Tuesday, June 03, 2008

High Grass Violation

Mow your lawn, or go to jail! That's what the city council is saying in Canton, Ohio (by my neck of the woods). The local Canton paper talks about it more, but below is the story from the Associated Press:
Homeowners who don't mow their grass in this northeast Ohio city now face stiffer penalties — including possible jail time. The city council unanimously passed a law Monday that makes a second high-grass violation a fourth-degree misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $250 and as many as 30 days in jail.

The previous law only made the first violation a minor misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $150 but no jail time. The new law is to take effect in 30 days. "This is the type of action we need to take in order to clean up our neighborhoods and our city," Mayor William J. Healy II said.
As all of you know, government has always been successful at legislating a change in behavior (yeah right). I'm hoping the people in Canton protest this by not mowing lawns for a month. That would be funny. Plus, the terminology is just hilarous. "Hey, what are you in jail for? Me, robbery, You? Uh, for a second High-Grass Violation." Yeesh.


Jessica said...

Thats just too crazy!!! lol!! Everyone should refuse to cut their grass!

XE said...

I would totally have to move if they had that rule! Thankfully, the condo people cut our grass for us :) (Reason #342342 I love my place)

Mary said...

It's one thing when it's neighborhood regulations set down by the Homeowner's Association (although those can get a bit ridiculous) but jail time? Since when does City Council get to decide these things? In my neighborhood, there are rules about when you can put up your christmas decorations, and when you have to take them down! (but at least we won't get jailtime for not adhering to these rules!)

Raven said...

What a crazy world we live in. Of all the foolish things to worry about. I'd be locked up in no time.

Anonymous said...

I'm considering applying round up to my front lawn in protest. The real reason they did this is that the busybodies think neighborhoods look nicer with well trimmed lawns. I'm sure they'll love a brown patch of dirt.