Mom Goes to Jail for Having a Messy Yard

woman mowing lawnWhile some people love to garden and give their home plenty of curb appeal, others dread it or simply don't make much time for sprucing up their shrubbery. To each his (or her) own, right? You'd think so, but apparently that's not the case in one Tennessee town.

Karen Holloway of Lenoir City spent six hours in jail this week for failure to maintain her yard. How is that possible, you ask? Keep reading! 

The busy working mom had been cited multiple times during the summer for violating local ordinances, but she never expected that not trimming her hedges would land her in prison! 

But it seems she got away cheap -- the judge originally sentenced her to five days in jail! Can you imagine?


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"With my husband going to school and working full-time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best," said Holloway, who offered to complete five days of community service rather than spend time in a cell. Her request was denied.

Here's a thought: Wouldn't it make more sense to send someone out to oversee her and her family cleaning up the questionable yard? I get that she violated these ordinances, but making her sit around in an orange jumpsuit for an evening doesn't seem all that productive, does it? Perhaps she could've simply paid a fine that would've made her realize going forward she could hire someone else to do it.

What's even wackier is that the judge himself agreed this isn't a "criminal case" but wanted to send a message to the community about the importance of maintaining a property.

What's more, Holloway could face additional jail time if she doesn't get behind a mower, pick up a rake or a weed-whacker, and get down to business before her follow-up hearing next month. The mom told WVLT she feels like she's "being bullied." 

"Why would you put me in jail with child molesters, and people who've done real crimes, because I haven't maintained my yard?" Holloway asked. "This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things."

Maybe I'd feel differently if I lived next door to this woman, but it doesn't really seem like the punishment fits the crime in this case.


Do agree with this judge's sentence? 


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