Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I am Not Making This Up

Absurdities abound.

Yesterday I read a news story about a woman in Dallas who was clearing old, dead vines from a thicket along a park. Apparently there is a city ordinance that one cannot "cut, break, deface or in any way injure the trees shrubs, plants, grass, turf (just in case you don't know what grass is) , fountains, seats, fences, structures, improvements, ornaments or monuments or property within or upon any of the public parks."

Whew. Glad they covered all those bases.

The woman who did this dastardly deed, which led to an arrest and felony charge, is a 67 year old attorney. She was able to maintain a sense of humor and said she met lots of interesting people when she spent the night in jail. "I've never been in a perp walk before," she said. "It was cool."

The story in the Dallas Morning News reported that the woman had been cutting and removing briars, vines, and dead tree limbs from the wooded area of the park for several years. She never considered it "felonious gardening." She was just trying to be helpful.

This is another case where the strict adherance to the letter of the law is absurd. This woman was not hurting or defacing the shrubs. What she was doing was what many gardeners do to improve an area and encourage new growth. It was CLEAN UP. And, yes, I'm shouting.

Could we please use a little common sense when it comes to enforcing the law?


Karen Walker said...

You've got to be kidding. This is beyond ridiculous.

Helen Ginger said...

There's always some nutty law being enforced. Or maybe it's not the law that's nutty but the people interpreting it. Sheesh.

She needs to submit a bill for all the work she's done over the years.

Straight From Hel

Maryann Miller said...

Good suggestion about the bill, Helen. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and I will do an update when I find out.

Being Beth said...


I suppose the city maintenance landscape workers are exempt from this particular ordinance?

Perhaps the police force should put out an APB for Mother Nature, since she regularly commits these atrocities against the city of Dallas. LOL

Maryann Miller said...

LOL, that's a good one, Beth. Certainly highlights the absurdity here.

Rima said...

I think "felonious gardening" is one of the funniest phrases I've ever heard!

Maryann Miller said...

Me, too, Rima. The woman who was arrested it coined the phrase. I guess it fit her legal background, as well as her sense of humor.