Empowered by Excessive Regulations, 'Permit Karen' Harasses Her Neighbors and Calls the Cops

How invasive questions about a stone patio permit turned into a Black Lives Matter protest


Zoning and other municipal regulations give busybodies a license to harass people they don't like and force others to conform to subjective standards as they see fit. Take Susan Schulz of Montclair, New Jersey—or as she's known online right now, "Permit Karen."

A viral video shows Schulz arguing with a neighbor, Fareed Nassor Hayat, over a permit. In the video's Facebook caption, Hayat says Schulz, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency, demanded to know whether he had a permit to install a stone patio in his backyard. Hayat says Schulz "came onto our property three times within thirty minutes" to confront him about it.

Hayat explains to Schulz that the city does not require a permit for a construction project of this size. At that point, he says, Schulz called the police and falsely claimed that he assaulted her. 

It has happened again. White entitlement and black hate embodied in Susan who lives on Marion Road and works at the EPA,…

Posted by Fareed Nassor Hayat on Monday, June 29, 2020

Police reportedly arrived on the scene, but neither party filled out a formal complaint. The next day, protesters marched on the street, shouting "Black Lives Matter."

Even if Hayat had needed a permit, that would just be a sign of how such laws can empower busybodies. As Reason's Damon Root has written, "zoning and proto-zoning ordinances have been used to legally separate, harass, or exclude various unpopular groups, including African Americans, recent immigrants, Muslims, gays, and assorted religious minorities." Examples range from an 1870 California law about air space in housing, which was enforced almost exclusively in San Francisco's crowded Chinatown, to a more recent mobile home ban in New Jersey, which the state Supreme Court concluded was first and foremost a tool to discriminate against black and poor Americans.

That's not the only way these overbearing rules hurt the disadvantaged. When the state of Missouri restricted revenue from traffic tickets, the tiny town of Pagedale turned to code violations and similar municipal infractions instead. Residents were excessively ticketed and fined for trivial matters such as having mismatched blinds or cracks in a driveway. Enforcement was so heavy-handed that 39 percent of the town received citations. Such fines and fees criminalize income status.

With the aid of the Institute for Justice, Pagedale residents filed a class action lawsuit in 2015 to fight the city's attempt to police for profit. Three years later, a federal judge approved a consent decree to weaken the city's power.

To better protect citizens, local governments should take such weapons away from all the Permit Karens out there. As Reason's Mike Riggs wrote in 2018, we need to "scale back the police powers of every arm of the state. Not just the police police, but the health police and the tax police and the zoning police."

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  1. “Empowered by Excessive Regulations”

    Swing and a miss.

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    2. How is a nosey neighbor got to do with the color of someone’s skin? A lot of us have had neighbors who think it’s their job to police the community for violations. I had a white neighbor call the police 3 times on me, yet I’m white also. So bringing race into this is nothing more than trying to stir up racial tensions. Even if she was wrong on the law it is her right to call the police if she thinks a law is being broken. I got called on because my. grass was 1/2 inch too high. people can be assholes without being racists.

  2. It’s his fault. He should have called the cops the second time she trespassed, and filed the damn report. And then gone after a restraining order, and Baker acted her.

    1. He should have called the cops

      Playing with fire there.

      1. Yes, I hope Fareed Nassor Hayat knows better than that.

      2. Agreed. Why bring armed thugs into a neighborly spat? It’s Karen’s fault for her inability to act like a grown-up, so she had to call Mom and Dad to make the bad man stop.

        1. Because without the police report, he couldn’t get a restraining order.
          And it will provide documentation for the defense if something happens to her – – – – – –

      3. He should file for a restraining order that would mandate a great enough distance that she couldn’t stay in her own home.

        These kinds of people need to learn. The hard way.

        1. That would never happen. It would be about a 50-100 ft protection zone.

      4. Neighbors suck. Put a tall fence around your whole property so no one can see what is going on there. Problem solved.

        1. You have to get a permit for that.

        2. And your HOA probably will not allow a fence higher than 6′ or even a solid-panel fence (might block someone’s view of a pond or somesuch).

