A few weeks ago I was passing through Horton, Kansas. On the edge of town was this house that was very bright – bright orange – like a big construction cone. I wondered what the story was and later found out from a local resident that the city code officer had told the owner the house was getting a little bad looking and that he “needed to get some paint on it.”
The resident apparently wasn’t that keen on the city interferring in his business, so he put some paint on it alright – this paint.
A block or so away they apparently told the gas station owner he needed to remove the old tires he had because they were a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This was January, I guess.
I’m told the gas station owner ran an ad telling people he’d give a free oil change to anyone who got bitten by one of the mosquitoes that were bred at his station in January or February.
You just gotta love democracy in action.
What strikes me about this so much is that you’d think city code officers might feel the need to lay low, particularly in Kansas, given Dennis Rader. But, I guess a serial killer is no reason to stop telling people to mow their lawns.