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Hello, Neighbor! A Tale of Sweet Revenge.

Part of the fun of the Interweb is that you re-discover "oldies but goodies," like this story from 2006 about a neighborly dispute that ended up with ... er, just read:

A city councilman in Utah, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the east Mountains until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home. The home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance.

The neighbor was forced to lower his roof at a significant expense. So while he's at it, he decided to add a "abstract art representing a cactus" on his vet cover so his complaining neighbor can see it everyday!

Links: More pic at Brainless World | Snopes said it was true - via Ectoplasmosis


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I'm confused, Serotonin -- which one was the "bitter neighbor"? The guy who pointed out the zoning violation, or the guy who put the "cactus" on his house?
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When dealing with stupid, bitter, or angry people, the only way to get through to them on any level is usually through shaming them. In this case, the bitter neighbour was shamed.

Congrats to the 'cactus' neighbour. Few people would've been as clever.
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Wood said he would remove the vent cover art if he received apologies from his neighbors. When, a week later, Mark Easton "expressed to him that I am sorry for any discomfort that I have caused his family or him, and that I had no intent to do any harm to him when I called the city with my concern about safety," Wood apparently found that sufficient and took down the controversial abstract "cactus."

http://www.snopes.com/photos/risque/ventcover.asp
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I'm pretty sure that the 'cactus' guy got sued and had to take down the 'cactus' too.

Along with Sid though...you should know what you're getting into before you move into a zoned neighborhood. I for one will never move into a neighborhood which has onerous neighborhood association rules.
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