          1. Move to the cuntry (on purpose spell nazis)…lot less bullshit and very little Karens.

        3. Great idea!

    2. So Karen called in BLM In retaliation like 4chan calls in SWATtings?

      What a cunt. If true, I would make a call to adult protection services regarding her parents, and of course to CPS regarding her poor, indoctrinated kids.

      A quick call to the local media should pair nicely with the government agencies involvement.

      After that, simply walk your dog to Karen’s house to shit on her grass every chance you get, and she will have learned her lesson.

      I would never let up. The bitch has to pay.

    3. You can’t Baker act someone for being a bitch. Just file a trespassing report.

  3. I really don’t think it needs to be the subject of a protest and a national news story every time one neighbor calls the cops on another neighbor even if the neighbor who did it is an asshole. This whole thing is idiotic. Whatever you think of the woman, and from what I can tell she is in the wrong, the BLM protesters are much worse. If this is all they have to protest, then racial and law enforcement perfection has been reached and they need to get a life. Christ what a bunch of assholes.

    1. I guess they ran out of statues to tear down. Can we put some decoy statues up somewhere to get them something to do? I mean, obviously since getting jobs somewhere is out of the question.

      1. OMG, decoy statues! Think of the possibilities. Genius (sincerely, it’s a great idea).

        1. Its the Blazing Saddles gambit.

          1. That also might work against some of these marches if the leaders stopped and yelled, “Somebody’s gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes”!

        2. Someone should take down those racist Ronald McDonald statues. He’s wearing white face.

        1. Good stuff, thanks!

          From there…

          U.S.—With more and more statues across the country being pulled down, pigeons are being forced to redirect their payloads to different targets.

          As soon as statues are pulled down, the pigeons turn toward the nearest available target: angry rioters.

          “Yes! Down with racism–AHHHHH!!!!” screamed one rioter just after pulling down a statue of Christopher Columbus. The pigeons immediately turned on him, with a squadron of the birds divebombing him to unload hundreds of pounds worth of excrement. “Run!!!”

          Rioters frantically tried to put the statues back up as they were attacked by the feral flocks. “Put Christopher back! Quick!” cried one Antifa group as they were swarmed by a whole fleet of pigeon bombers. But try as they might, their weak liberal arms could not lift the statue and they were forced to flee the scene.

          1. SQRLSY One
            July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
            Port-a-potties ARE buffets

    2. Meh anytime an EPA employee gets a dose of their own medicine, it brings a smile to my face. Need to figure out a way to harness the BLM to put end to the EPA once and for all. Perhaps informing them that the racist Richard Nixon created it would work.

      1. But this didn’t happen because they were an EPA employee. IT could happen to anyone. This is bullshit.

        1. Completely true, but I can smile about it knowing she had it coming. Karma’s a bitch. And if the BLM is going to rip down government property, I can’t think of a better place to start then the EPA.

          1. No, not completely true. Anyone who works for the EPA has voluntarily chosen to be a busybody, and what is wrong with bringing a little work home with you? This Karen being predisposed to be a busybody is why she took the EPA job in the first place, and it just reinforced her sense of entitlement, and that government controlled everything.

            1. Hey remember when you told is you want to eat shit?

              1. Pepperidge Farms remembers.

          2. BLM? I hate those fuckers.

            Bureau of Land Management, right?

            Those fuckers should be on everyone’s list too.

            1. BLM=Burn Loot Murder

        2. It speaks volumes about the kind of people who work at the EPA though

      2. Yeah, who needs clean water and air.

        If only we could return to the good ol days when rivers caught fire and you couldn’t see to the end of the block the smog was so thick.

        1. Right — ya know like those “good ol days” when all your neighbors were dropping nuclear bombs, causing volcanoes to erupt, creating tornadoes, polluting the river waters with mud slides, turning forests into ashes by lighting……

          Oh, wait, hold the emergency phone… Just in; Seems the only thing “your neighbors” were doing in the “good ol days” was having a smoke in their own backyard.

