Last week, Scotty Jordan was out in his yard doing what almost every red-blooded American does during the summer: cooking out. Grilling chicken and ribs is as American as mom and apple pie, but not anymore.
Jordan was shocked back into the reality of government gone wild when a codes enforcement officer, Environmental Specialist Joe Graham, arrived at his home. So much for a man’s home being his castle.
Apparently, a neighbor alerted the country about the alleged infraction, and Jordan’s friends recorded this video of the incident, posted on Jordan’s Facebook page. (One of Jordan’s friends lets rip a bit of salty language in the video).
As Red Flag News reports, when Graham arrived he said “I’m only here because of the odor,” “I’m only here because of the smoke.”
During the conversation, Graham asserted that the men are in violation of a local “rule” that bans the smell of BBQ from crossing over one’s property line.
“I can smell it again right now, but I’m on your property,” Graham tells the group. “You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts.”
The codes enforcement officer was not in uniform and had no badge according to reports. He was extremely helpful though, offering advice about how Scotty might keep the smoke from leaving his property line! Enforcement Specialist Graham suggested the group move their BBQ on a regular basis in conjunction with wind patterns or purchase a specialized version designed to minimize smoke.
So let me get this right. In today’s America, you need to have wind monitoring attachments on your BBQ grill to monitor and measure wind velocity, and then run around the yard with your grill, as you cook, trying to position yourself up wind? Really?
This is the kind of asinine stupid law that drives law enforcement officers over the edge. Laws like this can be used by neighbors who want to harass someone, for just about any reason. Maybe Jordan’s neighbor was a militant vegan. Who knows?
But I have to be honest. If you want to spur the smell police into action, how about getting them to work on that stench coming from Washington DC?
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]