Friday, May 29, 2009

To Mow, or Not to Mow? Man arrested for mowing grass

An Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at a public park said he just wanted to make his city look nice. John Hamilton said he took control of the situation because the grass in Sandusky's Central Park was about a foot high. According to a police report, a witness said Hamilton was blowing grass onto the sidewalk and shredding trash in the park that had not been picked up.

Police said they arrested 48-year-old Hamilton after he refused to stop mowing and charged him with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.

City Manager Matt Kline called the arrest unfortunate and said he understands Hamilton's frustration. Kline said budget cuts have left Sandusky understaffed for seasonal maintenance work.

-via YahooNews, also see Foxtoledo for more.

What is it with Ohio and mowing?
Canton, Ohio passed a law  [June 2008] in which residents who are ticketed a second time for having lawn that is too high can be fined up to $250 dollars and be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail. - jm2c

Mowing is a dangerous business. About 77,000 people are rushed to the emergency room each year due to mowing. In 2007 there was the drunken mower chased by a police car. In June 2008 an Elkhart man was arrested for mowing nude. Aug 2008 a Brooksville man wash shot while mowing.

Not mowing is also dangerous. Anita Felix is wanted by the law for not mowing.


Ann said...

The last time I had a "lawn" to mow, if I wanted, I didn't. I made a natural like landscape, so I thought, until the neighbors complained. But, it was like that surrounding natural areas away from the city, I argued, but they said, it wasn't manicured like theirs, like the rest of the neighborhood. I got in trouble and in the end I moved away ... far away.

xeno said...

The drive in us to fight chaos can easily go too far and then people become obsessive. If a person has a lawn infested with rats, then I could see the city and the people nearby getting the law involved. Other than that, I find most lawn conformists to be mildly insane. Let grass be grass.