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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:37 PM

 

Elderly 75-year Old Illinois Man Who Picked Dandelions for Food Gets $75 Ticket

A 75-year-old retiree who lives in the Chicago area with his wife on a $1,500-a-month Social Security payment was caught picking dandelions by a Cook County Forest Preserve cop. At one time, the Chicago area was covered with trees and bushes. Most are gone, but some land has been set aside for the preservation of what remains. The dandelion is a weed which is not a native one.

The Forest Preserve cop gave the retiree a $75 ticket, an increase in his blood pressure, and a story to tell his wife. His court date is set for July 9th. A forest preserve cop is a political appointee who got his position by knowing someone. He can wear a uniform like a real cop. And apparently throw his weight around while ignoring common sense.

There is nothing to indicate that the Social Security retiree was picking the dandelions for any purpose other than to help sustain his wife and himself. However,
"A spokeswoman for the forest preserve district noted that foraging is prohibited there and called the practice "unsustainable, especially when it's done for commercial purposes"

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/elderly_man_who_picked_dandelions_for_food_gets_75_ticket

On the plus side, the Forest Preserve cop didn't Taze him.

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AnotherMcIntosh Jul 2013 OP
PDJane Jul 2013 #1
AnotherMcIntosh Jul 2013 #2
Mariana Jul 2013 #3
virgogal Jul 2013 #4
indepat Jul 2013 #5
Octafish Jul 2013 #6
calikid Jul 2013 #7

Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:41 PM

1. You know, if you'd just give retirees enough to live on, this wouldn't happen.

A robust social safety net would help everyone. This is, frankly, a disgrace.

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Response to PDJane (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:54 PM

2. I'm willing to bet that the Forest Preserve cop gets enough to eat.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:04 PM

3. "Unsustainable"?

What the fuck? Dandelions aren't even a native species.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:28 PM

4. The old Italian ladies in my fairly affluent town used to pick

them for wine.

No one cared.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:39 PM

5. America, the beautiful

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:41 PM

6. Poacher is lucky he didn't get tazed.

This is the new, proper, we will obey attitude.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:46 PM

7. I wonder....

Is this "cop" related to G. Zimmerman?

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