Skip to comments.Get out of bed and cut your lawn! Code Compliance officer marched into woman's home and yelled
Posted on 07/09/2012 3:14:40 PM PDT by Teflonic
A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long.
Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn.
After knocking on the woman's door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video.
He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice,' Masters told WJBF.COM.
I woke up, I didn't have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway. A big, huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.
Vowell, who has been placed on administrative leave, will not face criminal charges, it has been revealed.
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Guess he was lucky he wasn’t shot.
I fear if this happened in our house, that would be one dead fat man.
Sumbitch would have been dead had he tried this at my home.
my two big dogs would have had him for breakfast.
surely this is breaking and entering? Trespassing?
That guy would look like a 400 lb block of swiss cheese with 5.56 fragments if he tried that at my house.
The area looks very rural, why the heck are grass requirements being enforced there anyway? She should just spread a 50lb bag of wildflower seeds over the whole front of the house and be done with it.
Appalling. But I have to ask, how did he let himself in? Was the food unlocked? Or did he break in?
The guy is none too smart.
They have guns and castle laws in GA. If she had a gun and heard him coming down the hallway she could have toasted him right there - and been within her rights.
He’s right, her yard is a mess!
He’d weigh a bit less after the 00 buckshot diet. As those in the know say, “heavy buckshot at close ranges remove meat and bone.”
Jimmy is quite fortunate that his name is not preceeded by the words “the late”...
Wake me up that way and it will be Mossberg time!
News as it should be...
“The woman told police officers that she was awakened by a large, strange man standing over her while she was sleeping in her bed and he began yelling at her. “I thought that he was crazy... I thought that he was going to rape or kill me... so I shot him once in the head and twice in the chest”.
He has that over-aged Cartman look to him.
The BTK murderer took a long break in his murderous rampage.
Why you ask?
He was deriving enough pleasure administratively torturing people as a code enforcer that he didnt feel the need to Bind, Torture and Kill young women.
What does that tell you?
I hope she sues the CHIT out of the city and then some. We are living in a police state.
“The guy is none too smart.”
Yeah, you only have to watch the first part of the video to realize this guy has size 44 coveralls and a size 4 hat. Which is to say, a typical county employee.
He’s on leave so he can apply for a job on Obama’s new death panel.
It is amazing to me that across the width and breath of this continent gubment cheese swilling swine like this have jobs. People like this have jobs because citizens want strong gubment. Powerful gubment is demanded at all levels, Municipal, County, State and Federal. Voting citizens demand gubment powerful enough to interfere in the lives of fellow citizens.
I am convinced this is a conservative Law and Order legacy inflicted on each other by a brand of conservatism that harbors a great reverence for institutions.
Everyone here that argues for seat belt laws, helmet laws, cell phone laws and the War on Drugs, this is your legacy.
Conservatism to me is:
Small government with decision making pushed to the smallest possible denominator. Underfunded and frustrated public employees. Personal risk accepted rather than transfered. Small, cheap, gubment that has a hard time getting things done. That is good conservative gubment to me. But this picture juxtaposed with a very powerful military stationed overseas and tight border control.
She should have shown him where the lawnmower was and tell him to get cutting...fat boy...
I’d be answering a homicide charge if the jackass came into my home and he’d be assuming room temperature.
I hate to say it, but I agree with the suing part. Especially since the county didn’t see fit to file b and e charges against the larda$$ who believed he had the authority to confront a helpless woman in her bedroom.
Sue them until their insurance policy limit is breached -then go into the county funds aka salary and pension and benefit funds.
And he does appear to be somewhat BTKish.
And it is completely shameful that the county seems to be backing his actions.
For those unfamiliar with the area...
it is not pronounced mar-TEE-nez; it is pronounced martin-EZZ.
Wow that’s the first person I thought of.
You, me and Cowgirl of Justice.
Yeah, well they also think Houston is pronounced How-stun...
Dead in 5 seconds.
Punching the “like” tag.
I said shake, rattle, and roll.
Love it! In Missouri, the St. Francois River is pronounced "Saint Francis".
I don’t know any of the specifics of this situation...but, in many communities, the code compliance people have the authority of law enforcement.
The reason given is that they need this authority to be able to write tickets for tall grass, etc. Of course, the downside is that these untrained idiots have, well, police powers...and can go whever thay want, to enforce the law.
He’s just going to say he went in there to make sure the house was indeed inhabited, nobody was dead in there, etc. Most people would call the police...but, he may be the police.
GA communities seem to have a habit of passing these types of ordinances, probably to discourage lower class residents. They pass a bunch of laws about lawn care, shrubbery, junk on the property, maximum # of cars allowed, noise, pets, etc. Then, harass & fine the hell out of violators until they are driven out of town.
I'll bet Erica Masters is black. I'll also bet Vowell will be back on the job in a jiffy.
“...Yeah, well they also think Houston is pronounced How-stun...”
Yes, Georgia actually has a Houston County (pronounced “HOUSE-ton”).
Extra points if you can pronounce this one:
Taliaferro County Georgia” (named for a Revolutionary War Captain).
I am well prepared.
And my dogs spend their days sharpening their teeth and checking the batteries in their walkie talkies.
Not even gonna try.
Update: The guy has been fired.
He was in hot pursuit of her dog.
“Taliaferro County Georgia...”
It is pronounced: Toliver.
“...The guy has been fired....”
If the woman had not had a video security system in her home, nothing would have ever come of this.
Thanks for the update, glad he was let go.