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2012-08-04 08:33:01 PM
I believe the correct advice in such cases is 'choose your battles'.
 
2012-08-04 08:34:46 PM
FTFA: "It is absolute slavery," Hykawy said, arguing that he should be paid to maintain land owned by the city.

"What's the next bylaw going to be? Change your light bulb in the street lights? Pay for the electricity for the streets?"


Ummm. No, it's not slavery and taxes already pay for the electricity for the lights on your street. Also, you are a moran.
 
2012-08-04 08:38:11 PM
I had an argument over the city not clearing trash on the 'city side' of the fence. It was a busy street and trash kept accumulating along the fenceline. They threatened to bill me if I didn't mow the grass. Told them if they started picking up trash there, I would start mowing it. Mayor took about 3 days to respond and agreed.

/Wasn't a biatch
 
2012-08-04 08:39:27 PM
This guy just has to be the leader of a local Tea Party organization. How could an assclown this big not be?

Don't tread on mah lawnmower!
 
2012-08-04 08:40:36 PM
www.sunnewsnetwork.ca

One: His lawn sucks.

Two: That's a shot inside his fence.

Three: "It is absolute slavery,"

2.bp.blogspot.com

We feel yer pain, bro.
 
2012-08-04 08:42:46 PM
Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.
 
2012-08-04 08:42:56 PM
I am with this guy Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk
 
2012-08-04 08:46:44 PM
Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.

The strip of grass between the sidewalk and road. I'll repeat: The strip of grass between the sidewalk and road. Just farking mow it.


drjekel_mrhyde: I am with this guy Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk

and shovel your goddamn sidewalk
 
2012-08-04 08:48:53 PM

Zeno-25: This guy just has to be the leader of a local Tea Party organization. How could an assclown this big not be?

Don't tread on mah lawnmower!


You know he's in Canada, right?
Nice try though.
 
2012-08-04 08:49:53 PM
Shovel the sidewalk and cut the grass strip on the sidewalk. It's like that everywhere. You're the one who uses it the most. It's not slavery. This guy is a whining coont.
 
2012-08-04 08:50:49 PM
BOYYYYYYYYYYYYY am I glad I RENT so I have this person I pay to take care of petty crap like this.
 
2012-08-04 08:51:12 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk


Good.
 
2012-08-04 08:51:16 PM

ckevinc: Zeno-25: This guy just has to be the leader of a local Tea Party organization. How could an assclown this big not be?

Don't tread on mah lawnmower!

You know he's in Canada, right?
Nice try though.


They might need a Tea Party organization up there.. Harper sucks *** *** ****** ****
 
2012-08-04 08:52:50 PM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: "It is absolute slavery," Hykawy said, arguing that he should be paid to maintain land owned by the city.

"What's the next bylaw going to be? Change your light bulb in the street lights? Pay for the electricity for the streets?"

Ummm. No, it's not slavery and taxes already pay for the electricity for the lights on your street. Also, you are a moran.


Just pointing out this is the Canadian equivalent of FOX News, so you pretty much have all you need with that to understanding his mentality.
 
2012-08-04 08:54:14 PM
I don't think we should be required to mow our OWN grass. Lawns are an artificial construct which hinder natural ecosystems and mowing kills countless, countless insects and small animals. Lawns didn't exist until we invented them. Mowing seems like more of a non-environmentally-sound aesthetic choice than a necessity and requiring this man to mow not only his own lawn, but also the city's lawn, and punishing him if he does not comply seems like tampering with basic human rights. Will we allow this?

Apparently, yes.
 
2012-08-04 08:54:43 PM

bubo_sibiricus: Shovel the sidewalk and cut the grass strip on the sidewalk. It's like that everywhere. You're the one who uses it the most. It's not slavery. This guy is a whining coont.


If it's city land, then they're supposed to take of it. Here in Calgary, they get uppity if you try to do it yourself, even if the city hasn't shown up to mow it since May.
 
2012-08-04 08:55:57 PM
i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-04 08:55:59 PM
It's an odd day indeed when Canada makes me feel better about living in South Carolina.
 
2012-08-04 08:56:25 PM

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: "It is absolute slavery," Hykawy said, arguing that he should be paid to maintain land owned by the city.

"What's the next bylaw going to be? Change your light bulb in the street lights? Pay for the electricity for the streets?"

Ummm. No, it's not slavery and taxes already pay for the electricity for the lights on your street. Also, you are a moran.


Well, you have to work or give the spoils of your work to 'the man' and you have to work on his property and get nothing for it. All that is left is no whip. They are also taxing one person differently than another.
 
2012-08-04 08:56:27 PM
THIS IS AN OUTRA...oh wait, Canada? Nevermind
 
2012-08-04 08:58:14 PM

diaphoresis: ckevinc: Zeno-25: This guy just has to be the leader of a local Tea Party organization. How could an assclown this big not be?

Don't tread on mah lawnmower!

You know he's in Canada, right?
Nice try though.

