What would you do…if your adult kids confront you for stealing two cans of beer from their front porch cooler without asking—and you have alcoholic biochemistry? (TAR Lite #35)
2. Go buy a six-pack for the kids to make it up to them?
3. Replace the two beers and promise the kids you’ll never again take their beer without asking?
4. Buy a couple of beers to replace the stolen ones, but then try to tear down the kids’ front door with a pickax when they lock themselves in their home after refusing to talk to you?
Congratulations is you selected # 4, which is what Elvis Rhodes, 55, did. When his son, Christopher, 28, refused to open the door because he was afraid of dad due to prior violence (surprise!), Elvis grabbed a pickax and tried to chop through the front door. Christopher grabbed a shotgun and fired through the door, scaring ol’ dad off. Sheriff’s deputies later arrested Elvis for burglary and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
While Chris and his roommate sister, Elaina, were knowledgeable enough to refuse to open the front door, they still left beer in a cooler on their front porch. They tempted fate, which could have ended badly. Of course, we may wonder why they did so—are they, too, alcoholics and their forms of alcoholism take a different, less violent form? Chris’s use of a shotgun to scare off dad suggests this is possible, if not likely.