Monday, June 01, 2009

Texas HOA Tells Vet to Remove Marine Stickers From His Car or be Towed

Frank Larison of Dallas, Texas served in the Marines for more than 14 years, including a year tour in Vietnam. He displays seven Marine stickers on his car to show his patriotism and that he served.

But his home owners association (HOA) is telling him to remove his stickers or they'll tow his car.

According to a story on the KRIV Fox4 website, the HOA says the stickers are advertisements for the Corps, and thus violates the rules. They are demanding Larison cover or remove them.

If he doesn't, they'll tow his car (at his own expense) and fine him $50 each time he parks for any future displays of patriotism.

Thankfully, some of his neighbors aren't rule-grubbing tyrants and martinets who don't understand what being a Marine means.

"That is his identity," Mary Castagna told KRIV. "He goes to a lot of the veteran meetings, and it means a lot to him. Everyone else agrees with it; it doesn't bother anybody."

According to the KRIV/Fox4 story, Larison's letter says they will not allow any form of advertising on any cars, but they spotted several bumper stickers for political parties, health causes and other "non-commercial interests" on the property.

One board member, Art Bradford, told Fox4 he didn't know anything about the issue, and was not aware that Hardy had sent the letter.

"I will be looking into it," Bradford said. "I didn't know anything about this. I haven't seen this."

So if anyone has any complaints, questions, or believe that the HOA president, Darenda Hardy, needs to remember what sacrifices veterans like Larison have made, you can reach her here:

Woodlands on the Creek II
President – Darenda Hardy
8550 Fair Oaks Crossing
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (214) 503-8826

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  1. I'm not sure where to begin. There's so much wrong with this story. This man deserves our gratitude. He does NOT deserve to be harassed by a busybody neighbor drunk on her own power as HOA president.

    I get why HOAs exist, but seriously, how many examples to we see of an HOA out of control? There's nothing worse than an HOA president with nothing better to do than write letters.

  2. I had an HOA president who was drunk on his own power. The guy just loved to send out harassing letters to people about every little whipstitch. When I asked another board memmber why they were doing this, he said, "I don't know anything about it. Sounds like he's been sending out letters without anyone else knowing it."

    He was not the president after the following election.


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