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Man Using Water to Keep People from Cutting across His Lawn Starts a Debate

Lois Oladejo
Oct 06, 2021
09:00 P.M.

Has anyone ever walked through your freshly mowed lawn? What was your reaction? These questions sparked an online debate among netizens commenting on a viral TikTok video. Here's why.

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TikTokers were left divided after a man's post showcasing how he prevented people from crossing his lawn went viral on social media. The unconventional method, although effective, has created an online stir.

TikTok user Thomas Lyons utilized the video-sharing platform to share footage extracted from his security camera. The clip showed several trespassers walking across the man's lawns, only to be chased off seconds later by water from the automatic sprinkler.

Trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo:  tiktok.com/@tgunz81

Trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

TRESPASSERS ON THE LAWN

The first trespasser was a woman holding a pile of papers. As soon as she neared the sprinkler, it automatically discharged a continuous spray of water, spanning across the length of the lawn.

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The water splash immediately sent the woman running off the lawn to avoid becoming drenched. The next set comprised two teenagers, strolling casually on the grassy patch while engrossed in a discussion.

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They met the same fate as the first woman, scampering towards the sidewalk hastily. The screen overlay on the post read:

"When people won't stop cutting across your lawn. Set up an automatic sprinkler."

Sure enough, the method proved effective in keeping trespassers away, also proving itself a hilarious sight to behold. The video has garnered over seven million likes and thousands of reactions on TikTok.

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo:  tiktok.com/@tgunz81

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

IT'S JUST GRASS

While most netizens felt the trespassers got what they deserved, many believed Lyons was petty to have installed sprinklers to keep a patch of grass safe. One TikToker commented:

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"Dude... It's grass. It's the most useless plant and you're this pressed about it being walked on."

Most blasted the poster for not being kind enough to let people utilize his lawn as a pathway knowing it was a safer option than the sidewalk.

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo:  tiktok.com/@tgunz81

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

Many commenters tried suggesting alternative methods the property owner could have used in preventing trespassers from killing his grasses if he cared so much about them. A comment read:

"These are school kids. You could just put a stone path, it's just grass. Kindness means so much more."

Other commenters suggested putting up a fence. Some worried that the trespassers might have important items like phones, computers, or printed documents that the water could have ruined.

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A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

DON'T KILL THE GRASS

However, many opined that whatever implication resulted from the water siege served the trespassers right. Many commenters tried explaining how inappropriate it was to walk on people's lawns.

Aside from killing the grass, constant trampling could also reduce the aesthetic value of the property. Such damage is visible in parts of the patch that look yellowish in contrast to the desired greenish hue. One person wrote:

"People don't get it! Why would you want a dead grass trail through your property? People saying it's just grass from their apartment."

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo:  tiktok.com/@tgunz81

A comment on a video showing trespassers walking on someone's lawn being splashed water from an automatic sprinkler. | Photo: tiktok.com/@tgunz81

Another TikToker explained how expensive it was to maintain a lawn, adding that walking on other people's lawns counted as trespassing.

Reacting to people asking the property owner to set up alternative routes, many TikTokers put up friendly reminders that the sidewalk existed for a reason. Others found the video hilarious, encouraging the poster to share more like it.

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