I have read all kinds of horror stories about how homeowners are treated by these hideous organizations over the years. One of my favorites came out shortly after the 9/11 attacks:
It was about a man whose neighborhood Nazis didn't like the fact that he had erected a large American flag in his very own front yard, and sued him in an attempt to force the removal of the pole and the flag flying on it.
His response was to promptly install a much larger pole and flag. Eventually, the home owner's association relented, but not before a great deal of other people's money and time was needlessly wasted.
That story brought a smile to my face, as I would have done the exact same thing as the homeowner.
Personally, I have no use for these dens of busy-bodies with too much time on their hands. Having run afoul of more than one home owner's association in my life, I can tell you that they can be downright unpleasant to deal with.
If you are familiar in any way with how the Nazi party was organized at the neighborhood level in 1930s Germany, then you have a pretty good idea how many home owner's associations are organized today. Okay, I am exaggerating here, but just a little.
For some reason, it seems the most Nazified of these organizations are located in the state of Florida. Perhaps this is because of the high number of retirees living there who have nothing better to do with their time than to try and control the lives of those living around them.
Meet Joseph Prudente-father, grandfather and Florida homeowner. He is also a man who has come into some financial hard times. To top it all off, he is now serving jail time. Indefinite jail time.
His crime? Failing to sod his yard.
*Warning: If you are a true freedom-loving American, particularly one who suffers from high blood pressure, you might not want to click on the above link. It positively made my blood boil.
This used to be a free country. What happened?