BELLINGHAM, WA (KING) — In the hippy haven of Bellingham, Washington political views tend to pull one direction. Public opinion can lean so far to the left that sometimes the right overcompensates just to get back to center.
That’s the case with Ray Gilbride.
A tried and true Trump supporter, Gilbride wants people to know how proud he is of his presidential candidate.
“Earlier in the year I started putting up signs,” said Gilbride. “Some like it, some don’t, but it’s freedom of speech, right?
A freedom that he says has been trampled on by vandals and thieves. In four months, Gilbride had seven signs stolen. His security system captured one of them and recorded another putting a Bernie Sanders sign in his yard.READ MORE: People caught on camera stealing Trump campaign signs
He was stunned, so Gilbride decided to shock them back.
He rigged up a system connected to his Trump signs, zapping anyone who touches them – like one woman caught on camera who grabbed his sign in the middle of the night.
“That’s an electric fence unit,” Gilbride explained. “It’s a 1.5 joule… Just enough to surprise them.”
Police say as long as no one gets injured, he has a right to protect what’s his. Even if his neighbors don’t like looking at it.