          Seems all you alarmists have a clinical case of OCD….

    3. the BLM protesters are much worse

      I just don’t understand why they believe that racializing everything is going to reduce racism.

      1. They’ll want to reduce racism. They want to scream about racism to bully everyone into rolling over for Marxism.

        1. Like you want to scream marxism to bully everyone into rolling over.

          1. Have a look at BLM “What We Believe” section on their website. Then pull up Communist Party USA website. The former basically paraphrases the later, except for strategically inserting the word “black” in a few places.

            1. Exactly! I’m black. Their solution to solving the problem of some peoples lives being awful is to burn it all down and replace with a system that makes everyone’s lives awful. Hard pass. I dont need them to speak for me or any other black person who isnt down with their program.

        2. Well, Only “Marxism” brand that will entitle them anyways… Lets not forget all the complaining coming-in about their own “Marxism” they ended up on the wrong-side of.

          It’s all about empowering their inalienable characteristics (race, sex, etc..) to gather *free* resources. It really doesn’t speak much louder than the “empowering women” slogan. Communism is all about power struggles because to them……

          POWER = WEALTH

          Exact same power=wealth of using a gun to over-power someone into giving you their money. The concept of VALUE=WEALTH is just not in the cards with “Marxism”.

    4. You really are the problem John.

      If getting away with filing false – and in this case apparently both malicious and racist – reports to call in state enforcement is your idea of ‘racial and law enforcement perfection’, then YOU are the utter asshole

      1. “racist”

        fuck off

      2. No charges were filed and the cops went home. Only a profound retard like you could think that warrants a protest and being national news. You are the problem dumb ass. You and every other moron.

        1. “No charges were filed and the cops went home.”

          THIS TIME AROUND, that is what happened! Many-many-MANY other times that similar (or lesser) things have happened, “uppity blacks” (and whites) and their dogs have been shot, killed, strangled, mangled, and abused! THAT is why national news and protests are needed! To put down the “Karens” for once! AND the stupid laws and regs that they use and abuse!

          And the Johns (AND the port-a-potties presumably ASS well!) of the world make excuses or trivializations for the abuses, and call those who protest the abuses, “dumb asses”? Who’s the dumb ass, dumb ass?

          1. port-a-potties

            Or as you like to call them, buffets.

          2. Port-a-potties ARE buffets, for Tulpa-Satan-Mary-“.”-Mary’s Period! Port-a-potties are ALSO where she likes to hungrily slurp down her yeast-infected twat juices! She TOLD us so!

            1. SQRLSY One
              July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
              Port-a-potties ARE buffets


              1. “Dear Abby” is a personal friend of mine. She gets some VERY strange letters! For my amusement, she forwards some of them to me from time to time. Here is a relevant one:

                Dear Abby, Dear Abby,
                My life is a mess,
                Even Bill Clinton won’t stain my dress,
                I whinny seductively for the horses,
                They tell me my picnic is short a few courses,
                My real name is Mary Stack,
                NO ONE wants my hairy crack!
                On disability, I live all alone,
                Spend desperate nights by the phone,
                I found a man named Richard Decker,
                But he won’t give me his hairy pecker!
                Decker’s pecker is reserved for farm beasts,
                I am beastly, yes! But my crack’s full of yeasts!

                So Dear Abby, that’s just a poetic summary… You can read about the Love of my Life, Richard Decker, here:
                Farmers kept refusing to let him have sex with their animals. So he sought revenge, authorities say.
                Decker the hairy pecker told me a summary of his story as below:
                Decker: “Can I have sex with your horse?”
                Farmer: “Lemme go ask the horse.”
                Farmer: “My horse says ‘neigh’!”
                And THAT was straight from the horse’s mouth! I’m not horsin’ around, here, no mare!

                So Decker the hairy pecker told me that, apparently never even realizing just HOW DEEPLY it hurt me, that he was all interested in farm beasts, while totally ignoring MEEE!!

                So I thought maybe I could at least liven up my lonely-heart social life, by refining my common interests that I share with Richard Decker… I, too, like to have sex with horses!

