That's your problem then! I alway used Willow and Veronica. Besides, you can also use voodoo console magic and teleport him back. I fight fire with fire myself. Invincible scorpions means "tgm" and "kill target" in console.
Technically speaking, the bucket trick is also a bug. A lot of bugs are not actually bad depending on how it is exploited. Like there was this one "sinkhole" in Skyrim that NPC's could get stuck in on one of my play throughs and I could just lure NPC's there and then bash them when they get stuck to build up my one handed.
It is not so much concern for active spying on daily citizens, but the fact that there is a huge database illegally accumulating and recording details of your private life. I don't do anything illegal, but I certainly do not want it being monitored and recorded without my express permission.