Raymond Reeder’s house on Kemp Lane has a sign that says, “Beware of bulldog.”
A “no trespassing” sign is posted at the entrance of the driveway.
A week ago, Reeder, 39, sawed in half a 1998 Saturn station wagon.
“Just to prove a point,” he said. “This is what happens when you don’t pay your bills.”
Reeder said he and his girlfriend lent her childhood friend $2,000 to buy the Saturn, and for a down payment for an apartment.
“We never heard nothing,” he said. “After we saw them, we tried to be nice and said, ‘you still owe us $2,000; just pay us a $10-a-month thing.’ She started with bad language.”
That made him a little angry.
Last Friday, Reeder paid a repo man $50 to go get the car. “Before I left out the door, my (girlfriend) gave me the title. She said, ‘Here you go, go have fun.'”
That afternoon, his buddies came over with four big monster trucks and smashed the Saturn. One truck had 42-inch Super Swampers, he said.
They flipped the Saturn on its roof.
A few passers-by stopped.
“We’re just country boys having fun,” Reeder told them.
They flipped the car back, cut the roof off, cut the doors off and then flipped it back over.
“My nephew had a ball cutting it in half,” Reeder said. “We went through $40 in saw blades, but it’s better than going to jail.”
The car is still lying upside-down in his front yard, an American flag jammed into its exhaust pipe.