We need to stop beating around the bush, and admit that there are just certain people in this country who were born to be in charge of something for the sake of their own, flawed ego.
These are the folks who get aroused at the idea of sending a strongly worded email to a bar to complain that they aren’t “family friendly enough”. These are the same people who nominate themselves and run for unofficial town or community offices, just simply in order to hold sway over their fellow neighbors.
These are the sort of sadists who find themselves in charge of your HOA, and then decide to fine you for things like displaying an American flag.
A former Air Force air traffic controller said he was forced to sell his home after his Home Owners Association fined him for the American flag he hung in a flower pot outside of his residence.
Larry Murphree lived in the Tides Condominium Association, a community for individuals 55 and older located in Sweetwater, Fla., since it opened, the Washington Post reported Monday. One day he received a letter from the HOA at the building which told him to take down the flag placed in a flower pot on his porch.
“I got a violation letter that stated the American flag was an unauthorized object and for me to take it down,” Murphree told First Coast News.
Well that just doesn’t make any sense. But, before someone could swoop in and make sure that this overzealous homeowner’s association cabal couldn’t do anything even more ridiculous, things got completely out of hand.
Murphree thought he won after the HOA agreed in 2012 he could keep his flag in the flower pot, but he said the organization changed the “flag ordinance to a flower pot ordinance.”
“Somehow they re-categorized it and started doing the same thing again which was the same flag, the same flower pot, the same dirt and the same plant,” Sarris said.
Murphree was once again charged $100 a day for the flag and the HOA took the money he was fined out of his HOA fee pay, which he was not aware of.
“So, the monthly homeowner’s fees weren’t being paid,” Sarris said, “That’s how they were able to get a lien on the property.”
Seven years later, the legal battle was still going on, Murphree said. He said the HOA started “nitpicking” and giving him violations for things such as having a window display during Christmas. In the end he was forced to sell his condo three years ago due to the fees and a lien that was placed on it by the retirement condominium’s association or face foreclosure. He was suing for $1 million.
This unbelievable act of utter madness should be cause for alarm in neighborhoods across the country.
You want to judge a nation by the way in which they treat those who fought for it. In the case of Murphree and his HOA, however, you may want to look the other way…just as these cretinous power-mongers could have when the flag was first introduced.