Quote of the Day - What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
In the annals of offenses that result in jail time, it's unlikely that lawns fall at the top of the list.
Let me explain.
In Canton, Ohio, the City fathers and mothers are tired of mowing the lawns of scofflaws. In particular, lawns of scofflaws who let their grass grow more than a foot. If you get two citations for a long lawn, then you're going to end up in jail. The City has been paying more the $250,000 a year to mow these "scofflaw lawns."
I don't know about you, but out here on the Left Coast, John Muir and fellow environmentalists would probably sue the City to require an Environmental Impact Report before cutting the grass. After all, it might qualify as native prairie land after it got over a foot. They wouldn't be cutting anything out here.
But things in Canton, Ohio are decidedly different. Decidedly.
According to this report, "The tall grass can also become a health hazard because they attract rodents." Wow. What a revelation. That's the way it was on the prairie.
On the other hand, we're in the middle of a city, where kangaroo rats and other vermin aren't supposed to be. So instead,we get a 12-0 vote on the City Council to slap those scofflaws with jail time if they bring rats into our city.
That's logical. Because if these scofflaws are in jail .... yep, you guessed it.
They won't be able to cut their lawns.
I guess the City will be providing room and board along with the gardening services. Maybe they're be serving a filet mignon for dinner, too.
You can read more stories like this one in my How to Get Sued book from Kaplan Publishing to be released today, June 3rd.