Yahoo! News posted an article today saying, “Karen Holloway just spent six hours in a jail cell for failing to maintain her yard in accordance with the standards set by the city.
The saga began last summer, when Holloway was sent a citation for her overgrown grass and shrubbery. Holloway, who works a full-time job and has two children living at home, a husband in school, and one family vehicle, admits the yard needed some attention but that it just wasn’t feasible to do the work.
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‘The bushes and trees were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense,’ she says.”
This isn’t the first time this has happened in the US. According to a 2012 report by Charleston, SC local news affiliate ABC 4, “Linda Ruggles was cited for a Clean Lot Violation in December 2010, for what Ruggles says was a messy yard and loose shingles on her roof. According to a police report, she was found guilty in September of last year and given a sentence of 10 days in jail or a $480 fine.
‘I don’t have $480. I didn’t then. I still don’t. I just got the house out of foreclosure. It took everything I could do. I sold my jewelry. I sold my car. I sold my silverware. I sold anything I could sell…and I got my job out of foreclosure,’ Ruggles said.”
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