So, you come home from a hard day at wherever, and find three kids swimming in your backyard pool. Three strange kids. As in, people you do not know.

What do you do?

This reportedly happened to an area woman recently. Her response, after apparently giving the trio the boot, was to post a picture of said offenders in said pool to Facebook, in hopes that someone might identify them and lead the woman to their the parents. You know, the people who are responsible for their care and safety.

Seems the pool owner was forced to take down her post as many who viewed it decided that the woman was somehow wrong to be upset, and they let her have it. Really? Thankfully, Turtleboy Sports was able to preserve some of the idiotic comments before the post disappeared; you can read it and see the screen shots here, but just be warned, there's some not-suitable-for-work language.

It was even suggested that she is a racist in those Facebook comments by someone named Debra, who asked:

"Would there be a post of the kids were Portuguese & all white?!" She then called the pool owner ignorant. Debra also suggested that she would have fed the kids. "I'd offer them food drinks ice cream & watch them."

It turns out the woman who posted the pic of the trespassers is a teacher in Dartmouth. Missy suggested the woman "educate them" on having respect for your stuff. "But, no you slander them on Facebook."

Andrea thinks the woman needs to "see a doctor." She says, "there are far worst things they could have done or be doing. If they left without incident why be a angry b---. SMH."

Are people seriously that stupid?

First of all, when did it become okay for people to access your private property while you are away? So I guess these gals would not be upset to come home and find strange people hanging in their living rooms or sleeping in their beds?

Secondly, are kids now being encouraged to break and enter other people's property at will? That is still illegal, no?

And finally, what would have happened if one of those sweet little darlings had drowned in that woman's pool while she was not there?

People need to smarten up and understand that failure to condemn bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior. So today, the kid wants someone else's pool. Tomorrow, it's a candy bar from the store, and then it's a car that doesn't belong to them. When the kid winds up in the House of Corrections, you'll blame society. Or worse, say it's racism.

Oh, and by the way, you can't always get want you want, little snowflakes. Want to go in someone's pool but you weren't invited? Tough! It's a cruel world.

That woman has every right to be upset that three kids would violate her privacy while she is not at home. Anyone who has a problem with that has a problem for sure.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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