Thursday, December 08, 2011

WTF! 80 Year Old Woman Faces Jail Time... For Feeding Ducks!

We must of solved that poverty problem, global warming and world peace and moved on to more important things!

Amplify’d from www.dailymail.co.uk

Claire Butcher, an 80-year-old living outside of Boston, has spent the last 45 years providing bread crumbs, dog food, and other snacks to local water fowl.

But officials in Lynn, Massachusetts finally got fed up and slapped the octogenarian with criminal charges, saying that the influx of birds - and the excrement they left behind - was causing a major problem.

After numerous attempts to stop Ms Butcher from feeding the ducks, officials found her guilty of trespassing as well as ignoring a city ban not to feed the animals.

Feed the birds: Claire Butcher, 80, was criminally charged after spending 45 years tending to local ducks and geese
In 2009, Lynn officials made a deal with Ms Butcher after seeking an injunction, and she agreed to no longer feed the birds.
Officials said she repeatedly ignored that deal, trespassed on city property, and neglected to pay several fines.
Officials and neighbours alike are upset at the mess the birds leave behind at the ponds.
Filthy: Lynn city attorney Vincent Phelan called the parks 'filthy' and says it was a result of Ms Butcher's bird feeding

The initial problem started in 2009, when Lynn officials got tired of all the complaints stemming from Ms Butcher’s bird feedings.

Some neighbours complained of feathers
getting stuck on their roofs, and others were upset they couldn’t go on a
stroll around the park without walking in piles of duck droppings.

Birds of a feather: Officials complain that Ms Butcher's feedings bring too many ducks and geese to the local ponds and making a mess
Make way for city ordinances: Lynn's parks show signs that tell visitors not to feed the animals

‘I guess Lynn has nothing else to do besides chase an 80-year-old woman down the street for feeding ducks,’ she said.

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