171. Don’t Get Mad—Get Even

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“Look out!” Kane heard the shout and turned to see who was shouting. A second later, mountain biker whooshed past him. The biker turned head and shouted “Bikes only, asshole!” and disappeared view. Kane was walking on a mountain bike . He had already seen a sign saying Bikers , but he had figured that the trail in woods was wide enough for him and for bikers.
This was public land. Who were bikers hog this trail for themselves, he thought. Where he supposed to take his nature walks—through the webs and the underbrush? And who did that think he was, to call Kane a name? more he thought, the angrier he got. He’d them.
The next Saturday, he visited the trail , but this time with a shovel. It was old GI shovel that he still had from Army days. It was small but efficient. He a slight curve in the trail and, just sunrise, he started digging. He dug a ditch the way across the bike trail. The ditch four inches deep and twelve inches wide. He have liked to hang around and watch the , but there was no place to conceal himself. later he could set up one of those cameras people use for home security, he thought he walked back to his car. Then he upload the really good crashes to the Internet.
hour later, a 15-year-old girl hit the ditch. flew through the air and landed among some trees. Because she was wearing a helmet, knee , and elbow pads, all she suffered were bruises, , and a sprained wrist. Her $700 bike was damaged. She used her cell phone to call dad. Despite her soreness, she stood guard on trail to warn others.
Police investigated the scene the "accident." An officer said if they caught dug the ditch, the culprit would be charged felony vandalism, which might result in a year prison.