Rick Yoes, 58, of Grand Prairie, Texas found himself in trouble with the law when six warrants were issued for his arrest due to the unspeakable crime of not cutting his grass. Oh, the humanity — think of the children. In Yoes’ defense he may have not wanted to cut his lawn for fear that police would have confused a lawnmower as a weapon, and shot him dead.
The trouble between Yoes and Grand Prairie goes back 19 years to when he originally moved in to the home in 1996. Yoes concedes in that time there have been a total of of 59 violations listed in Grand Prairie’s records. Previous disputes were settled amiably between the city and Yoes until 2010, when he stopped answering the city’s complaints.
The 2010 citation was not the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back in this precarious situation, but was the first of a final six citations for $282 each. The final three citations came in the Summer of 2014, none of which Yoes answered. City records show Yoes was sent notices regarding cutting the grass which was documented at over a foot tall, but Yoes claims he did not receive the notices. According to the local reporting of wfaa.com Yoes said, “I assume they probably mailed me something. It never landed in my hands. If they sent me certified mail, I don’t pick certified mail up.”
To his credit Yoes claims the yard has not been maintained because the home is in foreclosure and he no longer lives on the property.