Sometimes I'm glad I don't own a house, because, hot dog, are there some ridiculous things that go along with it. Get this: A woman in Georgia is currently being sued because in her backyard sits a playhouse she built for her granddaughter, and she -- brace yourself -- painted it pink.
The audacity of this woman!
Becky Rogers-Peck is what I like to call "an awesome grandma." She built her 4-year-old granddaughter Aubree a highly-creative, seriously adorable pink and purple playhouse last Christmas in her backyard. Aubree loves the playhouse. Obviously. What little kid wouldn't love a pink and purple playhouse? However, Becky's homeowner's association does not. Becky's HOA is so appalled by this eye sore of a child's dream that they're suing her. See, they feel cheated that Becky didn't run the color by them. They think that this playhouse falls under the category of "backyard structure." And backyard structure colors ought to be run by the HOA, ya heard? Susan Bradley, HOA president, said: "We didn't disapprove of the playhouse. We disapproved of the color of it."
They disapprove of the color, guys.
Naturally, Rogers-Peck is pissed, and Aubree is scared. Rogers-Peck said: "Aubree knows exactly what's going on, and she is very upset about it. She is scared they might make us tear it down." (Side bar: You can't even see the structure from the street.)
You know, sometimes in life, you have to just let shit go; choose your battles, as they say. But this is one of those things, in my opinion, that should be fought (by Rogers-Peck) tooth and nail, because it's completely uncalled for and totally ridiculous. It's a child's playhouse! Would Becky had to have gotten approval on a Little Tykes house, or a swing set? News flash: Kids' crap doesn't always "go" with our homes. In fact, kids' crap is often ugly. But you don't not buy it because of that. And you definitely don't tell your neighbors not to. I understand that when you buy a house, there are rules one needs to abide by, but this takes things to the next level. As Rogers-Peck said: "They're policing us like we're in a communist country, and it's just ridiculous."
For Becky and Aubree's sake, hopefully, someone will move into their neighborhood with a dog who poops on everyone else's lawns. Maybe that will shift the HOA's attention, and get them all riled up about something else. Because clearly, these people have a lot of time on their hands.
What do you think of this?
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