Brickbat: Icky Azaleas



For 30 years, Lexa King has cultivated the azaleas outside her Atlanta home. But someone recently made an anonymous complaint to city code enforcement. A code enforcement officer cited her for having an overgrown yard. She faces up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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  1. Christ what an asshole!

    Again is this something worth fining and jailing someone over? Who is harmed?

    1. 1. Neighbor’s feelings.

      2. Government enforcer’s feelings (if he doesn’t get to stomp someone’s rights soon).

  2. “She’s got so many azalea bushes, her yard’s going to look like Gone With the Wind come spring. I don’t like azaleas and I sure didn’t like that movie, the way they made slavery look like a big happy tea party.” ?The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    1. Pie, anyone?

    2. what offends one of us, offends all of us…so just burn her house down uproot all the azalea bushes and behead the bitch on national TV…that’ll show em who’s boss

    3. She’s got so many azalea bushes, her yard’s going to look like Gone With the Wind come spring
      Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!

      1. Actually I would have gone with ‘what a dump’.

  3. King said she’s fighting a bigger battle to protect the quirkiness of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood

    I was on her side til right about here.

  4. “They said it was messy, said it was overgrown,” King told Klaus.

    “I said, ‘Well, that’s just your opinion, man.'”

    1. Get a job, Lebowski!

      1. That azalea bush really tied the neighborhood together, did it not.

  5. “We asked him for a definition of excessive, which he could not provide,” King said.

    “I shall not attempt further to define excessive but I know it when I see it.”

    1. Every offense in Georgia is a misdemeanor or felony, so this “offense” was a misdemeanor and that is clearly excessive. Georgia does not have infractions (penalty being only monetary) like some states.

      1. This is not correct. Speeding tickets, parking fines, other petty moving violations are infractions, for example.

  6. Looking at her lawn in the clip, I thought the azalea part was just a line – she’s got overgrown ornamental grasses and flowers all over the front yard that do look kinda messy.

    But no! She has a side yard of shrubs and trees that looks exactly like a side yard full of azaleas and trees. That’s what they cited her for. They’ve kinda lost their minds.

    That area is a normal yard style in Georgia – the wooded area with azalea and dogwood understories. Common as red clay throughout the south.

    1. Yeah, that was my thought when I opened the link and saw the picture. Like it or not, most cities would cite her over the grass / weeds that are obviously out of control. But the azaleas are the problem? WTF?

    2. I would bet, its the non-Georgians moving into her area that had a problem with her yard.

      On that note, there are plenty of Georgia natives that have fascist streaks and are busybodies.

      1. Wait, isn’t shriek in Georgia? Being a complete asshole to your neighbors is right up his alley…

  7. In Chuck Schumer is still an asshole news:…..chocolate/

    1. Saw that. Politicians are frauds. They see actors pretending to be CEOs by barking orders and firing people and think they can do the same. By frauds, I mean to themselves, to reality, to the world.

      Buncha fucking frauds.

  8. “You didn’t grow that.”
    Fine Obama.

  9. An “anonymous complaint” often just means a code enforcement person was driving around looking for revenue-farming opportunities. I, uh, heard.

    1. Maybe, maybe not. In our city, city staff will not cite a violation they happen to see unless a citizen makes a complaint.

  10. As hopeful as it is to see the owner fight against the citation, her neighbors supporting the dismissal of the complaint, and even the anchor for supporting the fight against government Brickbats, I can guarantee that all of these people actually support the stupid “yard beauty” city codes. Candler Park is NOT a bastion of libertarian individuality.

    1. Local oppressive regulations are great until they affect you, which is what these little fascists don’t think about.

      The South is full of Democrats who are okay with Nanny-State rules and Republicans who are fine with Police-State rules. Together they make rules that cause situations like this.

  11. Wait, I know what she can do… she should let the bushes grow so that their main trunks are more than 6″. Then they will be classified as trees, and then the Trees Atlanta gestapo and the City can fight each other over which code takes precedence!

  12. >>>I don’t like azaleas…

    fuck you. move.

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