People Kept Cutting Across His Lawn, So This Man Hatched A Master Plan

Thomas Lyons achieved the American Dream, purchasing a large home with a surrounding property for his family to enjoy. As it turns out, the latter aspect of the home was about to give him some trouble since people wouldn’t keep off his lawn.

When asking politely for people to stop cutting across his yard didn’t work, Thomas began hatching a master plan that no one saw coming.

Thomas Lyons and The American Dream

Thomas Lyons was excited; he had just purchased his first home. It was a beautiful three-bedroom with a sprawling yard.

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The space was amazing, giving his kids room to run around and his wife a place to garden.

The Front Yard Was A Point Of Pride

While the house was lovely, Thomas was most excited about having a vibrant front lawn, something he would take care of and maintain.

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Little did Thomas know that the people in town had different plans.

People Were Cutting Across His Lawn

Not long after moving into their new residence, Thomas noticed something very strange.

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People would cut across his yard, making a little shortcut for themselves from one side of the sidewalk to the other.

He Had To Do Something

Honestly, Thomas wouldn’t have been bothered by it if it wasn’t for the fact that so many people crossed his yard on a daily basis.

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Because of this, Thomas knew he had to do something.

He Installed A Camera

First, Thomas had to make sure he wasn’t over-exaggerating the number of people using his yard as their own personal shortcut.

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Alan J Hendry/Unsplash

So, he set up shop, deciding to install a camera and count the people.

30 Pedestrians, Eight Bikers, And Two Strollers

He was amazed that in one day, 30 pedestrians, eight bikers, and even two people pushing strollers crossed over his front lawn.

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Thomas couldn’t believe it, considering there was a sidewalk they could use.

His Lawn Was Becoming Bare

Due to all of the daily corner-cutters, one side of Thomas’s front yard became bare and void of grass.

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Ryan Moulton/Unsplash

This was Thomas and his family’s dream, and he wasn’t going to stand by while people ruined it with their laziness.

First Solution: He Asked People To Stop

So, Thomas decided to take the diplomatic route and politely ask people to stop cutting across his front lawn.

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It didn’t work. People outright ignored his request and continued to walk across his lawn.

His Friends Suggested A Fence

Thomas told his friends about his issue, and they recommended putting in a fence.

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Digital Marketing Agency/Unsplash

It was a great idea but way too expensive of an option, between supplies, time, and paperwork he would need to complete for the town he lived in.

A Fence Wasn’t An Option

Fencing was off the table, so he needed to figure out another solution to ensure people stopped ruining his lawn.

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Days passed, and Thomas began to grow aggravated as he watched rude people use his yard as their own personal sidewalk.

A Plan Started To Emerge

While watching the corner cutters, Thomas began to hatch a master plan that satisfied both his lawn and his need to get back at the people.

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With his trusty camera in place, he got to work.

First: A Motion Sensor

The first order of business was installing a sensor that would blare an alarm if it was triggered.

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Tye Doring/Unsplash

The second thing was too good to say, and Thomas just sat back and watched everything unfold.

Thomas Waited In Anticipation

Bright an early, the first person came to cut across Thomas’s lawn.

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Georgy Trofimov/Unsplash

This time, Thomas didn’t sit back in anger, but watched with a smile on his face because he knew what was about to happen.

The Alarm Blared!

The cutter moved across the lawn, setting off the sensor and making an alarm blare at full volume.

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Bechir Kaddech/Unsplash

If that wasn’t enough to get her off the yard, then the next thing definitely did the trick!

Next: The Sprinklers Went Off

After the alarm went off, so did the lawn’s sprinkler system! Thomas had it set at the highest level, soaking the cutter in cold water.

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Lina Kivaka/Pexels

Thomas sat back and watched as she fled, screaming.

School Girls Cut Across On Their Way Home

This wasn’t the last person to fall into Thomas’ trap, though.

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A group of middle school girls was the next ones to meet the sprinkler, cutting across the yard only to leave screaming as they were soaked with water.

Thomas Shared The Videos On TikTok

Thomas was more than thrilled with how things ended, especially considering he had every shriek and squeal recorded on his camera.

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Gary Cole/Unsplash

So, he went to TikTok, wanting to share his brilliance and the videos.

“Take A Chill Pill”

While a lot of people found the events amusing, some people actually criticized Thomas and how he approached the situation.

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Paul Moody/Unsplash

One person wrote, “It’s just a couple of people walking. Take a chill pill!”

Some People Were All About The Trap

Of course, Thomas was not going to stand for it. These people were trespassing over his yard, after all.

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Mi Pham/Unsplash

One person came to his defense, though, saying, “It’s not one person, it’s MANY (every day), and it costs money to fix a lawn, especially if you live in an area that MAKES you have a certain look to your yard and home.”

“My Job Is More Important…”

Another person shot back, saying, “When someone is racing to the bus, every second counts. My job is more important than your stupid lawn.”

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Methi Somcag/Unsplash

Thomas was not having it and his response was spot on.

“There’s No Excuse”

Thomas wrote back, saying, “Then leave 5 minutes earlier. There’s no excuse.”

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Terski/Pixabay

“Would you let someone run across your backyard when there literally a full sidewalk only 5 feet away?? No. Stop being such an idiot.”

There Is Also A Legal Issue

Then someone came up with a very valid point: people could sue him.

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The comment read, “When someone gets hurt on your property, they can sue you. Plain and simple. He has every right to keep people off his land.”

Millions Of Views

Thomas’ videos garnered millions of views. Thankfully, the traffic of corner-cutters dwindled.

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WAKIL KOHSAR/Afghanistan/AFP via Getty Images

People finally seemed to understand that they shouldn’t walk across someone’s lawn, especially Thomas’, or else they’ll be in for a cold and wet surprise.