                But Dear Abby, the horses ALL keep on saying “neigh” to my whinnying sexual advances!
                Some tell me that my whinnying is too whiny… Abby, I don’t know how to fix it!

                Dear Abby, please don’t tell me “get therapy”… I can’t afford it on my disability check!

                Now, along with my crack full of yeasts… I am developing anorexia! Some are calling me a “quarter pounder with cheese”, but they are NOT interested at ALL, in eating me!!! They will NOT snack on my crack!

                What will I DO, Dear Abby?!?!?

                -Desperately Seeking Horses, Men, or ANYTHING, in Fort Worth,
                Yours Truly,
                Mary Stack / Tulpa / Mary’s Period / “.” / Satan

                1. SQRLSY One
                  July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                  Port-a-potties ARE buffets

            2. Getting awfully close to libel. Better back off the absolute disgusting lies.

          3. So race protests over a non- race issue. But BLDon’tM when it comes to all the shootings in most every major city the past couple weeks. Like their ‘global focus’ that ignores Still Extant Arab Slave Trade in Mauritania Libya Sudan and Mali. Hell, they’re demonstration to get rid of ‘colonial’ statues & road names in Sudan, not just British, but those in the Islamic Arab Slave Trade that BLM, it’s Farrakhan adherent members and Muslim ‘Allies’ all ignore as it doesn’t fit the Intersectionalist narrative. But a neighbor spat involving a basic idiot gets their blood moving hot. LOL

          4. OTOH, nosy busybodies have called the permit cops (or worse, the HOA) on their white neighbors time after time, too. Not EVERYTHING is racist just because it involves a black person.

          5. if it is a county ordinance,then that is the civil law. Just because you don’t like it or think it is stupid, it is still the law. Follow your rights as a resident and gather signatures to put on the ballot to get the ordinance(s) removed. The law is not difficult to follow.

          6. Yeah, I miss dropping nuclear bombs on people on Sunday night and pouring my used oil into the local creek. What good times.

      3. You really are clueless. What are you doing on a libertarian thread? Really, what?

        1. Really,remarking at how stupid people of all political parties can be.

    5. A neighbor? LOL. Dude, she’s a goddamn EPA agent. She harasses a guy for building a fucking STONE PATIO IN HIS BACKYARD, demands to see a permit he doesn’t need, and when he tells her to fuck off, after trespassing his property three fucking times in 30 minutes, she actually calls the cops, and LIES ABOUT BEING ASSAULTED.

      She fucking swatted his ass. She wanted him dead and you know it. That, and she got BLM to swoop in and take up for some rando’s property rights. Fucking hilarious. If some power-tripping EPA cunt abusing her authority, trespassing, enforcing laws that don’t exist, and trying to swat some motherfucker who just wants a fucking patio isn’t worth fighting or covering as a national news story, I dunno what is.

      1. Glad you are a mind reader. I might be able to get you on with the California psychic hotline. You know she wanted him dead. So you must be able to read minds. If she was trespassing for the 3rd time, maybe he did get mad and grabbed her and escorted her off his property. I wouldn’t blame him. But with todays identity politics, It is hard to decide what is fair and what is payback for years of discrimination. She didn’t SWAT him, she called 911,a big difference. Try to quit exaggerating and looking for racism around every corner.

  4. That’s terrible alliteration.

    1. I thought it was Permit Patty.

        1. Keystone Karen the Koncerned Kunt?

  5. Not just a Karen, but a one who works for the EPA – The Karen of government agencies.

    1. She’s a Karen’s Karen alright

      1. Unfortunately, since she makes a living off of it, she lost her amateur status and can’t compete in the Karen Olympics.

        1. Considering how incompetent government is generally, I’d say being a government professional *is* amateur hour.

          1. Hey remember when you said portapotties are buffets?

  6. ….Hayat says Schulz, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency….

    She’s not a recreational busybody, she’s a pro.

