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Should Woman Go to Jail Over Front Yard Veggie Garden?

Living 2011/07/13 15:04:49
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Of all the silly reasons to do time, this one might be the silliest.

Julie Bass of Oak Park, Mich., has been charged with growing a "vegetable garden in front yard space." If convicted, she could spend up to 93 days in jail, ABC News reports.



"Sometimes we laugh because it seems so silly and sometimes we cry because it's so pathetic," she told ABCNews.com.

Bass' pre-trial hearing is set for July 26. But her attorney Solomon Radner does not think she'll end up in the slammer over squash.

"Michelle Obama plants vegetables on White House front lawn. I don't think the jury is going to think that it's suitable for the White House, but it's not suitable for Oak Park," he told ABC.

Bass says she received approval from both neighbors and city officials in her Detroit suburb (who knew you even had to get approval for such a thing?)

The Oak Park city screening and landscaping ordinance states, "All unpaved portions of the [screening and landscaping] site shall be planted with grass ground cover, shrubbery, or other suitable live plant material."

Radner also noted an exception listed in the city ordinance that specifically allows vegetable gardens: "Exempted from the provisions of this article, inclusive, are flower gardens, plots of shrubbery, vegetable gardens and small grain plots."

So what's "unsuitable" about Bass's garden? Well, an Oak Park city councilman allegedly received two complaints that it resembles a "New Orleans cemetery."

What do you think? Should Bass go to the pokey over produce?

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  • Melizmatic 2011/07/13 16:28:35
    No, that's ridiculous
    Melizmatic
    +15
    GTFO of here with that nonsense.

    gtfo nonsense lol cat out

    This has to be one of the most moronic things I've heard lately, and with all the perpetual stupidity floating around out there, that's really saying something.

    What a terrible waste of tax-payer dollars.

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  • melissa 2012/12/21 03:01:46
    No, that's ridiculous
    melissa
    I never heard of such a ridiculous thing in my life. The economy is rough right now,so you want to save every last penny. I don't see any harm in planting your own vegetable garden.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/05/30 17:38:16
    No, that's ridiculous
    flyingseaturtle BN
    It is her front yard ;-)
  • Jay98 2012/01/03 13:46:52
  • Tin Man 2011/08/20 14:04:46
    No, that's ridiculous
    Tin Man
    Probably the sun shines better in her front yard, etc..........And besides she showed consideration for both neighbors by asking if they would mind. What a bogus idea to even charge her in the first place, considering the city ordinance makes an exception for gardens in the first place!!!!!!!!!! Regardless of what else it may resemble: There's no ordinance on resemblences.
  • No, that's ridiculous
    Данизов Рузанич Хашимович
    +1
    Which stupid country made up dat kinda rule?
  • martalucialovesmj4ever 2011/08/03 05:19:41
    No, that's ridiculous
    martalucialovesmj4ever
    +1
    Unless she was planting pot in her front yard this is a stupid reason for her
    to go to jail.
  • Buffalobill91 2011/08/02 21:38:53
  • MSH786 2011/07/30 07:49:43
    No, that's ridiculous
    MSH786
    That's one of if not the stupidest things I've ever heard! I mean, that's her property so she can do anything she wants to do with it, unless it causes harm to anyone or their lawn, which it does not, so I don't know what all the fuss is about!
  • DMG MSH786 2011/08/06 20:02:23
    DMG
    LOVE IT !!!
  • Art 2011/07/30 03:42:11
    No, that's ridiculous
    Art
    Of all the stupid, ridiculous things!! Don't these city officials have better things to worry about. These officials need to get a life.
  • DMG Art 2011/08/06 20:01:53
    DMG
    RIGHT ON !!!
  • martin28 2011/07/28 01:07:58
    No, that's ridiculous
    martin28
    +1
    I believe if she owns the house she has the right to decorative her lawn with statues made of bird feces if she so pleases. As long as her actions does not cause harm to anyone else's lawn or property.
  • DMG martin28 2011/08/06 20:02:49
    DMG
    THANK YOU !!!
  • jifgirl 2011/07/26 16:30:40
    No, that's ridiculous
    jifgirl
    +1
    so she grows a garden... big woop!!!
  • DMG jifgirl 2011/08/06 20:04:18
    DMG
    ????? - TOO MANY DUMB ASS - TAX PAID OFFICIALS SCREWING WITH PEOPLE - That Is What Shrinks Are For
  • miss.madelyn.munchkin 2011/07/24 03:01:52
    No, that's ridiculous
    miss.madelyn.munchkin
    +2
    she received approval from neighbors and city officials. i still don't understand how she could even face jail time over it? what's illegal about it?
  • Barbara Fernandez 2011/07/23 21:07:27
    No, that's ridiculous
    Barbara Fernandez
    +1
    What no is is saying is what ever happened to normal channels of communication. Why did the neighbor speak to the other neighbor about what her garden. They could have shared thoughts and viewpoints.

