Sweet Grandma Builds Pink Playhouse for Granddaughter & Gets Sued

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pink playhouseSometimes 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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Maias... MaiasMommy619

Hoas are good and bad. Right now mine is bad.

carole76 carole76

I have a neighbor that is constantly calling the councilmen about too many people in and out of our drive, complained when we put up a fence, complained about my husband work truck and trailor, just a miserable man and he has us in his cross hairs. Well little did he know that when the city came out to look at our stuff they found his generator that was put too close to out property line and now he will be fined very month until he pays to have it moved. Eventually people get what is owed to them. He is a bad man and has to deal with what he started.

Same as this story. I hope these people can find something better to do with their time then to pick on people. We teach our kids about bulliing and how bad it is but as adults we do it all the time. How do we expect our kids to be nice and civil when you have annoying people like this telling what we need to do with our property.

LKRachel LKRachel

If you read the article, it sounds like there's way more to this story than "a pink playhouse."  The grandmother was on the board, knew the rules and apparently quit or was fired at some point during the process?  If she was on the board she'd know it had to be approved ahead of time and if she built it anyway and then got complaints she knew she'd have to deal with the consequences.  If it were my child/grandchild, I wouldn't want to put her in the middle of it and would make sure I had everything taken care of before I built the thing.  and if it is a personal issues between her and her former co-board members then again, I wouldn't want to put my granddaughter in the middle of it.  It just doesn't sound like she's simply some 'sweet' oblivious granny who only wanted to do something for her granddaughter.  

hanna... hannahsmom238

She knew the rules and agreed to them when she moved to a house with an HOA. It's a stupid rule but it's what she signed up for.

nonmember avatar Anna

And this is why Im so very glad i live in the country on a farm! Rediculous rules... But she knew them. If its such an issue, for the granddaughers sake, just change the color! People make life way more complicated than it should be.

Ashle... AshleyB1984

I hope to never have a HOA to answer to because of stories like this.

nonmember avatar cjsmom

My in laws came across a similar problem with their HOA. They built their dog a house that was an exact replica of theirs but painted it pink, the HOA was very upset cause it was supposed to be the same color as their house, plus the HOA threw a fit cause their garage door was white not the "recommended" off white.

CPN322 CPN322

Wth is the world coming to.

jalaz77 jalaz77

You live under HOA, follow the rules! I don't feel bad for her at all. People are so stupid, she knew what she was doing. This is why I would never live in a HOA community. Pros and cons.

Billie Jo Evans

Why would anyone join a community with a HOA??? I find it hilarious there's been so many stories of people joining them and then being sued for not abiding by the rules, LOL! I get it, you join them because they're "exclusive" neighborhoods, but their rules come back to bite you in the butt once you find out you don't fit their mold of a perfect neighbor, lol.

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