  7. Many local AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) do not require permits for ‘flat work’ – sidewalks, patios, etc – under a certain size, or in some cases, a certain percentage of your yard.

    Where I live, the only authority that would have a say is the local sewer district, due to stormwater runoff concerns. But they don’t care about paver type patios either – they are either permeable or semi-permeable, and water can drain right through them.

  8. Proggy fight!

  9. Goddamn, Reason is just going all in on the progressive “everything is racist because skin color is primary” racism, i see

    1. Exactly. She’s clearly an asshole, but we don’t know that she’s a racist. It’s tempting to just make that leap since she’s an obvious asshole, but we should perhaps use our ability to reason to prevent unsupported assumptions.

      1. she would have called the police on her own grandmother she is just a busy body who thinks she know everything since she works for a busy body agency.

    2. I dunno if she’s a racist or not. Don’t really give a shit, either. I just want her to get swatted and shot dead. That’s all! 🙂

      1. Wow, what a fin e human being you are. I think 3 time felons, 5 time misdemeanor drug arrests and convictions and people who have more kids after 1 that they can’t afford them, but expect more government aid deserve to die because all they are doing is draining the resources of the country.

  10. She is clearly an asshole (I mean she works for the EPA!), but how is it clear that this was a racial issue? Having known people like this I suspect she would have been just as much of an asshole to any other neighbor that did shit she didn’t approve of.

    1. Made my comment before I read yours, but we’re on the same page.

      There’s a large subset of people who only have a hammer, and they see nails everywhere they look.

    2. This was no accident. She has been activated to prompt a “racial” event. The fact that she is EPA suggests she is in agreement with the BLM action.

      1. Now the EPA are activating employees to harass people of color. maybe we can get the USDA, TSA, the military and news reporters.

    3. That is more than possible. Dude certainly THINKS she’s a racist, but hey, who knows? He could be totally wrong about that.. Can’t really blame him, though. If someone tried to swat me over a patio I’d throw whatever I could at ’em and see what sticks, too.

      1. Calling 911 is not SWATTING someone.

  11. From a libertarian perspective, this might be the most damn article on BLM yet.
    EPA bitch is obviously a prog and eager to go full Karen just for the fun of it.
    In response, assumed-to-be-“black/brown” lady, who will henceforth be referred to as Blackbrownbody Karen, posts on social media how she’s being oppressed, says where EPA Karen lives, and gets BLM to show up and go all Mob Karen on EPA Karen.

    The sole motivation of all Karens (everyone) involved is nothing more than establishing vicarious dominance and escalating annoying karen supremacy

    1. you could tell she was black by her blaccent.

  12. Sorry, but I find it delicious irony that the BLM card played trumps the EPA card played and I hope the BLM protesters harass this bitch until she’s reduced to blubbering tears begging for forgiveness for her sorry white privilege.

    1. Any scorn and derision heaped on this self-righteous busybody is fine by me.

      1. As a general principle, it’s probably not good to assume that any dispute between people of different races must have racism as its sole cause. That’s kind of a racist assumption in itself.

        This woman is just an asshole, with no evidence that she’s a racist asshole.

        1. My point is that I don’t care if there’s a racial element here or not. There wasn’t an environmental element issue either. This happened in a highly densely developed suburban environment with acres of paved streets, sidewalks and driveways and thousands of square feet of rooftops. A 20’X20′ patio is insignificant and local planning officials recognize the fact.

          I have absolutely no problem that when this bitch plays her utterly irrelevant environmental nutcase card the BLM slammed down their race card and screamed trumps.

        2. No, it’s absolutely a racist assumption

      2. Agreed. Judging from the photo, they could have at least cited her for jaywalking.

  13. This is why I would never buy a home in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association. It is always the pettiest of petty tyrants who rise to the top of these organizations. I’m sure the EPA is filled to the brim with these types.

    1. ^^This.

    2. I don’t think this had anything to do with a HOA. The EPA bitch was questioning whether the homeowner had a city or county permit for his patio. He replied that he had checked and that he did not need any kind of permit.