    Unfortunately their are some people traumatized in our society and become a powerful fringe element. Instead of handling this situation in proper neighborly fashion the police were called in. Why didn't the police stop it there and say this is not a police matter? I think the police have better things to do and I find it hard to believe that they wanted to charge the lady.

    I can't understand how we can have so much and yet have so little. The real question is why is our society becoming so in-sensitized around us that this outrageous dysfunctional responses are accepted and interpreted as "normal" or familiar to us. The lady has to pay a lawyer and be represented. Who has the money for that? To bad that all we can do is rant and not know how to help her cause!!
  • DMG Barbara... 2011/08/06 20:05:49
    DMG
    People Should Offer Her Assistance Instead Of Ridicule
  • Barbara... DMG 2011/09/01 04:09:01
    Barbara Fernandez
    To DMG,

    Sorry if you believed that I was ridiculing the lady or taking her situation lightly. Thanks for your feedback I'll try to learn from your comments,opinions, insights and valued experiences.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Barbara
  • nefertari 2011/07/23 03:22:06
    No, that's ridiculous
    nefertari
    +1
    With the high price of food these days you have to do something to survive.
  • DMG nefertari 2011/08/06 20:56:32
    DMG
    AMEN
  • Tori 2011/07/23 01:41:24
    No, that's ridiculous
    Tori
    Only people that don't like vegetables would put "Yes, it's an eyesore"
  • Andrew 2011/07/21 20:41:56
    No, that's ridiculous
    Andrew
    NO! they should not go to jail for doing that.
  • mivic 2011/07/21 17:30:44
    No, that's ridiculous
    mivic
    +1
    Come on. It's freakin ridiculous. What's the problem? Afraid for the damn industry to collapse?
  • art tafel 2011/07/21 17:07:58
    No, that's ridiculous
    art tafel
    EVIDENTLY THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ELITIST PARANOID CONCEITED FANCY-DAN PEOPLE PROBABLY WITH MANICURED LAWNS(OK BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY WAY) AND THEY HAVE THEIR HEADS UP WHERE THEY SHOULDN'T BE.......AND IT'S NOT THE GARDEN LADY.
  • james 2011/07/21 10:43:23
    No, that's ridiculous
    james
    Dat's crazy
  • ClassicRockFan 2011/07/21 05:28:29
    No, that's ridiculous
    ClassicRockFan
    Ok really? Its not like she was growing weed in her front yard!
  • rlsanden 2011/07/20 20:18:31
    No, that's ridiculous
    rlsanden
    The end is near! (if this happens)
  • Manwé 2011/07/20 03:45:12
    No, that's ridiculous
    Manwé
    Home gardens should be encouraged. Plants other than grass are more water smart.
  • DMG Manwé 2012/09/28 23:46:15
    DMG
    THANK YOU !!!
  • Allison Delaney 2011/07/20 03:33:55
    No, that's ridiculous
    Allison Delaney
    What?? not even i can comprehend that!!!
  • Lavendar 2011/07/20 01:14:01
    No, that's ridiculous
    Lavendar
    That is the most riduciuolis thing I have ever heard!
  • Rose 2011/07/20 00:15:13
    No, that's ridiculous
    Rose
    The big companies want us to pay high prices for our food, etc., .... the food that is supposed to be natural, but they think needs improving--and think they are smart enough to say what is good for us. Food has many hidden benefits that they can't even explain. So these big companies what to imprison us, make it a crime for us to feed ourselves and be responsible for our own nutrition, they genetically modify our food to make us sick, malnutritioned, diseased and it is actually killing us. What? .....So they can try to have a free and clear conscience about their murdering of people by making our demise seem a natural cause of death?? ... It is all about population control and lining their pockets with money in the mean time! We CANNOT forget that it is our basic human right to feed ourselves from our own gardens where we can trust that the food isn't tanted by their poisons and fake nutrition.
  • Hinge 2011/07/19 23:56:14 (edited)
    No, that's ridiculous
    Hinge
    What the hell is wrong with people? Growing a veggie garden is a great way to save money and it's healthy and it's fun.
  • haynes2011 2011/07/19 23:20:32
    No, that's ridiculous
    haynes2011
    What has America come to?? It's supposed to be a free country..... its like that book that was about the government having cameras everywhere watching everything you do every hour, minute, and second of the day....
  • myfoxmystere 2011/07/19 18:37:14
    No, that's ridiculous
    myfoxmystere
    Michigan is quite liberal...go figure! They want people to be on welfare.
  • Intelic KA 2011/07/19 17:41:27
    No, that's ridiculous
    Intelic KA
    why,that,SON-OF-A-BITCH !!!!!!!!
  • Wutnagkillabeeontheswarm 2011/07/19 10:38:23
  • Man of god 2011/07/19 02:50:45
    No, that's ridiculous
    Man of god
    what the heck is wrong with those cops
  • nicole 2011/07/19 02:45:24
    No, that's ridiculous
    nicole
    No i have a veggie garsen in my bck yard
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