Only in America
The city of Dunedin, Fla., has foreclosed on a retiree’s home for failing to pay fines imposed for neglecting his lawn. Jim Ficken, 69, admits that his grass briefly grew beyond the allowed 10 inches while he was visiting his dying mother, but was shocked when he was told the daily $500 fines added up to $29,833.50. “Nobody should lose their house for having tall grass,” Ficken’s lawyer says.
A San Francisco primary-school teacher on sick leave with breast cancer has been forced to pay the wages of her substitute. A 1976 rule requires teachers to pay for their own substitutes after 10 days of sick leave, but a public outcry may spur action by lawmakers. “Candidly, I think that times have changed,” said Democratic State Sen. Connie Leyva.