T.V. star Mike Rowe had a close encounter in his own backyard.
It was not a U.F.O., but a spying drone that was looking through Mike Rowe's window.
Grabbing his Mossberg shotgun, Mike Rowe took aim at this trespassing unmanned aerial vehicle that was peeking into his window. He held his fire and called the police.
While T.V. personality Mike Rowe was sleeping in his own house, he dreamed he heard a giant bumble bee close to his ear. Well, it was not a bee: when he woke up and looked out the window, he was three feet away from a peering drone.
Mike is quoted on his Facebook page: "I leapt from my bed and pulled the drapes aside. There, not three feet in front of me, was a camera, dangling from the underside of a drone. The red light was on, and the camera was rolling."
As Mike Rowe ran out the door with his shotgun and his cell phone, he encountered the drone.
"I pumped a shell into the chamber, enjoying the "crunch-crunch" sound that makes shotguns worth owning," Mike related. "I had a clear shot - nothing but blue sky above - and more than enough umbrage to justify the destruction I was about to unleash. But then, as I was literally squeezing the trigger, I saw the camera tilt down. It was pointed directly at me, and in that moment -- I froze."
Instead of blasting the drone from the air, he called the police.
Why did Mike freeze?
"I froze," he stated, "because I could see the video that might very well appear on the local news, (with considerable blurring, naturally) -- the same video that might soon appear on my mother's computer screen, along with the headline -- "Dirty Jobs Guy Totally Loses It--Gets Naked and Shoots Drone From San Francisco Skies."
The spying drone phenomenon has become a real problem. Where does the law draw the line when it comes to aerial intrusions like this one?
Mike Rowe was right to grab the trusty shotgun. Maybe next time, that drone operator will remember one celebrity who was locked and loaded. We are certain Mike Rowe is ready for the next invasion, although we hope this doesn't happen again.