Target: Homeowners Association in Mill Haven, Georgia
Goal: Repeal lawsuit which demands removal of pink playhouse
Instead of heading over to the local Toys”R”Us to purchase an inexpensive plastic outdoor toy for her four year-old granddaughter, Becky Rogers-Peck built a beautiful playhouse in her backyard and painted it herself – the color was a tasteful pink. Surprisingly, the Homeowners Association of her town rained on her parade and has now filed a lawsuit against the playhouse, claiming that Rogers-Peck had to get the color approved by the association before the product was finished. While most of the neighborhood, and the nation too, is appalled that an organization would possibly intervene for so illogical a reason, the truth remains that they could order Rogers-Peck to repaint the house or remove it if the dispute, which began months ago, ends in their favor.
“Part of the approval is the color,” says Susan Bradley, the president of the Homeowners Association. “We didn’t disapprove of the playhouse. We disapproved of the color.” Because the playhouse cannot be seen from the front of the house, and is not included in the category of either garage or shed, Rogers-Peck and her supporters claim that the association has no right to take issue with the structure.
In her mind, the lawsuit is a frivolous attempt to exercise control over the development. She claims that there are other violations in the neighborhood that the association blatantly ignores, such as leaving trash cans or air-conditioning units uncovered. It is suspected that her next-door neighbor, along with one other neighbor, are spurring the lawsuit and pushing for the playhouse to be removed.
Bradley, too, admits that no action would have been taken against the playhouse had not formal complaints been made. The president is likely being used as a pawn by her fellow directors who wish to take particular issue with Rogers-Peck. In the meantime, four year-old Aubree is enjoying her playhouse, despite her knowledge about the issue at hand. “She knows exactly what’s going on…” Rogers-Peck said, “…and she is very upset about it.”
Tell the Homeowners Association that this lawsuit is absurd. It should be ended immediately. The playhouse is in no way an eyesore to the community, and if it were, it would not be seen as it remains in the backyard of Ms. Rogers-Peck’s property in a perfectly shaded area. The lawsuit is an attempt by her neighbors to exercise unfair control over the neighborhood, and such authoritarianism should not be tolerated when the issue concerns a harmless child’s play toy.
Dear Homeowners Association of Mill Haven,
That you have sued Becky Rogers-Peck for her backyard playhouse is disgraceful. It is childish that you take issue with the color of this structure, designed for a child, and have pursued a lawsuit over it. If this structure were a plastic house from the store, you would have no grounds for complaint. That Rogers-Peck herself built this structure and painted it is no different, and it poses absolutely no reason for your bigoted prejudice against her. There is, however, reason for complaint about your conduct as an association, and this lawsuit illustrates your intolerance over something entirely harmless in every way.
Please do not continue this lawsuit. By filing complaints against this playhouse based on unsubstantiated reasons, you are becoming a public embarrassment. Rogers-Peck has created a beautiful gift for her granddaughter, and it is disgusting that you seek to destroy it based on your desire to maintain order and control. Repeal this lawsuit now and stop acting like children yourselves.
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