      Cities and counties all across the country have all kinds of planning and permitting regulations, such things are not just found in the planned communities with covenants enforced by HOAs.

      The difference is that city and county planning regs are supposed to be limited to legitimate issues of public health and safety while planned communities with HOAs can enforce a whole bunch of rules based on aesthetics and other entirely subjective matters of taste if such things are in the original subdivision covenants.

      1. Of course, one of the problems with city and county planning regs arises when one asks, exactly what are legitimate issues of public health and safety and what are “things I don’t like”?

      2. No, it didn’t. My point was that it is my choice to subject myself to such busybody BS, and I choose to minimize it as much as possible. It’s good advice. The same holds for people who choose to live in SF and the like.

    3. HOAs are just small governments. The pettiest of petty tyrants tend to rise to the top of local government, state government, federal government…especially in the unelected “civil servant” domains.

  14. “zoning and proto-zoning ordinances have been used to legally separate, harass, or exclude various unpopular groups, including African Americans, recent immigrants, Muslims, gays, and assorted religious minorities.”

    Did Root really write that these demographics were defacto “unpopular groups”?

    1. In fact, I might argue it’s the opposite. A black couple got their own nationally recognized protest movement to support them in their neighbor dispute with their idiotic neighbor. Thank God Karen was white, because from what I’ve seen, if an angry mob crashes on to your property threatening to kill you and come out of the house armed and prepared to defend yourself, you get called a racist and have to withstand a grilling from the semi-retarded Chris Cuomo.

      I guess the question I have is, next time maybe we try to turn Susan Kelo’s fight into a Black Lives Matter issue?

  15. Three observations :

    1. I agree Ms Schulz may be a general busybody, whose busybody-ness transcends race.

    2. I disagree this has anything to do with left/right. Busybodies are distributed across the political spectrum.

    3. I find the tenor of comments amusing. This is a story made for the kind of faux-Libertarian rage that’s this site’s very raison d’être. But, no; at least here race wins out…..

    1. “But, no; at least here race wins out…..”

      No, here irony, humor and schadenfreude win out.

      Most especially delicious, yummy, schadenfreude.

      One might say, this was the case that the Germans anticipated when they invented that marvellous word.

    2. A citation for item 2, please

    3. I doubt you would take a bet on whether she is a creature of the left unless you were given substantially favorable odds, at least 20 to 1.

    4. “disagree this has anything to do with left/right.”

      EPA Karen and BLM Karen are flaming leftists, though I don’t know about Blackbrownbody Karen.
      You own this

      1. To be a “flaming leftist” requires, at the least, some form of thought, regardless of how twisted. These types have no ability of free will. 100 years ago, these types (who are almost always entirely female) would have bullied you into going to church. Have you ever been to a Communist country? It’s the females who are bullying everyone into submission, not a male with an AK-47. Talk to the men who come from the Middle East. “Our moms and sisters won’t let us liberate our countries,” they say over and over. Women have always been the curators of culture. Whichever way the cultural wind blows, you’ll find the “Karens.” BTW, there is an actual ethnic group in Burma called the Karen. I’m sure they would like their name back.

  16. somebody (Neal Boortz?) used to suggest one HOA a year be shot on live TV until morale improved.

    1. Nothing to do with HOAs.

      1. yeah I was trying to respond to dpizzle I’ve been an idiot all week about that.

        also the point behind my post still stands even if threadjack.

      2. I know this case has nothing to do with an HOA. I never said it did. I was just saying that this is the type of BS one subjects oneself to if you join a HOA. A HOA reality show would be pretty good. I hate reality TV, but I’d consider watching that.

  17. Hayat says Schulz “came onto our property three times within thirty minutes” to confront him about it.

    Like Great Grandpa used to say, at this point it’s Hayat’s fault for not giving her a second black eye to remind her what he told her the first time.

    At that point, he says, Schulz called the police and falsely claimed that he assaulted her.

    Even if he straight up broke her nose it would be a laugh riot to hear her explain to the cops how he assaulted her from his side of the property line.

