A grandma has reportedly shot her grandson for putting a cup of tea on her wooden table.

Helen Washington, a 75-year-old grandmother from Minnesota, USA is accused of shooting her grandson after she repeatedly asked him to take his cup of tea off her wooden table. When her grandson ignored her request, she left the room to throw his tea away and retrieve her shotgun, local media reported.

Hmmm…not an overreaction at all…

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Upon returning to the room, Ms Washington realised her grandson had poured himself a new cup of tea and persisted in placing it on the table. Overcome with frustration (and, we think it’s fair to assume, a moment of insanity) the trigger happy granny shot her grandson in the thigh.

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When they arrived at the scene, police officers found a revolver with five rounds of ammunition, along with Ms Washington’s grandson lying injured in the front yard. He told them that his grandmother had shot him. They charged Ms Washington with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Despite the undeniable evidence, she told the authorities that she didn’t believe she should go to jail.

Ms Washington is set to appear in court on 18 December. What an interesting day that will be…

I’m just glad that my grandmother’s lethal weapon is her sinfully delicious baking and not a rifle hidden somewhere in the pantry!

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  • Oh my gosh, what on earth? The woman is seriously cuckoo.


  • That’s way over the top. She should have just told him to leave and not come back. There may have been more to this situation. Maybe this just tipped the scales after him having abused her for too long. All my grandmother had to do was either give me a certain look or, heaven forbid, use my full name and I’d do whatever she asked and thanked her. Loved her so much


  • A bit of an overreaction but still a little funny, although I do not condone shooting someone!


  • I’m assuming there’s a little bit more to it than this. There must be some underlying issue.


  • Maybe she has a mental issue? That would make sense.


  • OMG that is so ridiculous !


  • Oh my goodness, only in America. It’s like something you would expect to see in a movie!


  • What on earth is wrong with her! This is yet another reason why the US needs stricter gun control.


  • I can understand granny’s frustration about the tea cup on her timber table, but I think shooting her grandson for doing it is way over the top


  • Only in the United States of America would this ever happen. We may have been threatened with a tea towel or wooden spoon but damn this granny means business

    • We need to lobby to keep the gun lovers from loosing up the laws, they are working on it right now.


  • Hope the child doesn’t have to see his mad grandmother ever again.


  • Total overreaction and totally unacceptable.


  • Definitely an overreaction!


  • Wow that poor boy. Whatever happens in court, I don’t think his Mum will ever leave her boy unsupervised with Grandma now


  • Yes. An overreaction indeed, the grandmother sounds like she needs a n evaluation, to see if she is 100%. Because who does that sort of thing to their love one..yet they still allow anyone to own a gun. This boy who didn’t do anything bad except for not using a coaster gets shot.


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