In Columbia County, Georgia that means a law enforcement official can enter your home without permission, bang on your bedroom door, wake you up, and yell at you about it.


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Your grass is too long? In Columbia County, Georgia that means a law enforcement official can enter your home without permission, bang on your bedroom door, wake you up, and yell at you about it.

A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long. Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn. After knocking on the woman’s door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video.

Click on the link to watch the video. What’s worse is that the county says it needs to investigate this more. I’d say it’s pretty cut and dried, especially as they have it on tape. Any law enforcement official who thinks he has the right to do such a thing should fired.

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  • Patrick

    More examples of the ever creeping fascism.
    People like this think they are doing something good for the world. Not even realizing they are trampling all over the rights of those same people to do it.

    A simple case of breaking and entering and they need to investigate this more. Get on with it already, either charge the guy or let him walk and deal then with the outrage. Grow a pair.

  • woh that sounds like something my landlord would do

  • Patrick

    Even your land lord is not allowed to do that.

    He must inform you ahead of time before coming in. It should be spelled out in your lease.

  • yeh i know he is kind of crazy

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