They might need a Tea Party organization up there.. Harper sucks *** *** ****** ****


Do the * spell something? If so my guess is... The big donkey Dick
 
2012-08-04 08:59:03 PM
He could spray the grass with herbicide so it doesn't grow. Problem solved?
 
2012-08-04 09:00:08 PM
City: Fine then, we'll just send someone out to remove the grass and replace it with rough gravel. It should do wonders for your property value

Home owner: Wahhh! Why are you ruining MY PROPERTY!
 
2012-08-04 09:02:05 PM
Grab a huge bag of salt and just kill the whole thing, problem fixed, no need to mow
 
2012-08-04 09:02:39 PM
Im having a hard time telling what grass he does not want to mow. Is it the median or is it simply the grass next to the sidewalk.

If the latter, dont most places simply make it an easement and the city maintains the sidewalk? If that is the case, then that grass is yours.

If it is the median, I would tell them to go pound sand, or since they want you to get out and mow it, simply sue them for not providing you a handicap ramp to access it.
 
2012-08-04 09:02:55 PM

QFarker: He could spray the grass with herbicide so it doesn't grow. Problem solved?


He could but then his would be the one house in the neighborhood fronted by a large patch of dead grass. He might as well smear feces on his face. It'd make him just as popular.
 
2012-08-04 09:03:31 PM

Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.


You do realize that that swatch of land between the side walk and the street is actually owned by the city. Maintaining this area only takes a few passes of the lawnmower and costs very little in terms of personal cost as opposed to that tax increase on your property that would be needed to pay city workers' salaries and to purchase equipment to maintain that little patch. Some battles just are not worth it, even in principle.
 
2012-08-04 09:04:53 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: I am with this guy Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk


Lemme guess. You have two complaints.

1) "Taxes are too high!"

2) "City workers don't shovel my sidewalk!"
 
2012-08-04 09:06:40 PM
When I bought my house in Saint Paul, I always mowed the strip across the sidewalk, and I'd mow both of my next-door neighbors' patches also. At first they thought it was odd, but it only took five minutes extra. Then they began doing it also, then their neighbors, and now the entire street on my side looks immaculate. We lived just down the street from a bar, and the trash from there steadily declined, until now it's odd to see any litter.
 
2012-08-04 09:07:20 PM

Meisaims: I don't think we should be required to mow our OWN grass. Lawns are an artificial construct which hinder natural ecosystems and mowing kills countless, countless insects and small animals. Lawns didn't exist until we invented them. Mowing seems like more of a non-environmentally-sound aesthetic choice than a necessity and requiring this man to mow not only his own lawn, but also the city's lawn, and punishing him if he does not comply seems like tampering with basic human rights. Will we allow this?

Apparently, yes.


I'd love to hear your position on the shaving of pubic hair over a beer sometime.
 
2012-08-04 09:08:17 PM

clowncar on fire: Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.

You do realize that that swatch of land between the side walk and the street is actually owned by the city. Maintaining this area only takes a few passes of the lawnmower and costs very little in terms of personal cost as opposed to that tax increase on your property that would be needed to pay city workers' salaries and to purchase equipment to maintain that little patch. Some battles just are not worth it, even in principle.


Yeah, it never works this way. They'll hire more bylaw enforcement officers at $60K each to make sure you're mowing properly.

Believe me, I've dealt with city governments. They're staffed by utter morons. The City of Calgary gave our company a personal services contract to sign. We had to explain to them that that made no sense. Funny thing was it was signed by *two* city employees before they mailed it to us.

Also, when we have meetings with them, it's one of us and five of them. And one of them stands by the door and scowls. It's the most bizarre thing.
 
2012-08-04 09:12:43 PM
clowncar on fire: shaving of pubic hair over a beer

I prefer to keep my booze devoid of pubes.
 
2012-08-04 09:13:48 PM

Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.


He is just lucky the government was there to keep... ummm.... criminals... from killing him with assault guns... before he could mow his own property...

So, he didn't build that, and he should be kissing the government's hairy beanbag for giving him the privilege of maintaining city property.
 
2012-08-04 09:13:49 PM

Shazam999: clowncar on fire: Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.

You do realize that that swatch of land between the side walk and the street is actually owned by the city. Maintaining this area only takes a few passes of the lawnmower and costs very little in terms of personal cost as opposed to that tax increase on your property that would be needed to pay city workers' salaries and to purchase equipment to maintain that little patch. Some battles just are not worth it, even in principle.

Yeah, it never works this way. They'll hire more bylaw enforcement officers at $60K each to make sure you're mowing properly.

Believe me, I've dealt with city governments. They're staffed by utter morons. The City of Calgary gave our company a personal services contract to sign. We had to explain to them that that made no sense. Funny thing was it was signed by *two* city employees before they mailed it to us.

Also, when we have meetings with them, it's one of us and five of them. And one of them stands by the door and scowls. It's the most bizarre thing.


