I hope I am posting this in the right area?
My family and I live on 40 acres in a rural Oklahoma town. Since we moved here from CA, we have had to run off several shady individuals (previous owners were involved with meth) and across the way is a community that is known for producing meth. We put up a gate, no trespassing signs, etc. My 15yo daughter had a friend over, unfortunately his parents are involved with meth (mom just got out of prison and father is very deep into the drugs). He is a great kid, very respectful and most importantly - hates drugs. I informed her friend that he would need to tell whomever is coming to pick him up to please call first or I would take him home. So this guy just shows up, gets out of his car and just stands there waiting for this boy to come out of the house. My husband was standing approximately 30 feet away cleaning fish and asked the guy who he was. The guy jumped back in his car, so my husband threw his filet knife at his windshield and broke it. My husband stated that he WILL NOT deal with druggies driving up here especially if they do not display the simple respect of introducing themself to the owner. I have learned that in this area, you don't drive up anyones driveway without calling in advance and/or if you are lost. Well, this guy looked awful (really sucked up) - but that is just my observation. Apparently, he was driving a rental car and informed my daughters friend that it cost $500 to replace the windshield. I informed her friend that this person should call and speak to me and that it is not his (or my daughters) problem to resolve. Well, this guy phoned me today and stated that he wants me to pay the bill for the windshield and wanted to meet me in town to pay for the damage. I informed him that I would have to submit any documentation he has to my insurance company and that they (or I) would contact him with the outcome. Boy howdy, he immediately stated that he would have to call me back after he spoke with his girlfriend (apparently she is the one that paid the rental car bill). I have not heard back from him yet (it has been about an hour). He was on private property and I believe that I am within my rights (not sure though) - although throwing the knife was a bit drastic, but, what is done - is done. What are your thoughts on this and how would you have handled this type of situation? Any advice - negative and possitive, are appreciated.