The particular of that story do sound quite silly.
However, sometimes there are often very good reasons for cities to
regulate. About three years ago here in Vancouver, there was a big
landslide after a week of rain. It killed one person who was sleeping
in her house, hospitalized her husband and eventually led to the
shutting down of six more houses.
Turned out that the guy about 100 ft upslope from them had constructed
himself a nice big swimming pool in his backyard, 'off the books'.
That swimming pool went waltzing down because it was built on unstable
ground. Granted the city seems to have been somewhat negligent in
allowing the upslope houses in the first place, but there was no way
any competent engineer would have allowed the swimming pool addition.
He needed the "eighty two" minute lawyer from Los Angeles. Check in
and check out of jail.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
"The Daily Breeze article ... for building on his property without permits
has sparked a fierce backlash and a tidal wave of national and media
Cries of "Summon the Rohiram!" could be heard across the land.
Just further proof that America is NOT a free country. This is a fine
example of the communism type government which is affecting all of
america these days and is worse in some states such as California. We
have all been lied to when they told us that this is a FREE COUNTRY.
Just wait, soon we will all be billed for the air we breathe, and will
have to get a permit to take a shit. Then we will be billed if we
exceed using 3 squares of toilet paper for some sort of environmental
tax, and our sewerage will be monitored to determine the amount of
There is more freedom in other countries than there is in the USA.
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