Soldier threatened over lawn

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    Oct 20, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    Volunteers lay sod to help a soldier threatened by his homeowners' association.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2008/10/20/soldier.lawn.fight.krem

    Can you believe the president of this home owners association?!?!?! ... icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    The president of that HOA is defintiely a Grade A a-hole in my book. :: Leaves burning bag of dog crap on the presidents doorstep ::
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    It's truly sad and disgusting to me the the soldier in question is over there, serving our country to make it safe for douchebags like the HOA president to have the "freedom" to threaten, harass, and sue him over a lawn.

    I own property myself, and my fees went from $150 last year to $400 this year. I am too broke to pay anything right now, and I don't live on the property (it's vacant land) and they are now threatening to put a lein on my property, and even have threatened to sell it out from under me!!!

    I firmly believe HOA's to be the most unAmerican thing on American soil, outside of the hate groups trying to pass anti-Gay legislation.

    The whole purpose of many HOA's is to be bureaucratic, and to restrict the freedom of those who own their own homes, and extort money out of the homeowner in the process.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    Bet the HOA's pres is kickin himself in the ass bout sayin that now...
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    Caslon is used to yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Anyone able to find this asshole HOA president's email? We should flood his account.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    As chair of my HOA "landscape & design committee" we have to encourage people to fulfill their tree requirement after a year. This is really over the top and too much, this HOA president should be ashamed of himself.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidCaslon is used to yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

    GET OFF MY LAWN! YOU DAMN KIDS!

    actually, I just pick 'em off from the upstairs window....

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    Oct 20, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    it sounds like the usual stupid suburban BS. That keeping up with the Jones's mentality and the accompanying stifling of imagination makes me glad not to live in those "communities." For God's sake leave the soldier alone and focus on something important----maybe world hunger or global peace.
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    Oct 20, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    If you buy in a community with a HOA then you are agreeing to abide by the covenant of that association. And I am sure that this association has some sort of landscaping requirement. But, for the love of god, use some common sense. The man was in the process of abiding by the requirement when he got sent to Iraq (or wherever). He is up to his ass in insurgents in some hell hole. Asking him to fulfill this obligation from the other side of the world with a war on his mind is ridiculous. The HOA president (and the whole Board for not stopping him) needs to be voted out and replaced by some people with some common sense and perspective.
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    Oct 20, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Sod? How suburban! Plant indigenous wild grasses and flora! Be not afraid of butterflies and songbirds! HOAs? Those actually exist in the real world, not just in Hollywood movies like Edward Scissorhands? Ha! I defiantly hang my impeccably clean and thoroughly respectable washing to dry out on the line just to give the herd of cookie-cutters something to talk about round their gaz barbecues!
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    To me the real story is helping out this soldier. glad to see the people of his community responded. that's what it's all about. help out when you can and if you are able.
    thanksgiving is coming- help out guys, especially one another.
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    Aero saidSod? How suburban! Plant indigenous wild grasses and flora! Be not afraid of butterflies and songbirds! HOAs? Those actually exist in the real world, not just in Hollywood movies like Edward Scissorhands? Ha! I defiantly hang my impeccably clean and thoroughly respectable washing to dry out on the line just to give the herd of cookie-cutters something to talk about round their gaz barbecues!


    I have been simply astonished at certain neighbors I have heard saying how somebody hanging out their laundry to dry on the clothesline that was in the side yard of their house was detrimental to the property values of the neighborhood and encouraged gang violence!

    Across the street from the house where I am staying (sleeping on my friend's studio floor until I get a home of my own) is an old man and old woman, and they literally take turns sitting in their garage with the door up, watching the comings and goings at our house. If somebody leaves our side gate open, they will be on the phone to us "Your gate is open!" If somebody parks their car on the street next to our place to visit, they're out there watching every move, and calling on the phone "Who's car is that?". Whenever we see them sitting in their garage spying on us and we wave (to be deliberately sarcastic) they turn their heads away and ignore us, or stroll inside the house. The husband goes out every morning to sit on his driveway and smoke his cigarettes while glaring at everyone who passes by, and continually staring at our house. I've tried to pleasantly say "Hello" several times over the last two years, but when I do he actually scoffs, and turns away. I call them Mr. & Mrs. Kravitz. They have a perfectly nice, big backyard, but they never hang out there; it's always on the driveway or hiding in the shadows in the garage with the door up, looking at our house.

    Those are the kind of people who LOVE Homeowners' Associations.
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    Oct 20, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Florida is the Land of the Condominium, and every one must by law have an Association that sets rules. It is true community living. This has led to the term "Condo Commando": someone who has nothing better to do than meddle in the business of others.

    One of my favorites in our own condo is a guy who sits on his 2nd-floor patio much of the day. We call him "The Parking Lot Nazi" because his self-appointed duty is to report cars that stay in "Visitor" spaces longer than allowed, to report alleged speeders, and anything else he doesn't like.

    One day I was backing my car out a space, and had the window down.

    "Hey, you! Gold car! Stop! Stop!"

    I braked and got out to see what was the matter. Then I heard him up on the patio.

    "Your brake light is out! You gotta get that fixed! That's against the law, you know!"

    "My brake light isn't out, I just had it replaced."

    "Well, then it's out again!"

    Being in the car alone, all I could do was put the 4-way flashers on, since its rear turn and brake lights are the same. I walked around to the back bumper and the lights were just fine.

    "There's nothing wrong with my lights!" I yelled back up to him.

    "Well, there was one out 3 weeks ago, 'cause I remember! I saw it!"

    I was about to do a "remember this!" at him but thought better of it. Without wasting another moment on him I got in the car and drove off.

    Such is life in the condos.
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    Oct 20, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    No yelling, he just tasers those kids.

    Timberoo saidCaslon is used to yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
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    Oct 20, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    Thats what America is about. Not this inter party fighting bullshit
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    Oct 20, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    I wonder how long before there is a new HOA presidenticon_confused.gif
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    Oct 20, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    What I really found disturbing was the HOA President's nasty & abusive comments about this soldier. Obviously no one else believed them.

    This President needs to put security on his home, because this is what may happen next:

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