Man Fights Condo Over Xmas Lights

Man Fights Condo Over Xmas Lights

There are 18 comments on the NBC Chicago story from Dec 18, 2013, titled Man Fights Condo Over Xmas Lights. In it, NBC Chicago reports that:

A man who lives on a well-known La Jolla street says his homeowners' association made him take down his Christmas lights.

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Level 7

Since: Oct 12

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#1 Dec 18, 2013
Some Condo and Homeowner Associations are filled with the most mean-spirited people in the development....Sadly, people that are rude and bullies, don't get any nicer with age.....Many will see both sides of this issue....

“Spring is here, ”

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next comes summer! Yippee!!

#2 Dec 18, 2013
Sometimes I think people put up to many lights. Living in close quarters like condos, the lights can be really bright. I like lots of Christmas lights, tho.

Since: Jan 07

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#3 Dec 18, 2013
Man Fights Condo , I fought the Condo and the Condo won,...










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Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#4 Dec 18, 2013
There are plenty of truly important issues this guy can spend his money on...
Hiring an attorney at what..,$ 100-300 an hour over some light bulbs?
If you've that kind of cash to throw around, then throw it somewhere meaningful.

No way to know for certain what this person's motivation for "going to the mat" on this deal is. Could be based on civil responsibility and the fight for personal freedom: Could also be egocentric; doesn't want to be told what to do by a bunch of old hags and retired geezers...

Either way, it's a travesty when one considers all the issues out there which could benefit from a more responsible dispersal of this guy's money.

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Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#5 Dec 18, 2013
Dr Stinko wrote:
There are plenty of truly important issues this guy can spend his money on...
Hiring an attorney at what..,$ 100-300 an hour over some light bulbs?
If you've that kind of cash to throw around, then throw it somewhere meaningful.
No way to know for certain what this person's motivation for "going to the mat" on this deal is. Could be based on civil responsibility and the fight for personal freedom: Could also be egocentric; doesn't want to be told what to do by a bunch of old hags and retired geezers...
Either way, it's a travesty when one considers all the issues out there which could benefit from a more responsible dispersal of this guy's money.
It is the principle of the matter. This is America, and we all need to be vigilant and fight for our freedom at every waking hour.

I think so many homeowners associations just need to be dealt with like you would deal with rabid dogs.
Doctor Of Reason

Medford, NY

#6 Dec 18, 2013
I think he should be allowed to hang the lights....but that's just MY opinion.

He opted to live in a condo community.....He knew that the condo community had a homeowners association and he HAS to abide by their rules, whether he likes the rules or not.

He can choose to move if he doesn't like the rules that he is bound by.

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Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#7 Dec 18, 2013
Or ban such organizations as terror groups, though I guess they have slower methods than bombs. Drive people to suicide or give them some bad pickles or cake.

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#8 Dec 18, 2013
Dr Stinko wrote:
.....

Hiring an attorney at what..,$ 100-300 an hour over some light bulbs?
If you've that kind of cash to throw around, then throw it somewhere meaningful.

....
This doesn't sound like the guy is forced to live there because he can't afford to leave. Throw that cash into a move to a different condo. If he leaves by himself it won't make a difference, but if a group of people left the condo association would pay attention.

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#9 Dec 18, 2013
It's always more than just an argument over Christmas lights.

I'd guess that this was the straw that broke the camels back in a long series of compromising negotiations.

Brings to mind several movies

Straw Dogs
The Burbs
Pacific Heights
Duplex

And of course, not forgetting the roommate from hell- Beetle juice.

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#10 Dec 18, 2013
TenderTink wrote:
It's always more than just an argument over Christmas lights.
I'd guess that this was the straw that broke the camels back in a long series of compromising negotiations.
Brings to mind several movies
Straw Dogs
The Burbs
Pacific Heights
Duplex
And of course, not forgetting the roommate from hell- Beetle juice.
Might have been the straw, but I didn't read it that way. Looks like the association says "No Christmas lights" and the guy put up some Christmas lights. Now he's hired an attorney because they told him to take 'em down.

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#11 Dec 18, 2013
La Sunshine wrote:
Sometimes I think people put up to many lights. Living in close quarters like condos, the lights can be really bright. I like lots of Christmas lights, tho.
Look's like the guy was into overkill too.....wonder if he had just strung up, a tasteful strand of white or blue lights....maybe they would'nt have messed with him.....

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#12 Dec 18, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Look's like the guy was into overkill too.....wonder if he had just strung up, a tasteful strand of white or blue lights....maybe they would'nt have messed with him.....
I decorate in white lights and I have an inflatable Santa Claus. My neighbors have about 20 inflatables in their yard not to mention they also have string lights too.

Thank you for your reply! Merry Christmas!

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#13 Dec 18, 2013
Hoof Arted wrote:
<quoted text>
Might have been the straw, but I didn't read it that way. Looks like the association says "No Christmas lights" and the guy put up some Christmas lights. Now he's hired an attorney because they told him to take 'em down.
I didn't read the article, so there is no argument here.
What is the saying?
There are three sides to every story.
LOL, some people look for trouble or a fight, when there is no need for one.
I never will understand that.
Payback

Medford, NY

#14 Dec 18, 2013
If I were this guy I would wait until July and then string them up again. If anyone says anything he could just say they are lights....period. "I am not hanging up Christmas lights".

Since: Jan 07

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#15 Dec 18, 2013
Call them kWanza or we support oBama lights,




Bet he could keep them then,...

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Rockin' USA ;)

#16 Dec 18, 2013
THAT'S BS!!!

But ya know..That's how apartment and condo complexes are..If One does it..EVERYBODY has to do it!!

Can't be the Odd Man Out!!

“Pompous pontificator”

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Since: Jun 08

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#17 Dec 19, 2013
Did his lawyer explain contract law to him?

Hey, I'm no Grinch, but too many idiots fall in love with homes in HOA communities and lose their ability (if they ever had it) to think clearly about what they are getting into. They sign w/o reading or understanding they are agreeing to a lot of stuff; they complain later that the people THEY agreed to have watch over their neighbors are just doing what they are supposed to do. Rules is rules.

And don't tell me "it's just Christmas and once a year". how 'bout I hang my Stars and Bars in my window for a few special days each year? I might be just as passionate about that; wouldn't that be okay? How 'bout: Kwanza or St Patrick's day?

Condo documents are private contracts and adult are imbued with free will. Unless you are diagnosed with some mental deficiency, you can be as stupid as you like when signing contracts. No one has to hold your hand.

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Since: Jul 13

Drive it, like you stole it

#18 Dec 19, 2013
Bubbletoes wrote:
Did his lawyer explain contract law to him?
Hey, I'm no Grinch, but too many idiots fall in love with homes in HOA communities and lose their ability (if they ever had it) to think clearly about what they are getting into. They sign w/o reading or understanding they are agreeing to a lot of stuff; they complain later that the people THEY agreed to have watch over their neighbors are just doing what they are supposed to do. Rules is rules.
And don't tell me "it's just Christmas and once a year". how 'bout I hang my Stars and Bars in my window for a few special days each year? I might be just as passionate about that; wouldn't that be okay? How 'bout: Kwanza or St Patrick's day?
Condo documents are private contracts and adult are imbued with free will. Unless you are diagnosed with some mental deficiency, you can be as stupid as you like when signing contracts. No one has to hold your hand.
Exactly!!!! He got what he signed up for. He should have bought his own land instead of moving into a place with a homeowners association.

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