughly at the back of my boat, and I'm going to buy a game camera or something too, just to be sure.

Anyone ever dealt with something like this? Any suggestions on how to handle it? I want to ask my neighbors, but at the same time, I don't want to let on too much. I'll get a couple cameras installed, clean it up this weekend and see if I can maybe catch whoever it is doing it again. But beyond that, I'm at a total loss..

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04-23-2020, 08:44 PM
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Gotta make an example of someone.. Next time you leave your house, First person you see , smash them on the head with the brick and grind the oyster shells in their wounds. News travels fast in small towns. No one will **** with your shit again.
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Gotta make an example of someone.. Next time you leave your house, First person you see , smash them on the head with the brick and grind the oyster shells in their wounds. News travels fast in small towns. No one will **** with your shit again.
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Originally Posted by Freeportchris View Post
Gotta make an example of someone.. Next time you leave your house, First person you see , smash them on the head with the brick and grind the oyster shells in their wounds. News travels fast in small towns. No one will **** with your shit again.
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Never dealt with that but people can be crazy. If you want to catch them I wouldn’t say a word to anyone. Just clear it all out AFTER the cameras are installed and wait. Best of luck and stay safe and healthy.

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I agree with the "clean it up" and don't mention it. Put in better and more cameras. WiFi type will probably serve you best here, Also have IR for night surveillance. I have high power motion detector LED sensor lights on the dock. No one ever comes up our Bayou at night who lives here. Cameras pointed at the dock with high resolution. We had small problem with minor thefts a few years back, but with TV camera monitors and other homeowners aware of the problem there has been no recurrence.

After a few weeks, and no-one is seen, then casually mention to your neighbors about the incident.

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Seems like a pretty roundabout way to sabotage somebody, who would even think of doing that? There's some other explanation.
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Seems like a pretty roundabout way to sabotage somebody, who would even think of doing that? There's some other explanation.
I'm not buying it. I can't see anyone trying to sabotage you by dumping a tiny pile of shells and one brick on the opposite side of the creek from your dock and thinking that you're going to run over it and damage your boat. I don't know how it got there or why anyone dumped it there but I don't think it has anything to do with you. Maybe somebody found an old crab pot that was sitting in an oyster bed and had a brick for weight. They dumped it out and got a free crab pot. Or 1,000 other explanations.

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Two taps to the head and one to the chest. Don’t come
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Originally Posted by Freeportchris View Post
Gotta make an example of someone.. Next time you leave your house, First person you see , smash them on the head with the brick and grind the oyster shells in their wounds. News travels fast in small towns. No one will **** with your shit again.

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When you load up on this jet dock, does it cause a lot of wake or noise that might tick off neighbors?
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Yeah, I’m not buying it either. That’s less oysters than I can eat in an hour. Someone just dumped their trash out there.
No reason to be paranoid.
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Originally Posted by Water Intrusion View Post
You really believe someone tried to sabotage you by dumping that on the opposite side of the creek as your dock?

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You’re dealing with one sick SOB there spilling those oysters and whatnot
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
Two taps to the head and one to the chest. Don’t come
back asking for help if you haven’t finished this
Negative. Start with center of mass, then move up the chest and go for CNS (central nervous system) such as spine through the neck and then up to the head.
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I would have left a bill for the new reef. You will RAKE them in. Trout, Spanish mackerel, flounder, tarpon, hell maybe even Marlin. White, not blue, don't be silly.
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surely the brick was used to open the oysters and then when finished was just dumped over board. i doubt very much malice was intended
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Clearly left by river otters....they are some crafty bastards...
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surely the brick was used to open the oysters and then when finished was just dumped over board. i doubt very much malice was intended
Close, Im betting the brick has been there for a while and a raccoon has now found it and uses it to open up his oysters at low tide. About the only thing you're gonna find sabotaging you is a raccoon or maybe an otter.
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Originally Posted by clockwork View Post
You’re dealing with one sick SOB there spilling those oysters and whatnot
Agreed, extremely dangerous deranged psychopath!
They are either very very smart or very very dumb.

Shoot first, use the brick to sink the body!

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