Don’t Charge Man Who Stole Asphalt to Fix City’s Potholes

Target: Jackson, Mississippi Police Department

Goal: Do not charge man who stole asphalt to fill in city’s potholes

Quite often people are content with complaining about a problem and waiting for someone else to fix it. Not Ron Chane. After realizing how much of an issue potholes were becoming in his city of Jackson, Mississippi, and how little the city was doing to fix it, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He and his girlfriend began taking it upon themselves to fix various potholes throughout the city, earning him a following of local citizens and the title of “Pothole Robin Hood.”

Jackson has a serious pothole problem, occassionally being referred to as a Six Flags themepark due to all the bumps. The potholes may start out small but can quickly turn into cracks that create long term damage and, eventually, sinkholes. The city has a hotline where citizens may report these potholes but they have such a backlog of holes to fill that no action may be taken for an extended period of time.

Chane decided to take matters into his own hands by filling in potholes across the city. While he does admit that he stole the asphalt from the city, he explains that “We’re not trying to be thieves or steal from the city…we’re just trying to put the asphalt to use”. And put the asphalt to use he did – to date, he has filled in over 101 potholes, which certainly made an impact in the city, as it also prompted the city to finish filling in some of the larger potholes.

Unfortunately, while other citizens of Jackson might be thankful for fewer potholes, the Jackson Police Department is not so enthused. Cane is currently under investigation, though no official charges have been released yet. Support Cane’s efforts to better his community by asking the police to not press severe charges.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Jackson Police,

You are currently investigating a man named Ron Chane, often referred to as the Pothole Robin Hood. He is being accused to stealing asphalt to fill in potholes in the city – which is the intended use for the asphalt. He has filled in 101 potholes.

While he did not receive permission to do this, he was doing it for a better community and therefore should not be punished severely. The asphalt was never used for personal gain, but instead, to fix a problem that the city was ignoring. The potholes were becoming dangerous and interfering with daily life of citizens. Please take that into consideration when determining the charges.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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