Today in stories about people getting exactly what they deserve, watch a Louisiana driver challenge an alligator with his truck – and face swift retaliation.

"I was coming home from my camp when an alligator crossed my path," the driver reportedly told video licensing and production company Jukin Media. "I honestly thought he would back up and run the other way, when he did the exact opposite. He latched on to the front ... of my pickup truck and completely ripped off the front bumper!" 

So what's the lesson here? Before you start channelling your inner gator boy, stop to consider that this entire situation could have been avoided if the driver had simply moved along instead of facing off with the reptile. In fact, provoking alligators is prohibited under state laws precisely because of the potential for injury (to people or vehicles!). 

Top header image: Alexander Montuschi, Flickr