Cynical Attitude (13 of 40) by Stephen Whitney
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"What are you in jail for?" was the question posed to Angelica Flores in the Arizona jail. She hesitated for a moment, then decided to tell the truth. "It was Christmas lights." According to
The Arizona Republic officials said that Flores and her husband, Tony, violated a code that stipulated - to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood - all Christmas decorations must be removed from homes within 19 days of December 25th or January 13th.
The news report said that the Flores had not removed their Christmas lights by April because Tony had sustained a work injury and Angelica was afraid to climb a ladder. They had been
to court twice, and disregarded the third court date "after receiving a letter stating the case had been dismissed."
When they moved to Glendale, the whole issued was dead, they thought. So, Angelica was very stunned a few days later when three police officers arrived at their home and handcuffed them.
"They treated us like we had killed someone, Angelica told the newspaper the Arizona Republic.
In October, 1998 Terrence Dickson who lived in Bristol, PA was leaving a house he had just finished robbing through the garage.
He was not able to get the door to go up because the automatic door opener was malfunctioning.
He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was away on vacation. Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found in the garage and a large bag of dry dog food.
Later, when the family came home he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of a half million dollars.
Injustice regularly takes place because we live in a sinful world where people seek to get what they want without caring about the feeli ...
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