It can be tricky enough being a landscaper, warding off the usual everyday dangers such as sharp blades, bee attacks and sunstroke. But one landscape crew in Florida faced an additional set of hazards, in the form of someone repeatedly pointing a shotgun at them, according to a story reported by CBS12 News, West Palm Beach, and posted on its website.
A West Palm Beach woman has been arrested for doing just that, allegedly threatening the group repeatedly with a double-barreled shotgun. Why? It seems she didn't care for where they’d parked their work trucks.
Mia Martin, 58, reportedly confronted the group of workers multiple times throughout the day, according to reports. The landscapers told police officers that she started pacing back and forth in front of them, saying that if they didn’t move the truck, she would go get her gun.
Martin allegedly returned a few minutes later with a tan case in hand. She set it down on the driveway and opened it, revealing the 20-gauge shotgun inside. She then ordered the crew to "get the (expletive) out."
When interviewed by police officers later, the woman reportedly said she was upset with the landscapers for blocking the majority of the roadway with their trucks. When asked if she took a firearm outside her residence, she answered, "I don't know, did I? Yeah, I may have."
But when the detectives asked Martin specifically if she’d confronted the landscapers with the firearm, reports say she refused to answer and invoked her right to an attorney.
The police officers at the scene also reported that, having spotted the landscapers while being perp-walked to the patrol car, she muttered "those (expletive) Mexicans."
Luckily for everyone involved, Martin never discharged that shotgun. She’s been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.