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Tree Top Toilets

A subdivision just outside of Austin, Arkansas is in a tizzy about one neighbor who installed two toilets on poles high above the fence and signs that say "Trailer Park Coming Soon." Some residents complain that it has affected their property values.

"Who is going to buy a house where you see signs about a trailer park coming soon? It borderlines harassment. However, if you own property you can do with the property as you please," said Lonoke County Sheriff John Stoley.

Stoley said it all started with a disagreement between a property owner and the developer building homes adjacent to his land. What exactly upset the property owner is still a mystery, but in March, he placed two toilets on two approximately 20-foot poles and nailed spray-painted signs to his trees facing the developer's property with the words "Trailer Park Coming Soon."

Though neighbors claim they can't sell their homes due to the unattractive new displays, toilets in trees are not illegal.

"This is the city limits here. Where the signs are is in the county, and there is no ordinances prohibiting signs in the county on a property. It's not threatening. It's nothing criminal at this time," Stoley stated.

Neither the owner of the toilets not the property developer would make a statement. It's things like this that cause some people to sign draconian HOA agreements. Link -via Arbroath


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I'm an Arkansan,too. But in my area, we talk to our neighbors. No one wants to live next door to someone who hates them, so you work it out like civilized adults. We don't make silly signs or sign our own individual rights away to be part of an association. We buy in neighborhoods that seem to be a good fit for the sort of life we want to lead, and then work out the kinks with our neighbors neighbor to neighbor when we have differences. It's not that tough. A plate of brownies or couple cold beers on the porch or passed over the fence and everyone practices a little give and take and is happy with it.
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