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How to Handle Ding Dong Ditchers?


#42

We called it something different. Our name for the practice was still alliterative, but more offensive.


#43

This is the good part from the new forum, this thread popping back up, dang good ideas and good for a chuckle.

Farmer I think we called it the same thing,


#44

I lived a little south of Buffalo, NY back then. I wonder if it’s a rust-belt thing.


#45

We called it that down in Texas, too. I never knew there was another name.


#46

We always called it ding dong door ditching. I had to google to figure out what you guys were talking about.


#47

We also had rhymes and chants about what would happen if different sorts people got into fights.

The indoctrination started young.


#48

I think you need to get a sign like this.


#49

Here its called knock knock ginger.

Just kids being kids, better than breaking into garages or something worse


#50

It’s Like the childhood version of a coordinated, stealthy operation. Which target has the best avenues of escape? Where is there the most cover? Are there any friendlies in the area who can help us escape?

Am I the only one who has started doing this to his neighbors, since seeing this thread?


#51

Spent some of my youth in small town USA Iowa; solution was rock salt in shotgun kinda thing…word got around.
Oh the good old days.


#52

Sorry I missed this prior to post. A classic never dies.


#53

This has happened to me a couple of times, with different peeps every time. (Btw I’m a kid as well, and haven’t done this before) The first time it happened, I was way too late and didn’t see the culprit, and the second time I burst out the door with a knife(I was cooking when it happened) and chased the dude for a while to try to deter him. The third time it happened was just now. The culprit was running straight away from me, laughing and then I shot at him with my office supplies crossbow (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Crossbow-Using-Pencils) and then was like “Who’s laughing now?” when my shot hit home. This thing is quite powerful and accurate, and if it can put a hole in my wall, it will certainly hurt.


#54

Amusing term…almost sounds a bit pervy!..where I come from it’s called ‘knock-off ginger’.

Oh & yeah…BURN THEM!!!


#55

Same name in Pittsburgh, at least back in the '90s.


#56

Mantraps.

Did you know some adults still play this game? Only these days it’s called ‘parcel force’.


#57

“tap door run” we called it


#58

Nicky Nicky Nine Doors up here. Maybe it’s a western Canada thing…


#59

A non felonious way to deal with them would be to rig up an airhorn to a pressure plate or the doorbell itself. Hide it in a tree on the porch. You can get electic ones from car parts suppliers pretty cheap. The hooligans will freak out in front of their idiot peers… and have a headache for an hour.


#60