Yeah- that is kinda creepy. Me personally? I have no desire to wait around for the city to mow their grass when i can gi9ve my lawn that nice uniform look and do it myself. As pointed out by an earlier poster, you take pride in the public areas in front of your home and it tends to become infectious.
 
2012-08-04 09:14:31 PM

ultraholland: Coffee Snob: Wait, so the city is saying this guy has to provide the upkeep for their property and you're giving him shiat? Granted, we can do without his hyperbole, but if the city wants the grass cut on their land, then they should do it.

The strip of grass between the sidewalk and road. I'll repeat: The strip of grass between the sidewalk and road. Just farking mow it.


drjekel_mrhyde: I am with this guy Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk

and shovel your goddamn sidewalk


So what? While I personally think it would be a minor inconvenience, I also believe the city shouldn't be able to charge him for the work performed. I would assume his taxes should go towards that type of service?
 
2012-08-04 09:15:21 PM
Around here, the city doesn't own the sidewalk. They make building a sidewalk a condition of getting a building permit. That way they get the sidewalk they want, but not the maintenance issues. They also decided that having more park space than they can afford to mow twice a year wasn't enough so they used emminent domain to build a series of new parks. It's kind of annoying that the same city that won't cut it's grass twice a year on medians and parks will be ready with a ticket book the instant you go two weeks without mowing.
 
2012-08-04 09:16:44 PM
Coffee Snob: I would assume his taxes should go towards that type of service?

There are more important things to gripe over; it's but a handful of minutes to cut. I have zero sympathy.
 
2012-08-04 09:17:31 PM

ultraholland: clowncar on fire: shaving of pubic hair over a beer

I prefer to keep my booze devoid of pubes.


There was probably a better way to word that, wasn't there?
 
2012-08-04 09:19:18 PM
clowncar on fire: There was probably a better way to word that, wasn't there?

I won't judge, verbally.
 
pla
2012-08-04 09:20:42 PM
I agree with this guy in spirit, but seriously? You can't beat City Hall.

So buy a jumbo bottle of weed killer, and hose down the strip between the sidewalk and the road. Bam! No more problems, ever. The city wants grass, it can damned well mow it; the city wants me to maintain that 3' plot of dirt, it can enjoy a patch of sterile toxic dirt.

/ Proud that my town has no "homeowner liability rights-of-way", aka "sidewalks" to maintain. Walk in the road, or in the "unimproved and unmaintained and therefore no legal expectation of safety" weeds, biatches!
 
2012-08-04 09:20:54 PM
Just cut the farking grass. Nobody cares about your stupid analogy that making you cut it is slavery.
 
2012-08-04 09:21:43 PM

clowncar on fire: ultraholland: clowncar on fire: shaving of pubic hair over a beer

I prefer to keep my booze devoid of pubes.

There was probably a better way to word that, wasn't there?


I did the confused-puppy head tilt, blinked a few times in attempted open-mindedness, and mentally replied: "Well gosh. It probably wouldn't be as good to drink the beer afterwards, but I don't see anything morally wrong with it."
 
2012-08-04 09:21:49 PM
How did this turn into a Clarence Thomas thread?
 
2012-08-04 09:22:14 PM

MAYORBOB: Just cut the farking grass. Nobody cares about your stupid analogy that making you cut it is slavery.


Or else, amirite?
 
2012-08-04 09:22:32 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: I am with this guy Chicago started fining people that don't shovel the city owned sidewalk


As they should.
 
2012-08-04 09:24:46 PM

bubo_sibiricus: Shovel the sidewalk and cut the grass strip on the sidewalk. It's like that everywhere. You're the one who uses it the most. It's not slavery. This guy is a whining coont.


Actually by definition it is involuntary servitude.
 
2012-08-04 09:26:14 PM

Meisaims: I don't think we should be required to mow our OWN grass. Lawns are an artificial construct which hinder natural ecosystems and mowing kills countless, countless insects and small animals. Lawns didn't exist until we invented them. Mowing seems like more of a non-environmentally-sound aesthetic choice than a necessity and requiring this man to mow not only his own lawn, but also the city's lawn, and punishing him if he does not comply seems like tampering with basic human rights. Will we allow this?

Apparently, yes.


Until I read the above, I thought RoundUp was the best (smartass) solution. Very original mind here with Meisaims. He might (also) be crazy, but this is the first truly original post in this thread. Changed my mind.

Want to subscribe to his newsletter.
 
2012-08-04 09:27:05 PM
Warlordtrooper: Actually by definition it is involuntary servitude.

Well, fine then. Slavery for some, tiny Canadian flags for others.
 
2012-08-04 09:28:16 PM

pla: Proud that my town has no "homeowner liability rights-of-way", aka "sidewalks" to maintain. Walk in the road, or in the "unimproved and unmaintained and therefore no legal expectation of safety" weeds, biatches!


Yay! I live in a shiathole!! Suck it, people who live in decent neighborhoods. Yay! I live in a shiathole!!
 
2012-08-04 09:29:41 PM
Sometimes government is like a farking hemorrhoid.
 
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