SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Mike Rowe grabbed a shotgun, and a cell phone when he woke up to a drone flying outside his bedroom window, and filming him – naked.

Dirty Jobs star, and San Francisco resident Rowe took to Facebook to describe the massive invasion of privacy while he was “deep in the middle of sort of strange gardening dream.”

Rowe was awakened by the sound of what he thought was a bumble bee, but leapt from his bed, dressed in his “Favorite pair of non-existent pajamas,” to find a drone hovering outside his window, with an attached camera’s red light letting him know it was rolling.

“Seconds later I’d pulled the Mossburg 12-gauge from under my bed and grabbed the cellphone from the bedside table,” Rowe wrote.

Rowe took off in pursuit of the privacy invader.

“In no time, I was out on the deck downstairs, about fifteen below the electronic Peeping Tom.”

But, before blasting a round into the skies over San Francisco, which Rowe realized “would be frowned on by the local constabulary,” Rowe stopped himself, hoping not to look “as crazy as Gary Busey and Nick Nolte at the nadir of their careers.”

He did manage to snap a picture of the drone, which he included in his Facebook post.

“When the moment passed I put the shotgun down and reached for my phone instead, just as the wicked contrivance bugged out for the Wild Blue Yonder.”


Comments (38)
  1. zinnsand21 says:

    Let’s hope we don’t see the video over the net anytime soon.

  2. I would have blasted the drone…and then go looking for the drone’s owner, who deserves to be shot, too.

    1. whheydt says:

      Unfortunately (in this case), “discharging a firearm inside the city limits” is a crime in most places.

      What is needed is a shotgun shell that fires a net that won’t cause any harm or damage when it comes back down….with the drone tangled up in it.

      1. Jay ND says:

        Hey they have the net launcher – search the net – Kinda pricey but it would of don the deed!

      2. ronald says:

        lunchbucket joe directed us to do just that… could it be “wrong?”

    2. JaneQPublic says:

      I TOTALLY AGREE! These punks and their privacy-invading drones need to be put down!

    3. YouDeserveABreakTodayAndIWantToBeThereWhenYouGetIt says:

      All drones violating public privacy should be captured, reverse-engineered to go directly home, and fitted with nuclear devices or as much decaying feces as they can hold.

  3. mike rowe sounds like a pretentious twit to me.

    1. Red Sauce says:

      I see, and you enjoy someone watching you inside your bedroom, in your birthday suit. Post your address, I am sure you could get a few takers. Good luck with that

  4. Today’s drone owners = sick perverts. You can bet they use the drones to watch children, too.

  5. Drones are an ideal tool for the many secx offenders living in California. And that’s exactly who was watching Mike Rowe…some filthy animal. They can watch as many boys and girls as they want without exposing themselves (pun intended). No school playground is safe. I can see drones wandering the suburbs at night, looking for a teenage girl’s bedroom to look into.

    1. Sam Dennis says:

      speculation …. could have been a ‘government’ drone!

  6. Roger Barton says:

    Lots of angry/violent/irrelevant comments here. Okay, so we don’t like drones invading our privacy. But drones are legal, and until we come up with an effective way of enforcing the laws and tracing them to the owners, maybe we should all just close the bedroom drapes.

    1. mtnman28709 says:

      Why should we have to adapt our habits to allow for an invasion of privacy?! Shoot ’em all down …

    2. RogrDane says:

      “… maybe we should all just close the bedroom drapes.” Ahh, your tolerance for the invasion of one’s privacy is so comendable… why don’t we put bars on our windows and then sound proof glass and then close them and just turn on the A/C or heat? Jeez… but for those who want to fight the invasive drones you don’t need a firearm. Google “drone signal jammer” and consider something like that in your efforts. There will always be fools and even bigger fools who want to just tolerate the foul behavior. Both are wrong. Actively resist the invasion of privacy whether it be an individual, corporate or otherwise.

    3. Danny Ross says:

      It is not legal to use a drone or other technology to invade someone’s bedroom. I someone is outside in a space visible to the public, he does not have an expectation of privacy. A bedroom is an entirely different sort of space.

    4. Toofpik says:

      Drones are legal but new federal guidelines seriously restrict them. From what I understand, the operator of small civilian drones like this are not legally allowed to lose physical sight of the machine. That means in the case of Mike Rowe’s situation, the operator of the drone should have also been visible to him unless he was hiding in bushes or behind an obstruction he was looking around keep an eye on the drone.

      Also, there are peeping Tom laws. Maybe not in San Fran where apparently anything of any debaucherous nature goes, but I believe there are limits to how much you can look in someone’s house and in the reverse there are limits to how visibly naked you can be in your own house.

      You can be naked in your own home, but you cant stand in front of your front bay window for all the children to see as they walk to school (again, except may in San Fran…but most of America still has morals). You can look at someone in their home from any public space or private property you own or have permission to be, but you cant trespass to peek in someone’s window or use binoculars or a telescope.

  7. mtnman28709 says:

    Yeah, sorry Mike, it doesn’t count unless you actually shoot it down …

  8. Harry says:

    Good for him, shoot em all down…

  9. c p says:

    Net Gun

    look it up.

    1. Prelusive007 says:

      He had all he needed. He was just afraid to use it.

  10. Prelusive007 says:

    I would have shot that S O B down even if every “constable” in SF swarmed down on me the next minute. If your freedom and liberty and privacy is not worth fighting for; what is?

  11. Texas Jeff says:

    Sounds dubious owning firearms outside of the Sierra Nevada area of California is heavily restricted. You can’t open doors and run around with a cell phone in one hand and a shotgun in another with your winky flopping around. Anyhow it’s fine entertainment…….even thinking about a gun in San Francisco can probably get you arrested.

    1. Sam Dennis says:

      Probably just as many guns in SF as in most cities of comparable population size. We know that many Democrats have guns in spite of their public anti-gun positions.

  12. Sam Dennis says:

    Can’t blame him for being angry, but for less than $100 he could put blinds or curtains on his window. He could also buy a pair of shorts to sleep in. Who in their right mind wants to film him sleeping?

  13. Femail says:

    more invasion of privacy. email, facebook, phones, and twitter all invade your privacy because you are conveying info. you may or may not want conveyed. Now add drones, digital banking, electronic voting, and some more forced exposure and you’ll have no privacy left. Maybe the slaves don’t deserve privacy?

  14. someone says:

    hope he puts tape over his camera

  15. Ellen Back says:

    He’s a sexy old fart, I hope the pics pop up on the internet soon!

  16. Lori Loucks says:

    This is why I love Mike Rowe!!!!! Mike I would have fired none the less. Then when they came to retrieve the drone handed it back in a million pieces while still being nude!!!! Of course after 20 years in the military I would do a lot of things the regular public wouldn’t do! LOL

  17. Joseph Nowak says:

    I am a drone owner…. It’s people like the pilot of the drone mentioned here that makes it bad for all drone owners. RESPECT PEOPLES PRIVACY!!!! I would never do anything like this, no matter who lives in the area. Ya just don’t do it!!!

  18. Isoldel says:

    Just because something ‘legal’ right now, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

  19. Carl says:

    Oh I wish that you had discharged the shotgun….
    You REALLY ARE Mike Baxter’s brother aren’t you?