    1. Schadenfreude.

  18. May all the Marxist gods bless Susan Schulz.
    America needs more snitches like her if we are to live in happy, free and totalitarian police state.
    After all, snitches are the backbone of any good police state.
    Just ask Beria or Himmler.

    1. her GDR jerseys are all blue.

  19. Though apparently just being a snitch isn’t enough these days. You have to be a racist snitch to gin up the right amount of outrage. So automatically everyone’s a racist in addition to whatever other type of generic asshole they might be.

  20. Interesting whenever one of these folks gets some notoriety you then hear their employer fired them. In this case it’s the EPA so sounds like a sweet gig for life to get some of that Obama money.

    1. Good point. She’s not going anywhere.

      1. She’ll probably get a medal.

    2. Trump did away with lifetime government jobs. You can now fire federal employees.

  21. I blame it on the latest GEICO offering.

    1. your post is two inches too long phrasing.

  22. As a retired City Manager with over 30 years of experience I encountered many people like this who tried to harass their neighbors using non-existent regulations that they invented in their head. Besides preventing them from using the city to carry out their vendettas I also had to alert the City Council and police so that they would not fall into the trap of being used. Now that everyone has video on their phone its easier for society to see these people for what they are. Saying that you’ll claim to the police that you were assaulted puts this in another category though and in my mind this women deserves all the crap she’s undoubtedly receiving.

  23. Karen: Yes
    Twat: Yes
    Statist: Yes
    Racist: No

    This woman’s actions were spot on Karen, but not remotely racist. She is such a twat that I’m sure she would have done this for the white, brown, yellow or pink neighbor. She gets off on feeling better and wields the state at her job and apparently at home to that end.

    1. Racism is based on the victim, real or imagined.
      The racist is a racist because somebody says so.

    2. “Racist: No”

      Small quibble:
      I would say ‘No Evidence’ instead of ‘No’. We have no idea one way or the other.

  24. “…Schulz, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency,..”

    Who says the government can’t put the right person in the right place?

  25. This is an excellent example of why the municipal terrorists need to stay the F#$% out of peoples business. I don’t need a permit/permission from the local municipal corporation to work on my house or property. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing. The municipal corporations “ordinances” are NOT law. They have no domain on my land and no jurisdiction to make ANY requirements of me. This is the outright fraud of the criminal BAR Association trying to take away our god given rights with their statutory regulations and ordinances and policies and codes that have no bearing over people in a constitutional republic.

    1. The municipal ordinances have the same legal authority as traffic regulations. While local governments may overstep their bounds at times, keeping local government local is how we keep government accountable – you can fight city hall, counter to received wisdom, but fighting the federal government is a whole other layer of difficult. And I can think of several things even libertarian types would not tolerate next door – because of the impact they would have on their being able to enjoy their own property.

  26. There are two issues at play. First is the belief that people have a right to tell you what you can or cannot do with your own property. Zoning is one thing. You should not be able to put a cement kiln in a residential neighborhood. But how I landscape by backyard is not your concern. The second issue is government “regulating” for profit. Be it speed traps or excessive code enforcement, city officials abuse their positions for profit. I was once pulled over at 11:00 pm for driving without headlights on (they were on). When is showed the officer they were indeed on and I was sober, he tried to make it my fault that he’d stopped me. Too many governments derive too much of their budgets from these unofficial taxes and that needs to stop.

    1. Easy solution: no agency gets to keep the fines they assess. Put all confiscated money toward paying off the national debt. Or a lottery with hookers and blow.

  27. So all zoning is bad, cuz its unfair, and racist, and elitist, and not libertarian? I suggest you property anarchists try living between a shanty town and feed lot.

  28. People like this are why I’d never live in a place that has a HOA. Just an excuse for a bunch of busybody little stasi agent wannabes to harass people.

  29. And Karen works for the EPA….ha ha ha

    1. Being a busybody is a prerequisite for working at the EPA.

      And the ability to manipulate people is a prerequisite for being a lawyer.

      The two parties to this dispute are true to their natures.

