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Wendell
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Note: There is some censored language in the video, but I think a couple might have slipped through at the end!

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Note: There is some censored language in the video, but I think a couple might have slipped through at the end!

what an SJW

 

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Just A. Surveyor
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What a whiny pathetic excuse of a man and the passive\aggressive was over the top.

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Interesting. I imagine a number of roads ahead, (legally speaking) but one that's for sure, drones aren't going away. Long ago, this same battle was fought about airplanes. But, since drones fly lower, and record video, it's going to be re-fought.

Drones are too handy, cheap, (relatively speaking), and useful.

Anybody remember the line from the movie "they live", "mamma don't like tattle tales", and then blew it away? So, there will be privacy issues to litigate.

Nate

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That is one of the daily events that surveyors in our industry have to deal with namely, uninformed people that have no sense of the extent of our right to be there and we are not trespassing or violating anyone's rights by being on public property and simply doing our job.

It is annoying, dangerous and any number of unexpected events can happen at any time.

Stay the course and keep learning because one day you will need to know and from your efforts and training you will be prepared.

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@a-harris

Im not sure about Texas but (Licensed) Surveyors are exempted from California trespassing laws if said encroachment is within the scope of their professional responsibilities. In other words, an LS can enter unto private property at will (perhaps not smart to do so, that's another issue) to collect their data.

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@ansan12001

Mostly in Texas, when boundary surveying, it is ok to wander into adjoining properties in search of evidence. That does not mean taking a shortcut across private property to get to hard to access property. Bust the brush and make a trail unless you have permission.

When route surveying for corporate or municipal r/w, it is best to contact landowners for permission and seek court-approved documents when needed before entering private lands.

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@a-harris

I would've assumed they already had a conversation that he was parked on the R/W given the guy didn't even want him to park there.  The world aint what it used to be, mostly for the better, but there are a lot of paper tigers out there that would benefit from a good smack in the teeth. 

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@plumb-bill

My ventures into metro areas have taught me that even though ownership and control of personal interests end at their boundary line, it does not mean that the inhabitants of blocks and neighborhoods have not staked a claim and have themselves dedicated the use of the public parking and use areas for certain reasons for the block and neighborhood owners marking their turf, and they do not openly appreciate the presence of unknowns, especially when they are there to help build some unsightly commercial site being built across the street.

I am waiting for the case when someone overrides the drone signal with a stronger signal or one that disrupts the intended flight pattern and drone goes off course or crashing to the ground.

Law enforcement has the tools to disrupt communications, so there are probably some people out there that can do the same. Every once in while everything in my home gets scrambled by someone that drives by and I begin to keep an eye out for those black helicopters in the sky.

BTW, SJW = "Social Justice Warrior"

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@a-harris

I know, what I meant is he completely strikes me as the SJW type.  He's trying to assert rights (or priviliges) that he doesn't actually have because he feels entitled to them and wants to waste taxpayer money for an officer to come pat his shoulder and tell him the mean man with the plastic flying camera won't hurt him.

He didn't assert the "social" portion of the epithet (yet), but he's the type.  I've done a ton of work in urban areas - Baltimore probably the most dangerous.  I respect those situations, I wouldn't respect that guy.  

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Stephen Ward
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The Surveyor handled the situation about as well as possible.  

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What surveyor are you referring to?  The guy who described himself as a licensed drone pilot is not a surveyor (unless he forgot to say he is).  Am I the only one that feels compelled to make sure the public understands these two occupations are entirely different.  Drone pilots, generally, are tech geeks; and surveyors are professional measurer's

 

Also, the drone pilot should have landed the craft and punched the ass.ole in his big mouth

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@ansan12001

Loose use of the term on my part......you're correct that he never identified himself as a surveyor, just a pilot and a drone pilot.  My point was that he handled the situation well.  Cracking the dude on the head would've been satisfying in the short term but there's no long term upside.

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@stephen-ward

Punching the guy would have been a terrible judgement call on the part of the pilot, but may have actually been a valuable lesson for the crybaby for the rest of his life. Smile

Speaking from first hand experience, you learn a lot about yourself when you get smacked in the face - and those lessons stay with you.  For example, some things are worth getting punched over.  A guy flying a drone around isn't one of them.  Just a thought

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If the day comes that Professional Surveying is defined as 'measuring' we are utterly doomed.

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@ansan12001

I'll have to take responsibility for assuming the guy is a surveyor, since I titled the post that way. And you know what they say about the word ASS-U-ME. My apologies for setting the stage incorrectly.

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