A fanciful cardboard fort a father put up for his kids is under siege in Utah, but dad says he isn’t going down without a fight.
If only to make a point.
James and Dee Trentleman told KUTV they built the fort from cardboard boxes their young kids to play in – a creative use of trash that was only supposed to last for a few days.
But it took only a day to get a letter from the Ogden code enforcement office telling them the toy fort violated a city ordinance that prohibits storing household waste on outdoor property. The letter threatened fines, liens on the property, and even criminal charges.
The couple was stunned – especially since none of the neighbors seem to mind.
“If it had been out for months or something then yeah, that would make a lot of sense … but it was a day,” Dee Trentelman said.
Now, to be fair, cities have good reasons for ordinances against outdoor trash storage – no one wants to their property surrounded by around cars on cinder blocks. But a childs’ fort, cut like a castle, with a sliding board? Even the coldest bureaucrat was a kid once — right?
CBS and employee who reported Dana Loesch
for fraud scrub each other; not-so-slick!
The Trentlemans don’t plan on going to war over the fort – it was a temporary thing in the first place. But they’re making a stand on principle and keeping it up longer than they would have if the code enforcers hadn’t picked a fight over it.
“They gave us 15 days in the notification so I’ll be damned, it’s gonna stay up for 14 days,” Trentelman said.
The Twitter world, naturally, was on his side.
@foxandfriends Must be a great town if this is all they have to worry about. Guess you will be seeing Castle Building Codes soon. — Charles Carr (@charlescarr1945) April 6, 2015
@foxandfriends Let the children play. At least they are out, fresh air and sun. — PRAlvarez (@peal21954) April 6, 2015
THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! What happened to common sense? “@chicksonright: First they came for the cardboard box fort… http://t.co/HG9tNVZzyR” — Fran B (@Radicallady) April 6, 2015
And this from Utah, a firing squad state: Father Asked to Take Down Child’s Cardboard Fort(Photos) http://t.co/3fBpk6dEwQ via @opposingviews — Claire M. (@cmisla2) April 6, 2015
@foxandfriends talk abt creativity for the kids. That is awesome! Some ppl have forgotten what it’s like to b a kid. Very sad. — AmyMarie (@MommyMoose) April 6, 2015
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