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@cripfemme (7713)
United States
August 17, 2009 7:30pm CST
In certain communities you could get arrested for not maintaining your lawn properly. According to Penn and Teller's Bull*hit and the documents they produced to document it (otherwise I would think they are full of bull*hit) this old man got behind on his bills and couldn't pay the gardner anymore so the maintenance agency for his house took him to court and the judge sentenced him to be in jail until he got the lawn fixed. Lucky for him, the news was there to record the whole matter and a helpful gardener saw it and felt sorry for him so he offered to fix the man's yard for free. In my opinion, this is crazy. Isn't jail supposed to be for people who do really violent things like steal or rape people not for little old men who are behind on their bills and can't pay their gardener? What do you all think of this?
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@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
18 Aug 09
"Home Owner Covenants" are legally binding contracts. While it seems stupid to sign them, people do. Why? Property values. People sacrifice property rights for property value.
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@Carson11 (332)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Also long grass attracts snakes. On the other hand,I know this slumlord who would measure the height of the grass and not mow til it was 10" high which was the code!!!
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
18 Aug 09
That's one rough community...and one ignorant judge. Home owners associations are the biggest cons out there. Here in Hooterville you can get red tagged if your yard gets overgrown, then the city or county will mow it and send you a bill. If you don't pay they will eventually sue you but I've never heard of anyone down here being locked up and we do have snakes so an overgrown yard is a hazard.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Oh yeah, that's true. If you live in a community that's gated and have to sign an agreement on how you're to keep your lawn and what you can and cannot do, you have to abide by those "laws" of the community or you could be taken to jail. Even on the military bases, you have to have your grass cut to a certain level or they'll throw the renters in military jail. It's definitely NOT where I want to live!!