Don’t go peeping on Mike Rowe with a drone.
The TV personality says he almost blasted an intrusive quadcopter out of the sky, after he spotted it hovering over his San Francisco home while he was in his birthday suit last Tuesday.
Only it wasn’t an insect that roused him from his slumber. He opened the drapes and was shocked to see a drone buzzing in the air just feet away from his window — with its camera pointed straight at him.
Rowe, 54, grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun from under his bed and ran down to his deck, still in the buff.
“I pumped a shell into the chamber, enjoying the ‘crunch-crunch’ sound that makes shotguns worth owning,” he said. “I had a clear shot — nothing but blue sky above — and more than enough umbrage to justify the destruction I was about to unleash.”
But then, when the former opera singer was just milliseconds away from pulling the trigger, he says he froze. It wasn’t a fear of being arrested that stopped him. Instead, it was the realization that the footage could end up on the local news.
The drone flew off, and Rowe had to satisfy himself with just snapping a photograph of the machine on his cell phone.
He has no idea who was flying the drone, and now fears it will be leaked online.
“I sincerely hope not, but I know it’s out there, and there isn’t much I can do about it but make sure ― if the unthinkable occurs ― that you can all say you heard it here first,” he added.