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Hey Granny, Water your lawn or go to jail?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by WalkGood, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    Anyone know the story behind this? What is the law that was broken? Now there are laws if you do NOT water your lawn?

    Grandma arrested over grass. Tsk Tsk. :nono:
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Many cities, at least around here, have ordinances that govern the appearance of your front yard. If you fail to meet the "standard", then you get fined. I guess in the case of granny, if you ignore the fines and notices you get arrested.

    This country is spiraling out of control. If your going to throw granny in jail for not watering her lawn, why stop there? Take that proposed wall between Mexico and the U.S. and build it around the entire country so you can place everyone in jail for all past, present and future crimes. It is not a question if your going to break some idiotic law, it is only when.

    f'n stupid.
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    What a waste of time and resources... unless there's something not being said... like tall weeds creating a fire hazard, etc.

    She should move to one of the "brown is beautiful" towns where they're encouraging people to shut off irrigation systems to conserve water.
  4. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    I'm thinking that too, there must be more to it. That's why I asked if anyone knew the story behind all this.
  5. LawnMedic904

    LawnMedic904 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    “It must be true it was in the News”. Someone is trying to sell papers and get on TV?!?! Crotchety old women probably got physical with the officer. Most won’t arrest for a simple misdemeanor, to much paperwork and the donuts are getting stale. But you never know, ask Rodney King.
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,214

    She was visited by the cops because of a stuck up, jerk of a neighbor that was overly concerned about her lawn being a detriment to his home value.

    She was arrested because she got in a verbal fight with the cop and refused to give her name to the officer.

    She got hurt because she was resisting arrest.

    Yeah, it's ********. Yeah, it's embarrassing to Utah (which I love) on soooo many different levels...
  7. Don't worry. Every state has it dumb incidents like this. I work in a small HO assoc and it is like a war zone in there with how the people treat each other. They almost seem to relish in fighting and tattling on each other.
    We had a story a while back in which an elderly woman died in her house and no neighbor noticed for 6 mo. Somebody noticed a smell from the house. This was in a decent neighborhood. Her mail went into a slot and piled up inside the house. I'm sure rats were picking her apart.
  8. I'm going to take this at a different angle, for years at the house I was raised at and I mean over 14 years, our neighbor had a rock\juniper garden that in the spring time the weeds would be 3 to 6 ft tall. It got so bad that my father offered them to maintain there property for free. Every time a client would come over to drop a check, the neighbors, our visitors would make a comment about how ghetto this place looked compared to everybody else.

    Now fast forward to contemporary time, you have houses that are selling for a good chunk of change. Who wants to live next to a dump when 40 to 50 % of you income is going to your housing expenses?

    When the neighborhood makes an effort to maintain the home they live in, except 1 person, it does degrade the whole neighborhood. It also causes nuisance problems like rats and mosquito's. In my county, a lot of the bank repo homes have swimming pools which of course, aren't being maintained. Anybody hear of West Nile? We just had 2 people die in our county from it this summer. What about the poor suckers who bought high, cant sell the house and have to come home to a neighbors bank reposed house whose front yard has grass 3 ft high, is brown from no water and has a back yard pool whose water is green and foul smelling. Would you want to live next to that?

    At least from what I read regarding the original post, this lady was contacted the previous year about her situation(warning), then she made the mistake of trying to take on the officer who came to talk to here on a complaint. Dumb.

    Point is, we all have a social responsibility to our neighbors. It doesn't mean you have to have the most hoyty poyty home on the block, but at least maintain your property as not to be a sore thumb.
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    I was called in to consult 12 properties (all had irrigation) that kept running
    their shared well dry. After consulting with the well guys, I suggested to the
    owner's rep I meet with the homeowners to program the controllers for
    alternate days runtimes. He said, "that's a great idea, but they all hate each
    other's guts!"
  10. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    I remember when this happened. Its her own stupid fault for resisting arrest, and playing the "woe is me" poor little old ladies dont need to follow the law, I'm so traumatized routine. Also typical spineless PD doesnt stand behind thier officer. Just get old, then you can do whatever you want.

    Woman Arrested for Not Watering Lawn
    July 6th, 2007 @ 10:00pm
    Sam Penrod Reporting

    A widow and grandma spent the morning in jail, arrested for refusing to give a policeman her name when he tried writing her a ticket for failing to water her yard. The woman hasn't watered her lawn in more than a year, and the condition of her yard violates an Orem zoning ordinance.

    Tonight, the woman says she is traumatized and shocked that she was hauled to jail, just because she says she can't afford to water her lawn.

    Betty Perry says, "I never thought they would ever do anything like that to a person that is 70 years old. I've never bothered anybody, I've never hurt anybody."

    She says the policeman who brought her home tonight was very courteous, even held open the door for her. But there were no gentlemen there when she was taken from her home this morning and booked into jail.

    When Betty Perry heard a knock at her door and saw a police officer standing outside, she never imagined she would end up in jail. That's what happened, though, when the officer tried enforcing Orem's nuisance ordinance against neglected yards.

    "I didn't want to tell him anything until I talked to a lawyer or my son. I wanted to see what he'd tell me to do. I've never had any experience before with the law, ever in my life," she said.

    As the enforcement officer started writing her a ticket, she tried going back in her house. That's when the officer tried to handcuff her for refusing to give her name and resisting the ticket. She tripped on the steps, scraping up her nose and elbows, leaving blood on her door, her porch and her clothes. Perry was handcuffed, fingerprinted and put in a jail cell, where she sat for more than an hour.

    "I laid down in there. I never seen the inside of a jail before. I didn't know how it looked, I was really scared," she says.

    When police brass learned what happened, she was immediately released.

    Orem police spokesman Lt. Doug Edwards said, "Every officer in his career has situations they find themselves getting into, at the end of it they scratch their head and say, ‘gosh, how did this happen?' Today, I think, was one of those days. Clearly there were some other options available."

    After being arrested, Perry is now scared of the police. She says, "Don't ever say no when the police tell you do to something. You better do what they tell you no matter what, even if you don't have anybody to help you. You've got to do what they tell you or they will hurt you."

    The officer was sent home for the day and placed on paid administrative leave. Police are not pressing any charges against Betty Perry for either neglecting her yard or resisting the ticket.



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