  30. I really don’t understand these people.

    He’s building a patio. I could see if he was doing a major remodel of the house and contractors and equipment were moving around all day making noise and mess that you’d get annoyed and try to use permitting to stop it.

    But its just a patio. What is it about building a patio that would set you off like that?

    1. One of them is an EPA administrator, another is a lawyer. Both of them are wealthy, entitled leftists. That’s all you need to know about them.

    2. He disrespected her authoritah. That’s all it took.

  31. As Reason’s Damon Root has written, “zoning and proto-zoning ordinances have been used to legally separate, harass, or exclude various unpopular groups, including African Americans, recent immigrants, Muslims, gays, and assorted religious minorities.”

    Why should libertarians have any problems with freedom of association? Why shouldn’t people be able to create all-black, all-Latino, or all-white neighborhoods? Neighborhoods with a minimum income of $100k/year? Neighborhoods for Christian fundamentalists? All gay or all straight neighborhoods?

  32. This Permit Karen has a name: Susan Schulz of Montclair, New Jersey.

    Personally, I think concerned readers should visit her linked in page, her twitter feed, her Facebook page and let her know just what you think. I mean, Reason just doxxed her. You know, an enterprising person might search the public databases of the People’s Republic of NJ for any of this Permit Karen’s records. They are there.

  33. Read up on a cunt called Carrie Nation. She’s the reason why the U.S. passed the ONLY constitutional amendment in our history that would eventually ban free trade, consumption, and even free assembly.

    1. Haha. I’d love to bury the hatchet… in her skull.

  34. One calls the building inspector, not the police

    When you succeed in eliminating all building codes and zoning, don’t call me when the neighbor’s paved yard floods your living room. Or they build a lead smelting plant across the street

    And you wont be able to call the building inspector

    wherever there is no zoning, people create home owners associations


    glad the DB got called out.

  35. Correction. HOA’s don’t have Karens, they have Cynthias…

  36. racist?

    when [as the author suggests] the sole beneficiaries of your wrath are minorities, it becomes racist, whether you think it is or not

    even if you have a black friend

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  38. The State doesn’t think it owns just Black Peoples property — It thinks it owns ALL peoples property… 🙂

  39. Small municipalities using code violations and camera tickets to gin up revenues? I’m shocked, completely shocked. NOT!

    When the report on Ferguson, MO came out, it was ho-hum to me. You can look at any poor municipality and find that this is a major source of revenue. You have public affairs educated managers squeezing and shaking down the poor in the form of using working class employees in jobs that they’d kill to get to shake down residents. The town doesn’t serve the people, the people are indentured to pay the salaries.

  40. this is what results from a few decades of letting assholes off without the punch in the nose they need.

  41. Hate over regulation the quasi governments calling themselves HOAs and ridiculous zoning laws, but honestly when I read shit like this I think these Karens just want their 15 minutes of fame by going viral.

  42. Why didn’t the police site her for making a false claim of a felony crime?

    And since nobody said it yet, Susan Schulz of Montclair, New Jersey – WHAT A DICK!!!

  43. I would never say that black live don’t matter, just that black lives don’t matter any more than anyone else.

  44. Did the person attacked by Ms. Busybody press charges against her? If not why, for such person or persons need to be slapped down hard, and RDN, meaning Right Damned Now.

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  47. Holy. Fricken. Cripes. That cunt is POISON. And she worked for the EPA?

    They have that kind of person working for them? She must have been a NIGHTMARE.

    Awful. All over some stupid construction job? Unreal.

    Gotta love the woman who told her to step back because she didn’t have a mask.

    Whack job to whack job.

    2020: Rise of the retards, mobs and sheep.

    1. She passed all the EPA human-resources screening tests. She’s the type they are looking for.

  48. Under NJ state construction code, items such as concrete slabs and stone patios that serve no structural function, do not need a permit. Local ordinances very often contravene state law on this and can be appealed.

  49. too bad it was not garbage pick up day.. I see the cans are empty. .. an opportunity missed

  50. But… how is being a dick of a neighbor whiteness?

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