Thursday, October 1, 2009

Smokers, Signs and Creative Lawyering

Props to Planetizen for posting this first.  Apparently, the owner of a BBQ joint in eastern PA is being cited because the meat smoker she uses in the public right-of-way has been determined by the local zoning board to be a sign. The town solicitor backs the board on this.  Are there no regulations against simply blocking the right-of-way?  Anyway, must give them points for creativity.


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This is the second time in recent experience that I have seen a story where property rights were at issue because of a bbq smoker.

In North Carolina in 2007, a man bought a smoker at an auction and discovered inside the smoker . . . a human leg! Then there was a dispute over who owned the leg between the man who purchased the smoker (I guess the theory was that the leg came with the smoker), who was charging people a fee to look at the leg, and the original, um, owner of the leg, who had placed it in the smoker for storage after it was amputated due to a plane crash, and before the smoker was sold at auction with other items left at a storage facility.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Matt Festa | Oct 1, 2009 7:23:27 PM