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Backyard toilet fence upsets neighbors

Postby MurphyMobile » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:11 pm

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Nov 22, 11:35 PM EST

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Some people use scarecrows to chase away birds, or garlic to block vampires. Rick Froebe uses toilets to repel golfers. Froebe has erected a backyard "fence" made of seven old toilets, a few used bathtubs and some broken-down water heaters, all designed to prevent golfers from the adjacent Lakeview Golf & Country Club from approaching his yard.

While critics say Froebe is acting out in a dispute with the golf course and other neighbors, the plumber insists his fence is not meant to be offensive.

"It's plumber art," Froebe, 52, said.

Besides, he added, "It's not like this is Pebble Beach. This is Lakeview."

On Monday, three scarecrow-like dummies sat on toilets and looked on as golfers finished their putts on the 354-yard, par-4 first hole. The old commodes, bathtubs and water heaters first appeared on Halloween.

Froebe, co-owner of Coulee Dam/Ephrata Plumbing, used to belong to the golf club, but resigned in May in a dispute with other members.

He said the golfers near his property make his four dogs start barking, which has prompted upset neighbors to call the Grant County sheriff's office. Froebe has lived in the house for 15 years.

Gerald Coulter, representing the country club's nine-member board of directors, called the situation "completely ridiculous."

"I've had several people call that were upset with (the 'fence'). It's an eyesore," Coulter said. "I'm surprised the health department hasn't been out there because of the used toilets and water tanks. It's not a sanitary condition."

Meanwhile, the sheriff's office has warned Froebe three times that his dogs are a nuisance, said Larry Ledeboer, the sheriff's animal control officer.

"The sheriff's office doesn't write a lot of barking infractions," Ledeboer said. "We give warnings and try to work with people."

To date, Froebe has received three barking infractions. A first-offense barking infraction is $47 per dog, Ledeboer said. The second offense is $95. A third offense is $190.

Froebe said he recently bought special dog collars that discourage barking.

He insists the "fence" is not a sign of animosity toward his neighbors.

"If they would've come to me first that would have been one thing," Froebe said. "But they went directly to the sheriff."


This article was found under strange news in that other forum. I thought
I would liven it up with the picutre. Pretty cool, eh?

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Postby etowah » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:30 pm

I thought having a golf course backing up to your backyard was
a status symbol. Plus, always quiet at night.

Some people are always looking for a fight.
He who keeps on dropping the ball doesn't
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Postby admin » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:47 pm

Looks creative to me. Golf courses are waists of perfectly good rifle ranges.
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Postby Yellow_Dog » Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:46 pm

admin wrote:Looks creative to me. Golf courses are waists of perfectly good rifle ranges.


Or wastes 8)
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Postby admin » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:55 am

I can't spell tonight. :lol:
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Postby MurphyMobile » Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:00 pm

admin-

Did you see the skeleton in the pic? She has been waiting a long time
for a target practice range!

I would be too uncomfortable living near a golf course- my luck a golf ball would fly through my yard and no one would holler "FORE" :lol:

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Postby admin » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:08 am

MM, she's bored to death from watching golf. :lol:
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Postby MurphyMobile » Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:22 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby MaryTR52 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:23 am

MM, do you live in Asheville or Seattle? ;)

Yet again, we see the unique behavior of my fellow west coasters... LOL
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Postby MurphyMobile » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:38 am

MaryTR52-

I scan through the Strange and Unusual News and post the articles
and find a picture to match.

Whereas admin, you and the smart folks find the articles that FLY
right over my brain cells. :P

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P.S. No, never lived in Seattle.
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